Classical Homeopathy

Classical homeopathy is a health system that matches a remedy to the individual’s physical and emotional disturbance to eliminate or reduce the susceptibility for that condition.

Origin of Homeopathy

Classical homeopathy was established by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a medical doctor who was disillusioned by the poor results of medical practice in his day, particularly the practice of bloodletting and the use of toxic substances such as mercury and arsenic. He abandoned medicine and started translating research documents. While translating a research paper of Scottish doctor, William Cullen, Hahnemann challenged Cullen’s hypothesis that cinchona cured malaria because of its astringent properties. Hahnemann countered that if that were the case then all substances with astringent properties would have the same result. He took some cinchona and developed malarial type symptoms. His conclusion was that if a substance could produce symptoms in a healthy person then could they not cancel them out in a sick person. His hypothesis was that ‘Like cures like’ and from that homeopathy was born. He, with his students and colleagues went on to systematically prove and record the results of over 120 substances and published this research in his Materia Medica.

His philosophy includes the following aspects: do no harm, give a single remedy at one time (as the substances were proven singly), and to give the lowest dose necessary to afford a gentle, positive response.

Since Hahnemann’s time provings have been carried out on other substances and today there are over 3,000 remedies. The wide range of remedies allows the homeopath to match remedies to age-old complaints and more contemporary medical conditions.

Holistic Approach

The special characteristic of homeopathy is that in case taking all aspects of the client are of interest. A client isn’t a cardiac case or a respiratory case but an individual with a totality of symptoms. The remedy is matched to that totality; with the presenting complaint(s), the food preferences, the sleep pattern, the dreams, the personality, and the family medical history considered.

Rather than mask or suppress symptoms, homeopathic remedies work to support the ‘vital force’ which when compromised results in physical or mental/emotional imbalance. We are an energy system and when the life force is out of balance symptoms of disease will occur. Remedies work to support the vital force so that these medical conditions do not arise. Susceptibility recognizes that not all people are vulnerable to the same conditions. For instance in a class room not all children will get the current affliction, whether it is school sores, influenza or head lice. Only those who are susceptible to that particular condition will express symptoms of it. Remedies work to reduce the susceptibility to disease.

Homeopathy is natural, effective and sustainable. There are no barriers to its use and everybody can benefit from it. This includes babies, toddlers, infants, teenagers, adults and our older citizens. Potency of the remedies is chosen for the degree of illness in the client. For very ill patients a low, gentle dose is selected, whereas for more dynamic patients a higher potency can be used. As with the remedy selection, the potency choice is also tailored to the individual.

Homeopathy has been with us for over 200 years and today it is a popular choice of therapy worldwide. In the UK homeopathy is widely used and Queen Elizabeth II is Patron of Homeopathy in England. Her Royal Highness always travels with her collection of homeopathic remedies. In India, USA, France, Germany and Switzerland homeopathy is extremely popular. In Japan homeopathy was used following the disaster of Fukushima in 2010. With the growing sensitivity to and overuse of anti-biotics worldwide it is reassuring to know that there are alternatives for use in restoring good health.

Remedies are made from micro-dilutions of plant, animal or mineral material. Remedies are only prescribed for as long as they are effective. Once that remedy has completed its action, another one may be selected based on the individualisation of the case. Homeopathic pilules have no taste and they are not addictive. Administration to babies and children is straightforward because there is no taste, and as either liquid doses or tiny pilules the remedies are easy to administer. Remedies do not cause side effects, however if there has been suppression of a medical condition (e.g. eczema) that condition may intensify before it gets better.

Cease Therapy

CEASE therapy was established by a Dutch homeopath, Tinus Smits in response to working with autistic children. He often found that classical homeopathy alone couldn’t sustain improvement in these children. Identifying potential causes for this impediment to good health, Tinus established a three-fold system of supporting and detoxifying the client while using homeopathic remedies to encourage better health. The therapy is a process, not a quick fix system. As with Classical Homeopathy, each case is individualized to that client’s health picture and the treatment plan formed in response to that individual’s needs.

Seeing the huge potential in being able to approach ‘stuck’ cases on another level, I undertook the CEASE training in October 2013 and consider it a valuable, additional tool for working with people with deep chronic ill health.

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