Homeopathy is a holistic form of complementary medicine which hopes to treat persons in their totality and not simply their physical symptoms. It acts following the principle that mind and body are interrelated so intimately that the physical ailments cannot be treated successfully without understanding the constitution and the character of the person.
Around mid century XVIII in Germany, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, father of the homeopathy, discovered in an experimental fashion that certain substances, if administered to a healthy person, produced the same symptoms, as in an ill person, that were able to cure. Hahnemann reached these conclusions gradually and he was very cautious in publishing them, to the point that between the first experienced substance and the publication of his book Organon dell'arte del guarire, in which the theoretical bases of homeopathy were enunciated, there are almost twenty years.
Homeopathy is based on the Principle of Similes. To understand this principle, consider a bee sting. A person sensitive to bee venom will develop a red, hot, shiny, swollen area at the site of injury, which has a stinging pain and usually feels better from a cold application such as an ice pack. This is the “symptom picture” of bee venom. Now imagine having a sore throat in which the throat is red, hot, shiny, swollen, with a stinging pain that feels better when cold drinks are consumed. The similarity in symptoms means that Apis, a homeopathic medicine made from the honeybee will cure that person suffering from the sore throat. Another example of this principle can be found in the use of X-rays: They cause cancer in overdose but also can be used to kill cancerous cells.
Nowadays, homeopathy is one of the more well-known and practiced nonconventional medicine forms. The increasing distrust towards the officially-recognized methods of treatment and the fame that homeopathy enjoys stimulates the curiosity and the interest of an ever increasing number of people towards this form of therapy.
Homeopathy, science of the observation par excellence, has applied the experimental method for decades, which presently is considered guarantee of a rigorous scientific attitude.
Whereas people diagnosed, in conventional medicine, suffering the same ailments are usually administered the same medicine, in homeopathy the remedy administered to a patient will depend on a whole series of other factors such as temperament, mood and lifestyle. The key for the practice of homeopathy is the capacity to understand and to interpret the patient’s symptoms, the external signs of the internal upheaval, before and after administering the remedy. This continuous relationship allows homeopaths to be particularly effective at discovering the underlying causes of the frequent incidence of ailments.
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Organotherapy is a division of homeopathy, which consists in the preparation of organ tissue to create remedies to treat dysfunctional organs. The tissue used to create these remedies is extracted from animals raised and harvested in a carefully controlled environment. Organotherapy was first introduced in 1834 by Constantine Hering, M.D., the father of American Homeopathy.
The use of these remedies was based on the premise that organs respond to similar tissues, regardless of what origin species is, as long as there is similarity. This premise has been demonstrated experimentally and put into practice as well. Every living organ is capable of recognizing its own distinctive features and responding. This is done by tissue memory, and it stimulates the exact reproduction of the cells of the applied tissue. There are three suggested ways in which organotherapy is thought to work:
1.-It has a direct effect on stimulating the function of the organ by enhancing the selection of enzymes and specific nucleic acids lacking in the organ.
2.- It overwhelms the body with organ antigen in effect stopping the production of anti-organ antibodies.
3.- The organotherapy remedy may provide antigen to substitute for damaged tissue antigen.
Organotherapy remedies are subdivided into Sarcodes and Nosodes. Sarcodes are healthy organ tissue prepared according to homeopathic standards whereas Nosodes are potentialized homeopathic preparations of diseased organ or organ secretions. The latest works as a vaccine, administering virus or bacteria into the body to provoke the immune system.
Studies performed over organotherapy have shown that:
The response of a malfunctioning organ to an organotherapic remedy is positive, meaning that the function of the organ is supported.
The production of cells restores the organs; the results over time are as if replacing an organ which was removed partially or totally with surgery.
Organotherapy remedies may also be used to facilitate drainage in order to restore function to organs that are affected by progressing disease.
Use of organotherapy medicine:
Do not ingest anything 15 minutes before and after taking these remedies. Do not touch its content directly unless it is with the dropper. Apply the drops in your mouth, preferably under the tongue. While under the treatment of these medicine avoid caffeine, peppermint, camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus. Store in a dark place away from perfumes, medicines, foods, herbs and substances with strong odor.
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Oligotherapy is the branch of homeopathy that uses oligo elements, also known as trace minerals, as main ingredient. Trace minerals are chemical elements required by our body’s organs to perform properly. Oligo elements are prepared according to homeopathic standards and used for treatment of conditions caused by deficiency of such minerals.
The deficiency of trace minerals is the result of bad diet, the current western lifestyle and the industrialization of food, etc. All the aforementioned lead a person to not obtain the required amounts of trace minerals, raising the rate of chronic diseases. Permanent tiredness, rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, depression, insomnia, migraine headaches, rheumatic pain, chronic pains in the abdomen are a few conditions caused by deficiency of trace minerals and therefore, can be treated with oligo elements. Additionally, some foods may influence negatively the absorption of trace minerals. Here are a few situations that could prevent such absorption as well:
Excess of vegetal fiber prevents proper absorption of iron, calcium, and magnesium. For example, wheat bran (which is useful for constipation and prevention of tumors in the intestine) doesn’t let calcium to be properly absorbed.
Mixing some foods may produce a negative competence among some trace minerals. For instance, foods rich in calcium compete with zinc; magnesium competes with calcium; and iron competes with zinc.
Atmospheric pollution also affects the balance of trace minerals; the effect that pollution can have over our body with metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium could be devastating.
It is fundamental for every organ to receive necessary amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals so that they can function properly. Although trace minerals are required in very small amounts, they are essential for development of cells and most of the body’s biochemical reactions, such as hormone synthesis, food digestion, and immune system.
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