I Love Homeopathy! (It’s Only Natural!)
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When I tell people I’m a homeopath, they immediately confuse me with herbalists and vitamin people. That’s just not what homeopathy is at all!
Homeopathy was invented some 200 years ago by a German physician named Samuel Hahnamann. In the United States, there used to be homeopathic medical schools and homeopathic hospitals everywhere! In other parts of the world, there still are! If I told you the names of people who went to homeopaths, you’d be astonished! Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, John D. Rockefeller, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Jack London, Beethoven, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner…more famous people than you can imagine!
It was always known that “like cures like” (which is what the word homeopathy means: “homeo” means same; “pathy” means disease; hence, the medicine is like the disease). It was always known that sometimes a person needed “a taste of his own medicine” or a “hair of the dog that bit him”, but it took Hahnemann to put this folklore concept into an actual science with medicines that we refer to as homeopathic remedies; or, just simply ”remedies”.
People usually find out about homeopathy quite by accident. They simply go to the health food store looking for something natural for their sore throat (in fact nowadays, you can even find homeopathic remedies in drugstores and supermarkets) and there they might see a little homeopathic dropper bottle labeled:
They buy it, hoping against hope, and then are amazed by the surprising result! As a matter of fact, my friend Mimi came over some time ago, bringing her boyfriend with her, and explained to him that I was a homeopath. He told me he had a problem with with excessive sweating and asked me what I could do about it! I should quickly add that this was his ”normal” state, he was not sick. I asked him a few questions and, after checking my books, decided the remedy he needed was Nux vomica. Nux vomica is a plant indigenous to India and the East Indies and translated, it means “poison nut”. We don’t give you the plant, that would be herbology. We make a “remedy” from of it. (See “How To Make Your Own Remedy” in the side-bar for more information.)
I gave him a few drops of Nux vomica 30C. I saw him again at Mimi’s house a few days later. He said, “I’m doing great! I want some more Nux vomica!” I said, “Why, what’s happening?” “That stuff really works!” he said. “Yes, I know, but you shouldn’t take it anymore if the problem is gone.” He kept insisting. I tell you, he would NOT take no for an answer! He simply wore me down! Who asks for medicine when they don’t need it? People who love homeopathy, that’s who! And why? Because they get results!
(Caution: everyone with excessive sweating does not need Nux vomica. Nux vomica happened to match this individual’s assertive, pushy personality, evidenced by the way he demanded more and didn’t care what my opinion was!)
The Law Of Similars
Homeopathy works for one simple reason: Likes are cured by likes! They are not cured by contraries/opposites, even though that would seem to be logical, and heaven knows it’s what most of standard medicine is based on, but you really have to think this through. We are not inanimate objects! The human body is a self-adjusting organism, it does not remain constant like a rock or a stone! It compensates and adjusts for every stimulus impressed upon it. If you burn your tongue in the Chinese Restaurant–from the hot mustard, and who among us hasn’t?–the ice water you dive into for relief “works” only for as long as you have it in your mouth; but, as soon as you swallow it, look out! The burn comes back with a vengence! Why? Because the impression of cold forced your mouth to adjust by heating up! And with a burnt tongue, that is NOT what you wanted to happen and not what you expected! The ice cold water aggravated the burn, it had an unexpected, unintended, paradoxical effect! This is the prototype for all of standard medicine!
What are all standard drug names preceded by? The word ”anti”! And what does ”anti” mean? It means ”opposite”, as in the medicine is opposite to the complaint, the way ice water is opposite to a burn: antacids, antibiotics, antihistimines, anti-inflammatories…. These substances create the same scenario in the body that the ice cold water creates on the burnt tongue–temporary relief, followed by an aggravation as soon as the drug wears off! It means that you can’t cure anything by this method!
The body self-adjusts to all impressions!
This is an indictment of the main premise of modern medicine! Everything it does is based on this fallacy–that you can give an “anti” drug, and it will cure!
All drugs pacify in the beginning and aggravate in the end!
The aggravation at the end is called “rebound”. Rebound calls out for the drug to be repeated. This is the beginning of the addictive process. Eventually “tolerance” sets in and the drug needs to be stronger. Tell me if you’ve heard this before: “Doctor, my sleeping pill doesn’t work anymore. It was great in the beginning but now I can’t fall asleep!”
“No problem, Mrs. Jones!!! I’ll just write you a prescription for a stronger sleeping pill!”
Famous last words.
Does anybody remember Michael Jackson?
Did you know that he needed anesthesia to get to sleep at night? On the night that he died, he had already taken numerous sleeping pills that had absolutely no effect on him! He demanded from the in-house doctor that he set up the anesthesia so he could get to sleep! It probably all started innocently with 5 mg. of Valium at bedtime each night, 25 years earlier. This is the end-result of that.
This is the saga of all commercial drugs because they are founded on an imagined law of contraries–”opposites cure opposites”–but they obviously don’t! This why orthodox medicine can’t cure even a single chronic disease unless it can be done surgically! The complaints, under their treatment, just keep coming back, worse always than before, just the same way ice aggravates the pain of a burnt tongue, forcing you to ultimately acknowledge the futility of added gulps of cold water. Ask yourself, how many people are addicted to their nasal sprays? Their laxatives? Their inhalers? This is what I’m talking about!
Now, here is an additional mistake doctors are making: being entirely symptom-oriented: Masking the symptoms, covering them up so you no longer feel or see them, and, problem solved! But, can you even do this without making the patient sick? And no, you can’t!
I heard a commercial for Tamiflu on TV tonight, a drug for the flu, supposedly; but, according to the commercial, the side-effects all resemble the flu! Vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pains…. and in fact, if you listen to the drug commercials (and I’m not sure that drug companies are allowed to advertize Rx drugs on TV outside the United States; but, here we’re bombarded with them constantly), it should be clear to you that what they do is make you sick! (They have to disclose the side effects or they could be sued by all the people who get worse from them!) It’s not just that they’re sweeping dust under the rug, which is bad enough, they’re actually causing disease! There’s a psoriasis drug that admits to causing cancer! One of my clients is taking an anti-convulsant that causes dementia!
In homeopathy, we don’t “like” symptoms either; but, at least we know what they are. They’re the “fight” your body puts up to try to save your life. Because we respect that, our approach is to …
Match Symptoms To A Remedy!
Let’s consider a broken bone, for example. The patient may be lying perfectly still, unable to move without experiencing a very sharp pain. While the doctor deals with this by administering morphine (which will cause the pain to be even worse when it wears off), we ask ourselves, “What remedy lies perfectly still in pain?” And the answer is… Bryonia!
The Bryonia patient holds perfectly still in pain, not daring to even breathe! A dose of Bryonia is given and the pain goes away! Why? Because Bryonia is similar to that presentation, as it would cause that presentation if given in over-dose! (Gee, I hope that wasn’t too confusing.) Not everybody holds perfectly still in pain! Some people become frantic, moving about recklessly, screaming, “I’m gonna die! I’m gonna die!” These people need Aconite. Others might just cry pitifully for their “mommy”. These people need Pulsatilla. How do we know all this? Because all these remedies were given to test-subjects (called “provers”) in overdose; and, in so doing, caused certain symptoms and behaviors to break out; thus, a profile or “image” of these remedies is gleaned; so consequently, we can match a remedy to a person, and Voila! the complaint is gone, with no side-effects!
Now, to go back to the original example, if you burn your tongue with hot mustard, and knowing that the body compensates and adjusts to all external impressions, what’s going to happen if instead of applying ice, you give a homeopathic remedy that in over-dose would cause a burning sensation? The tongue would adjust to that impression by cooling down! Now we’re onto something! You know what we often give for burns? Homeopathic stinging nettle! Have you ever touched a stinging nettle plant? OMG! I have! I wouldn’t recommend it! But now you’re working with the body. This is the principle we use. It makes more sense! It takes into account the self-adjusting nature of the living organism! Oddly enough, heat will make the body cool down, many chefs know this: after the burn they place their hand over the fire for a split second; there’s a momentary aggravation followed by relief–the exact opposite of orthodox treatment where there’s relief in the beginning followed by aggravation at the end (necessitating more and stronger dosing).
Now, do you want to know what I, personally, would do for a hot mustard burn? I would make a remedy out of hot mustard! That would be very specific, would it not? And it’s very easy to make a remedy from scratch, from any substance; read my article “How To Make Your Own Remedy” (http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/how-to-make-your-own-remedy/), everyone should know how to do this in an emergency, you don’t know when this could come in handy! An allergic child could eat something with the allergen in it, you could quickly make a remedy out of that substance as easily as diluting the substance in a cup of water and standing at the kitchen sink with the cold water running, dumping the cup out and refilling repeatedly and then taking a sip. See the article for details.
What something can cause, it can cure in small doses.
This is a basic principle of healing, and yet the doctors will tell you it’s poppycock, but then they’ll vaccinate you with a miniscule dose of a disease in order to prevent the disease and they don’t realize that what they’re doing is homeopathy! There is a lot of what we call ”accidental homeopathy” in mainstream medicine–like Ritalin (speed) for hyperactive children and allergy shots is another one, but, for some reason, they don’t make the larger connection that…
LIKES ARE CURED BY LIKES.
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Elaine takes online cases. She will also speak to your group about homeopathy and natural healing if you live within an hour of Philadelphia, PA. Write to her at LEWRA@aol.com
Thanks for being so nice about answering my multiple emails.
I love your articles in the Hpathy ezine and would like to read more of them. Several of these articles say just what my
clients need to hear as they are well written and very
entertaining at the same time. I am a recent graduate of Caduceus School of Homeopathy.
So, here is the thing — Arnica completely took care of two things — Spitting and the red spots. Oh, yes! Sore throat gone too. So, I guess this could be your next quiz? I’ll curiously follow it to see how many people come up with Arnica. Once again, that was a brilliant diagnosis by you. You are the best!
You are simply a brilliant teacher, excellence by par. God bless you with long life.
Just checking in on Hpathy and LOVED the interview you did with Alan Schmukler. I thought your Sulphur poem was most excellent! Wonderful! So funny as well as accurate. You have a gift for writing which I really enjoy. You reach the reader with insights and humor as well as knowledge and share that with them. Kudos to you!
I’m so happy you selected my chit chat for the Quiz ..and yes more happy for the Gold Star! I never really had an idea that learning Homoeopathy could be so fun, musical and healthy!!
A great article – lucid and detailed. Very practicable. Will guide beginners/ dabblers in the right direction. Will reassure many.
Re: “A Flurry of Questions”
Wow Elaine – even as a student, I know the brilliance of this article! Perhaps because I am already an herbalist and energy worker and have similar issues. I will say that homeopathy may kick up the bar a notch though! Thanks for a dose of awesomeness!
April 12, 2013
Thanks Elaine, I enjoy your work. You make everything so clear.
I’ll have to check out your web-site.
April 10, 2013
Everything is from Master’s pen- based on knowledge and experience. It’s like a torch light making things clear and understandable. Thanks Elaine, continue the good work.
Re: “Why Do We Have to Talk About Diet–Again?”
Elaine, I just read your column on food and it is hilarious! You really get the reader’s attention and tell them just what they are doing wrong and how to change. They can’t miss your vivid visual examples to get your point!
Re: Elaine’s Tidbits by Elaine Lewis :
Packed full of knowledge and wisdom. Please continue the tidbits every month if possible. They will be helpful and benefit many. Thanks Elaine!
Thanx again Elaine! Learning a lot from you. I wish other homoeopaths would have the same urge to share knowledge … It’s my firm belief, “The more you give the more you get”. Wishing you more and more.
I’m a skeptic trying to keep an open mind when it comes to homeopathy; I’ve no experience with the practice but the concept fascinates me. I’ve read a few of your articles today and I just wanted to let you know that for the first time its actually starting to make sense. Thank you for taking the time to write!
The segment, “Why Do We Have to Talk about Diet – Again”, by Elaine Lewis was superb! Straight talk that needed to be said.
Joy M. Wilson, DHom, MHom, CCH
Executive Director -The Texas Institute for Homeopathy
San Antonio, TX
rhonda fredericks perrett
Nice to know there are still people around who remember my father, Carlton Fredericks.
Thanks a lot for this. Your articles on case management, potency and repetition have helped me a lot in my cases.
From Roberto Camacho on “Revisiting: Constant Spitting With Sore Throat”–
Excellent as always. Very, very good teacher (of course, with the aid of Shana).
Thanks Elaine, you are a good teacher, indeed !!
Like always, you are the best teacher and true ‘Homeopathic Philosopher’, reminding again and again, the doctrine of ” what causes can cure “, thanks once again. I really miss your comments every now and again…
God bless you.
Physician par excellence!!!
Re: “Tidbits part-4 (It’s All About Cancer This Time)”
Elaine, what a great article! Cancer treatment is so difficult. You’ve done great research and I have learned about a few things that are available that I didn’t know about. We need all the tools we can find that help us, individually, or as homeopaths. Thank you for sharing.
Re: “Tidbits, part-5″
Extremely useful tidbits . these all are very useful. I always like ur tidbits & wait for the next one. Please continue with the same. Thanks!
Elaine I always admire your great work. I read all your articles. Bravo and thank you.
The neck injury cartoon is hilarious. ha ha. This is always the first article I read… If at all you remember, I am a fan of yours and requested you many times to please compile all your articles into a book. Otherwise I will have to work hard and get a printout of all your articles…….
Re: “How To Make Your Own Remedy”:
I really like the way you explain so clearly compared to others who try, it seems, to go out of their way to make it difficult for the beginner, which I find doesn’t help the Homeopathic doctrine to grow.
I see you have another fan who is requesting you to make a BOOK (hello?!) from your articles or in general.
Sentiments echoed glad to see.
So when is it forthcoming? Take care,
What a great and clear exposition of basic questions that every homeopath faces every day.
Elaine: learn with fun….this is what you aim for in your teaching techniques.
Your versatile knowledge is a sure lighthouse in an ocean of homeopathy. I really await for your quizzes and your articles are a forever treasure. The cartoons are good Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.
- Vamsi Sudha
Elaine, one reason I love the Hpathy ezine is because it has you in it!
May God give you a very, very long life so that you can continue to guide and provide information on homeopathic treatments to ignorants like us. Your style is fabulous and inimitable, so simple yet so effective. This was a wonderful article on acute prescribing and the 4 guiding principles were so nicely explained. Your “Quizzes” are another source of learning and I simply love them.
Please keep it up.
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. May you live a very long life,
in order to bless the ignorant and untrained, who need to know how to think, so that
every one attains the level of standard in homeopathy worth achieving.
HOW MANY times your Quizzes have solved the acute problems only people like me
have to thank you for a wonderful teaching not available in any books.
Once again may the all mighty God bless you for a healthy and long life.
Yours Sincerely, I mean it, Ravi
The article is super good. Elaine, besides having an excellent knowledge of homeopathy, has a way of explaining it in her writings that make it so easy to understand. She provides many examples which help to clarify all the fine points she makes. I just don’t have the words to express just how much I enjoy Elaine’s articles. I will try to remember all that she says so I can apply it. I don’t feel comfortable to try her quizzes yet but I’ve got the urge to soon try. Please pass this on to her and I appreciate her so much. Thank You Elaine and the Hpathy Ezine.
Elaine is a great writer! I am a new patient of hers and her writing is superb! Even patients can learn something, and that means she is a great writer! Keep up the good work!
Elaine I Love You. I find your articles so amazing and informative that I have to take notes…you do have a way with words…I am not a doctor, and I’ve never been to one, thanks to homeopathy and you and lots of other people like you. I treat my husband, my little girl and my family and me. Looking forward for more such articles from you. Thank you so much.
We thank u so much for the knowlegde we gain every month through the hpathy Quiz. It’s an advanced school for all new homeopaths. We encourage you to go on.
Vasiliki (Vicky) Zora
Re: “The Homeopathic Interview”
Funny and packed with knowledge! thanks for writing this Elaine.
Dear Elaine Lewis,
Your explanation of homeopathy and examples of remedies are so educational, and should help all understand.
wouldn’t it be a good idea to collate all your work in one place?
and call it ‘ eBook ‘s? Would like to offer towards its cost, as a permanent record,
after all there is only one Elaine Lewis who is capable to subscribe for the benefits of
Homeopathy. Please do consider. thanks Ravi
Re: Elaine’s interview with Robin Murphy, ND
I think this interview-article that Elaine conducted with Robin Murphy is one of the best I have ever read, extremely rich in its content. Dr Robin Murphy is a real present day homeopath free from all shackles, dogmas conventions and traditions. He is very much in tune with the times and understands today’s requirements. He offers himself as an example of ‘practicing what he preaches’. Elaine Lewis has pertinently revealed that he is 60 years old, a vegetarian, still having natural black hair and taking no drugs. All credit goes to Elaine for eliciting the maximum out of Dr. Murphy for the benefit of her readers. She richly deserves all gratitude and abundant appreciation for this marvelous interview.
Thank you, Elaine, for being so generous with your homeopathic knowledge; that is a distinction of genuine Homeopaths.
Re: “Using More Than One Remedy In A Case”
KellyJune 11, 2010
Another great article from Elaine! I love the way Elaine writes. Clear, to the point and always in a way I can understand. I wish there were more articles such as this in the E-zine and less “technical” ones. These are what the majority of us read and learn from. Way to go Elaine and keep it up!
Re: “Today’s The Day! (Elaine Turns 100)”
Congratulations to you (and Rhus Tox of course!). Reading your articles and the quiz, in your inimitable style, month after month, has been such a learning experience for me. So a very big thank you for all the effort you put in to make homeopathy so exciting.
Great effort, great articles that remove a lot of confusion.
I keep waiting for something new from you…thank you
Re: “The Shortest Quiz on Record!”Dear Elaine,Thank you very much.You have been one of my teachers / guides /mentors.For the first time I tried to reach you.So happy that I was right.Thank you for your loving reply.Best regardsJPF——————————————-Dear Elaine,
I am very sorry, I had not given my name while sending the mail to you.My name is ML Singh, from Bareilly, India.
I am a great fan of yours. I enjouy all your write-ups in HPathy.com and have read all your articles which either you have written alone or with Mati Fuller or else.
I am a non-homeopath (not had any formal Homeopath education, am a Homeo hobyist for almost 40 years.
I have served in Indian Air force as a Tecnical person and was a specialist in Electronics and Telecommuncation and was capable of repaiingr/maintaining any electronic equipment (house-hold items or /defence/military equipment).
Along side I developed hobby in Homeopathy in my early days in service and was always helping my family / my neighbours / friendns and their families / and my Air Force unit personnel and their families through homeopathy while I was serving. Now I am an Ex-service man (Retired).
If.... I had an upportunity to study Homeopathy in college, certainely I would have appreciated a teacher/Guru like you.
I read all your Homeo-Quizzes very interestingly and admire your discussions/guide-lines/ through participants. Always, it seems to me that I am sitting in your class and attending your lectures, and you are always available to give your suggestions/support...
Love to Shana and great respect to you.]
ML Singh Kushwaha.—————————————————