Homeopathic Medicine was developed in the early 1800s by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician and pharmacist. This form of holistic medicine is used to treat the person's whole "state." It is based on the principle of treating like with like (the principle of similars). This law states that when a substance in large doses causes certain symptoms, in small doses it can cure these same symptoms.

Some treatments in conventional medicine rely on this like-cures-like principle; vaccines, for instance, introduce small doses of an illness-causing agent to prevent disease. Extreme dilutions (the minimum dose) of animal, vegetable, or mineral preparations are used to stimulate the innate human healing systems. Symptoms are often considered positive and are not suppressed.

Supporters of homeopathic medicine believe that these diluted extracts can be potent remedies for illnesses and diseases. Examples of application of homeopathic remedies to simple problems include treating the common cold, earaches, hay fever, digestive problems, respiratory infections, and the flu. Constitutional remedies are treatments that are obtained in consultation with a trained homeopath, and are focused on improving over all well-being. At Therapeutic Systems we will help you try to find the Homeopathic Medicine that best suites your needs.

How Does Homeopathy Work?

Homeopathic remedies start with simple substances, such as herbs, minerals, or animal products. These substances are first crushed and dissolved in a specified amount of a substance—usually grain alcohol or lactose, mechanically shaken, then stored. This is the "mother tincture." Homeopaths further dilute tinctures with alcohol or lactose, either 1 part to 10 (written as "x") or 1 part to 100 (written as "c"), and then succuss these tinctures, yielding a 1x or 1c dilution. Homeopaths can even further dilute these tinctures two times (2x or 2c), three times (3x or 3c), and so forth. In clinical practice, any dilution may be used, but the most common are the 6x, 12x, and 30x and 6c, 12c, and 30c. The more diluted the substance, the more potent its healing powers are thought to be.

Rather than simply suppressing symptoms of a disease, homeopathic remedies act as catalysts that aid the body's inherent healing mechanisms. Moreover, homeopaths believe that any physical disease has a mental and emotional component. The homeopathic diagnosis is threefold, including physical symptoms (e.g., feverish), current emotional and psychological state (e.g., anxious, restless), and overall constitution of the individual (this includes more enduring qualities related to a person's creativity, initiative, persistence, concentration, physical sensitivities, stamina). The right remedy for a particular condition addresses all of these aspects and requires a highly individualized diagnosis.

Homeopathy is also used like other remedies, that is, according to symptoms. Health-food stores and some pharmacies sell homeopathic remedies for a variety of problems. Remedies are usually taken for no more than 2 or 3 days, though some people require only one or two doses before starting to feel better. If a remedy fails, it may be because it was the wrong substance for the set of symptoms. Conditions that respond particularly well to homeopathic treatment include asthma, diarrhea, eczema and other types of skin rashes, depression, anxiety, hot flashes, chronic fatigue syndrome and otitis media (ear infection).

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