Is homeopathic medicine effective or is it all in the mind? Can it have harmful side effects? What are the benefits? What is the history? Homeopathic medicine when combined with Western Medicine makes the most powerful and comprehensive medical system in the world. The integration of the two has made my medical practice highly successful. Whether I am treating recurrent illness, rheumatoid arthritis or even cancer the combination of the two give patients hope and success in returning them to health.
HISTORY OF HOMEOPATHY
Homeopathic medicine was first written about in 1810 by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, MD. He discovered how to communicate with the inner part of the system that was controlling disease and health. He saw that an acute illness like typhoid or cholera would often temporarily or sometimes permanently cure a person’s existing chronic disease. He surmised that by giving small amounts of natural substances in specific potencies had the same ability to push the person into wellness as the acute illness did. This way of thinking later led to the advent of immunizations 4 years later. As Hahnemann organized the system it spread throughout the world coming to the US in 1825. It became famous, in well-trained hands, from stopping people from dying from cholera, yellow fever, dengue fever, bubonic plague and influenza. Homeopathic medicine grew in popularity in the US to 110 hospitals and 22 medical schools including UCSF and Boston School of Medicine. Cures began to be recorded from 1840 to 1940. Then with the advent of more and more modern pharmaceuticals, homeopathy was pushed aside as an elective in the medical schools.
THE SECRET OF HOMEOPATHY
Today many physicians have no idea of how homeopathy works and whether it works at all. I was personally introduced to homeopathy in San Francisco in 1984 by a physician who trained in England and Greece.
He taught me that cure was not only possible, but was commonly attainable using homeopathy. After 7 years of postgraduate training and receiving my medical degree, I was beginning to produce cures in my patients that I had never seen before.
The secret of homeopathy is that each medicine is chosen as a single preparation to specifically unlock the power of the immune system, the nervous system, the hormonal system and the cardiovascular system, so the person permanently returns to health on their own. They are made by some homeopathic pharmaceutical manufacturing plants with strict adherence to FDA approved standards in either liquid or chewable pill form. They are easy to administer to infants and children.
SIGNALING A CURATIVE RESPONSE
Western medicine is the great stabilizer of disease, but it does not have the capacity to heal. A stabilizing effect of a drug would be a pain killer, sleeping pill, anti-hypertensive, antidepressant, anti-seizure drug or a migraine pill. These medications quickly subdue the perception of a symptom or temporarily reduce the intensity of a malfunction, but they do not alleviate the underlying cause. Thereby the Western pill must be taken indefinitely as once stopped, the symptoms quickly return.
The brain and the immune system operate off of memory like a super computer. In order to help the body heal, a communication signal must be sent to the system’s circuitry indicating what is wrong. It is like correcting a circuit board so function improves.
The the root of the word “homeo,” meaning similar, and “pathy” meaning disease or suffering, was coined to describe that the potentized medicines signal the system as to how it is stuck in a diseased state or a negative feeling state. When a proper shift is initiated, then the symptoms disappear symbolizing that the cause of the disease has also disappeared. Rather than merely suppressing the symptom with Western medicine used alone, we signal a curative response to the immune system and nervous system thereby truly repairing the dysfunction deep inside. They two systems make a great pair by calming pain and suffering at the surface while concurrently triggering the system to heal from underneath.
HOMEOPATHY AS COMBINED CARE
An example of combined care is in fibromyalgia where anti-inflammatories, pain killers and antidepressants are often used to provide temporary relief from the outside, while the specific homeopathic medicine is also prescribed in combination to address the fixed inner state of the nervous system to be freed up.
A single homeopathic medicine derived most commonly from mineral, trace metal or plant extract is diluted and potentized to become an electrical signal, like a communicant for the system. Once accepted by the system the contracted muscles and tendons begin to release thereby relieving the chronic pain over time.
Another example is in the treatment of asthma. A person can continue to take inhalers and anti-allergy medication while also taking a homeopathic medicine to tune the immune system to refrain from constricting and over-producing mucus. After several months the inhalers are then reduced to just used as needed. This makes no risk to the treatment and gives hope for eventual cure.
In cases of cancer, homeopathic medicine and chemotherapy or radiation can easily be combined to help the immune system keep strong and enduring. Combined care can reduce the amount of chemotherapy needed and duration that it has to be used.
Homeopathy becomes a form of immunotherapy, raising the strength and awareness of the immune system making survival and remission much more likely. In India there are hospitals where the homeopathic physician is invited to come into the surgery suite to see and actually feel the tumor being removed to know how to better treat the condition post operatively. I spent time personally training with the head of the hospital homeopathic oncology department from Madras, India, Dr. A.U. Ramakrishnan.
ACUTE AND RECURRENT ILLNESSES
Acute and recurrent illnesses in children and adults are often rapidly treated and stopped with homeopathic medicine. The homeopathic remedies induce a focused immune response helping the person become stronger. Most of our patients course through flu season without having to take antibiotics or falling ill to the flu or the common illness of the season.
Even Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, can be successfully treated with homeopathic preparations by using a remedy that mimics back to the nervous system how it is functioning in a disordered way. A more focused state of mental function can then ensue. The remedy can be used alone or in conjunction with a pharmaceutical agent when the ADHD is more severe.
Some of the common homeopathic remedies used in ADD and ADHD are Nux vomica, Lycopodium clavatum, Staphysagria, Argentum nitricum, Phosphorus and Belladonna. These are both plant and mineral derived remedies made into safe, FDA approved forms that can be equal, or more effective that a drug.
Many other conditions that are commonly relieved or even cured are Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, Migraine headaches, Insomnia, Menopausal Hot Flashes, Chronic Fatigue, Lyme Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acid Reflux, Eczema, Psoriasis and Chronic Low Back Pain. The homeopathic medicine goes to the interface between energy and structure in the mind and body.
EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS
A very needed problem that is treated highly effectively with homeopathic care is emotional and behavioral problems in adults, teenagers and children. In expert hands anxiety, depression and aggression can often be relieved using combined medical care. I coordinate with psychiatrists as to reducing prescription medication to a less subduing effect. Bipolar disease and schizophrenia can be helped often significantly by adding homeopathic medicines to standard psychiatric care. Voices and delusions can be reduced. Impulsivity, violent states as well as violent dreams can be reduced.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AND THE FUTURE
Since this miraculous medicine is needed more now than ever since many people’s suffering is not being addressed by the use of Western medicine alone. We are seeing more and more people becoming addicted to drug use, both prescription and street drug use, seeking relief of pain and depression. Our modern medical system has become expert at providing temporary sure relief, but never to provide a cure. The only exception is the use of antibiotics to kill a bacterial infection. When a virus is the culprit, immune stimulation and immune focus using a homeopathic signal is far superior. People have lost hope in doctors and our medical system today. The new term Integrative Medicine is the medicine of the future.
This article is written by Dr. Jeff Lester, DO, Founder and Medical Director of Trilogy Medical Centers based in Watsonville, Santa Cruz and San Jose, California, at www.trilogymedical.net. Dr. Lester is a Health and Wellness Educator and member of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, a 501(c)3 health education nonprofit organization. All photos used in this article are by www.pixabay.com, unless otherwise noted. To find out more about our Health Educators, or to apply as a Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance writer or volunteer, visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com
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