WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY ?
Homeopathy is a unique system of medicine based upon natural laws of healing. It provides safe, effective treatment for mental, emotional and physical ailments. Homeopathic medicines act by stimulating the body’s own recuperative powers or “vital force”, allowing the body to heal itself and return to a state of optimum health. Homeopathic remedy action is now more easily understood and explained with the study of Quantum Physics. Treatment is aimed at removing the cause of illness (imbalance) rather than trying to eliminate the symptoms alone. Homeopathy recognizes that each individual will experience symptoms of dis-ease in their own unique way and then endeavours to match the total dis-ease picture to a single remedy ( homeopathic medicine), or specific combinations of Homeopathic Remedies.
PAST AND PRESENT
Homeopathy was formulated by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. However, the natural law upon which homeopathy is based was known to physicians dating back many centuries. Ancient Ayurvedic texts mention the Law of Similars or “like cures like” and both Paracelsus and Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, had observed and recorded the application of this law in healing the sick.
The Law of Similars states that a medicinal substance, which can cause certain symptoms when taken by a healthy person, can cure those same symptoms when given to a sick person. Examples of the Law of Similars can be found in conventional medicine. Nitroglycerin, if taken in large quantities, can cause rapid heart rate, shortness of breath and chest pain – the same symptoms that a small medicinal dose of nitroglycerin under the tongue can relieve. Quinine, used in various forms to treat malaria, can cause malaria-like symptoms of aching, chills and recurrent fever if taken in large doses. In everyday life, exposure to onion juice leads to burning and watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Prepared homeopathically, onion (the remedy name being allium cepia) is one of the many effective remedies for hay fever.
The homeopathic pharmacopoeia of today contains more than 2500 remedies, derived from plant, mineral and animal sources. The healing properties of these medicines have been verified repeatedly in clinical practice over the last 200 years. Although a number of homeopathic remedies are made from plants or parts of plants, homeopathy is not herbal therapy. It is its own distinct system of therapeutics, based on the method of prescribing the remedy and on the method of the remedy production – and cannot be compared to herbal therapy treatment.
Today, homeopathy is becoming more popular, as people begin to seek a holistic approach to health care and want to take charge of their own health. It is practiced widely throughout the world in both private clinics and hospitals. There is also a growing community of lay homeopaths and people who use homeopathy to treat simple health problems in the home. Practitioners of homeopathy, include medical doctors, naturopaths, nurses, midwives chiropractors and veterinarians.
Homeopathic Remedies are available as pellets that are dissolved under the tongue or drops that are left under the tongue for one minute before they are swallowed.
The purpose of drainage is to begin the healing process and to prepare the patient for continued and more specific healing. Without drainage, healing is not as successful long term. Drainage is also preventative medicine. It is different than herbal cleanses in that it actually gets into the cell and cleans (detoxifies, drains) the entire cell and the enzyme systems of the cell as well as the extra cellular matrix, so that each cell performs, as it should. Our world has become much more toxic. We shower every day but we don’t think about what is happening inside our bodies. We cannot stress enough how important this is. Our Homeopathics are the best available in the world – as are our Probiotics. Homeopathic drainage is done with a series of drops.
WHAT ILLNESSES CAN BE TREATED?
Homeopathy is used for the treatment of both acute and chronic health problems. Minor ailments of short duration, such as colds, flu’s, digestive upsets or injuries can be resolved quickly. More deep-seated illnesses, such as eczema, allergies, arthritis or depression, require a longer course of treatment, often with a “constitutional” remedy. This is prescribed on the basis of an extensive interview and medical history, which provides a complete picture of the individual at the mental, emotional and physical levels.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The amount of treatment needed depends upon the individual and the nature of their condition. The number of visits required is directly related to the severity, complexity and duration of the illness. True healing occurs from the inside out – in its own time and it cannot be forced.
WHO CAN RECEIVE HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT?
Homeopathy, when used correctly, is a safe and effective treatment for people of all ages: from babies and small children to pregnant women, adults and the elderly. Homeopathy works by stimulating the innate curative capacity of the individual, in a gentle manner.
Lifestyle changes (not just physically, but also how we think and how we react and feel) are ESSENTIAL for complete and permanent healing to occur.
[titled_box title=”MAKING AN APPOINTMENT” variation=”slategrey”]To make an appointment with Dr. C. Westmacott MD, CCFP, MFHom(UK) and Carole Westmacott RN, please call Reception at AST – 403-278-1405 and you will be directed on making an appointment, downloading the patient information sheets and as this is non Alberta Health funded, the price structure for the visits.[/titled_box]