What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a 200 year old system of medicine developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Dr. Hahnemann was quite disillusioned with the medicine of his time, blood letting, purging as well as other barbaric practices were commonly used. Hahnemann was a brilliant man and knew many different languages. To get away from having to treat with the standard medical treatments of the day, Dr. Hahnemann translated medical texts from their respective language into German. It was by translating these texts he stumbled upon the first mention of cinchona or Peruvian bark curing patients of malaria. Dr. Hahnemann couldn't understand this since other medications were better choices for treating malaria. He started taking cinchona at home and came down with malarial symptoms. He theorized that cinchona was effective in treating malaria because it caused the symptoms of malaria in a healthy person. Homeopathy as we know it was born.
While Hahnemann systematized homeopathy and spent his life doing hundreds of provings and writing on the theory and philosophy behind homeopathy, the ideology has been utilized and understood since the beginning of man. God states in many different ways that the Spirit effects the health. "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." And that the desires will be wicked as the heart is wicked, 'Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?' Seeking to find remedies that heal the root of our illness, be it a homeopathic remedy, faith healing, color therapy or another primitive modality is just the basis of how our bodies were created and heal.
Homeopathy is not herbs, vitamins, supplements, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine or essential oils.
The words 'homeopathy' or 'homeopathic', are often used interchangeably with 'naturopathy' or 'naturopathic', to denote natural medicine in general. For clarity, naturopathic medicine is a broad term that encompasses all natural modalities. Where as, homeopathic medicine is a specific type of natural medicine. So if you see a naturopathic physician, they will have had classes in homeopathy but not in depth, since they study all modalities of natural medicine. A homeopath has solely studied homeopathy and most homeopathic schools are 4 years in length, so they will have extensive knowledge on the science and philosophy behind it. There are some naturopathic doctors who specialize in homeopathy, in that they have taken extra training in only homeopathy to be able to accurately prescribe for chronic conditions. But if you see a naturopath, be sure to ask what their training in homeopathy has been, or just see a certified homeopath.
What are remedies made from?
Homeopathic remedies are made from almost anything! Any animal, vegetable or mineral that God has given us on the earth can be made into a remedy. There is a remedy made from the sunlight and even some from radioactive materials! The remedy is put onto the round while pellet, the pellets are either made of just sucrose or a sucrose and lactose mix. There are now over 5,000 remedies, compared to around 150 in Hahnemann's time. Things that Satan meant for evil, God can use for good in making it a non toxic, gentle, healing homeopathic remedy. "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so."
How does it work?
Homeopathy works by using the philosophy of 'likes cures likes'. So what causes a healthy person to exhibit symptoms of an illness, will also cure the same symptoms of illness in an sick person. For example, if I had a runny nose and watery, burning eyes; I would take homeopathic Allium cepa. Allium is the botanical name for onion, often when cutting onions we have many of these symptoms. A simple way to think of it is, that a sick person needing Allium would exhibit the same symptoms of a healthy person cutting onions.
Homeopathy is most importantly, completely individualized. There is no one size fits all protocol, you should match your symptoms to a remedy each time! In the case of chronic disease, a homeopath is needed. The homeopath takes into account your medical history, your family history, and who you are as a person - your quirks, what makes you, you and how your disease manifests different from anyone else. We are all made unique in God's image, so why wouldn't we want our medicine to reflect that too? Once a homeopath sees you and prescribes a remedy you will take it as prescribed and follow up with the homeopath every 4-8 weeks, depending on how severe your illness is. Many acute illnesses, chronic illnesses and epidemics have been healed with homeopathy since it is individualized and works at the root of illness.