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What are the homeopathic medicines?

Homeopathic medicines can be made from plants, such as aconite and dandelion; minerals such as iron phosphate and sodium chloride; animals such as snake venom or cuttlefish ink; or such chemical drugs as penicillin. These substances are carefully diluted until little of the original substance remains.

Clinical experience and now scientific evidence shows that these infinitesimal doses are effective. A medicine is homeopathic only if it is taken based upon the similar nature of the medicine to the illness. In other words, it must be homeopathic to the symptoms presented.

How are the remedies prescribed?

A remedy is chosen that mirrors the patient’s current symptoms: physical and emotional. The strength of that remedy – designated by a number, followed by an “X,” “C,” or “M” – and number of doses is based upon the homeopath’s evaluation of that patient’s vital force and the situation presented.

While most homeopaths still practice the older, slower methods of the 4th Organon, I practice the more advanced methods of the 6th Organon, which call for diluting all remedies (not just LM potencies) in water before being taken. This allows for a deeper, smoother action, along with increased ability to adjust the dosing for each patient.

How does homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?

Homeopathy doesn’t treat symptoms or diseases; it treats people with diseases. Traditional medicine is “allopathic,” which means different from the suffering. It uses drugs that work against the disease and its symptoms; hence such terms as anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-biotic. Homeopathy means similar to the suffering. Whatever symptoms a remedy produces in a healthy person can be a curative in a sick person – “likes cure likes.”

Are homeopathic medicines safe?

Prescribed properly, homeopathic remedies are safe and gentle. From time to time, a remedy may produce an aggravation, which is a temporary intensification of symptoms. This is especially true if the remedy is too strong or taken too frequently. The manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

How does a homeopath find the correct remedy for my condition?

The homeopath will ask a series of questions to understand your physical, mental and emotional state until he or she has clear understanding of the totality of your state. The unique aspects of this state or set of symptoms are the most important information for the homeopath. Remedies are recommended based upon the unique, and sometimes complex, state of being of each individual.

What is an LM remedy?

This is the deep, powerfully acting potency Samuel Hahnemann documented in the 6th Organon. Hahnemann discovered that LM potencies sped the healing process.

Many homeopaths think that LM potencies are a “low potency” remedy that do not cause aggravations, are for sensitive patients, and should be repeated daily. This is not true. An LM offers the best of both worlds, as it is gentle like the low potencies but powerful like the high potencies. But, as with any remedy, the homeopath must determine the patient’s sensitivity and recommend dosing accordingly.

Why do some homeopaths recommend dry pellets
and others put the pellets in water?

Hahnemann discovered in his later years that when he put the remedies in water they worked deeper yet smoother.  He also taught us that putting the remedies in water allows for many ways to adjust the potency and dose, further tailoring the remedy to the patient. The homeopath can vary the size of the remedy bottle, the number of succussions, amount of dilution, quantity, and frequency of the dose. I learned Hahnemann’s advanced methods during my years of study with David Little, a classical master.  These advanced methods are incorporated into my practice today.  Homeopaths who use dry pellets are using the older methods of the 4th Organon, not the newer methods of the 5th and 6th Organon.  (This is the method practiced by Deborah Vidal RSHom (NA), CCH, who continues to study it with David Little, a classical master.)

What about combination homeopathic remedies sold in drug stores
for colds or headaches, for example. Are they effective?

Classical homeopathy never uses combination remedies; in fact, they contradict one of its most fundamental principles: That a single remedy will correspond to a patient’s total symptoms. Combination remedies assume that all colds or headaches are alike and can be treated with the same solution. But, many different factors can influence a disease process. Combination remedies have never been proven and single remedies have all been proven.

Why do some people seem to get sick frequently and others don’t?

It has to do with your genetically inherited constitution – essentially your fundamental structure or temperament. A person with a strong constitution can withstand more pressure without getting sick than can someone with a weak constitution. By looking at your family history, a homeopath can help you identify areas where you may have inherited a weak or strong constitution, and also assist you in strengthening it.