By Lynn Amara, Better Homeopathics
(Lynn Amara practices in Northern California. She taught my 3rd year class at Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine. She recently taught a day-long class on patients with skin problems.)
Coming to see a homeopathic practitioner for the first time can be confusing. Confusing because the practitioner seems to be interested in more than just your main complaint. Yes, your main complaint is fully investigated, but so is everything else. Everything else. All systems of the body need to be reviewed for clues and symptoms that point to your complete state of health. All medical history and previous illnesses and accidents and emotional hardships and toxic exposures and griefs and life changes. Everything. Why does your homeopath need to know all this and more? What does it matter? Continue reading
Here’s an article addressing the same question from Andre Saine, ND. Dr. Saine practices in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and teaches Classical Homeopathy all over the world.
Homeopathy claims to be the art and science of therapeutics par excellence. When homeopathy is practiced at its highest standards, it is the treatment of choice to recover one’s health from the great majority of acute and chronic diseases.
Here’s a definition from the The National Center for Homeopathy:
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on the Law of Similars. The truth of this law has been verified experimentally and clinically for the last 200 years.Let’s look at an example: If your child accidentally ingests certain poisons, you may be advised to administer Syrup of Ipecac to induce vomiting. Ipecac is derived from the root of a South American plant called Ipecacuanha. The name, in the native language, means “the plant by the road which makes you throw up.” Eating the plant causes vomiting.
When a group of healthy volunteers took this substance to determine the effects of this drug, they found that the drug induced other symptoms as well. The mouth retained much saliva. The tongue was very clean. There was a cough so severe that it led to gagging and vomiting. There was incessant nausea. While it is expected that vomiting would usually relieve the nausea, this was not the case.
Such an experiment, using healthy volunteers, is called a proving, and it is the homeopath’s source of information about the action of a drug. Continue reading