Homeopathy | Homeopathic Remedies
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on the Law of Similars. The truth of this law has been verified experimentally and clinically for the last 200 years.
The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. Homeopathy is an alternative medical system. Alternative medical systems are built upon complete systems of theory and practice, and often have evolved apart from and earlier than the conventional medical approach used in the United States. Homeopathy takes a different approach from conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems.
Homeopathic medicines, commonly referred to as remedies, may come from the plant, mineral, or animal kingdom. Some common remedies include: arnica montana, from the Leopard's bane plant; belladonna, from the deadly nightshade plant; calcarea, calcium carbonate from oyster shells; sepia, from cuttlefish ink; and the element, sulphur.
Homeopathic remedies today are produced using the same dilution principles as in Hahnemann's day. In a common dilution of 1:100, one drop of the homeopathic substance is added to 99 drops of water and/or alcohol. The mixture is then potentized by a process called "succussion" - repeated tapping on a hard surface for a specific length of time. Remedies may be diluted up to 1000 times, leaving only an infinitesimal trace of the substance. Remedies are typically diluted 10, 100, or 1,000 times, which translate into potencies that are marked with the Roman numerals X, C, and M. Homeopathic remedies range from 6X as the lowest potency to 1M or more as the highest potency.
What are homeopathic remedies?
Most homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals. A remedy is prepared by diluting the substance in a series of steps . Homeopathy asserts that this process can maintain a substance's healing properties regardless of how many times it has been diluted. Many homeopathic remedies are so highly diluted that not one molecule of the original natural substance remains. Remedies are sold in liquid, pellet, and tablet forms.
2 to 4 globules constitute a dose of the selected remedy. However, even if more are accidently consumed, don't panic. After all, you are not consuming any chemical substance but only energy. The globules should not be swallowed but held on the tongue till they dissolve.
Repetition: In an acute (new) disease, a dose of the medicine should be taken every 30 - 60 minutes. You may take up to ten such doses. However, if you have a chronic disease, take the medicine once or twice a day. Generally, the best time to take a dose of a homeopathic remedy, in case of a chronic disease, is bed:-time. If you are suffering from a disease whose symptoms get worse at a particular time each day, do not take a dose of the medicine at that time. Do not eat or drink anything for 15 minutes before or after taking the homeopathic remedy.
For how long? In an acute disease, improvement commences in a few hours. As soon as about fifty per cent improvement occurs, discontinue and do not take the medicine again unless the symptoms seem to be relapsing. If no improvement takes place even after ten doses of the medicine, discontinue it and consult a doctor.
In a chronic disease, continue taking the medicine till you feel some change in your symptoms: for the better or for the worse. In case of worsening (called homeopathic aggravation), stop taking the medicine; restart after the aggravation has passed off." In case of improvement, discontinue the medicine. Homeopathic medicines can act inside the body for prolonged periods and, therefore, it is not necessary to continue taking a medicine after considerable improvement has set in. However, if improvement seems to come to a standstill at a later date, start taking the medicine again.
If no improvement is experienced even after two weeks of treatment, discontinue taking the medicine and consult a competent doctor.
Storage of homeopathic remedies:
Homeopathic remedies should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or strong odours. If properly stored, homeopathic medicines have an indefinite shelf-life i.e., they don't expire. Photographs taken with an electron microscope have shown that a pill is composed of concentric layers of sugar intersected by micropores. Chromatography has shown that the medical substance, once imbibed by a pill, penetrates right to the centre of the pill and settles there. Thus even old pills which appear absolutely dry from outside have the medicine at their core and, therefore, work almost as well as the fresh ones.
Never transfer a homeopathic medicine from one bottle to another.
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