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Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy, a Medicine Ahead of Its Time. 

Homeopathy is system of medicine which is based on natural laws which have always existed but which were only discovered, understood and applied therapeutically some 200 years ago. 'Similia similibus curentur' is the Latin phrase which was then chosen to describe the 'law of similars' which underpins homeopathy's application - put simply it means 'like cures like'.

The way of similars, the homeopathic way, is to give the suffering patient who has a set a of particular symptoms which characterize their condition, a minute dose of a substance which in large doses causes similar symptoms of an artificially inflicted disturbance in a healthy person. e.g. homeopathically prepared doses of onion (allium cepa) will treat certain cases of hayfever where the symptoms match those of someone suffering the effects of inhaling the fumes of a fresh chopped onion, homeopathically prepared coffee (coffea tosta) is used to treat certain types of sleeplessness which resemble the sleeplessness caused by drinking coffee.

The symptom expression of each remedy is discovered primarily through a standard procedure called a 'proving' where a substance is tested on a group of healthy volunteers for its effects and the symptoms recorded and compared to produce the information which defines that particular remedy. Each homeopathic medicine has its unique symptom expression recorded in the homeopathic 'materia medica'

The Practice of Classical or Unicist homeopathy involves a detailed case-taking by the homeopath where the patient is examined and listened to while they explain in as much detail as possible their present symptoms, thoughts and feelings and the past history which has led up to the present reason for consulting the homeopath. After recording the patient's case the homeopath will analyze the whole picture and by comparing the symptoms to the known remedies in the 'materia medica' seek to find the single remedy which best covers the patient's expressed symptoms mental, emotional and physical. This one remedy will be given to the patient in an appropriate potency and frequency of repetition according to the homeopath's assessment of their need. After a suitable interval the patient will return to see the homeopath to assess the effect of the treatment and receive more treatment as and when appropriate. The number of appointments, number of remedies and amount of treatment will vary for each patient according to their condition and its severity.

Homeopathic medicines

Homeopathic medicines are prepared from source substances derived from all three of nature's kingdoms, vegetable, mineral and animal as well as from the realm of energy where medicines have been produced from different forms of radiation for example. The standardized process of 'potentisation' involving repeated serial steps of dilution and succussion by which all homeopathic medicines are prepared renders all original source materials innocuous to the human system. The potentised medicine maintains the curative properties of the original source substance which are effective when a chosen medicine is applied homeopathically to a particular patient according to the 'law of similars'.

Potentised medicines are prepared according to the instructions recorded in homeopathic pharmacopea.

There are currently some 3000+ remedies listed in the homeopathic materia medica. This list is continually being added to as new medicines are 'proved' i.e. tested, for their therapeutic potential on groups of healthy humans.


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~ Dr. Lise Maltais, ND ~
Comox, BC