An Introduction to Homeopathic Remedies
Many individuals have chosen to use homeopathic remedies either as an alternative to traditional medicine or in conjunction with it. Homeopathic remedies are attractive to many people because they are a non toxic system of medicine.
Homeopathy has been around since the 18th century and is practiced today by licensed physicians and other qualified prescribers. This natural approach to healing and health care looks at remedies that can stimulate the body to turn on its own healing mechanisms as part of the process of returning the body to its homeostasis or balance.
Followers of homeopathy regard disease as the body’s own defensive attempt to correct its imbalance rather than as a foreign invader that must be destroyed. Homeopathic remedies therefore seek to trigger the body’s own curative powers Homeopathic remedies are created according to the “Law of Similars”. This philosophy suggests that symptoms caused by ingesting or exposure to a substance in its raw form can be lessened or alleviated by taking the same substance (causing the symptoms) in a much more diluted form. Substances are diluted with water, sugar or alcohol.
According to homeopathy, substances will have different properties and actions depending on the level of their concentration (low, medium or high). Homeopathic remedies containing high concentrations suppress and low concentrations stimulate. Following are ailments that many feel are best addressed through homeopathic means:
• gynecological conditions
• skin conditions
• digestive problems
• chronic and acute conditions including colds and flu
Self-care using homeopathic remedies is sometimes practiced by those with moderate or short-term illnesses. In those cases lower potencies are taken (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, 30C). A 30 may act more quickly and with more intensity than a 6 and need fewer repetitions—but the higher the potency, the more precise the remedy choice must be to bring about the expected results. High potencies (past 30C) should only be used by those with formal homeopathic training or under the guidance of a health care professional.