Homeopathy

Christian Hahnemann born in 1755 was a German doctor who was so disturbed by some practices of medicine, it led him to postulate a healing principle: “that which can produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can treat a sick individual who is manifesting a similar set of symptoms.” This principle, `like cures like’, became the basis for an approach to medicine which he gave the name homeopathy.

Homeopathic remedies are fully scientific in nature as they are produced by a large number of medicinal substances found by `proving’ or testing the drug on healthy human beings of both sexes, different ages and constitutions.

Homeopathy does not believe in the materialistic causes of disease, so bacilli are not the cause of disease, but come after the disease.That the homeopathic materia medica is absolutely scientific, is justified by processes of observations, inductions, deductions and experimental verification.

I have been using homeopathy, on myself and family, since I did a course with a classical homeopath in 1997.

There are many common conditions which can be treated with Homeopathy and in fact, a homeopathic medicine cabinet is a vital element in any family medicine. Space allows only a few remedies.

Firstly Arnica can be used for falls, shock, aching muscles and weariness. The yellow flower, of the herb is used to treat all of the `soft parts’, muscles, sprains and grows in the high country, in mountainous districts in Europe. Taken internally, it can also be applied externally, provided there is no abrasion. If the skin is broken, use Calendula tincture. It is a treasure.

Th next inclusion in the homeopathic medicine cabinet is Ledum for accidents, wounds from sharp pointed things, bites from animals, splinters, insect stings and wounds. It will keep Tetanus away. It can be given whenever the pain returns.

The third is Hypericum, it follows Ledum in preventing sepsis after injury, following fractures, crushed fingers or toes It can be given internally at 2 to 4 hourly intervals and a tincture applied locally.

The fourth recommendation is Calendula or common Marigold. The yellow buds and flowers can be pounded and macerated in 50% alcohol and placed in corked bottles, shaken several times a day for 3 weeks, then filtered and kept as stock tincture. It can be made into an ointment with lanolin or the fresh flowers can be used on cuts, cracks, chapped hands, insect bites small septic spots. Calendula can also be used with burns.

Nux Vom is a useful fifth addition for cases of biliousness constipation and diarrhea. In severe cases Pulsatilla may be required.

Burns can be treated with Urtica urens internally and if blisters form don’t break them, use 20 drops in a cup of water and soak gauze in this and cover the burn area.

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Azad,Rai (2005), Scholar’s Manual of Homeopathic MATERIA MEDICA

Shepherd,Dorothy (1992), Homeopathy for the First Aider. CW Daniel Co Ltd.