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Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was developed in the late 18th century by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. The name homeopathy is derived from the Greek homeos, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering. The main principle of homeopathy is known as the Law of Similars. This law says that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in a healthy person. For example, a person exposed to stinging nettles may develop a rash with stinging pain and raised skin. Therefore, a homeopathic remedy made from nettles (Urtica urens) may be helpful for symptoms of allergies that produce a similar symptom picture. In other words, "like cures like."
How Does Homeopathy Work?
To minimize toxic side effects, Hahnemann found that natural substances that were diluted using a specific process could produce deep, long-lasting results with no side effects. From this, Hahnemann established the Law of Minimum Dose that states “a person’s inner healing mechanism may be stimulated by using the least amount of medicine,” thus allowing the body to self-correct.
Today, many people continue to benefit from the use of homeopathy and find it to be a helpful treatment for a variety of conditions, including allergies, arthritis, asthma, and more.
One of the main benefits of homeopathy is that it is gentle and non-toxic and can be used by people of all ages, including pregnant women and newborns. Many people have also successfully used homeopathy for their pets. Homeopathic remedies are affordable and easy to find.
Common Homeopathic Remedies
The goal of homeopathic medicine is to treat the individual. Homeopathy matches a particular remedy with a particular person’s symptom picture.
Here are a few common remedies that can be found at many pharmacies and health food stores.
Arnica is one of the most well-known homeopathic remedies. It helps to promote healing and speeds recovery from trauma to soft tissue, such as bumps, bruising or overexertion. Arnica can be taken internally or applied topically as a cream or gel, as needed.
Made from Labrador tea, Ledum is thought to be effective in treating injuries caused by blunt trauma (such as smashing your finger with a hammer). It is also used for puncture wounds or injuries that cause swelling, such as insect bites, or a black eye. Ledum can also be used to relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
This remedy is used for a variety of complaints, including diarrhea, constipation, headache, nausea and hangover. Under the supervision of a homeopath or naturopathic doctor, Nux vomica is also said to be helpful for treating addiction to drugs or alcohol. The remedy is believed to help remove toxins from the body and boost energy levels. It can also help relieve anxiety and stress.
Mag phos is a homeopathic remedy made from the mineral magnesium and phosphoric acid. It is used to address muscle cramps, spasms and other types of nerve pain that typically feels like it is shooting or stabbing.
If you're new to homeopathy, it can be useful to talk to someone who is experienced with using these remedies. There are also many books that provide an excellent introduction to using homeopathy for first aid and other basic health care needs. For more serious or complex health situations, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional, ideally a homeopath or naturopathic doctor.
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