Homeopathy: What Is It, What Is It Used For?

When you walk into Wholesome Rx, do you ever wonder what those small little white pellets in blue and purple tubes by Boiron are? If you are new to Homeopathy, which is a type of medicine that originated centuries ago in Germany, here is an introduction to the medicine as well as a few commonly used remedies. 

What exactly is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a scientific system of medicine based on the discovery that a
highly diluted medicinal substance can cure the same problem it can cause
by varying the dosage of that substance. Each remedy undergoes a proving
process that demonstrates that a herb, mineral or animal product given to a
healthy person in a suitable dose will eventually cause that person to
experience symptoms of a particular problem.

There are two Levels of Care in Homeopathy:

Acute Disease: refers to trauma, poisonings, or infections. All other disease
is considered chronic disease. Acute disease is considered more superficial,
so you can change remedies and dosages as rapidly as needed.

Chronic Disease: has long-standing symptoms which may have been
suppressed with conventional medications. In these cases a qualified
experienced homeopath is needed to identify a constitutional remedy.

The question then becomes, when providing acute care, where do you even begin?

Acute Problems can include: Trauma, Infections, Poisons, Emergencies and
Surgery. Everything else is considered chronic.

Principles for Emergency/Acute Prescribing

• Use common/routine remedies for acute problems unless symptoms
indicate otherwise.
• Repeat remedies as frequently as needed based on response.
• Change or increase the potency of remedies freely as indicated, 10 to
15 minutes if there is no response.
• Remedies can be used in conjunction with conventional medications if
necessary.
• Usually start with lower potencies but remedies can be used in any available potency.
Situations of greater acuity often respond best to higher potencies.

Acute Dosing

• 30c is the most common potency, and is a good starting dose unless it is a severe
emergency (Rationale: If you start with a high potency, it cannot be increased if
needed)
• Redose in 10 to 15 minutes if there is no response.
• If still no response in 10 to 15 minutes, redose with 200c
• If an acute emergency, a 1M dose may be used, especially with arnica.
• To use remedies, you may place several pellets under the tongue to dissolve (dry dosing) or
dissolve pellets in half a glass of water and stir vigorously before
every teaspoon dose (wet dosing). Give as needed depending on symptoms and
decrease dosing as improvement begins.

And now, here is a brief introduction to some of the most commonly used remedies. 

Common Remedies for a First Aid Kit:

Aconite (Monkshood) psychic shock, unfounded fears, symptoms
may occur after great fears, stress, chills, accidents or sudden &
dramatic changes in weather.
Allium cepa (Onion) common cold, hay fever, watery discharge from
eyes and nose.
Apis mellifica (Bee venom) tissues are edematous, red, hot and
painful from insect bites, allergies.
Arnica (Mountain Daisy) any trauma bruises, strains, sprains,
fractures, lacerations, eye and head injuries, surgeries (Caveat:
Directions state not to use arnica gel or cream on any broken skin)
Bellladonna (Deadly Nightshade) sudden high fever, redness pain,
thirstlessness, dilated pupils and panting, heatstroke, bright red,
painful ears in children who wake up in pain, migraine headaches with
extreme sensitivity to light & noise, red eruptions on the skin with
high fevers.
Calendula (Marigold Flower) wounds and cuts, infections-tinctures,
washes, ointments and creams to prevent and treat infections.
Cantharis (Blister beetle) primarily for first and second degree
blistered burns but also indicated in cystitis with burning and urging
to urinate.
Carbo vegetabilis (Vegetable carbon) bloating & conditions of
trapped gas in the intestinal tract, colic, volvulus, gastric torsions and
distensions; collapse near death with pale and/or blue mucous
membranes. (Corpse Revival Remedy)
Hypericum (St. John’s Wort) trauma to highly enervated tissuescrushed fingers & toes, spinal injuries, nerve injuries of any kind,
dental work, orthodontic adjustments; deep puncture wounds such as
nail punctures or injection site reactions.
Ledum (Marsh Tea) puncture wounds including bite wounds, cactus
spines, injections, insect stings especially when affected part is cold &
made better by cold applications.
Millefolium (Yarrow) indicated in cases of profuse hemorrhage of
bright red blood
Rhus Tox (Poison Ivy or Poison Oak) skin symptoms, osteoarthritis,
strains and sprains in the joints, better with movement and worse for
rest, flu symptoms
Ruta Grav (Rue)-strains, sprains and bruising of the ligaments and
tendons which is worse with movement
• Silicea (Silica) for resolving abscesses. The abscesses of Silicea are
slow to suppurate. Silicea will either force the abscess to drain or be
absorbed. Will eventually force the expulsion of foreign bodies,
splinters, etc.
• Symphytum (Comfrey Root) Broken bones both acutely and in
fractured delayed union fractures to speed healing, also indicated for
bone pain post healing and blunt trauma to the eye during healing.(Do
not use with broken bones until in alignment and stabilized)

FLU REMEDIES

• Oscillococcinum (Duck Liver) Often first choice for flu and
respiratory symptoms; available at drugstores, grocery stores, health
food stores; Do not need to take entire vial as stated on the box, 7-8
pellets under the tongue will do; take at very first symptoms and
continue every 4 to 6 hours.
• Arsenicum Alba (Arsnic) Covers more phases of flu than any other
remedy and will decrease symptoms, especially with copious nasal
flow and prostration. Suited for the early symptoms when the
affection is in the upper portion of the respiratory tract. Burning
dryness & copious watery excoriating secretion & involvement of the
conjunctiva are also indications.
• Bryonia (White Bryony) Consider when symptoms are worse from
motion of any kind; Tends toward dryness of the mucous membranes
with great thirst for large quantities of cold fluids. Tends to be
irritable and prefers to be left alone.
• Eupatorium Perfoliatum (Boneset) Deep aching, often felt in the
bones. May feel as if their bones are broken. Eyes can also be quite
sore. Frequently have a chill between 7:00 AM & 9:00 AM
• Gelsemium (Yellow Jessamine) Indicated at the beginning of
symptoms, weak, tired & aches throughout the body, headache back
of head, stiffness in neck, symptoms worse with movement, constant
chilliness, heat & cold may alternate. One of the most commonly used
flu remedies.
• Rhus toxicodendron (Poison ivy or poison oak) muscle aches and
stiffness with great restlessness - always moving in an attempt to get
comfortable. May improve with movement for a short time-then
become achy and restless again. Often feel worse in cold and damp
air and relieved by heat. 

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