People are turning to alternative health care for many reasons. Some seek to avoid the rising cost of traditional health care, some the staggering side-effects associated with allopathic drugs. Others have discovered the necessity to enhance the individual's own immune system, which has been broken down by exposure to chemicals, antibiotics, and other environmental toxins.
Homeopathy recognizes the patient as a whole and considers both the individual's physical and psychological components. When a disease or condition creates symptoms, homeopathy acknowledges them as the body's attempt to be rid of the infection or imbalance. The use of minute amounts of natural substances which mimic the body's symptoms stimulate its attempt to regain homeostasis, or balance. Where allopathic medicine merely suppresses symptoms, homeopathic medicines excite the patient's immune system and support the natural healing process.
Homeopathy is a natural therapeutic method offering a global and personalized approach to each individual. According to the Greek Etymology, the term "Homeopathy" means:
HOMEO = Alike or similar
PATHOS = Suffering or disease
Which signifies "like cures like".
Homeopathy is based on three basic principals:
The law of similars
A substance administrated in strong doses to a healthy person will provoke particular symptoms, whereas this same substance potentized and taken in infinitesimal dosages can eliminate the same symptoms in an inflicted individual.
The law of infinitesimality
Homeopathic medicines are derived from plant, animal, mineral, or chemical substances which are macerated in order to obtain the mother tincture (full strength); from this, a drop is then diluted and potentized. This process of dynamization, as it is termed, will be repeated until the desired infinitesimal dilution is obtained.
The law of individualization
The homeopath considers each individual to be a unique person having his/her own psychic and physical symptoms as well as his/her own hereditary predispositions. With respect to an illness, each individual reacts in very different ways.
Homeopathy treats the person and not his/her illness.
Hippocrates was the first to establish the similarity principal but unfortunately, his theory was quickly forgotten.
In 1790, Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, discovered homeopathy by translating a materia medica. He observed that the substance China (Peruvian bark), containing quinine, administered in high dosage to a healthy individual, provoked an intermittent fever, and that this same remedy, taken in infinitesimal dosages, cured this symptom in an individual inflicted with this same type of fever. He demonstrated this principle on himself and his colleagues, and repeated experiments with other substances. The results were always very conclusive.
In 1796, he published his theories and experiments based on the "vital force", the capacity of the individual's reaction in response to illness, as well as the law of similars.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Dr. Heinrich Reckeweg founded the Laboratorium Eupha where he developed and used the first homeopathic medications formulated according to Hahnemann's similarity principle.
In 1947, his sons K. Günther and Alfred Reckeweg founded Dr. Reckeweg & Co. Since that time, they have accommodated to the needs of the population. Based on the homeopathic principal of proving a remedy in healthy people, Dr. Reckeweg Homeopathic Specialties were developed from therapeutic practice. They are produced from raw materials of the highest quality and are strictly manufactured in accordance with the German Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia.
Modernization has facilitated production and distribution. Today, Dr. Reckeweg & Co. supplies its products to over 40 countries and is world-renowned for the unsurpassed quality of its products.
Young children and infants, normally 2 to 5 drops; older children, 5 to 8 drops.
Follow the instructions as indicated on the label or as recommended by your practitioner.
Generally, the dosage is 10 to 15 drops ( liquids: 1 teaspoon).
For acute cases, the remedy should be taken every ¼ hour, ½ hour, every hour or 2 hours, according to the severity of the symptoms, or under advice of a health care practitioner. For chronic cases, 3 to 6 times a day.
All remedies should be taken 20 minutes or more before a meal or 1 ½ hour after a meal.
IMPORTANT: Please consult your practitioner.
In order to maximize the success of the treatment, avoid the consumption of coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and mint (toothpaste, chewing gum, cough drops, etc.) during your treatment. Also avoid inhaling strong substances such as chemical products and strong detergents.
For people suffering from alcoholism, allow the alcohol to evaporate from the homeopathic remedy by placing the daily dosage in a glass with lukewarm water and administer it tablespoon by tablespoon, over the course of the day. Globules or tablets may also be administered alternatively.
Homeopathic remedies may also be administered with a plastic dropper or diluted in the baby's bottle.
It is possible to take more than one homeopathic remedy at the same time. It is preferable to wait a few minutes between each remedy, or as recommended by your practitioner.
With few exceptions, there are no adverse effects in taking both allopathic and homeopathic remedies together.Please note that as with any drug, if pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health care professional before using these products. Keep this and all drugs out of reach of children. If symptoms persist, get worse, or if new symptoms occur, consult a health care professional. Do not use if safety ring at base of cap is broken. Homeopathic remedies are not intended to be used for the treatment of critical or life-threatening diseases. Homeopathic remedies are formulated for the relief of most common ailments and can be used in conjunction with other modes of therapy. However, if symptoms persist, patients should be referred to specialized medical treatment.
Homeopathic products have a very long shelf-life, when they are properly stored. Store them in a dry place, away from direct light. Do not refrigerate.
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