Vermont Homeopathy

History of Homeopathy

remedyWhat comprehensive system of medicine developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann 200 years ago offers safe, effective and affordable treatment for a host of common ailments from hay fever, arthritis and herpes to burns, indigestion, shock, colds, flu and high blood pressure? Homeopathy!

Homeopathy is a system of medical treatment as are Chinese medicine, herbalism, acupuncture, and the orthodox allopathic approach you encounter at the local hospital. In the United States, homeopathy comprises 3% of the country’s medical budget. In many European countries, such as France and Germany, as much as 30% of the medicine used is homeopathic. It is a popular approach in Latin America and India. There is a modern, five-story clinic in Moscow.

Homeopathy and orthodox medicine are nearly polar opposites in every respect. Orthodox medicine tries to effect a cure by directly opposing the “disease.” Homeopaths use symptoms as indications that the body -- a marvelous mechanism for cure -- is trying to heal itself, and encourage such action through the use of micro-amounts of medicine. The basic principle, born out by countless empirical tests, claims that substances which in large doses might cause a similar set of symptoms to those noted in the person, in small doses stimulate the body to work harder and more effectively at ridding itself of the actual illness.

It’s safe, effective, and affordable! Remedies are botanical, animal, mineral and chemical substances used in micro-dose quantities. The production of homeopathic remedies is regulated by the FDA and prescribed by the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. Nearly all of the 1200+ remedies can be sold over the counter to self-prescribers and rarely cost more than a few dollars for a standard 1/2 oz bottle of 125 pills. Often only one or two pills are required to “cure” the problem for which the remedy was taken. Because of the infinitesimal doses used, homeopathy is considered among the safest of medicines. Correct remedy or not, there are no side effects from taking the medicine. Often, you can tell if it is working in an acute health situation in a matter of minutes, even seconds.

Who can use homeopathy? You. Your kids, parents, relatives and friends. You can even use it on your pets. The books guiding self-diagnosis, the safety of the remedies, over-the-counter availability of the medicine -- all combine to make it possible for you to gain some control of your own health care.

Professional practitioners are available. Many have been trained in orthodox medical schools, receiving MDs or Doctors in Osteopathy. Others using homeopathy in their practices include nurses, chiropractors, naturopaths, dentists, midwives and veterinarians. Regulations vary from state to state but there are a number of certified health care practitioners in the United States practicing legally under various health care freedom acts.

The presence of many study groups in the U.S. reflects the grass roots nature of homeopathy. They are informal, usually meet monthly, follow an established curriculum and open their membership to anyone interested in homeopathy as a way of healing. There is often a recital of the seemingly miraculous “cures” affected by people self-diagnosing and prescribing.

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The article above is provided courtesy of
Joe Lillard
Washington Homeopathic Products
33 Fairfax St.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411