The roots of homeopathy are not something we necessarily discuss in our history class, but by learning about the story of homeopathy’s beginnings can allow one to become more familiar with its origins and grasp an understanding of its powerful effects. At its core, homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine founded by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) in 1796 based on the principle that like cures like, meaning that a substance which causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.
Homeopathy is actually the longest established alternative medicine. Homeopathy’s creator Dr. Hahnemann, grew up in Meissen, Germany, receiving his medical degree in Erlangen. During Hahnemann’s early career as a physician, he made a startling discovery. He started to take regular doses of cinchona, which produced all the symptoms of malaria but did not harvest the complete disease. This steered Dr. Hahnemann to the original idea of homeopathy which he later published in essay on a New Principle for Ascertaining the Curative Power of Drugs, which was followed by his later and more famous piece The Organon of the Healing Art (ncbi.com).
In his works, Dr. Hahnemann expressed his beliefs that if a patient suffered from an illness, the illness could be healed by having the patient take medicine which, if it were given to a healthy person, would generate comparable symptoms of the same illness but to a lesser degree. Therefore, if a patient suffers from nausea, he/she was given a medicine which in a healthy person would aggravate minor nausea. And so he established his core notion that “like cures like.” To create these medicines, Dr. Hahnemann diluted his medicines with the belief that diluting these drugs to smaller and smaller concentrations delivered symptom reprieve and could concurrently decrease unpleasant side effects (homeoguide.com). Knowing that this process enhanced the helpfulness of the medicines, he coined the name for this process “potentizing” which is essentially “rendering the latent power of (anything) available” (homeoguide.com). Homeopathy’s popularity has grown exponentially in the years since and is now widely practiced around the world by approximately 450 million people according to some studies.
Since inception, homeopaths begin with an intimate consultation with a patient where every element of a patient’s issues are discussed. Homeopathy for Better Health follows in this tradition in order to provide patients with the most customized and personalized treatments for their sicknesses and issue.
Important to consider is while homeopathy may not be as widely discussed in America as traditional Western medicine is, homeopathy has stood the test of time, and only practices that actually have a genuine effect last.
Too common in today’s world are adults, teenagers, and children suffering from mild to serve anxiety issues. With the ever-growing pressures of school, work, relationships, and life in general, anxiety has become something that people have begun to become all too familiar with. Anxiety Disorder statistics state that Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States, which equates to approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54. Not to be forgotten are other types of anxiety disorders like OCD, which tend to affect children as young as 11-years-old (Peterson, 2008). Worse even are panic and obsessive compulsive disorders are often seen in children as young as 10-years-old. A general acceptance of these disorders is not something we all must live with, as there are homeopathic remedies that can help.
Taking a look at the science sheds some light on some positive studies and their results: “According to recent, trials homeopathy is just as effective as diazepam (Valium) and benzodiazepine (Lorazepam or Ativan) at treating nervousness and anxiety disorders but without addictive or harmful side effects” (homeopathyplus.com). Chronic anxiety disorders can benefit by treatment from a trained homeopath who can use some of these treatments:
Aconite is the typical medication homeopaths use if anxiety is brought on by a sudden scare or shock. More grief stricken patients, perhaps brought on by the passing of a loved one, can be treated with ignatia (Ignatius Bean). Ignatia is also useful for people who are inclined to mood swings and suffer from a general unhappiness. In circumstances like stage fright or other performance anxiety, gelsemium is recommended. Gelsemium is an Asian and North American genus of flowering plants belonging to family Gelsemiaceae. Those suffering from anxiety accompanied by bowel issues like diarrhea, gelsemium is a viable choice for homeopaths.
One of the most useful remedies is Agrentum nitricum which is useful for panic attacks with trembling, stuttering, and even convulsions or tremendous anxiety about one’s own health. This remedy is also great for people who will avoid ordeal at any cost, but at the same time have an attraction to dangerous situations or those who feel incompetent and inadequate, so public speaking is always very challenging. Furthermore, Agrentum nitricum is good for tremendous fear of heights and closed spaces, so traveling by airplane is difficult.
Aconitum napellus is another fantastic resource which can be targeted to those with anxiety attacks that come in fits, sudden fright, fear that one will suddenly die at any moment, restlessness, trembling, perspiration, and arrhythmia, thirst for large quantities of cold water, or fear of open spaces or claustrophobia.
Anxiety has a tendency to worsen with time, especially when gone untreated, so managing anxiety is crucial to being able to eventually overcome the debilitating symptoms. It is important to note that other remedies can be used include Gelsemium, Arsenicum album, Lycopodium clavatum, Natrum muriatocum, Melilotus officinalis, as well as many others and users should understand that there so many other remedies that can address the problem, but seeking treatment from a homeopath is highly recommended as opposed to trying these remedies out yourself. Only by looking at the organism as a whole, taking into consideration mental, emotional, and physical symptoms, can a homeopath find the correct remedy.
It is no secret that the American healthcare system has its flaws. America has often been criticized even by its own citizens, those who are entrenched in the day to day minutia of dealing with private insurance, HMOs, and PPOs, whose sole purpose seems to be making a profit off of sick people. The overall system pales in comparison to other nations’ whose medical expenses are significantly lower and whose treatment is far superior to that of Americans.
What is more interesting to consider though, is the practices of doctors in American medicine. Quite often, the story goes like this… a patient comes to see a doctor regarding a disease or problem of some nature, and people are prescribed some drug which masks symptoms. This protocol all makes sense, of course, when one looks at the way the system is built in the first place. Understanding the profitable nature of prescription drugs, it becomes evident as to why the general practice is the way that it is, but has anyone really considered how other countries do medicine better? This goes beyond the structure of the healthcare system.
Looking at countries where homeopathic remedies are heavily integrated into medical practices, it is questionable as to why America is so far behind. Interesting to consider is that “France is one of the world’s biggest users of [homeopathic] treatments” and more than one third of the country use homeopathic treatments (homeobook.com). Where homeopathy has even more popularity is India, “where an estimated 100 million people turn to [homeopathic] remedies” (homeobook.com). Additionally, Germany’s homeopathic services are so widely accepted that they are covered by medical insurance. Are these countries onto something that America is not?
Homeopathy uses an entire different system when it comes to treating ailments, and due to its undying popularity in other countries, one must question why America has not caught up yet and what they are missing out on.
The anguish, embarrassment, and pain that accompany acne have been an ongoing problem for preteens, teenagers, and adults for centuries. Expensive, topical treatments claim to solve the uncomfortable red, pop marks, but often times, these treatments are only temporary and do not tackle the acne at its root. As most people are unaware, acne is caused from internal factors and is not a manifestation of dirt or oil on top of the skin. Dietary changes have been known to help acne sufferers, but there is another option out there, especially for those unsure of exactly what is the cause. There are a wide variety of homeopathic options that can be utilized to treat acne on the face or body. Using homeopathy for the treatment of acne is customized to each person, therefore finding a professional homeopath who can understand your particular situation and create a remedy exclusively for you is the best option. Here are just a few homeopathic remedies that can be used to heal acne.
Hepar Sulph (Mineral): This is great for treating painful pimples that are painful to the touch. Hepar Sulph can also provide relief from itchy eczema that seems worsened by warm, humid weather.
Kali Bromatum (Mineral): Acne often times starts in the teenage years and persists into adulthood, especially when gone untreated. Pimples may have a decreased center or be painful, large red cysts with a white or yellow center.
Pulsatilla (Plant): This option is ideal for acne in young, pubescent females. Many women will notice that their skin changes when they menstruate, and Pulsatilla meets the needs of females with this particular cause of acne.
Silica (Mineral): A homeopath would utilize this remedy for large, deep cysts, especially facial acne that resembles boils. Pimples heal slowly and do not pus or rise to the surface of the skin.
Sulphur (Mineral): Ideal for particularly oily skin, Sulphur is a natural homeopathic option. The ideal candidate will have pimples that are not be deep and a person may also see varying sized whiteheads. The main affected area is typically the face but pimples do not cause pain.
Acne sufferers very seldom believe that their mild to severe skin issues are controllable, as they have incorrectly assumed that their acne is untreatable. Going through product after product and seeing minimal or inconsistent results becomes disheartening. There are countless, more mainstream options on the market, however seeking the most natural remedy may very well be the answer for so many of us out there. Homeopathy has been the solution for a myriad of other issues, and if acne is something you or someone you know struggles with, let homeopathy help. Also important to note is that the above mentioned remedies are not the only ones utilized for acne treatment, so scheduling a consultation with a homeopath can lead you to finding the best solution for your symptoms.
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While there are millions of homeopathy supporters worldwide who will attest to its undeniable benefits, we have gone ahead and whittled it down to what we believe are the top 3 reasons to choose the homeopathic route.
1. Safe to be used on anyone:
How many times have you seen commercial for the newest pill on the market and the list of potential side effects seems worse that the original ailment? And yet, consumers rarely question the safety of these medications. Homeopathy has no side effects no matter who uses it. Homeopathy’s natural basis allows it to be a remedy for infants all the way up to seniors, so there is no need to worry about whether or not you are an ideal candidate. Everyone can use homeopathy, but so many of us are conditioned to believe that typical Western medicine, despite the potential negative effects, is the only answer.
2. Cost effectiveness:
The pharmaceutical industry’s notorious reputation for greed is no secret. Sky high prices that are merely affordable with already astronomical insurance rates create an unsettling feeling for most consumers. With hundreds of billions of dollars in sales each year, pharmaceutical companies make a killing- no pun intended. At the forefront, these companies state that their intention is to reduce symptoms, but at the heart, these drugs are often just a mask of a larger problem. Homeopathic remedies are far more affordable and tackle issues on a deeper level, utilizing the principle that “like cures like.” You won’t find homoeopaths with an insatiable desire to make a quick buck. Rather, they are an elite group of professionals who have chosen a more humane and cost effective route to help their clients.
3. A solution for pretty much any condition:
Unlike typical Western medicine which has doctors study specific areas of illness and specialize only in a one or two fields, homeopathy has a much wider array of conditions that can be treated. A homoeopaths can provide treatment for headaches, anxiety, cramping, depression, ADHD, etc. There are few if any medical practitioners who would specialize in all of those areas at once. We have been taught that we must go to certain doctors for our diseases, but homeopathy’s natural remedies have a broader audience, which makes traveling to many doctors a thing of the past.
Established by Nancy Kelly in 1996, Homeopaths Without Borders is a non-profit organization that has been around for over 15 years. The organization provides homeopathic treatments and education in the hopes of encouraging others to become more independent through alternative medicine. Also known as a humanitarian non-profit Homeopaths Without Borders has run homeopathic projects in many countries including Cuba, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Haiti. In 2012 they were able to go over to Haiti and assist those affected by the deadly earthquake, which was a huge accomplishment for the organization. Other achievements in 2012 include giving homeopathic care to 890 people, training and certifying 13 Haitian homeopathic caregivers and launching an on-site homeopathic pharmacy in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. They’ve also worked with orphan children who had both emotional and development problems. The organization’s future goals include training 40 Homeopathe Communautaires and initiating a training program for Haitian midwives and birth attendants so they can begin introducing homeopathic therapies throughout their patients pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care.
To learn more about Homeopaths Without Borders or to make a donation please visit http://homeopathswithoutborders-na.org/
A migraine is not just your everyday headache; it is a neurological disease that affects over 10% of the population including children. Symptoms include a throbbing aching feeling usually on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, and in some cases numbness in certain areas of the face. Homeopathic treatment can help someone who suffers from migraine headaches in a natural, safe way. At homeopathy for better health we can recommend a variety of treatments depending on your symptoms. We do suggest you make a consultation with us so we can do a proper analysis before we decide on the type of remedy.
These are just a few common migraine remedies:
Glonoinum – This remedy can help treat your migraine if you have a bursting, throbbing pain, especially after the sun exposure. Head feels very large, face is purple, and all you want to do is lie down in a dark room with your head high.
Belladonna – Used commonly in the homeopathic world, Belladonna can also help treat migraines. If you are experiencing a headache that becomes worse with light, noise, or when you are lying down this is the remedy for you. If you have a headache in the forehead region, which becomes worse during the afternoon this could also be the remedy recommended for you by a homeopathic practitioner.
Iris Versicolor – Also known as the Blue Flag, the Iris Versicolor is a species of Iris. This remedy will be recommended if you have severe nausea or vomiting with your headache, along with visual disturbances. The attack can come on a certain day every week; the pain is aggravated by rest and relieved by continual motion.
Nux Vomica: This remedy will help if you are experiencing splitting headaches, especially if they come on after eating fatty, rich fried food or having too much alcohol (this is a great hangover remedy). It all gets worse in open air, after movement or mental effort.
Flu season typically starts in the fall, peaks in January and February and comes to close shortly after that. This year there is no telling how bad the flu can get but what you should know is that you do not have to run down to your local pharmacy for the dreaded flu vaccine. If in fact you do get the flu there are natural alternatives to treating it. Homeopathic remedies for the flu differ depending on the symptomatology, so take a look at the most common homeopathic flu remedies.
Aconitum Napellus: If your flu symptoms come on suddenly, if you experience chills, fever, anxiety or become agitated Aconitum napellus is the remedy for you. Aconitum state is usually a result of an exposure to dry, cold wind while in perspiration or getting wet and it is marked by a high fever, great thirst and restlessness.
Gelsemium: The most prominent features of this remedy are drowsiness, sleepiness and fatigue. Patients who need this remedy can experience a great heaviness and tiredness in the body and limbs, and they feel completely exhausted. The pace of the remedy is very different from Aconitum, the onset is slow, and sometimes it will take a few days for the flu symptoms to appear.
Bryonia: This is one of the most common homeopathic flu remedies with characteristic picture of muscle aches, dry cough and headache, all of which gets worse with motion, so the patient is trying to stay still. Combine these symptoms with chills, thirst and great irritability and you will never miss this remedy.
Arsenicum Album: The most characteristic symptom of this remedy is the onset of illness in the middle of the night, especially between 1 and 2 am. The symptoms might include chilliness and thirst, diarrhea and vomiting, along with restlessness and irritability. These patients will often have a watery nose discharge that is excoriating, which will make the skin around the nose red and inflamed.
When taken within 48 hours after onset of symptoms, Oscillococcinum has been shown to shorten the duration of flu symptoms. Homeopaths have giving this remedy since 1925, and now it is available over the counter at any pharmacy store.
With the crazy holidays looming a lot of us are booking our flights to head home and spend time with family, eat turkey and open gifts! What a lot of us tend to dread this time of year is the “getting there” part. The flying, driving or even boating can cause motion sickness and for some of us the symptoms can be worse than others. Motion sickness is caused by the lack of fresh air and the unusual motion that our bodies are not used to. We recommend curing your motion sickness the homeopathic way. The remedies should be taken three times per day before you begin your journey and three times per day during your travels. At Homeopathy For Better Health we’ve narrowed down our recommended remedies below!
For Air Travel: Borax and Rhus Toxicodedron are highly suggested during air travel. Use Rhus Toxicodedron when you feel nauseous, vomiting coming on, and/or loss of appetite. This remedy is also good if you have a terrible, splitting headache and/or a dry mouth and throat.
For Boat Travel: Nux Vomica can be used during an extreme headache, horrible nausea, bloating and gagging. Cocculus works in situations of nausea, hatred toward food or the smell of food and the feeling you must lie down.
For Car Travel: Petroleum is a remedy used when you have continuing nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, an uncomfortable emptiness, an unsettling feeling that is further agitated with light or noise. If muscles become tense, petroleum can also help. If you experience the sweats, faintness or if your hand feels gripped by a tight band then Tabacum is the remedy for you.