Thank you, Americans for Homeopathy Choice, for inviting me to write an ARTICLE for YOUR NEW BLOG SERIES “Stories of homeopathy.” You can read the article here: Homeopathy and My Mother’s Back Pain: A Homeopathy Story of Happy Tears
A well-selected homeopathic remedy shifts our susceptibility to react to our environment in a particular way – thus catalyzing healing.
There are over 2,000 homeopathic remedies. Technically, a homeopathic remedy is a substance derived from the natural world that has been highly diluted and succussed (or vigorously shaken). The medicine itself usually comes in either a dissolvable pellet or liquid form. Vials of the pellet version are pictured below. A homeopathic remedy is void of any detectable particles of the original material – per instrumentation currently available. An energetic imprint of that substance is suspected to remain; however, the exact mechanism of action of homeopathic remedies has not yet been delineated.
The use of homeopathy has centuries of clinical evidence supporting its efficacy. It’s safe and compatible with pharmaceutical medications, though it may reduce someone’s need for them (note: I advise all clients/patients to seek the guidance of their prescribing physician when making any changes to their medications). In our age of the opioid crisis, homeopathy carries great potential for being part of an alternative pain management solution.
Homeopathy is based on the law of similars. For example: The homeopathic remedy apis comes from bee venom. We know that a bee sting will often cause redness, swelling and local heat at the site of the sting. Based on the law of similars, homeopathic apis may be used for these symptoms precisely. Say someone has redness, swelling and local heat on the skin due to joint inflammation; homoeopathic apis may be indicated to help heal this presentation. Here is an article I wrote for Naturopathic Doctors News and Review with a more elaborate example: Using Cycles and Segments to Practice Homeopathy More Effectively – Hemorrhoids in a Paeonia Case.
There are a variety of ways that homeopathy is practiced today. I’ve studied with world-renowned homeopaths including Will Taylor, MD, Amy Rothenberg, ND and Paul Herscu, ND, MPH. After an extensive homeopathy-specific intake, I analyze a case with the Cycles and Segments method and suggest a single homeopathic remedy. Some refer to this as classical or constitutional homeopathy.
The correct constitutional homeopathic remedy will usually help someone with their main complaint, but depending on what it is, we may expect to see other changes first. This could look like someone having deeper sleep and greater emotional ease with their homeopathic remedy, but not seeing much change in their chief symptom right away. It’s important to be patient and recognize how true healing occurs in layers. I find this mindset shift and education around avoiding suppression of symptoms to be a big part of my work. There is a time and place for suppressive therapies – they can be life-saving. There is also a time and place for digging below the surface and uncovering what’s happening foundationally.