What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy has been used successfully worldwide for over 200 years and is recognized as the second most therapeutic form of medicine in the world today. It is the fastest growing form of medicine and has had achieved acclaim over the years as it is able to treat patients on a very individual basis.
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that uses micro-doses of natural remedies from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. It is based on the principle of “like cures like” where a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can be used to cure those same symptoms in a “sick” person. Homeopathy is a holistic practice which treats the symptoms of the body and mind as a totality. Homeopaths recognise that symptoms of ill-health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person, and that the whole person needs treatment, not just the isolated symptoms of a particular illness. This will ensure health on a mental, emotional and physical plane that is non-invasive, gentle, quick, safe and permanent. Homeopathic medicine can be used preventatively, for chronic conditions as well as for acute conditions.
The OCHM Teaching Clinic offers excellent Homeopathic care at a very reasonable rate.
Principles of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like”. Each homeopathic remedy carries with it a specific footprint and a homeopathic practitioner is trained to identify the symptom picture of the patient and match it to that of a single remedy for a complete cure; each patient is treated individually because no two symptom pictures (and therefore patients) are alike. When prescribing a homeopathic remedy, the stimulation it provides the body is simply so that the body can complete its healing work that comes naturally. The smallest possible dose is given with the understanding that the medicine works from within the patient’s vitality and is not imposed upon from the outside. By stimulating one’s own vitality, the patient can heal naturally and efficiently without experiencing side effects.
How is a homeopathic remedy made?
Remedies are made through a series of dilutions and successions. The original substance is diluted and shaken to acquire the desired potency and to release the dynamic nature of the medicine. Dr. Hahnemann (the founder of Homeopathy) discovered that by using infinitesimally small doses, he could not only alleviate common symptoms, they worked better than large doses! By using the smallest possible dose and only repeating when necessary, side effects and adverse reactions are prevented and one is brought to complete cure safely and efficiently.
In addition to the range of symptoms which must be included in a case to find the right homeopathic remedy, precision is very important. For example there are nearly 4,000 homeopathic remedies and of those, the practitioner must be careful to match the remedy picture to the patient symptoms; a different remedy may be prescribed depending on when the symptoms occur, the type of complaint, where it occurs, what brings it on, what other symptoms are experienced, what makes it better or worse etc.
History of Homeopathy
Homeopathy was first defined by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann of Germany in the 18th century. The word Homeopathy comes from the Greek homoeo (meaning similar) and pathos (meaning suffering) and its origins can be traced back to the times of Hypocrates. Dr. Hahnemann found that symptoms of a poisoning could be cured by administering the poison through a homeopathic preparation – the symptoms that the poison created can also be cured with the same poison in different concentration. This is called “Similia Similibus Curentur”, which means “like cures like”.
How did he come to this realization? Dr. Hahnemann was a Medical Doctor who ran his own practice. He was disillusioned by the way medicine was being conducted and the way patients were being treated for their ailments (through bloodletting, purging, leeches and the use of toxic chemicals) during the time. He closed up shop and began to work as a chemist while translating medical texts. He started to translate William Cullen’s Materia Medica into German and through that translation sought to find a better means of providing healthcare using the principle of “Similars”. Dr. Hahnemann became particularly interested with the South American tree-bark (Chincona) because it was being used to treat malaria induced fever. In 1790, he began his first homeopathic experiment by ingesting a toxic amount of the bark. He found that the bark produced symptoms in him (a healthy person) that were malaria-like and came to the conclusion that if a crude dose of a substance can create symptoms in a healthy person, an infinitesimal dose of the same substance can cure those very symptoms in a “sick” person.
After translating Cullen’s work, Dr. Hahnemann spent the next six years experimenting on himself, his family and a growing group of followers. He wrote scientific papers on his findings and he was persecuted for his thoughts but the popularity of Homeopathic Medicine grew. Dr. Hahnemann kept meticulous records of his findings and together with his clinical trials developed a homeopathic clinical practice. He introduced the concept of potentization as well as using the totality of the patient’s symptoms to cure and was able to successfully treat his patients. Dr. Hahnemann practiced homeopathy for 50 years until his death in 1843.
Homeopathy had a large impact on medicine: the first Homeopathic Hospital opened in 1832 and Homeopathic Medical schools opened all around Europe. Homeopathic practitioners often had better therapeutic results than did their allopathic counterparts and the public took notice, demanding better care from all physicians. Today, homeopathy is integrated into healthcare systems around the world as the public has taken greater interest in holistic and natural approaches to healthcare.
Benefits of Homeopathy
Homeopathic remedies are safe and do not interfere with any other medications. They stimulate the body to work optimally and therefore fight disease manifestation. Classical homeopaths use one substance in a remedy with each prescription and when a remedy is carefully chosen it is all that is required for all of a patient’s symptoms to be cured. Below are some benefits of Homeopathy:
- Homeopathy is natural and safe for use on people of all ages, children and pets
- Homeopathic Medicines are effective
- Homeopathic Medicines are easy to administer and take
- Only one homeopathic medicine is prescribed at a time
- Homeopathic treatment does not interfere with any medications
- The treatment protocol results in a rapid, gentle and permanent cure
- Homeopathic treatment is cost effective
- Homeopathic treatment is individual
Homeopathy treats the person, not the disease and therefore patients with all types of “conditions” including: colds, flus, skin problems, diabetes, hypertension, headaches, asthma, allergies, digestive problems, respiratory problems, constipation, colitis, sleeping difficulties, infertility, arthritis, cancer, anxiety, depression, autism and much more.
Links and resources
Ontario Homeopathic Association
The Ontario Homeopathic Association (OHA) was founded in 1992 to re-establish Homeopathy as a recognized health care system in Ontario, and to form a united and regulated body of qualified practitioners who provide safe, effective and professional homeopathic health care to the public.
The OHA has established the highest standards of care for the Homeopathic Medical profession in the province of Ontario. Professional ethics and standards of this discipline bind all members.
The OHA has been actively involved in the regulation of Homeopathy in the province of Ontario and is extremely proud of the passing of the “Homeopathy Act of 2007”. With this act, there will be transparency and accountability of educators and practitioners, because it is important to protect the public who use homeopathy. This is why the OHA has implemented such high standards for its members and why it has given special accreditation privileges to graduates of the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine.
For more information on the OHA, please visit: www.ontariohomeopath.com
College of Homeopaths of Ontario
The Organon of the Medical Art by Samuel Hahnemann (edited by W. O'Reilly)
Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy by James Tyler Kent
Lectures on Materia Medica by James Tyler Kent
The Principles and Art of Cure by H.A. Roberts
The Spirit of Homeopathy by Rajan Sankaran
The Substance of Homeopathy by Rajan Sankaran
The Science of Homeopathy by George Vithoulkas
Homeopathic Drug Pictures by Margaret Tyler
Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines, vol. 1-3 by Catherine Coulter
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Homeopathic Educational Services
Minimum Price Homeopathic Books
Homeopathic Resource Portal
Riverdale Homeopathic Resources