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Homeopathy

What does the word “homeopathy” mean?

“Homeopathy” combines two Greek words: homoios (“similar”) and pathos (“illness”). Together, they describe what homeopathic medicines do, i.e., treat using “what is similar to the illness.”

Why are the names of homeopathic medicines in Latin?

There are more than 3,000 base substances used in the preparation of homeopathic treatments. Each substance is classified by its international scientific name, which is expressed in Latin (e.g., Arnica montana, Apis mellifica) so that health care professionals around the world can identify it quickly and accurately.

Is homeopathy considered to be natural medicine?

Homeopathy uses natural substances derived from plant, mineral and animal sources. But homeopathy is also considered to be a natural form of medicine because it works in conjunction with the body, supporting and stimulating its built-in defence mechanisms to fight illness.

Where can I find homeopathic medicines?

Homeopathic medicines can be purchased through drug stores, natural and organic food retailers and select big-box stores.

Homeopathic treatments

What kind of conditions can homeopathy be used to treat?

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method used to treat a wide range of common ailments such as the flu, colds, digestive problems, muscle aches, allergies, stress and so forth.

Can homeopathic medicines be used to treat recurring conditions?

Yes. When dealing with a chronic condition, such as allergies or herpes, homeopathic treatment aims to reduce the intensity and frequency of episodes or outbreaks.

Do homeopathic medicines act quickly?

Yes. When used for acute, occasional illnesses, homeopathic medicines can take effect very quickly, especially if administered as soon as symptoms appear. For chronic conditions such as asthma, migraines, allergies and rheumatism, longer treatments are needed to see sustained relief.

When should homeopathic medicines be taken?

Generally speaking, homeopathic products should not be ingested at or near mealtime. Coffee, tobacco, alcohol and mint should also be avoided when taking these medicines.

Why do I have to let the pellets dissolve under my tongue? Can’t I just chew or swallow them?

When taken sublingually, the ingredients in the pellets go directly to your bloodstream, which then immediately carries them to the rest of your body. If you swallow or chew them, they must pass through the digestive system before they can start to take effect.

Can I take multiple homeopathic medicines at once?

Yes. There are no contraindications to taking several homeopathic medicines at the same time.

Are homeopathic and allopathic medicines compatible?

There are generally no contraindications between allopathic and homeopathic medicines when taken simultaneously. If you are unsure about a specific combination, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Although homeopathy is effective on its own in treating a variety of conditions, your health care professional may also prescribe other non-homeopathic products that act in a complementary manner.

Ingredients in homeopathic medicines

What formulations do homeopathic medicines come in?

They typically come in tubes of pellets or globules, although they can also be packaged as sterile unit-doses, tablets, syrups, creams, gels, ointments, drops or suppositories.

What does “CH” stand for?

“CH” is the abbreviation for the Hahnemannian centesimal scale. It indicates that a medicine has been prepared using the serial dilution process invented by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. The number that appears before the “CH” indicates the medicine’s potency, or the number of times the main substance has been diluted.

What does “K” stand for?

“K” refers to the Korsakovian dilution method. It indicates that a medicine has been prepared using the process developed by Semyon Korsakov.

What is a Hahnemannian dilution?

The Hahnemannian method involves using a series of flasks, the number of which corresponds to the number of times a substance is diluted, also known as its potency. To obtain a potency of 9CH, for example, you would need to dilute a substance nine times using nine flasks.

In the first flask, one part mother tincture is mixed with 99 parts alcohol. The mixture is then shaken vigorously or “succussed.” This process is known as potentization or dynamization. The resulting potency is 1CH. If the solution is then transferred into a second flask and again mixed with 99 parts alcohol and succussed, the potency would be 2CH.

Dilution Hahnemannienne

The process is repeated until the desired dilution is achieved. For a potency of 9CH, the same operation would have to be performed a total of nine times.

There are generally no contraindications to taking allopathic and homeopathic simultaneously. In case of doubt, your doctor and pharmacist are there to answer your questions.

Even if homeopathy alone is capable of treating a variety of conditions, your healthcare professional may, depending on the case, prescribe medicine other than homeopathic medicines. These different medicines can be complimentary.

What is Korsakovian dilution?

Korsakovian dilutions are produced using a similar technique, only without multiple flasks. One part mother tincture is mixed with 99 parts alcohol and shaken to obtain the first potency level (1K). The contents of the flask are then poured out. What remains (i.e., what adheres to the sides of the flask) is considered to be one part, to which another 99 parts of alcohol is added, using the same flask, and succussed. The result is a potency level of 2K. The operation is repeated to achieve 3K, 4K and so forth.

Children, pregnant women and animals

Are homeopathic medicines safe?

Homeopathic medicines do not interact with other medications and have no known side effects. Homeopathy is safe for people of all ages – from infants to the elderly.

Can pregnant women take homeopathic medicines?

As with any medicine, pregnant women should consult a health care professional before use.

Does homeopathy work on animals?

Homeopathic medicines have been used to treat pets, farm animals, competitive animals and even wild animals for over 150 years, primarily because they are effective and do not cause dependence.