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Articles written by Dr. Deborah Baker-Racine©2000-2012
"The physician's highest and only calling is to make the sick healthy, to cure, as it is called."
Some 250 years ago, Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician made some very astute observations. It seems he had become totally disillusioned with medicine of his time, the way it did so much damage to the patients without giving much in the way of relief or cure. He had all but quit practicing. At the time, he also translated scientific papers from one language to another and while doing so, noticed while working on a report on poisoning by Cinchona Bark (the source of Quinine) snd how similar the symptoms of this poisoning was to the disease malaria. Quinine was then, as it is now a strong cure for malaria. Hahnemann being the seeker he was, then took a dose of Cinchona and noted the effects it had on him. ……symptoms of malaria!
A very bright light went on! Indeed, because of the power these medicinals had to made a well person sick, was why they could cure disease, administered in incredibly small dilutions. These principles were not new. They were understood and applied by Hippocrates, Paracelus and Galen and continued throughout the middle ages and the Renaissance eras. What Hahnemann advanced was the proving of each of the remedies, then known.
By administering them to himself, his family and especially his students, they would record every symptom they experienced and then Hahnemann could match symptoms patients came to him.... with the appropriate remedy, for example, instead of just using a general fever remedy , he could very specific depending on the exact symptoms of that patient.
Hahnemann was also the one to discover that by diluting and succussing the remedies (shaking them very hard) the medicines were potentized or energetically heightened and their toxic effects became minimalized to zero.
. During his lifetime of work and study, Hahnemann proved over 100 remedies. Since then some 2500 more have been added, either by direct provings or by observation of accidental poisonings.
The homeopath takes a very long case history of the patient and it is very important to him or her every detail of the person’s ailments, how they started, what order, what makes them worse, better, time of day, etc. All symptoms are important, mental, psychological, physical. From this the practitioner will decide the remedy which best describes the patient and administer either in low or high potency, depending on the patient’s state of health.
The most common potencies or "strengths" of remedies found are the "X" or the "C" types. These are the Roman numerals for 10 and 100 and referred to in this way because of how the individual dilutions are done. In both cases an original or "Mother" tincture is made up of an extract of the active portion of the herb to be potentized into a remedy, whether it is the flower, leaves, buds, roots or combination of a few of these. With the "X" remedies, one drop of the original tincture is mixed with 9 drops of distilled water and alcohol and succussed or shaken vigourously , the old books say at least 100 times. This is the 1X potency. Then one drop of the 1X is mixed with 9 drops of distilled water and alcohol and succussed and this is the 2X potency. This process continues up to 200X, 1M (or 1,000 times ) 10 M and even 100M. As you can appreciate throughout this, the higher remedies have been succussed that many more times and each level activates the remedy even more. Hence, even though molecularly speaking, the higher dilutions contain fewer and fewer molecules of the original extract, it is the energetics of the higher remedies that makes them stronger and more efffective.
In the case of the "C" remedies, the dilution is one drop of the original substance mixed with 99 drops of distilled water and alcohol and then the same process ensues.
Homeopathic prescribing is very tricky and takes a good deal of practice. There are however, some very specific remedies I suggest to my patients to have in the house for first aid measures. For specific health problems I recommend you see a practitioner. First Aid Remedies I usually suggest these are kept in a 30C strength and in pellet form for stability as you are not using them all the time.
Arnica: For falls, bruising, bumps, - not to used on open wounds
Arsenicum: One of the leading remedies for diarrehia, especially from food poisoning and flu. Often has burning sensations associated with the watery, foul stools.
Cantharis: For burns, particularly ones that blister.
Aconite: For colds which come on very quickly, after exposure to cold….person is very feverish, achy and doesn’t want to move. Also a great remedy for shock after bad news, or an accident.
Pulsatilla: Great children’s cold and ear ache remedy. Child or adult becomes weepy, clingy, chilled yet feverish. Doesn’t want to drink.
Chamomile: The other favourite child’s remedy particularly for ear ache or teething. They are cranky,…insist on something, then won’t take it when it is offered. They are hard to hold, don’t really want to be cuddled and often one cheek is red and one is pale.
Bryonia: For flu that makes every movement painful, sore throat which is agonizing on swallowing, dry sensation in mouth and nose, any motion makes them feel worse.
Eupatorium: Deep bone aches associated with flu and cold
Belladonna: For very high fevers with red face or any injury or situation which produces hot red swollen body parts.
Hypericum: For injuries to parts with high nerve fibres such as the mouth, tongue, fingers,etc. Great for the "caught the finger in the car door" trick….or any other "crush" injuries. I also use it for paper cuts, closes them up immediately.
Calendula: I keep this around in homeopathic and herbal tincture form. It is nature’s own antibiotic and also stops bleeding very well. Can be applied topically as a herbal tincture or taken internally to aid system infections.
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