StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-1120671686798.jpg’, ‘Photo by Melissa Wangall’, ‘Certified Classical Homeopath Krista Voysest who has been studying aspects of homeopathy since 1972, says, "Symptoms are our friends. They let us know something is wrong."’);
You have a cold, runny nose, itchy eyes, and phlegm-filled cough. You gulp down medicine from the local drugstore. The symptoms go away. The drugs suppressed the symptoms. But what if the body was given tools to aid in fighting those same symptoms?
Physician and medical scholar Samuel Hahnemann began developing homeopathy in the 1790s. Hahnemann described it in Latin as: Similia Similibus Curentur, which means, Let likes cure likes, known in homeopathic circles as the Law of Similars.
Symptoms of healthy people taking certain remedies are recorded, a process called proving. These symptoms are matched with symptoms of an unhealthy person who is given the matching remedy the healthy person took in the belief it will push the body to heal. A person with a cough will be given a remedy to make them cough, stimulating the body to work through the cough, thus curing the cough, not just suppressing it.
Certified Classical Homeopath Krista Voysest, who has been studying aspects of homeopathy since 1972, says: Symptoms are our friends. They let us know something is wrong.
She continues, disease is like a river. You add more water to push the river in the right direction.
She says allopathic (conventional) medicine doesnt cure the problem; it just pushes it into the body for later breakouts.
She says, The body is trying to create homeostasis [but] it cant because it doesnt have enough strength.
Homeopathic remedies are believed to stimulate healing and let the body recognize what it needs to fight without side effects.
In homeopathy, a remedy is determined using an array of information, including: family history, environment, emotional status, and disturbances in sleep/dreams, digestion, or skin, individualizing the process. Treatments are derived from animals (i.e., snake venom, ink), minerals (i.e., iron phosphate, sodium chloride), and plants (i.e., dandelion, plantain) produced from homeopathic pharmaceutical companies in accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, officially recognized by the FDA. These treatments are diluted, pounded, and shaken in a process called succusion. They are extremely diluted (as low as one part per million) which makes some believe the cure is really a placebo effect. Voysest replies, Its incredible, but Ive seen it work.
Voysest has used homeopathy on her daughter in various childhood accidents. She has recommended homeopathy for ailments ranging from eczema to cancer. No one has ever died using homeopathic remedies, and the treatments are very affordable. Homeopathy is also used in dentistry and veterinary medicine.
A certified homeopath must document five cured cases, be approved to take the eight-hour written exam and five-hour oral exam. They are then approved by the state; there is no licensing required. Krista Voysest will soon be writing a column for The Rock River Times concerning homeopathic philosophy and cures/remedies for acute problems.
Voysest is a member of the Society of Homeopathy in North America. She performs homeopathic consultations and will soon be teaching homeopathic classes at Beloit College. She also performs Bowen massage, a technique using specific areas of the body, said to empower the bodys own healing resources, achieving balance and harmony. www.massagetherapy101.com.
For more info: call 608-362-4940 or visit www.kristavoysest.com.
From the June 6-12, 2005, issue