Twenty-five centuries ago, Hippocrates taught that "the same things which cause a disease can cure it". Around 1790, Christian Freidriech Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, chemist and toxicologist began conducting experiments with the known medicines of that particular time: aconite, belladonna, quinine, ipecac, mercury and others; with himself as the patient.
He observed that taking quinine brought on the symptoms of malaria, the disease that quinine often cured. He theorized that an ill person could be cured by a substance which would produce the symptoms of the disease in a healthy person. After years and many agents tested, he concluded that "like cures like", when the agent was administered in a very weak form.
The remedies are made from substances taken from the vegetable, mineral, and animal kingdoms. Each remedy is diluted yielding a solution that probably contains none of the original molecules but contains the electromagnetic imprint. Each remedy has its own profile, or personality, which is matched to the patient's profile.
Homeopathic remedies are becoming popular in North America as effective treatments that are non-toxic and support the body's natural healing process.
How does homeopathy work?
Homeopathy works by means of similars:
Like cures like. The best way to describe the working of the medicine is with a few examples.
Coffee before bedtime will generally cause many people to stay awake but in an infinitesimally small dose, can be used to treat insomnia.
A full strength dose of Ipecac will cause vomiting but in diluted dose, it is a remedy used to control nausea and vomiting.
Making homeopathy work for you
Following these few simple instructions you can maximize the effectiveness of your homeopathic treatment.
DO NOT HANDLE THE MEDICINE: pop the pellets into the cap, then put in a clean mouth, under the tongue for best results
All remedies should be taken 20 minutes before a meal, or 1 1/2 hours after a meal.
Wait 15 minutes before or after you brush your teeth
Avoid the consumption of caffeine. This includes coffee, tea, chocolate and pop. Substitution with herbal tea is okay. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, mint, and methanol (cough drops, tiger balm, vapour rub)
If you are taking more than one homeopathic wait a few minutes between each remedy or as directed by your naturopathic practitioner.
Most homeopathics can work in conjunction with other medications.
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