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Homeopathy Treats the Whole Person!

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This is often misinterpreted to mean everything about the person including ‘Personality’ type, aversions and cravings, weather, time, modalities of the ‘person’ even when well. What we are really looking for are the deviations of these, the striking opposite or the exacerbation of these sub-symptoms when sick. Statements like “Homeopathy treats the person not the disease” can be very unclear and misunderstood. What Hahnemann states is that we don’t treat the ‘name’ of the disease, but the unique and characteristic symptoms that individualise and represent the precise disease suffered by a patient, which has its closest match and thus most efficient curative response from a particular substance known to cause such similar deviation of symptoms in healthy humans. Thus Homeopathy treats the whole of the diseased person. Also according to Hahnemann, this often means the totality of the ‘principal’, predominant and most disturbing disease. An Example in practise: If a patient in their ‘diseased state’ develops an aversion to bananas, that when in healthy state they desire, then aversion to bananas is used to individualise the persons susceptibility to disease. However, if that same patient in their sickness had an increased desire for bananas on top of the usual level of desire, then this would be repertorised as a characteristic key to the remedy and may suggest that this sub-symptom is representative of a general state of chronic disease as well as the acute flare ups. The same medicine may be needed but in different potencies with varied repetition to manage the acute and chronic...

Homeopathy Posology

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The key to homeopathic potency selection boils down to finding the susceptibility of our patient. What factors determine the susceptibility? Susceptibility depends on the following factors: Nature of the Constitution – Age; children or older, Physical Constitution and Psychological temperament. Is the patient sensitive, quick to act and react? or are they sluggish, dull, and slow to act?  Habits and environment also play a part: What is their occupation? Do they lead a sedentary life? Is there exposure to chemicals? Idiosyncratic patients usually have an excessively high susceptibility. Nature of Disease – Seat of disease, Nature of disease, Stage of disease. Is it a dynamic vs fixed disease? Is it a disorder that involves rapid development, hyperactive tendencies, allergenic responses, and nervous irritability? Is the disease of an insidious nature? Nature of the Remedy – remedy reactivity, duration and depth of action. What kingdom does the remedy come from? i.e. plant, animal, mineral? and Is the medicine Potent vs inert remedies in crude forms? When in a case, the symptoms of a patient are very well matched by the symptom picture of the drug, and especially if the mental symptoms are present and clearly marked, then a high potency seems advisable. Where the symptom matching is poor due to paucity of symptoms or when the prescription covers only a superficial or local condition eg. a skin condition such as a wart, or where pathological symptoms predominate eg. as in cancer, congestive cardiac failure, or where only a palliation is aimed at because the patient is...

Homeopathic Opium

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Traditionally, all homeopathic discussions of Opium begin with warnings against its allopathic use because it masks the true homeopathic symptoms of the case. Hahnemann points out that Opium in its provings was the only remedy which did not produce a single painful reaction. In the 1960’s, a popular phrase was invented which describes very well the Opium state: “Blissed out”. This phrase indicates a dream-like, peaceful and euphoric state which mimics the effect of all opiates. However in the secondary action of Opium, the prover experiences just the opposite of this painlessness: many pains and hyperaesthesias both physical and mental. Both sides of these proved reactions are exhibited in clinical practice. Opium cases are not always “Blissed out”. In one state the patient is hurried and intense. The patient has great desire for work and carries out tasks rapidly and with an extremely clear mind. If the patient exhausts his resources, an opposite state of confusion, somnolence and dullness occurs. These two sates may also alternate within the same patient. While dreaminess and euphoria are the typical mental characteristics, fear is the opposing state to which Opium patients are subject. In acute conditions, Opium may rouse from the stupor with marked fright. Likewise, Opium is one of our main remedies in ailments brought on by fright or trauma. Many homeopathic authors comment on the lack of conscience in Opium or heroin addicts who will lie or steal for the drug. Opium has been recommended therefore in patients who are amoral and in children...

Colours in Homoeopathy

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How do we use the colour preference in Homeopathy? We treat it like any other general symptom or modality and integrate it in the regular Homeopathic process: A general modality covers and influences the whole case and so does the colour preference. So we use it like any other good general or mental symptom, with due care and in accordance with a full picture of the case and remedy. If the patient is concentrating properly when choosing the colour and is sure of the chosen colour, we can use it as an important symptom, because it reflects the dispositional background of the patient – his basic feeling. Does the colour preference change? Yes, it can change. This is often seen in children. Their choice of colour is usually easy and natural. After years of constancy they may change suddenly because they enter another stage of development. We use this as an indication for another group of remedies. In some adults, the colour preference changes frequently, in others it stays the same for a long time or even for life. Maybe they have found their permanent style, or their development might have got stuck due to settled habits and a loss of youthful vigour. Many people also have a definite aversion to a certain colour. Enough cases have now been seen to prove that it’s possible to use the same rubrics as for the colour preference. Colour preference is not a shortcut to bypass Homeopathic Materia Medica. Colours in Homeopathy is a colour repertory....

Apis 30c

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A Client came in with her 4 year old son who presented with a tick on his thyroid gland that was red, swollen and sligthly warm to touch. Naturally the mother was concerned about the swollen gland obstructing his breathing pathway and so enlisted the help of her homeopath. There were no apparent systemic findings; he had not thrown up a fever, there was no diarrheoa, no tummy upset or any signs of viral or bacterial infection…This was a straight case of APIS. Apis is homoeopathic potentized venom of the honey bee. It is the Homeopathic remedy that is prescribed for people who are suffering from ailments that are accompanied by symptoms that are similar to the consequences of a bee sting. For instance, such patients will have symptoms like swelling and redness of the skin. In fact, such patients also often behave like the bees – being restive or showing irritability. Apis is prepared by crushing and extremely diluting the whole body, or the stings of the honey bees, in a base prepared by mixing water and alcohol. With a potency of 30c, Apis can be used in such acute cases with good clinical...

Homeopathic Ledum for Tetanus

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A tincture of the fresh herb Ledum Palustre is used to make Ledum. Remembering homeopathy works on the law of similars – i.e. like cures like, Ledum’s general actions are gouty pains in the joints of feet and hands, shifting from place to place and also involving fibrous tissues in various parts. The smaller joints become swollen and the pains simulate true gout. Veins enlarge and venous engorgement results, with hemorrhages from lungs, in eyes etc. Papular eruptions on face and other parts occur. It has been found useful for stings of insects and penetrating wounds. Clinically, there is a general tendency to rheumatic inflammations, especially of the joints, with soreness of the muscles, without fever. Like Arnica, it has a marked tendency to ecchymoses and hemorrhages, especially of bright red, frothy blood. It has been used as a local application for penetrating wounds and for the stings of insects. As a rule, the pains of Ledum are sticking, tearing and shifting and various parts of the body may seem bruised. Slight injuries cause ecchymoses. Tetanus lives in soil, and therefore patients with dog or cat bites need a tetanus shot because the animals have dirt in their mouths. The microorganism is causing the tetanus disease is the bacteria Clostridium Tetani. The bacteria itself is harmless on its own, but releases toxin in the body and affects the nervous system. Ledum is brilliant homeopathic remedy for Tetanus, but as always, please get homeopathic advise...

Homeopathic Lycopodium

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Lycopodium is one of the most fundamental remedies and is classed with Sulphur and Calcarea as part of the triad (Lyc – Sulph – Calc). The word used to describe the essence of Lycopodium is “Cowardice”. The patient often has marked feelings of inferiority which he constantly tries to overcome. Another aspect of Lycopodium is lack of discipline. For example, Lycopodium is the remedy that most craves sweets and eats them to the extent that it is detrimental to his well-being. The same is true in the sexual sphere. The Lycopodium patient will often be promiscuous, making passes at anyone potentially available. It is not that the patient has a stronger sex drive than the average person but rather that he has a superficial interest which he constantly seeks to satisfy. The Lycopodium patient fears forming long term relationships. He fears the responsibility of commitment. One aspect of this lack of commitment is a fear of impotence. The patient functions normally with a new partner but later notices he lacks the original excitement and finally develops impotence. Meanwhile he can easily be aroused by other women. Lycopodium children are angry, bossy, and rude to parents who are too “permissive”. The parents are often perplexed to find that at school the child gets good conduct scores because this bullying attitude is not tolerated. They are lean and timid. Fear those in authority. Tyrant at home, an angel at school; hard on subordinates and agreeable to superiors or people they fear. On the physical level,...

The Promise of Homoeopathy

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Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine which uses micro-doses of substances that come from all kingdoms of nature; biological, botanical and minerals, to stimulate our bodies own response to overcome illness. It works on the principle that “Like cures Like” or the “Laws of Similars” which is known to produce a well defined set of symptoms if taken by a healthy person. The same medicine is also used for the sick person who is presenting with the same set of symptoms. Hence the terms above. Therefore, a homeopathic treatment for hayfever may contain trace amounts of pollens and/or grasses. Drinking too much coffee may make us anxious and restless and make it difficult for us to get to sleep. A homeopathic treatment for sleeplessness or insomnia may contain minute doses of coffee to counteract those symptoms. Please put aside a minimum of one hour or more for your initial homeopathic consultation. Subsequent consultations generally require approximately 45 minutes. During your initial session, you should expect your practitioner to be taking detailed and extensive case notes in order to gain a complete understanding of your condition and your general state of health. Some of these questions may seem strange and peculiar to you, they may even seem irrelevant, however the more extensive peculiars your homeopath divulges from you, the greater his or her understanding is of your condition, and the finer tuned your homeopathic remedy will be for you, to affect a cure! Don’t forget: without high-quality information about a patient, a homeopath...

Homeopathy for autism

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Autism is often referred to as a genetic disease, but a genetic disease cannot increase within one generation as rapidly as autism has. Based on my understanding of the development of autism, it is of great importance to avoid medication during pregnancy and in the first two years of life. Unborn babies are not capable of handling toxins effectively and therefore, where it can be avoided, children should not be vaccinated before two years of age. Also, it is advisable for parents to first observe the behaviour and wellbeing of their baby and resolve any health problems, if need be, before beginning inoculations. It is advisable for parents not to vaccinate their baby if he or she is ill or recovering from an illness, even a slight fever is a contraindication. The brain of an unborn baby and of a baby under two years is extremely sensitive to all kinds of influences and can easily be harmed by chemical substances. Fat-soluble molecules, including those of oxygen and carbon dioxide, anaesthetics and alcohol can pass straight through the lipids in the capillary walls and so gain access to all parts of the brain. Especially in the first three months of foetus development, the blood-brain barrier is not fully formed. Isotherapy is the use of pathogenic products in homoeopathic potencies. When a certain substance is suspected to have contributed to the development of autism, this substance can be given in homoeopathic potencies. The reactions to these treatments are quite often very significant. The child may...