Just what is this stuff called Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a form of energetic medicine that uses natural substances in highly diluted forms to stimulate a healing reaction in the body. Whew? Say that three times really fast!
Before we talk about the definition of homeopathy it’s important to ‘get’ the fundamentals behind its practice. There are a few simple rules that apply to the body and it’s healing. Here they are:
Rule #1 – the body knows how to heal itself.
Rule #2 – the body doesn’t need you to orchestrate anything.
Rule #3 – given half a chance, the body will heal.
Now that you have a strong foundation, formed of concrete and rebar, you won’t ever forget it so we can proceed, right? Actually, I know you will forget it, because most people from this western medicine culture of ours forget it – all the time. But let’s get back to homeopathy, and how it can help you and your animals.
LIKE CURES LIKE
Homeopathy helps the body heal, on it’s own, of it’s own accord, in it’s own time, to the best of it’s ability. Typically better than anything we can do. So, if the healing principle in homeopathy is ‘like cures like’ what does this mean?
You’ve probably heard the expression: ‘the cure is a hair of the dog’. Or perhaps you’ve used an alcoholic beverage to cure a hangover. These are simple examples of like-cures-like. A homeopathic medicine is a substance that can cause specific symptoms in a healthy individual and, in very diluted doses, can cure those same symptoms in a sick individual. There must be a match of symptoms with the medicine.
Homeopathic medicines (or ‘remedies’) work on the energy of the body what we homeopaths call, the vital force. Other healing practices call this same fundamental energy chi, prana, or life force. When the vital force is stimulated by the remedy, all sorts of biochemical chain reactions occur, and the healing begins. There aren’t any drum rolls because, if you remember, according to Rule #2 the body doesn’t need you to orchestrate the healing.
THE INDIVIDUAL vs THE MASSES
Treatment is individualized for every unique set of symptoms. Not every case of diarrhea, for example, will call for the same remedy. For all the different kinds of diarrhea, there are hundreds of remedies. A specific remedy is chosen, not so much for the type of diarrhea, but because it matches the other symptoms that are unique to that person’s or animal’s expression of illness. Conventional/commercial treatments give the same medicine to any person with any type of diarrhea. These medicines are suppressive in reality, can stop the diarrhea but block the toxins from being purged from the body. This approach usually brings a quick response, which we love in this impatient world. The diarrhea may stop; but the illness may linger.
Using homeopathy can at first be perplexing, but simple if we apply the three Rules that work with the body, not against it. Take for example a dog who eats something unidentifiable at the dog park. Later that night, at say 3 AM, he wakes you anxious, panting, and with a blow-out episode of diarrhea that smells up the whole house and beyond! He’s drinking frequently, small sips; is chilled and trembling. Based on all these symptoms, this dog likely needs homeopathic Arsenicum album.
Another dog has diarrhea alternating with constipation, especially worse in the afternoon and evening. He has gas and belching, is insecure, over sensitive to pain, and anxious during stormy weather. He might need Lycopodium clavatum.
Two animals, two medicines.
Homeopathy is like no other medical art. It treats your animal’s diarrhea, and all the other symptoms, individually – not generically. We are all unique, and even express our illnesses in unique ways. It’s up to the skilled homeopathic practitioner to put the physical, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of your animal’s illness together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The ‘picture’ that appears is the ‘remedy picture’ specific to your animal. As the body responds to a medicine, the remedy picture can change, and so can the remedy. Often one dose of a remedy is all that’s needed. Remember Rule #1? The body knows how to heal itself, if given half a chance. And Rule #2, it will!
Ah, but you might be asking: why would we need to give remedies or any medicines at all if the body knows how to heal? The answer is clear, but sometimes not obvious. There are times during intense, acute disease or injury where the body needs all the help it can get to speed up the process. Remedies can do this. There are times when chronic disease has become a perpetual habit; remedies are a great reminder to the vital force that healing is needed. It’s like an alarm clock reminding you to pick up the kids. You know how to pick them up, but your cell phone alarm reminds you it’s time.
Homeopathic remedies often restore healing faster than anything imaginable; without polluting the person or the planet; without causing bankruptcy or an exodus from the European Union; without destroying the Amazon or experimenting on animals. This medicine boggles the mind, but explains the quantum world and softens the heart, just as a newborn’s birth never ceases to amaze. It’s a door into the magical mysteries of our bodies and their connection with the natural world.
HOMEOPATHY vs ALLOPATHY
The difference between homeopathy and allopathy/antipathy i.e., all current commercial medical practices – is this: homeopathy attempts to treat the soil where the weed lives, so that the weed can no longer thrive in that soil. Allopathy attempts to kill the weed by chopping it off at the ground level. The difference is very clear. One removes the possibility/tendency of illness; and the other removes only the symptoms.
WHAT IS YOUR PREFERENCE?
Would you prefer to have a healing that is deep, wide, and permanent; or something temporary, and possibly harmful/toxic to other organ systems? If your answer is to choose homeopathy, you’ve come to the right place! You can now have the opportunity to watch with awe how your body, or your pet’s body, can heal naturally.
EXTRA CREDIT READING
If you would like to delve deeper into this wonderful medicine, I recommend HOMEOPATHY, BEYOND FLAT EARTH MEDICINE by Dr. Tim Dooley. It’s a quick read that Dr. Dooley wrote to help his patients understand treatment from the homeopathic perspective. Even though he’s a human doctor, this book will help you understand homeopathic basics. We stock this book ($13), and can ship.
While you’re stocking your library with good reference books, make sure to get another favorite of mine by one of my own homeopathic teachers, Dr Richard Pitcairn. Dr Richard Pitcairn’s: COMPLETE GUIDE TO NATURAL HEALTH FOR DOGS AND CATS is a great reference book, and is a ‘must’. I guarantee you’ll use it for years and years. It’s chock full of information about holistic care for your pet. Combine it with my 50-remedy homeopathic kit, and you’ll be ready to start your exploration into natural healing with homeopathy! And these remedies can be used for any family member, two-legged or four-legged! We stock this book ($23) and can ship.
Once you try homeopathy you’ll be delighted and thrilled to see the power of the body to heal itself!