What can Homoeopathy do for Me?
Homoeopathy is a system of medicine similar to immunization, whereby a micro-dose of a substance is administered in order to create a response, causing the body to heal itself. The medicine is only the catalyst. So, unless you have a condition which need surgery, or you have become dependent on some medication( eg insulin), or the condition you have has depleted you so much that you have very little recuperative power and therefore need medication to keep you going, your body is able to heal itself of most diseases. Homoeopathy can address malfunctions such as Gout, indigestion and thyroid problems, low immunity which result in infections, nervous disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, exam nerves, stage fright, emotional problems like depression or sadness, specific conditions such as coughs, allergies, rashes, headaches, back pain, toothache, to name but a few. The homoeopath asks a lot of questions.
Can I recover from grief?
When a trauma like grief hits us we feel like we will never recover. How can we ever live without the love one again. Hopelessness is dreadful. So, we are told that it will take time. Sure it will, but what can one do in the meantime? Is there any MEDICINE that can help? I know that years ago when I suffered a great loss I felt so distraught that I almost decided to take something like valium, anything under such circumstances. There are many Homoeopathic remedies for grief, and this was a great source of relief for me, not only the thought that Doctors who believed and practiced Homoeopathy, had written books about it, gave recommendations on what to prescribe, but also trying it myself. Now some 20 years later I can testify that not only I found relief from the remedies, but I don’t suffer the nasty side effects that often plague some people years after an episode of grief.
For example, a tendency to WITHDRAW, not to want to talk or communicate with others, to think it’s all worthless etc. We lose the joy of living and because we don’t want to go through it again, we avoid getting involved and become what others describe as UNSOCIABLE.
I have treated hundreds of people over the years who had suffered some form of grief and the result are sometimes obvious, by looking at the change in their expression, their willingness to talk and especially by what they tell me themselves. All you have to do is ask someone who has been to a Homoeopath.
I give here some common, but not so obvious source of grief, not recognized or passed off by people and therapists alike:
This means all of us. Who can claim not to fit in at least one of these categories?
How do l know if l still suffer the effects of Grief?
What are the names of some of the medicines used in homoeopathy for Grief?
The following is but a short list and a practitioner should be consulted first as he/she is trained to select the correct on for you and give the right dose:
Can you explain grief reaction to me?
Any symptoms that date back from an episode of grief can be classified as grief reaction. These are numerous and vary in intensity and frequency. Sighing is a frequent one. Grief can also affect vision, respiration, bowel movement, digestion, hearing etc. Grief usually causes people to withdraw and internalize. They lose interest in social activities and avoid communicating with friends. Any situation that may resemble the past trauma may trigger a grief reaction. However, with Homoeopathic remedies these become less and less.
Can you give some examples of people who have benefited from homoeopathic treatment for trauma recovery?
Man 48 years old, ex prisoner of war, abused and tortured for many years, now suffering from nightmares, depression, anger and tiredness. The nightmares all relate to the mental trauma of the prison camp. This was affecting his family life and his relationship with his wife and children. After receiving medication for loss, disappointment and frustration he was able to enjoy better quality sleep. He then received medication for nightmares, depression and anger. He reported an improvement in his moods and is now much less irritable. This was in 1995. He now enjoys a normal life.
Girl 8 years old, not doing well at school, not sleeping well, restless sleep and frequent bed wetting. Very sensitive and cries a lot. A through investigation revealed that when she migrated to Australia at age 4 her pet dog had to be given away, leave alone leaving behind grand parents, friends and house. She had not recovered from the trauma and was administered remedies for homesickness, disappointment and sadness.
She recovered extremely well and is now free of all the above symptoms!
Homeopathic medicines are slow to act
The action of Homeopathic medicines depends on the patient’s response to the medicine rather than on the medicine itself. In acute diseases, those of recent origin, the remedy produces very quick results. Chronic diseases naturally take longer e.g., Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, Sinusitis, Migraine, Eczema, Arthritis etc. This is due to continuous suppression by other systems of medicine or when the acute diseases have not been treated properly. In those cases homeopathic medicines take longer to act. Thus it is the complexity, duration and suppression of the disease which become the factor responsible for the time it takes to cure a particular condition. Another factor to remember is that when a patient visits a homeopath for the first time, he or she may have one particular complaint they want treated. However this may not be the order in which things are done. For instance, someone may want a remedy for depression, but unless the primary cause is removed first the depression may not improve. I had a patient recently who had weakness in the legs preventing him from doing his garden. He was depressed because he was told that there was no cure for his condition. I told him that his depression would go once he was able work in the garden. So it was the use of his legs that was causing the depression. It is the complexity, duration and suppression of the disease which become the factor responsible for the time it takes to cure a particular condition
Symptoms sometimes increase after taking homeopathic medicine
This occurs in less than 5% of people. It is a reaction rather than a side effect. If you stop the remedy for a few days should this occur these aggravating symptoms disappear and should not come back when you resume the medicine?
Such symptoms indicate that the remedy has activated a response in your body and that cure is on the way.
Homeopathy acts fast in children only
Children generally respond quicker because they have not been exposed to the suppressing effects that occurs in adults who have a habit of taking off the shelf chemist line medication, often containing steroid compounds. However, how fast the homeopathic medicine takes to act does not depend on the medicine only but on other factors such as the type of disease, the duration, the patient’s general health and even the strength of the homeopathic medicine. An experienced homeopath should be in a position to indicate to the patient the duration of the treatment or the time required to complete the treatment.
Pathological investigations are not required in homeopathy
There is nothing further from the truth. Although it may not be essential in all cases, the experienced homeopath will be able to request those tests that will confirm a diagnosis or lead to it, in conditions where there may be a hidden pathology. This is so in life threatening or complex situations and may even provide much quicker results. The main objective in obtaining blood test results for instance is not that the homeopath cannot otherwise make a prescription, but to ensure that some underlying condition is not overlooked. Pathological findings also help in the management of the case and the monitoring the progress.
Single medicine should be given
Single medicine prescribing means that only one remedy works at any given time. This generally the case when a patient presents with a single condition such as a migraine, a sinus infection or a sore throat. However because most patients find out about homeopathy after other methods have failed there usually are more than one condition that needs to be attended to. It is then necessary to prescribe several remedies. So, two remedies can be taken on alternate days. In some cases the homeopath may decide to mix the two remedies in one bottle. This then is a matter of convenience to the patient rather than to the homeopath. In some instances your homeopath may even mix several medicines in one bottle to treat the one condition you went to him with. This would apply if the condition you have is multifaceted. For example acne is one condition that needs several remedies. One remedy may act for the eruptions on the forehead, and another one may help the eruptions on the chin. There may yet be another remedy for the pimples on the side of the nose or on the back. Again it is a matter of convenience. Your homeopath will have no objection to giving several medicines in separate bottles should you so wish. I generally ask the patients for their preference.
All Homeopathic medicines are the same
Homeopathic medicines are generally dispensed in globules or alcohol. Homeopathic pills are medicated and any excess alcohol is evaporated. Unlike chemist line medicines they are not coated. Chemist line medicines are coated different colours so they purposely look different, for reasons of safety and to avoid confusion. No such thing exists in homeopathy. The homeopathic dose is so minute that the globules end up all being the same colour or appearance; much like conventional vaccines. Only the packaging differs. The idea that all homeopathic medicines are the same comes from a basic misconception- that because they are so diluted that they can’t possibly work. This is a myth because unless you have tried the medicine on yourself when you are sick you have no way of knowing. Even so orthodox medications are classified as scientific and manufactured according to a certain protocol; they still have to be tested on real people.
Indeed some overseas manufacturers of homeopathic medicines have understood how people can be so easily influenced by misinformation that they now are producing homeopathic medications in pills of different colours. The colour will make no difference of course, but it will be interesting to see whether those who are opposed to the fact that coloured pills work better than white pills will eventually try homeopathy for themselves. Experiments have been conducted in laboratory that demonstrate that pills medicated with; say digitalis in a 6x dilution, do have a positive effect on heart muscles. The demonstration of this being made possible using an ECG or electro cardiogram set up.
Homeopathic medicines cannot be mixed with Conventional medicine
Those opposed to homeopathy will insist that there is nothing in it, so how is it that these same people will also tell you not to take homeopathic medicine if you are on conventional medicine? There is nothing further from the truth. The only time you are not supposed to mix the two systems of medicine is when one is acting in the opposite way to the other. Homeopathic medicines stimulate your immune system, while antibiotics act destructively on the bacteria. When this happens your immune system goes lazy. If you want your immune system to continue fighting for you it is your choice to take the antibiotics or not. In some cases your immune system may have been depleted to such an extent that you may need to take the antibiotics in order to survive. The homeopathic medicine can be resumed later. So, mixing the two is not a question of two chemicals neutralizing each other. Conventional medicine is a chemical compound whilst the homeopathic is like a catalyst. It takes no part in the reaction.
Homeopathic medicine can be taken with conventional medicine with a significant gap (30-40 minutes).
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