Sources of Homeopathic Medicines
The homeopathic medicines are prepared from a wide range of natural sources. Over 75% of the medicines origin from the vegetable kingdom, i.e. flowers, roots, leaves and the juice.
Certain chemicals and minerals are also used to prepare certain medicines. For instance, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, etc. Most of the minerals and metals are used as a source of medicine, such as gold, silver, zinc, tin, iron and so on.
Some microbes, bacteria, virus are also used to prepare a special group of medicines (called Nosode), for instance, influenza virus, bacteria which produce tuberculosis, etc. some body secretion such as the hormones (e.g. thyroid hormone) also find place in the wide source-place.
Animal kingdom has a special place in the homeopathy pharmacy and homeopathy medicines are prepared from the animal sources almost in a nonviolent technique. Some insects such as Spanish Fly (Apis Mellifica) and certain animal products such as the venom of Cobra snake (Naga) are used in unique manner.
About Potency of Homeopathic Medicines
The revolutionary method of drug preparation in homeopathy, called as Potentization, utilizes a very minute quantity of the original drug substance.
A very small portion of any substance, say a drop of Surukuku snake venom, as one part, is mixed with 99 parts of alcohol or distilled water. Some powerful strokes are given to this mixture of about 100 drops/ml. It makes so called 1c potency. Now, out of this 100 drops, one drop is taken and mixed with 99 drops of alcohol, again it is required to undergo the process of vigorous strokes, making the potency 2c. The process is continued higher level up to 30c, 200c, 1000c, 10000c, 50000c and 100000c.
Material (Chemical) Reduces and Potency Increases
No material, only the medicinal power…
As you can realize, there is infinitesimal original drug substance in the higher potency medicines. Actually it crosses the Avogadro’s limit. There is no detectable material in the potency higher than 24. What is left behind is the power or energy of the medicine. One may call it dynamic power, which is capable to induce definite changes in the body system to bring about the healing process.
Non-toxic and Safe
As you can see that the special method of homeopathic medicines render them absolute free from any toxic substance in it. The medicines thus are absolutely safe and free from any side effects. They are safe for even babies and pregnant women.
History of Homeopathy
The Principle of ‘Like Cures Like
The term homeopathy is derived from Greek word (meaning similar) and pathos (meaning suffering) is a system of medicine based on treating like with like. The same principle is followed in mainstream medicine where antidotes and vaccines are made in the same way as in homeopathy. How homeopathy takes this principle further is like this, if my symptoms produce an effect on me similar to an insect’s bite, then the same insect’s venom would be my homeopathic treatment, even though I’ve not actually been bitten by the insect.
Hypocrites (468 -377 BC) gave a theory that like can be treated with like, but it was in its infantile stage until Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) started researching the theory and developed it into a usable practice.
Hahneman’s established this theory by experimenting by giving doses of various substances to both himself and his healthy volunteers and noting the effects in great detail. Initially for safety reasons, the substances used were given in a very dilute form just to avoid any serious repercussions, and coincidently Hahnemann chanced upon one of the most puzzling aspects of Homeopathy. Lower the substance ad higher the potency. Decrease in substance grows the potency, the more dilute it is, the more effective it becomes in treating ailments.
After Hahneman’s, his work was continued by James Tyler Kent in 1877-78 a Professor of Anatomy (at the American Medical College, St. Louis). Kent’s interest in Homoeopathic medicine was prompted by his wife’s serious illness, which failed to respond to any other form of medicine available at the time. Kent’s position placed him perfectly to observe the effects of substances in precise detail. Kent’s research into Homeopathy became his life’s work, and he conducted proofs on some 650 materials, observing over 64,000 symptoms. Even today, Kent’s is still the most widely used repertory in Homeopathy.
The repertory used in this site’s remedy finder is based on Kent’s, with no additions, but some changes have been necessary in order to make its use easier for the modern-day layman, including plain English Terminology, and categorizing symptoms where possible.
Treating the Whole Person
Classical Homeopathy is a holistic medicine; in other words, it aims to treat the whole person. It may seem unusual to those used to allopathic (conventional) medicine, where one medicine is taken for a skin complaint, another for a headache, and yet another for sleeplessness.
If you use the remedy finder frequently, you may find that one particular remedy comes up time and time again for your complaints – however diverse they appear to be. For example, in testing the online remedy finder, on my own symptoms ranging from insomnia, headaches, to stomach complaints, Phosphor was frequently the suggested remedy. There is something in my nature, underneath any passing symptoms, which is akin to Phosphor.
A common cold, for example, is one virus that produces a myriad of effects, subtly different in different people. Different people with a cold caused by the same virus may exhibit different symptoms. It is for this reason that each case should be assessed by close and careful analysis of all the relevant symptoms.
Finding the Simillium
Simulium is a single substance that if given to a healthy person would produce exactly the same symptoms as exhibited by the patient.
In addition to the range of symptoms that must be included in a case to find the right homeopathic remedy, precision is also important. For example, there are nearly 5,000 headaches in the homeopathy symptom database; a different remedy may be prescribed depending on when symptoms occur, the type of pain, wherein the head it is, what may have bought it on, what other symptoms are experienced, etc.
To find the Simulium manually would involve looking up each symptom, in detail, and producing a grid of remedies and their correlating symptoms, and from there, seeing which remedies occur most frequently and which are stronger for a given symptom.
Homeopathic remedies (also called homeopathics) are a system of medicine based on three principles:
Like cures like
For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning by mercury, then mercury would be your homeopathic remedy.
The remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part of the remedy to around 1,000,000,000,000 parts of water.
The Single Remedy
No matter how many symptoms are experienced, only one remedy is taken, and that remedy will be aimed at all those symptoms.
Similar principles form the basis of conventional allergy treatment, where the allergic substance is given in a small dose, and in vaccines where an impotent form of the virus is given to bolster the immune system against that particular virus.
Why use Homeopathics?
Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. Its growth in popularity in the United States has been around 25 to 50 percent a year throughout the last decade.
This success is fueled by several factors:
Homeopathy is extremely effective. When the correct remedy is taken, results can be rapid, complete, and permanent.
Homeopathy is completely safe. Even babies and pregnant women can use Homeopathy without the danger of side effects. Homeopathic remedies can also be taken alongside other medications without producing unwanted side effects.
Homeopathy is natural. Homeopathic remedies are normally based on natural ingredients.
Homeopathy works in harmony with your immune system, unlike some conventional medicines which suppress the immune system. (For example, cough medicines suppress the cough reflex, which is your body’s attempt to clear the lungs)
Homeopathic remedies are not addictive – once relief is felt, you should stop taking them. If no relief is felt, you are probably taking the wrong homeopathic remedy.
Homeopathy is holistic. It treats all the symptoms as one, which in practical terms means that it addresses the cause, not the symptoms. This often means that symptoms tackled with Homeopathy do not recur.
So, if you have any disease for instance allergy, Backache cervical Spondylitis, hair fall, stress, skin allergy, migraine, joint pain, etc. and regular medicines are not working, then you need homeopathic medicines. Dr. Vimal Rastogi is a Homeopathy Doctor in Ghaziabad who helps patients to give the best homeopathic medicines that cure the patients in a very effective way.
Every silver lining has a cloud, and there are two main barriers to the effective use of homeopathy:
Prescribing the right homeopathic remedy takes a little more time and patience than conventional medicine. Exactly the right remedy needs to be taken for your symptoms. There is no such thing as a standard homeopathic headache remedy (though, sadly that doesn’t mean no such product is sold…).
The remedy you take has to be matched to your particular headache – where it occurs, what brings it on, what type of pain it is, what aggravates it, what makes it feel worse, your state of mind and what other symptoms you experience.
The sheer range of remedies in use can cause practical problems for an average-sized pharmacy. If the right remedy is not one of 30 or so commonly used remedies, they can be difficult to obtain.