What is Homeopathy?

What is Homeopathy?

labpuppy425x400Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which supports the innate ability of the body to heal itself.  In fact, it is the second most often used medical modality worldwide – used by humans and animals alike.  In homeopathy, a well trained homeopath recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole individual and that it is the patient who needs treatment, not the disease.

The Law of Similars:

The word “homeopathy” is derived from two Greek words “homoios” which means “similar” and “pathos” which means “disease” or “suffering”.  The primary principle of homeopathy is the law of similars-the principle that a substance will help to heal symptoms similar to those it is known to cause.  Literally any substance, plant/animal/mineral can be prepared as a homeopathic medicine.

The concept of symptom patterns is important in homeopathy.  An individual’s disease is not simply one isolated symptom, but a combination of all physical, emotional and mental symptoms that that individual is experiencing, whether or not they seem related.

In this context, symptoms are not the disease.  Symptoms accompany disease.  Symptoms are evidence of disease.  Treating the symptoms is like killing the messenger for bringing bad news.  In fact, treating symptoms can suppress the body’s natural responses and inhibit the healing process.

How does it work?

Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body’s own healing power.  This stimulus assists the body in clearing itself of any expressions of imbalance (disease).

The homeopathic perspective does not ignore the existence of immediate causes, such as infection or poor nutrition, but focuses more on how the body is attempting to deal with the problem.  The idea is that, if the patient’s defenses can be strengthened, then the balance of health shifts in favor of recovery.

Treatment is accomplished in a very gentle, non-invasive manner by the administration of specially prepared homeopathic remedies.  Remedies are dispensed as either small, sweet tasting pellets or as liquid preparations to be given in small oral doses.  The aim is to obtain a level of health such that treatment is infrequent or unnecessary.  Sometimes a single dose is sufficient to set the healing process in motion and sometimes, repeated doses are needed.  Re-dosing may be as often as daily or as infrequently as only once.

What will happen once treatment starts?

After administering a remedy, you may notice some changes in your companion.  Sometimes symptoms get more intense for a while.  Sometimes individuals experience a period of exceptional wellbeing.  All changes, related to the main complaint or not, should be recorded in a notebook or on a calendar to be discussed at some future time with the doctor.  Any response that is worrisome should be addressed by a phone call to the doctor.

Important note:  other treatments may affect the evaluation of the remedy action, so please do not administer any form of medication, including homeopathic remedies, without first asking your homeopath.

How long does treatment take?

This depends very much on the individual patient.  It is not realistic for your homeopath to assess length of treatment until it can be seen how the individual responds to the remedies.  A slowly developing complaint, or one that has been experienced for some years, will not disappear immediately.  Response may seem to be slower, in some cases, than response to conventional medications.  This is because the body itself is doing the healing and the goal is return to health, not temporary improvement or suppression of symptoms.

Other important points:

  • Rechecks are crucial to the progress and understanding of all animal cases and a phone consultation is often adequate. Journal notes are very important tools in these consultations.
  • Good nutrition is one of the most powerful adjuncts to successful homeopathic treatment.
  • Always check with Dr. Swartz before the use of any drugs/treatments/vaccinations/surgery/other homeopathic remedies.

Storage of homeopathic remedies should be:

  • At least two feet from strong magnetic/electric fields such as refrigerator/microwave/TV/computer/etc.
  • Moderate temperatures (4-100 degrees F)
  • Out of direct sunlight.
  • Away from strong odors such as camphor/DMSO/liniments.