Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the German physician who developed homeopathy describes what a homeopath does in Aphorism #3 of THE ORGANON. (The picture included here is of Wenda Brewster O’Reilly’s translation of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s THE ORGANON.)
“To be a genuine practitioner of the medical art, a physician must:
1. clearly realize what is to be cured in diseases, that is, in each single case of disease (discernment of the disease, indicator),
2. clearly realize what is curative in medicines, that is, in each particular medicine (knowledge of medicinal powers),
3. be aware of how to adapt what is curative in medicines to what he has discerned to be undoubtedly disease in the patient, according to clear principles.”
What Does A Homeopath Do?
The homeopath sees, understands, observes, listens, witnesses the patient’s suffering. Giving space for the patient. From this, the homeopath knows what the suffering is and what needs to be cured in the patient. This is “discernment of the disease powers”.
The homeopath knows the homeopathic medicines. Knows their curative and healing actions. This is “knowledge of medicinal powers”.
With knowing and understanding both the suffering of the patient and the homeopathic medicines, the homeopath matches a homeopathic medicine to that of the suffering of the patient. The main principle of homeopathy is Like Cures Like or the Law of Similars. Homeopathy means similar (homeo) suffering (pathy). This is “according to clear principles”.
Homeopathy is Healing
Each person is seen as the unique individual they are. The homeopath is witnessing the patient’s symptoms, their complaints and their suffering; understanding what their experience of the suffering is for them; and giving the homeopathic medicine that is similar to this.
Homeopathy is simple. Homeopathy is elegant. Homeopathy is healing.
I am always happy to speak with anyone about their suffering and how the homeopathic medicine that is similar to their suffering will be healing for them. Please contact me here on this blog by leaving a comment, or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com where you email or call me. I offer a 15+ minute complimentary Get Acquainted Phone Call.
I talk to people about homeopathy all the time. Often, they tell me about an ongoing health concern that they, or a loved one, are experiencing, and experiencing for quite a long time, sometimes over 20 years. They tell me that they are using western medications, which alleviates some of their symptoms, their pain, and their discomfort, but just for a short time. And some tell me that they don’t like how they feel when they take these medications. The medications are often quite strong and have side effects. They tell me that they have tried other healing modalities, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, supplements, watching their diet, herbal medicine, and massage. These modalities help, and they don’t help. The person is still not doing well. They tell me that they have frequent flare ups of their health concern, whether it is daily, weekly, monthly, yearly or seasonally. From all that they tell me, I see that they have learned to live with their health concern, and often have to plan their lives around it. It seems to me that these people are suffering, greatly.
Unexplained (have done series of tests that are all negative) pain and discomfort in an area of a body – such as in the shoulder
Health concerns after an injury
So many people are suffering. They are working, raising families, helping their older parents, going to school, interacting with other people and more. They are functioning. They are living their lives, and getting by, or not getting by. Suffering through it all. I always wonder how can they continue to be in this situation.
This is when I want to say – HOMEOPATHY. GO SEE A HOMEOPATH! MAKE A MOVE TOWARD HELPING YOURSELF FEEL BETTER!
Homeopathy heals at the root of where someone is not feeling well. The healing is of the whole person, in addition to what brought the person in, which is often a health concern that has been bothering them for years. For example, one patient who has had depression for many years, has experienced her depressive state to be less, as well as she is sleeping better, handling the ups and downs of her life better, feeling less anxiety, and is less anxious about her life. Her suffering is less, and she is enjoying life more, and being who she is.
What is your suffering like? Is it time to do something about it?
I would be happy to talk with you on how homeopathy can be of help to whatever is your ongoing suffering, or a loved one’s suffering. Please contact me either through this blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.
Sometimes there are times in our lives when things are just stressful in many areas. We have to go somewhere, we have to help out someone, old feelings and responses come up, old stories are spinning in our heads. And we just have to do it. At these times, I think we try to do all sorts of things to help us feel better, to help us sleep, to help us handle the situation. These things could be exercise, yoga, natural medications, supplements, homeopathy, meditation, eating something we really, really love, like chocolate, having a stiff drink, etc. And all these things help, and they don’t help. Perhaps it is to just accept where we are, what needs to be done, cry if we need to, talk to friends, be nice to ourselves, laugh, scream, and accept how it is. That it isn’t forever. Be where you are.
A patient of mine is helping her mother move from her home that she has lived in for almost 18 years. A home that her mother loves, but it is just too big and too much to care for. The mother is moving into an assisted/retirement community that she has chosen. She will live in an apartment, the most independent type of place they have there. She doesn’t need assistance, but the assistance is there when she may need it. This is the situation. The facts so to speak. Be where you are.
For my patient, she wants to help. And it brings up things of her own. Things of the past. And she has her own responses to it as well, that show up emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Acceptance, patience, gratitude, anger, laughter, resentment, happiness, crying, sadness, fear, confusion, observance of self. These are all human feelings, and they come up. Accept them. Be where you are.
As a homeopath, I know that these human responses are usual. They are on the human level. And in addition to these, there are the automatic responses that each of us have when we are stressed, or in a stressful situation. I think this is where homeopathy helps. Homeopathy doesn’t change the situation and it doesn’t necessarily change our responses to the situation, at the time, but it helps in that it gives some ease, by giving us a little distance, as if we say to ourselves, “oh, I see what I am doing and feeling”. Like we are witnessing ourselves. Be where you are.
A friend and colleague posted this quote of Pema Chodron on Facebook. It seems so fitting to what I am writing here. It may be easier to say than to do.
“Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have so we might as well work with it rather than struggle against it. We might as well make it our friend and teacher rather than our enemy.”
Be where you are.
I am always happy to talk to people about homeopathy, and how it can be helpful for some many of the health concerns people experience these days. Either contact me here on this blog, or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com I offer a 15+ minute Get Acquainted Phone Call.
On Facebook, I came across this article from NPR on eczema. The article talks about how a lot of people these days are suffering with eczema, (atopic dermatitis) and not much has helped in really healing them. There is use of corticosteroid creams and other topical ointments, but there is no healing. After reading this article, I thought it would be helpful to address how homeopathy can be helpful for people who suffer with eczema.
Many people are suffering with eczema, babies through adults. Many moms call or mention to me that their child is experiencing eczema. Or they might say that eczema runs in their family, that they had it as a child, and now their child has it. A healing with homeopathy can break this tendency in the family towards eczema, so that the tendency or susceptibility towards eczema is not being passed to another generation.
Symptoms of Eczema
The symptoms of eczema are very uncomfortable. They are not life threatening, but very uncomfortable. Some of the symptoms are itching, painful areas of the skin, rawness, redness, scaling, oozing, crusting over, and bleeding from scratching so much. The eczema can be on any part of the body, and often it is on an area that is easily seen by others. The person suffering with the eczema wants to cover the eczema eruptions, hide it, so no one will see it, but cannot if it is on the face, hands, arms, feet or lower legs. The person is concerned with how others may perceive their skin, and wonder what will they think of them. (This can be true of any skin eruption – how others perceive it, and how other may react.)
What People Do To Help Themselves
People may do all sorts of things to help with the eczema – change their diets, eat gluten free foods, don’t eat dairy, wear natural fabrics, and use detergents and soaps that have more natural ingredients. We are exposed to more chemicals in our foods, environment and medicines than we used to be. These changes may all help, but it is not addressing the core of where the problem comes from.
Eczema Is Not A Skin Issue; It Is A Systemic Issue
Eczema is not a skin issue. Western medicine treats it as if it is only that. Eczema is a systemic issue, which is manifesting or showing up on the skin. Systemic means affecting the entire body. The eczema is not local to the skin. It manifests on the skin, but it is coming from a deeper disturbance, an imbalance, in the body.
The usual treatments of some kind of corticosteroid creams or ointments used topically may seem as though they are healing because the itchiness and the eczema are relieved. But this is usually only for a short time, and the eczema returns. If the eczema does goes away, other symptoms may develop such as breathing issues and asthma, or muscular type pains.
These kinds of treatment with corticosteroid creams are very suppressive. Suppressive means to keep from giving vent to. By using these ointments, the expression (the skin eruption of eczema) of the disturbance or imbalance has been closed off. There is no longer an outlet for the disturbance, and the disturbance needs to manifest somewhere. It therefore goes deeper into the body, and actually becomes more life threatening, such as having breathing difficulties. This is the reverse direction of Hering’s Direction of Cure.
Healing Eczema With Homeopathy
The healing needs to be of the whole person, at the core, at the disturbance, at the imbalance of where the symptoms are coming from. And the healing needs to fit the person, in how they are experiencing their eczema uniquely to them. How is the eczema for this person? By understanding through observation and listening to the patient talk about their eczema and other things about themselves, a homeopathic remedy is selected that fits them. It is a homeopathic remedy for the person, who has eczema, not a homeopathic remedy for the eczema. This homeopathic remedy stimulates the person’s own healing ability, and the eczema heals, as well as there is healing at the core, at the disturbance, at the imbalance. There is a healing of the whole person.
If you, a family member or a good friend experience eczema, asthma, or once had eczema, and you are not feeling well, see how homeopathy can be helpful for you. Contact me either here on this blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com I am very happy to talk with you. I offer a 15+ complimentary Get Acquainted Phone call.
To me, homeopathy is WOW. When I first heard of it, 23 1/2 years ago, I thought, what is this. I wanted to know more. I read books, I took local classes, and then eventually enrolled in the program with The School of Homeopathy in Devon England. And then years later enrolled in the program with California Center for Homeopathic Education.
TO ME HOMEOPATHY WAS WOW
I had never been comfortable taking allopathic (western) medication. Perhaps, it was about putting something foreign in my body. It was almost an instinctive, gut feeling. Hearing about homeopathy, I wondered what it was. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to know more. And I thought it would help with the depressive feelings, thoughts and moods I experienced. And homeopathy has helped me.
So when I say that I am a homeopath, or say homeopathy to someone, I am thinking to myself that the other person is going WOW too, and wanting to know more. But that doesn’t happen all that often. But it happens here on this blog, because you, who are reading these blog posts, DO want to know more. I thank you all for reading my blog posts.
A WONDERFUL HEALING
Homeopathy promotes a wonderful healing. A healing of the whole person. It is wonderful for any age, but I especially feel it is wonderful for children, my soft spot. Often, when a child comes to see me for homeopathy, I feel they are at a crossroad – one way down is the road of western medication, which I always think once you start down that road, where does that lead to, to more western medication, because no healing is happening. You are no where. And why start a child on medication if it is not going to heal? The other road is homeopathy. (Please know, that western medicine does some wonderful healing, and has its place in our health care.) To me, then it is a wonderful opportunity for the child’s health and his future health to do homeopathy. This applies to an adult as well.
The healing is of the whole person. What brought the person in, their main complaint of what is bothering them, is better, and they also experience a general sense of well being and health. With this, the person can live fully, enjoy life, and be fully who they are.
So wouldn’t you say that homeopathy is WOW too?
Please contact me here through this blog or through my website http://www.homeopathytoheal.com if you would like to know more on how homeopathy can help you, or a family member. I offer a 15+ minute complimentary Get Acquainted Phone Call. And see how homeopathy can be WOW for you.