Understanding Basic Homeopathic Principles and Using Homeopathy in Clinical Practice
You have probably used homeopathy and never knew it. Maybe you have never even heard the term homeopathy or homeopathic. Regardless, people buy homeopathic remedies (natural medicines) from the grocery store or pharmacy every day to help with things like colds and flu or muscle aches and pains. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was started in the late 1700s by a medical doctor named Samuel Hahnemann.
Dr. Hahnemann, dissatisfied with the medical treatments of his day, developed the homeopathic system of medicine in seeking to find better methods of treating his patients. He started with herbs and found them highly effective, but they sometimes had side effects that were unpleasant. Thus, he began to dilute the herbal remedies to counter their negative effects. These dilutions were called potencies, and he found that they had incredible results. Dr. Hahnemann took rigorous notes on all of his work, experimentation, and clinical findings and later compiled them into a consistent system of medicine called provings.
The Basic Terms of Homeopathy
Homeopathy: Addressing dysfunction in the body with diluted substances that stimulate similar states in the body. Literally means “Like -pathology” or “ similar – disease.”
Homeopathic potency: Levels of dilution of a remedy or substances. The more diluted, the higher the potency. Often remedies are diluted to the point where there is no longer any physical amount of the original substance. What remains is the essence or resonance of the substance with the bioenergetic imprint.
Proving: Clinical research to determine the effects of certain substances on a person and potential healing qualities.
Homeopathy has grown and expanded over time, just as any system of medicine should. With that said, there are some principles that have stood the test of time.
Principle 1: Like Cures Like
Anyone who has encountered poison ivy knows of the red, inflamed, painful, itchy rashes that ooze and weep. But did you know that when you dilute that oil from poison ivy, it becomes a great remedy for issues like rashes, joint pain, inflammation, and yes, poison ivy exposure? This is an example of like cures like.
Principle 2: Minimal Effective Dose
This principle is all about finding the right remedy at the right dosage. No more, no less. Sometimes this principle also applies to the idea that the more diluted a remedy is, the more potent or powerful.
Principle 3: Individualized Treatment
Homeopathic practitioners seek to treat holistically, meaning they look at the whole person. A homeopathic treatment plan may include remedies that address major physical issues, but also a patient’s temperament, emotions, and genetic predispositions. This is why a homeopath may take a very long and detailed medical history so that they can suggest the best remedies for your unique physiology and issues.
Modern Advancements In Homeopathy
Any good system of medicine will seek to evolve and improve its methods, looking for better and better results and healthier patient outcomes. Homeopathy is no different. While traditional homeopathy only used one remedy or substance at a time, modern methods often involve combining remedies synergistically to get the best effect, this is seen in combination remedies such as CitriDrops Nasal Spray or CellTropin.
An example of this synergism is Sinus Defense 2.0. This new formula uses a form of homeopathic remedies called Nosodes. Nosodes are homeopathic dilutions of various body tissues or biological substances during illness, such as bacteria or pus. Sinus Defense 2.0 uses many different nosodes to help balance the body’s immune response. This remedy has been testing very well in my clinic. We often use nosodes in this manner to support the body in regaining its strength in dealing with infections and becoming more adaptable.
Contemporary research methods and technology are able to show that each method of creating homeopathic remedies is unique and changes the physio-chemical structure of the base substance (typically salt water or alcohol-based solution). Various medical studies have shown homeopathic remedies to beat conventional medicine and placebo with many chronic and acute issues.
My Personal Experiences with Homeopathy
Even as a child, my mother would give me various homeopathic remedies for things like sore muscles or allergies. But what stands out to me the most is the Arnica Montana 30c that she would give me during football season to help with aches, pains, and bruising. As a young man, I was skeptical about anything that I didn’t understand. This led me to quit taking the Arnica for a few weeks. It was quickly evident that I was MUCH sorer, had more bruises, and was in much more pain without the Arnica. Within a few days of taking Arnica again, all of these symptoms had receded. I was officially a believer in homeopathic remedies!
Now in clinical practice, I find that homeopathy seems to work by stimulating the body’s own regulatory and healing abilities. It’s essentially a gentle, informational signal to the body, nudging it in the right direction. This works great for highly sensitive patients, children, people needing help with detoxification, or for very specific purposes such as supporting the brain and hormones after mold exposure.
How I Use Homeopathy for Mold Illness
Mold often disrupts our hormones and negatively impacts our brains. After helping someone detoxify the mold toxins (mycotoxins), lowering inflammation, and supporting the immune system, I will use a protocol that often involves CellTropin to support brain healing and repair. I find that most patients do very well with CellTropin and are able to titrate the dose according to symptoms and tolerance of the formula. It can also be taken with any other treatments without worrying about interactions, which is helpful, especially when we are employing many treatment modalities at once.
In summary, homeopathy is a safe and gentle way to enhance health and healing. It’s been a formal system for centuries but its roots are traced back thousands of years to Hippocrates. Not only is it supported by research, but I have seen it work wonders in both myself and my patients.