What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a form of natural medicine which uses substances from the Plant, Mineral and Animal kingdoms. Homeopathic remedies are prepared in a very special and particular way and specially chosen to match the symptoms you are currently experiencing. The right remedy helps the body heal itself rather than masking or suppressing symptoms.
Homeopathy literally means "similar suffering". It is based on the principal of Like Cures Like. It is a bit like the idea of "the hair of the dog that bit you." Anyone who has heard of having a bloody mary for breakfast after a night out has heard of homeopathy. Some people who are anxious drink coffee with caffeine to calm them down. The homeopathy practiced at Lotus Homeopathy isn't quite so crude and doesn't involve using large amounts of toxic substances like alcohol. But the idea is similar.
The Principal of Like Cures Like can be explained this way: If we give a substance to a healthy person, it will produce a certain set of symptoms in that person. If a sick person comes in who already has that same set of symptoms, it will help the sick person.
There are many things in our society that are homeopathic. In allopathic medicine, Ritalin is given to children and adults who have ADHD. It calms them down. However if Ritalin--a legal dose of speed--is given to someone who is not already hyperactive, it will make them hyperactive. Have you ever watched a sad movie or listed to depressing music when you are feeling down? That is also homeopathic.
In homeopathy we don't use crude substances such as Ritalin or vodka, but rather our remedies are prepared in a very particular way which makes them safe and effective.
Homeopathy has been around for over 200 years--longer than Western medicine has been around. Western medicine constantly reinvents itself which is part of the reason that what is good for you one week is not so good the next. Although homeopathy is continually finding new remedies, the basic way it is practiced hasn't changed.
The principals of homeopathy were developed by Samuel Hahnemann, MD in Germany in the late 18th Century and early 19th Century. It was widely practiced in the Western world until the 20th century when if fell out of favor due to politics, and not due to ineffectiveness.
Homeopathic remedies are individualized for each person. With over 2,500 homeopathic remedies to choose from, it is more likely than not that you will receive a different remedy for your particular pathology than another person would receive for the same diagnosis.
Homeopathy affects all planes--mental, emotional and physical. It is the ultimate mind/body medicine. In homeopathy we understand that the emotions and brain are in the same container as all the other parts of your body, thus they are inherently related. When we find a remedy for you, we need to know not just what your physical symptoms are, but what your mental and emotional symptoms are as well. That way we can get to the source of the problem, not mask it or suppress it with drugs or other supplements.
Every time you take a remedy, it is like a little lesson for the body in how it ought to react to a situation or a pathogen. Sometimes the body can't access what it inherently knows what to do. So the remedy comes in and teaches the body. As in life, some lessons are harder to learn than others. Sometimes the lessons need to be repeated, as in repeated remedies.