What are Remedies?

Homeopaths often refer to the medicines they use as “remedies.” Homeopathic remedies are micro-doses of a single or multiple substance prepared in a very specific way. Here are some facts you may like to know about them.

Remedies are prescribed based on a principle known as the “Law of Similars” or “let likes be cured by likes” which was developed by the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s. This idea was described earlier by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-350 B.C.) when he wrote, “By similar things a disease is produced and by application of the like is cured.” In other words, substances that cause an illness in a well person can alleviate similar symptoms in a person who is experiencing them naturally.

Examples of this principle include:

  • The remedy made from onion, (under the plant name Allium cepa), is used to treat conditions of a cold or seasonal allergy where the symptoms are runny eyes and nose.
  • Homeopathically prepared Rhus Toxicodenedron is often used to treat join pains and skin conditions that have symptoms much like what we would associate with its common plant name, poison ivy.

To this day, homeopaths follow this principle when prescribing medicine for their clients. Remedies are prescribed based on each person’s unique health picture in order to stimulate the body’s own self-healing abilities.

In order for a remedy to be added to the homeopathic materia medica (or “materials of medicine”), it has to undergo a ‘proving’ to ascertain their healing properties. Homeopathic provings are conducted voluntarily, most often by homeopathic researchers and students, following a set of standards and procedures.

Homeopathic Remedies
  • There are currently over 8,000 substances that have been proven using homeopathic methods.
  • Remedies are made from plants, minerals or animal products. The substance is crushed or dissolved in water or alcohol. This preparation is then diluted and succussed (shaken vigorously) to a specific potency.
  • A homeopath prescribes the remedy and determines the specific potency for each client
  • Remedies are often given in pellet, tablet or sometimes liquid form.
  • Pellets or tablets contain an amount of milk sugar, or lactose, but the quantity is so small as to not cause a problem for those with lactose allergies.
  • In highly allergic patients, remedies can be delivered by other methods.

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