What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a therapeutic form of medicine that uses natural substances in micro-doses to stimulate the body’s innate capacity to heal. Homeopathic medicines are unique in that they combine diluted forms of plant and mineral substances which have an affinity for certain organ systems. They are safe and have been used for over 200 years in over 65 countries. Homeopathy offers a holistic approach to disease treatment and is one of the most universal and widely used forms of alternative medicine. Homeopathic medicines are regulated by Health Canada and can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions such as allergies, colds, bacterial infections, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety, to name a few.
How Homeopathy works
The term ‘homeopathy’ means ‘similar disease.’ The philosophy of homeopathic medicine is based on a principle known as the Law of Similars: that a substance that creates a pattern of illness in large doses, can cure the same pattern of illness in ultra-diluted form. Homeopathy is a teaching-medicine. Rather than suppress the symptoms of disease, exposure to homeopathic medicines act as a catalyst to support the body’s inherent healing mechanisms. It is a profoundly empowering form of medicine, in that it gently challenges the body to heal itself. It engages with your body’s own ability to recover, and restore balance.
Homeopathic medicines are extremely safe and non-toxic but immensely potent medicines. As such, they have profound implications for virtually all states of disease or imbalance in the body.
Key Concepts in Homeopathy
Homeopathic Medicine seeks to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent and treat illnesses. It is a curative system of medicine in which the patient’s constitution is restored to a state of ongoing vigour, health and balance by using and enhancing the body’s own healing, defensive and recuperative powers. Homeopathic treatment involves giving very small doses of substances that would produce similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given in large doses. Homeopathic treatment is individualized. Homeopathic Medicines are selected according to the whole picture of the patient; not only the symptoms of the illness but also the lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and other factors.
Homeopathy is a system of therapeutics based on a natural scientific law, the “Law of Similars,” a law as fundamental and unchanging as the laws of gravity and motion. This Law of Similars, is expressed by the Latin maxim, “Similia Similibus Curentur” – “Let likes be cured by likes” meaning that a substance able to cause symptoms in a person who is well, is able to cure those same symptoms in a person who is sick.
The Art and Science of Homeopathy
Homeopathy offers a holistic approach to disease treatment and is today one of the most universal and widely used forms of alternative medicine. The aim of homeopathy is to encourage the body’s own natural system of healing. Homeopathy is an individualised treatment tailored to each person’s unique experience of symptoms.
Homeopathic medicines are derived from a variety of herbs, minerals, and other natural substances and are put through a specific pharmacological process of serial dilutions with intermittent agitation between dilutions. Through this process, information from the original substance is imparted to the dilution and the subsequent medicine is extremely small in dose, yet extremely powerful in its therapeutic effect.
A homeopathic physician may be defined as one who adds to her knowledge of the basic medical sciences and diagnosis, a special knowledge of homeopathic therapeutics and in cases suited to such therapy, observes the Law of Similars in selecting the required medication. Your doctor will consider your family history, personal health history, and personal traits in order to understand the unique pattern of symptoms and susceptibilities that present with each individual case. Because everyone’s experience is unique, a homeopathic medicine is chosen according to the whole symptom picture rather than only according to a specific diagnosis.
For over 200 years, millions of physicians and hundreds of millions of homeopathic patients have observed and experienced the power and effectiveness of homeopathic medicines.
What to expect
Homeopathic treatment is individualized, tailored to each person’s unique experience. Dr. Barreto suggests treatment plans that take into consideration the whole symptom picture that the patient presents. This may include lifestyle, diet, sleep patterns, emotional health, family history and general constitution. An initial consult is usually 90 minutes and involves a full health history. Homeopathic medicines stimulate the elimination of toxins, improve circulation and immune response, and support healthy nerve function. Patients report feeling an increase in vitality and sense of well-being and often see immediate improvements with their health complaints.