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What is Classical Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a scientifically verified method of care which has as its basis the law of similars, or the idea that “like cures like.” Doctor Samuel Hahnemann had been translating a medical text on quinine when he noticed that the symptoms of a toxic dose of quinine looked exactly like the symptoms of malaria, which quinine is used to treat. From this he developed his theory of homeopathy, homeo meaning “alike” (or similar) and pathos meaning “what one feels” (or pathology).  Dr. Hahnemann began to test his theory and found that toxic substances produce a very characteristic symptom picture. That picture can then be used to determine the symptoms that a homeopathic preparation of that substance will help to remedy. In practical application this means that by using tiny doses of a carefully chosen substance we can stimulate a person’s body very specifically to heal itself from within.

Homeopathy is not at all like chemical medications, which work on a tiny piece of body chemistry to change one particular symptom. Instead, homeopathy addresses the underlying health imbalance and corrects the problem thus improving your health as a whole person. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body’s own healing processes to address the problem from within. Because the doses used in homeopathy are so small there are no side effects and no possibilities of an “overdose.”

For homeopathy to be effective, the remedy must match your exact symptom picture. This exact match is very important because symptoms are your body’s way of expressing problems within its system. Symptoms can be seen as your body’s healthy reaction to some unhealthy imbalance. For example: fever is not produced by bacterial infection, it is created by your body to help fight bacteria and other pathogens.  It is the same with most symptoms.  Symptoms are simply your body’s reaction to something that it considers harmful.  Each person’s individual physiological makeup will determine the types of symptoms their body produces.  Your body will produce symptoms in response to bacteria, viruses, mental and emotional stress, allergins and even chemicals in the environments.  The stressors are not unique, but the way your body responds to these stressors is, and it can be the key to unlocking your disease process.  By matching the remedy to your exact symptoms we are effectively addressing your physiology exactly.  This is an incredibly precise process and it is extremely effective in both chronic (long-term) and acute (short-term) illness.

    Homeopathic remedies are all made from natural substances, including plant, mineral, animal and even disease sources.  The doses of the substances used in homeopathic remedies are miniscule, so there is no possibility for toxicity.  Homeopathic remedies are recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and when administered by a qualified homeopath are safe for use in infants, children, adults, the elderly and even animals.

When you see a homeopathic practitioner like Dr. Amy you can expect to have a very different experience. Because homeopathic prescribing is so individual and must be based on your symptoms exactly, Dr. Amy must gather a tremendous amount of information about your illness.  This includes when and how the illness started, what the stressors were in your life at that time, symptoms with their modalities (what makes them better, what makes them worse), your emotional state and a group of symptoms known as generals.  These general symptoms are things that you would never typically think to talk about such as food cravings and environmental sensitivities. These unique factors are particular to you and can help to determine the exact homeopathic remedy which will be correct for you.  Because of the precise nature of the prescribing the more open and honest you can be with your homeopath, the better the results you can expect.  

    Homeopathy is one of the most widely used therapies in the world and some of its most notable supporters include the Royal Family of Great Britain, Mahatma Gandhi, and John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Please contact Dr. Amy for more information or for an appointment!

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