Joette’s introduction to Homeopathy got so many responses and questions, I asked her to do a follow up post sharing some of her answers to your questions. I am very thankful that she agreed! Visit Joette at her website. And stay tuned for a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream!
Wow! How awesome to see so many great responses!! I’d be happy to clear up any misunderstandings and answer what questions I can.
1. On homeopathy’s scientific basis:
The idea that homeopathy is spiritual is completely erroneous. Homeopathy is a scientifically proven medicine and has been effectively used for over 200 years in hospitals, clinics, and in practices throughout Europe and was medicine of choice in the U.S. until the advent of antibiotics and psychotropic drugs.
There are some medical fundamentalists (those who deem that we need antibiotics and such for every ill) who don’t like homeopathy because it flies in the face of the pharmaceutical industry. They prey on those who have sturdy religious beliefs and twist it just enough to make homeopathy sound new age, magical or sacrilegious.
‘Interesting maneuver. But oddly enough, I find that many of the folks I work with are large-familied Christians, conservative Catholics, Hasidic Jews and Amish.
For what it’s worth, I’m a practicing Roman Catholic, but it really doesn’t matter because nothing in what I do professionally has to do with my faith.
However, if someone insists that homeopathy has a spiritual basis, I can proudly report that Mother Teresa and her order used it in treating the poor of Calcutta.
Of this, I am proud to be even remotely associated.
If you’re interested in learning more about the science behind homeopathy, follow this link (Go to the “Free Downloads and Articles” Box on the right and click on “Links for Science”.) You can access great documents and journal articles about homeopathy’s safety and proven effectiveness.
These are just a few veritable sources on the scientific foundations of homeopathy. I am currently writing an article on this very subject. If you follow my site and blog, you’ll be sure to see it once it’s posted!
2. Homeopathy and spirituality:
Homeopathy is not based on any spirituality, but on science. When a substance is diluted and succussed (shaken) according to incredibly precise mathematical measurements, the substance’s toxicity is removed and the curative elements are brought to the fore. This happens regardless of the technician’s religious beliefs and irrespective of the homeopath or client’s faith. It is true that Hahnemann’s religious belief may not be in line with many of ours, but the medicine which he formulated is scientifically sound and not spiritually driven. By the way, the good doctor was a Swedenborgian, a Christian group in Northern Europe in the 1700’s.
We use light bulbs every day, but how often do we question Edison’s faith? Similarly, have you ever questioned Bill Gates’ religious beliefs on booting up? We drive cars but don’t think twice about Henry Ford. How about Drs. Salk and Sabin? Is it their faith that we question when we agree to vaccinate or not?
3. Homeopathy and symptoms:
Homeopathy doesn’t cover up or suppress symptoms like antibiotics and steroids do. Instead, it looks at the totality of symptoms that are present in the individual and finds the correct remed(y)/(ies) to address all the symptoms.
Symptoms are understood as signs which the body exhibits to let us know that something is wrong. Homeopaths watch for and listen to symptoms and then by using the remedy that is a perfect match, the body can heal itself. Once healed, the body no longer has to show us that it needs help by broadcasting symptoms. If someone had improved greatly after homeopathic medicines, but then slips back into ill health, it could be simply a matter of poor nutrition or that the body still requires aid from homeopathic remedies.
Often when treating someone, it is very important that the homeopath know the milestones within someone’s life, because there is often a correlation between what is happening in the emotional and psychological realm as well as in the physical.
What is important to remember, is that homeopathy takes into consideration the individual as a whole and not a disjointed person who has depression here, and ulcers there.
Lastly, homeopathy has a reputation for addressing illnesses such as giardia by taking into consideration the symptoms that are present in the individual and finding the best remedy to address the illness in that person’s case of giardia.
4. Homeopathy and Immunizations:
Very briefly, here are just a few differences between the two: The theory behind immunizations is to use an immunogen to hopefully offer immunity against a given disease before the body is exposed to it. There is no illness present when the vaccine is injected. More importantly, for many, the use of a pathological animal protein injected directly into the blood stream might be a cause for pause.
What homeopathy does is much different. Homeopathy does not use a gross substance and then inject it into the body, but rather gives the body a very gentle stimulus (remember, it’s been highly diluted, far beyond a vaccine) which allows the body to recognize the stimulus. It then can begin healing itself, on its own!
Not just for a specific illness, but for the entirety of problems from which the person suffers. The well-chosen remedy gives the body a gentle nudge in the right direction. That’s why I call it the polite medicine.
I say “well-chosen remedy” because the most difficult aspect of homeopathy is in identifying the remedy which is best suited to the person. It is not chosen as per the illness, i.e. fevers get Belladonna; but for the person who experiences the illness. That’s because each person presents illness in their own, unique way. Hence, they ought to receive a remedy that represents that.
This is not McMedicine; but medicine that is tailored to the individual.
5. Homeopathy and home remedies:
There is a lot of confusion between what homeopathy is and what home remedies are. Some of the misunderstanding comes from the word. Because of the prefix “home” many assume that the meaning must be home remedies, hence vitamins, botanicals, supplements, etc.
However, Homeopathy is built with two Greek roots: homo, meaning “similar” and pathos, meaning “suffering”. Therefore, homeopathy means “similar suffering/pathology” and uses the “Law of Similars” to treat the individual. Feel free to check out my blog post on what homeopathy is for more information.
Therefore, turmeric is not a homeopathic remedy. Rather, it is a spice that we ingest in its gross form. Hypothetically speaking, if we were to take turmeric homeopathically, it would first need to be diluted and sucussed according to the rigorous measurements adhered to by the Homeopathica Pharmacopia International.
The subject of homeopathy is a complex medical paradigm. And yet, its use for moms in daily family care is one of the most exciting aspects of this medicine. I started using it for my children over 23 years ago and the ability to have health autonomy is what spurred me on, not only as a mom, but later to go to school, so as to teach other moms how to use it, too.
Again, I’m delighted to see so many great responses and questions. Feel free to visit my website and blog for more information on the basics of homeopathy and how you can treat yourself and family with this gentle, polite and effective remedies.
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Warmly, Joette Calabrese