What is Homeopathy?
The roots of this interesting art began in the late 1700′s by a Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. He graduated from medical school and shortly thereafter began his own practice. Through the use of common medical treatments of that day such as bloodletting and the useful of toxic chemicals such as arsenic, he became increasingly frustrated and disillusioned with those methods of helping people. Homeopathy operates on the premise that “like cures like”. Hahnemann at first became fascinated with the bark of a South American tree by the name of cinchona, which at the time was being used to treat those with malaria. He ingested the substance while healthy and observed that this produced in him malaria like symptoms. Therefore, homeopathy looks for substances that produces the same symptoms that a non-healthy individual experiences. It became so popular that at the turn of the 19th century, many schools, hospitals and pharmacies existed that focused on this method. It was only with the modern rise of pharmaceuticals did it get pushed to the back of the bus, only to use by a small group of practitioners. Its popularity is gaining fast ground to the wonderful results people from all over are having.
HOW DOES HOMEOPATHY WORK?
Homeopathy is governed by three laws. The first is the law of similar, which we already mentioned above. The second is the law of infinitesimals. Hahnemann postulated that the more diluted a remedy the more powerful it became. The third is the law of sucussion. Sucussion basically means to vigorously shake the remedy being made. By doing this is “potentized” and made stronger. Hahnemann, along with the ancient healing system of China and India, believe in a life force that the body has and that when this vital force falls out of balance, symptoms and disease occurs in the body. These remedies are thought to help the body realign. I have had it explained to me as the substance tuning in to what is going on in the body much like we turn the knob on a radio to hear a specific frequency. These remedies are frequencies or contain vibrational information that can used to rebalance. Can we see radio waves? No. Do they carry a frequency that we cannot see? Yes. A homeopathic remedy is said to contain the life force of the mother substance and through the process of diluting and sucussing, this essence is captured and made stronger. Even though a much diluted remedy may contain none of the actual original substance, it retains the vibrational or frequency of the original substance.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES IT TREAT?
I personally have observed the power of these remedies that fall outside of just coincidence. A friend of mine cut open his hand very deeply one day and was taken to the hospital. He decided not to get stiches and was telling me the story. I recommended a remedy called Arnica that he promptly went out and purchased. Within 3 days, his hands was almost completely closed and was well beyond where a normal healing process would have brought him. This same friend also occasionally gets gout, with sharp pain in his big toe. He has more Arnica available and just decided to see if it would help for this as well. The gout symptoms literally disappeared within minutes. Many other stories of people that I have recommended remedies for has reported similar findings. The best part of all is that homeopathic remedies are 100% natural, safe and non-toxic and anyone of any age can take them. The remedies can literally be used on almost any condition. There are hundreds of remedies and the key to finding one that works is by generally see changes that occur fairly rapidly. If no change has occurred after 4-5 days, another remedy should be tried.
HOW DO YOU TAKE THE REMEDIES?
Homeopathy can be administered through pills, liquids drops and with some as creams. There are also different potencies that exist and one potency over another should be discussed with your practitioner as to determine what is right for you. Depending upon a client’s health issues, one or more may be recommended to take as a step towards helping the body to heal itself.
HOMEOPATHIC INJECTABLE THERAPY
Homeopathic injectable therapy is an effective and inexpensive way to promote the natural regulatory processes in the body that reduces inflammation, enhance the body’s natural immunity, and promotes healing and better health. Generally these injections of homeopathic solution are dilute microdoses of plants or minerals given intramuscularly or subcutaneously in one or two small injection sites. An injection intramuscularly into one acupuncture point, travels through the acupuncture channel (meridian) and has a systemic effect on the entire body. For more localized areas, an application into a trigger point can be used for conditions such as an acute sprained ankle or frozen shoulder. Their application in the area of immune enhancement and pain reduction are paramount.
One of the homeopathic injectables used known as Zeel reduces chronic inflammation in the body, not by suppression, but by promoting the natural biological healing process. Zeel, unlike many of its anti-inflammatory counterparts, does not have negative gastrointestinal effects, does not thin the blood like NSAIDS and has no adverse drug interactions but does reduce pain and inflammation. Traumeel is also used for acute inflammation, sprains, strains and achy muscles. Zeel and/or Traumeel are highly effective in reducing pain and inflammation related to fibromyalgia.
Once our patients try these simple intramuscular injections, they often request them because of their immediate and dramatic results. For example, many patients with arthritis do not want to take daily medications. After 4-6 weekly injections, they may have one per month to keep their pain level significantly reduced or completely pain free. The injections are cost effective and they generally produce positive results.
Listed below are examples of some but not all of the homeopathic injectables used at the Marino Clinic:
Traumeel: For the regulation of acute inflammation, sports sprains and strains. To help reduce inflammation, pain, regenerate when possible, and serve as a catalyst in the healing process. It increases circulation, works as an analgesic to reduce pain, while promoting the natural healing process.
Zeel: For the temporary relief of symptoms of mild to moderate arthritic pain, osteoarthritis, joint stiffness and chronic inflammatory conditions.
Spascupreel: For the relief of tight muscles and spasms anywhere in the body and for acute or chronic muscle tightness and spasms such as acute neck and shoulder tig htness and pain.
Neuralgo Rheum: For the stimulation of the defense mechanism in joint disorders: chronic arthritis and arthrosis, neuralgia and rheumatism of the soft tissues, intervertebral disc conditions, exhaustion and debility.
Lymphomyosot: For the temporary relief of swelling due to poor circulation, minor injury and environmental toxins.