A book, covering health issues for women from adolescence to beyond the menopause from a homeopathic perspective.
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Dr. Barry Rose, a homeopathic physician for more than 25 years, recently retired as Dean of the Faculty of Homeopathy of Great Britain. He is now in private practice using both conventional and homeopathic medicine.
Dr. Christina Scott-Moncrieff is a general practitioner in private practice and on staff at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital (U.K.)Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Homeopathic medicines have been used for some 200 years to treat a wide variety of illnesses safely and effectively. The word homeopathy means 'like suffering'. It describes the basic principle Of homeopathic treatment: that the symptoms that a person experiences can be cured by a substance that would cause the same symptoms if given to a healthy person. This principle was recognized by Hippocrates 2,400 years ago, but it was not used in a systematic way until Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) grew tired of the brutal medical practices of his day and began to experiment with other forms of treatment. Using herbs, and later other substances including the medicines of the day, such as arsenic and mercury, Hahnemann gathered a group of healthy people who took the substance he was investigating, and then reported their symptoms. These were called 'provings' and were recorded. They became the basis of the prescriptions Hahnemann later gave to ill people with the same symptoms.
Taking medicines that caused the same symptoms that a patient was already experiencing sometimes caused an aggravation of the symptoms. To overcome this, Hahnemann devised a method of preparing the medicine by systematically diluting the original medicine, or 'mother tincture', and shaking it vigorously between each dilution. To his surprise, this method enhanced the action of the medicine. He called the method 'potentisation' and the resulting medicines 'potencies', thus the highest potencies contain the weakest solutions.
Hahnemann's method is still used today. The mother tincture is diluted on one of two scales: either one part in ten, or one part in 100. The number of dilutions that a medicine has undergone is recorded on each bottle of medicine by a number, which is usually printed just after the name of the medicine. The dilution scale is indicated by a letter, so x or d> means that each dilution was one part in ten and c denotes dilutions of one part in 100. For example, a medicine which has 6c on it means that the mother tincture has been diluted by one part in a hundred six times. A 1000c dilution is usually denoted as 1M.
Giving such small doses has always been controversial because the original substance must eventually disappear altogether. Modern chemistry tells us that this occurs at about the 12c dilution, so how can the higher potencies be effective? It is thought the medicine leaves some sort of message in the water during the vigorous shaking between dilutions, and that this message somehow resonates with the body to promote healing.
The Vital Force
Hahnemann believed that the body contains an innate power to heal itself. He called this the Vital Force. He believed that when a person is ill this force becomes disordered and that homeopathic medicines are able to restore it in a unique way. The choice of medicine depends on the symptoms that are present and is called the symptom medicine in this book. The term local medicine is sometimes also used. In more long-standing illnesses, the Vital Force may put up a good resistance to the progress of the disease, but over a period of time the illness becomes more severe. Symptom medicines may bring some relief, but they rarely cure this type of illness and a constitutional medicine may be needed. Such a prescription is based on the whole personality and appearance of the patient.
How to use this book
Part one of this book contains information about the problems and ailments that women may encounter during their lives. Each chapter has an introduction that provides more useful information and there are self-help tips. Part two is the Materia Medica section where there is a detailed description of 50 common medicines.
To select the most appropriate medicine for your current complaint you should:
Taking a course of treatment
Homeopathic medicines are increasingly available from drugstores and health food stores. Higher potencies and less common ones can be bought by mail order from a homeopathic manufacturer using a credit card (see p. 173).
There are organizations in Canada and the United States that maintain lists of registered homeopathic practitioners (see p. 173). Although a growing number of health care providers prescribe homeopathic medicines, not all Jurisdictions have homeopathic licensing boards or require practitioners to pass an examination. In the U.S., the letters DHt after a practitioner's name indicate membership in the specialty board of the American Board of Homeotherapeutics. In Canada, R.Hom or H.D. indicates completion of standardized educational programs.
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