Homeopathic remedies are made in a controlled homeopathic pharmacy and dispensaries. They are made from a range of substances that are diluted into the required potency, such as plants, minerals, animal products, pharmaceuticals and energy fields. There are more than 5,000 substances that have been prepared and “proven.”
What is proving?
Homeopathic research is conducted through the process of a proving, which determines the curative properties of a substance by observing and cataloging its effects. The proving process involves giving substances to healthy individuals, observing and recording symptoms, unusual sensations, and alterations from normal health, including what makes each of these better or worse.
Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, conducted a proving on himself, when he took cinchona bark (quinine). He found that by taking doses of cinchona, which was already the treatment of choice for malaria, he went on to develop the symptoms of malaria himself-fever, chills, sweats, and body pains that he documented in detail. This was the classic example of “like treats like.”
Once a substance is proven, it is prescribed to people who have the same symptoms as those produced by the substance in healthy individuals. For example, people who develop symptoms of malaria take a remedy made from cinchona. If a person with specific symptoms takes the right homeopathic remedy, their system will come back into balance, and the existing symptoms will reduce.
How are remedies labeled?
Remedies are labeled by the ratio of dilution and the number of times diluted for example 12X, 30C, 10M. The fascinating and scientifically confusing thing about homeopathic remedies is that the more diluted they are, the stronger they become-that is, potentized.
With homeopathic remedies, the lower dilutions work more on the physical plane, while higher dilutions seem to work more on the mental and emotional planes, this all depends on what the central focus is of each case, as you match the remedy to the individuals totality of symptoms. The remedies of up to 30C are considered low potencies, while those of 200C or above are considered high potencies. Its important to always seek advise from your local qualified homeopath who have trained specifically in this field.
How do people use remedies?
Homeopathic remedies can be used in several different ways.
- In an acute or first aid situation, generally low potency remedies may be administered frequently and repetitively, depending upon the situation, this is best guided by a qualified homeopath.
- When a classical homeopath recommends a remedy for a client, they identify the one best remedy for the overall health and symptom state of a person, taking into account the full range of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states of the person. The homeopath gives the remedy once in a single dose, then monitors responses for weeks to months. This is called constitutional treatment in classical homeopathy.
- A variation of dosing uses liquid LM remedies. Homeopaths usually recommend dosing once or twice daily. Part of the dosing process with LMs is to succuss and dilute further so that each subsequent dose is slightly more potent and stimulates the healing response. An individual’s constitutional LM may also be used to treat acute illness.
Where can I buy remedies?
Purchasing Homeopathic remedies for minor acute or first aid situations you can source these directly through a homeopathic dispensary such as Simillimum, Selene, Healing Haven Dispensary, or Lincoln Mall Pharmacy. However, it is highly recommended that you always seek advise from a registered qualified Homeopath.
Most higher potency remedies must be obtained directly through a qualified homeopath. Homeopathic remedies are inexpensive, especially compared to most prescription pharmaceuticals. Depending upon potency and volume, they may range from $8 to $25 for most readily available remedies.
Remedies are best cared for in a relatively temperature-stable environment, protected from extensive direct light, heat, not stored in your pantry and away from strong scented aromas. A great place to store remedies are in your wardrobe as its nice, scent free and dark!
Are flower essences part of homeopathy?
Flower essences are therapeutic products that are made from plants in a way that conveys the energetic information from that plant. They are energetic imprints of the life force of plants that interact with the subtle bodies of humans and evoke specific qualities within us. As a homeopathic remedy, they do not work on a material or molecular basis. Therefore, a flower essence is not an herbal product, in the usual sense of the word.
Flower essences are infusions, usually made by placing the peak flower of the plant into glass containers holding distilled water for about three hours. The flowers are then discarded, and the water is preserved in brandy. This is the “mother tincture” from which the Bach Flower Essences are prepared.
The first 38 flower remedies were formulated by a British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, in the 1930s, although new remedies from other plant species are now available. The Flower Essence Society and other organizations have now tested and developed many other lines of flower essences.
The theory is that each flower embodies a particular soul quality (or energy frequency). When an individual is out of touch with that aspect of his or her fundamental nature, flower essences can be used to restore that quality. Flower essences thus address the spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects of wellness. Flower essences may be used by some homeopathic practitioners and may sometimes be used in combination with each other and with homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathy offers support in restoring our body’s balance, health, and vitality. You must seek professional advice from a qualified registered homeopath or your GP to ensure you are receiving the best possible treatment for your chronic illness that you are experiencing.
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Adapted from Source:
University of Minnesota
Karen Lawson MD