What is homeopathy?

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Your body isn't just a body that works separate from mind and spirit. Rather, body, mind and spirit work synergistically together for an awesome purpose. Your body is designed to be healthy, but sometimes it needs assistance. Homeopathy can help your body reach its greatest potential and fulfill its purpose, naturally.

Homeopathy was introduced to the world in 1789 by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor and chemist. The word "homeopathy" comes from two Greek words that mean "similar suffering". It is based on the pharmaceutical principle called the law of similars or the concept of "like cures like". Hippocrates mentioned this principle thousands of years ago.

How do remedies work?

The basic principle is "likes cure likes". A remedy which in large doses causes symptoms, in a small (homeopathic) dose, stimulates healing of similar symptoms. Everyone is aware that if you are bitten by a poisonous snake, the venom is used to make an anti venom, to help your immune system fight the poison. In this case, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be given in minute amounts to treat the same symptoms. For example, if you roll in poison ivy, you will itch and your skin will blister. Rhus Tox is a homeopathic remedy for poison ivy that is made from poison ivy. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body's vital force into action.

Dr. Hahnemann was the first to research and personally experiment with numerous substances in order to document and standardize the science. Hahnemann found that if a substance can cause physical, mental or emotional symptoms in a healthy person, then that substance can also cure those symptoms in a sick person. That substance can be prepared in a specific way that involves a series of ultra-dilutions and vigorous shaking of the original substance, which potentizes the medicine and makes it extremely safe, because very little, if any, of the original substance remains, but the suggestions of its medicinal properties are active. Hahnemann set out to create safe, effective and gentle medicines that give symptomatic relief, without harmful side effects. A homeopathic remedy delivers just enough information, so that the immune system of the body recognizes the original substance and focuses its efforts to overcome its symptoms.

As yet, science has not been able to explain the mechanism of action of ultra high dilutions in the body, but laboratory experiments have repeatedly demonstrated that homeopathically prepared substances do cause biological effects. Although it is not presently known with certainty how homeopathic remedies work, comparatively conventional medicine has a long history of using treatments which they did not understand, but that worked anyway. If we wait for science to catch up to that which body wisdom already understands, before we act, it will be too late for most of us.

How can less be more? The actual "physics" of this is unknown. When a remedy is made it is diluted and successes, thus there is less material substance, but as a result of the succession, the energy of the original material has been expanded and made stronger.

Potencies: 6X - 12X, 30C - 200C, 1M - 10M; Homeopathy is a system of medicine which treats the individual with ultra high dilutions of substances, which makes them non-toxic, given in tablet, pellet or tincture form. Homeopathic remedies come in a range of potencies. The potency that contains the least amount of the original substance and is therefore the strongest, is 10M. Potencies between 1M to 10M are considered to be the strongest and are only prescribed by a Homeopathic Physician. Mid-range potencies are 30-200C. Low range potencies are 6x to 12X and are available over the counter. They contain the greatest amount of the original substance and are therefore the weakest concentration of the actual remedy.

The strength of a remedies is the number of times it has been diluted and shaken vigorously (succussed) or, in some cases, triturated. A 6 has been diluted 6 times; 30, 30 times; 200 times. The higher the number, the stronger the remedy. However, stronger is not always better because it could "over shoot" the problem. You may want to begin with low and work your way up. High strengths (200c to 1M and higher) are rarely taken as often as low strengths.

Do you want X or C? This questions often confuses the novice to homeopathy. An "X" potency is a remedy diluted 1 to 9. One part remedy to nine parts alcohol. The "C" potency is 1 to 99. One part remedy to ninety-nine part alcohol. Because the potencies are different, if you started using an X or C potency, stay with X or C. If you can't get X, but you can get C in the same strength, do so if it is urgent. Both have been potentized the same number of times, thus the strengths are similar.

What does GMPs mean? The best homeopathic remedies are produced in strict accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices.
What does HPUS mean? All of the homeopathic ingredients used should be recognized by the FDA and the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).

How to take the remedies? Pour the remedy into the cap first and then from the cap, place the remedy under the tongue. Tablets will dissolve almost immediately - pills take longer. Avoid placing the remedy in your hands. Do not take the remedy with liquid, although they can be dissolved in a small amount of water for children if necessary. If you have just eaten, wait 30 minutes before taking the remedy. In an emergency, don't wait - take the indicated remedy. Do not drink 30 minutes before or after taking a remedy.

How often do I take the remedy? Following the directions from your practitioner or the directions on the bottle is best. As you begin to see a measurable improvement, reduce the frequency of dosing or stop taking the remedy altogether. Repeat as needed. Rarely do you take homeopathic remedies every day for a long period of time. In an acute situation, you may see an improvement anywhere from immediately to 24 hours after taking the remedy. If after taking the remedy you experience an aggravation (an overstimulation of the healing process), stop the remedy. When the aggravation subsides, consider re-taking the remedy, especially if the condition has improved but no other improvement is forth coming. If the aggravation is particularly unpleasant, consider and "antidoting remedy" or a lower potency. The most important aspect of homeopathic treatment is the selection of the correct remedy. No matter what strength the remedy, if it is the right remedy, it will have an affect on the body. If taken properly, no side effects or harm should occur. Just remember, it is seldom necessary to take the remedy for a long period of time.

Avoid contamination. If you spill the remedies, don't put them back in the bottle. To keep remedies effective for years - avoid heat above 120 degrees, moisture and extended periods of sunlight. Keep them away from electrical and magnetic energy sources. They are best kept at room temperature in a drawer or box, but not in the refrigerator.

What is a Dose? The exact number of pills/tablets depends on the size; 10-20 of #15, 3 of #25 or 1 of #40. The size of the pill is negligible because you are taking the "energy" of the medicine, not the actual "material substance" of the medicine. The weight or size of the person does not determine the number of pills or strength of the remedy because in homeopathy a toddler and a grown man are the same. What is most important is selecting the correct remedy, not the dose or how many pills.

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Antidoting The following could possibly antidote the remedy; mint of any kind (toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, breath mints, teas), tea, caffeine (coffee, soda, energy drinks, chocolate, decaffeinated), strong perfumes/colognes, liniment (tiger balm, Vicks vapo rub, camphor, eucalyptus). Some remedies antidote other remedies, so it is important to know how remedies affect each other when taken together.

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Safety: Conventional drugs cause serious side effects, but there is an alternative. Homeopathy functions very differently from other remedies such as herbs, vitamins and minerals, which work on a biochemical level to change or support the body chemistry. Homeopathy works on a bioenergetic level to bring balance to the body's communication networks; nervous system. In more than 200 years of the clinical use of homeopathic remedies, their have been NO recorded negative side effects or reactions with other drugs. Homeopathic remedies have an outstanding record of safety and efficacy that is unmatched in the history of medicine.

All body functions are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system. Every chemical in the body has a particular charge to it, which responds very specifically to our energetic control networks. Homeopathy balances our energetic communications, so that the foundations of the body's biochemical functions can also be restored. The bioenergetic functions that support life controls the biochemical functions that support life. When they are balanced, there is harmony in the body systems and optimal health is the benefit.

My approach empowers the whole person to awaken the healing energies of the body to abundant life, naturally. Their area eight areas of a multi-dimensional lifestyle that work together to heal the whole person. Those eight life-giving choices of everyday existence include embodiment, emotions, brain health, digestive health, awareness, movement, and nourishment from food, drink, sleep, nature, relationships with others, and a deep spiritual connection to the Wisdom of the Universe. When all seven areas are well represented and in balance, a person can awaken to abundant life. Your mind, body and spirit were created to work together for an awesome purpose. Homeopathy can help to support your body in your efforts to fulfill its greatest potential.

I utilize the benefits of homeopathy as needed for my own physical and emotional balance, but I also understand that whole body healing and life is more complex than just taking a remedy and all is well. I recognize that homeopathy is helpful to support the efforts of the body, while also utilizing the eight life-giving lifestyle approaches to health in daily life.


Ocillococcinum is a kick butt homeopathic remedy for the flu. If you wait until you know you have the flu before you take it, you will get a mild and shorter version of the flu. However, if you take it the moment you think "flu," you will most likely not get it. The longer the flu bug has to multiply, the more wee-beasts your immune system must to conquer. The remedy works with your immune system to focus its efforts and make it most effective at what it does best. It is very, very important that you not use any form of mint (toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, tea, etc.) while taking a Hx remedy, because mint cancels out homeopathic remedies. Caffeine will also void homeopathic remedies. NO FLU SHOT NEEDED! 😃

Homeopathic Medicine and Animals Animals respond very well to homeopathic treatment. It is more important to select the right remedy than to worry about how many pills to give or what strength. Whether an elephant or a bird, the dose is the same. The weight or size of the animal is not important. The remedy may be given in their drinking water or dispensed with an eye dropper - whichever is easier.

This information was provided in part by Washington Homeopathic Products, Inc.
As with all medications, keep homeopathic remedies out of the reach of children. If nursing or pregnant, consult your licensed practitioner.
If you would like to consult a homeopathic practitioner, you will find a list of currently practicing practitioners in the United States by call the National Center for Homeopathy in Alexandria, VA at 1-877-624-0613 or visit
www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org Update: In a draft guidance document released in December 2017, the FDA takes aim at "drug products labeled as homeopathic (homeopathic remedies). They are reversing a long standing decision to treat homeopathic remedies as different from other drugs. The FDA has labeled these products as "new drugs", which are subject to FDA approval and enforcement action at any time. The reason really comes down to big Pharma losing $3 billion dollars years to homeopathic product sales. The FDA has declared every single homeopathic "drug" on the market is being sold illegally. The wording is the problem. Homeopathic products are not "drugs" any more than food is a drug. The definition of the word DRUG - a substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. Food fits that description too. They are energy and information that communicates with the body.
If you have questions, email johnna@wholefamilyhealthandnutrition.com to schedule your free introductory consultation. I look forward to serving you. JVW