The purpose of this column is to educate people about the uses of homeopathic remedies. It will be a tool for some readers in self-care. I will be discussing one remedy at a time or a group of remedies according to their uses in acute care. This column is not intended to treat or diagnose chronic disease, and only over-the-counter homeopathic remedies that can be obtained in health food stores will be discussed. I will also discuss the philosophy and history of homeopathic remedies and homeopathic medicine.
How does homeopathy work?
Symptoms of illness and disease are signs of an activated immune system. Allopathic medicine works by suppressing symptoms until the condition subsides, and the disease is pushed deeper into the economy of the individual. Homeopathy incites the body to fight harder in the same direction the disease is already going, thus stimulating the body to finish the natural disease, which results in cure.
There are approximately 3,000 remedies at the homeopaths disposal. The majority of the remedies come from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms.
They are diluted, pounded and shaken (a process called succusion) to create a more refined and gentle medicine so as to cause no harm. There are many different potencies, which can be employed at the homeopaths discretion. These remedies have been proven by a very rigorous experimental process. The remedies are given to healthy individuals, and the symptoms they cause in the individuals are then recorded very carefully, taking into account all parts of their being, from the mind, emotion and will, to their appetite and skin. These provings are then carefully studied to discover what sorts of disease pictures or symptom constellations they produce so as to apply it to a suffering individual with the same or similar symptoms.
Giving remedy this way stimulates the system to fight to overcome the disease. Homeopathy is a very elegant medical system where the person is treated completely, and every symptom is taken into account.
Krista Voysest has been practicing homeopathy for 13 years. She is a graduate of the Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine (1995 in San Francisco Bay area), North American Homeopathic Master Clinician Course (1998) and the Koine International School of Homeopathic Medicine (a six-year course, May 2006). She is a certified member of the North American Society of Homeopaths, and is certified through the Council of Classical Homeopathy. She has two offices, one in Beloit, Wis., and one at 4519 Highcrest Rd., Rockford. To make an appointment call (608)-362-4940 or e-mail Homeopathy@kristavoysest.com. You can also visit her Web site at kristavoysest.com.
From the Oct. 18-24, 2006, issue