A group of videos featuring the Snooks were introduced by the 4Homeopathy group in 2014. I love these videos because they are so straightforward and yet gives an accurate account of what homeopathy is and how it differs from conventional western medicine and Naturopathy. There are three videos total. The other two are: What to Expect When you See a Homeopath and Why Try Homeopathy.
.For more information, take a look at the British Homeopathic Association's website.
January seems to be Arnica month! I uncovered some studies on Arnica montana's role on wound healing. in vitro studies allow us to learn about some possible mechanisms of action for our remedies.
1. "Arnica montana Stimulates Extracellular Matrix Gene Expression in a Macrophage Cell Line Differentiated to Wound-Healing Phenotype" In Public Library of Science, 2016.
2.. "Arnica montana effects on gene expression in a human macrophage cell line. Evaluation by quantitative Real-Time PCR". In Homeopathy Journal, 2016. "This exploratory study provides new insights into the cellular and molecular mechanisms of action of A. montana as a promoter of healing, since some of the genes it modifies are key regulators of tissue remodeling, inflammation and chemotaxis."
3. "Arnica montana experimental studies: confounders and biases?" Journal of Integrative Medicine 2018. Response to criticisms of in vitro studies.
4. "Homeopathic potencies of Arnica montana L. change gene expression in a Tamm-Horsfall protein-1 cell line in vitro model: the role of ethanol as a possible confounder and statistical bias. [J Integr Med. 2017]
Our friend Arnica Montana is making another appearance. There is no other remedy that is quite as useful after surgery as Arnica. From plastic surgery, grafts, organ removals, almost any kind of procedure that has created a wound will benefit from Arnica. Please note however, that you should only take Arnica after a procedure, not before, and of course, always check with your doctor!
Arnica is very versatile because of its key symptom: feeling as if beaten. That is why it is good for the symptoms of muscle soreness (which often feels like you have been beaten), and bruises (which often occur after you have had some kind of physical trauma, like being beaten).
Arnica is unique in how well it has been studied, especially in the plastic surgery area! Here are a few studies on its effectiveness:
Chaiet & Marcus Ann Plast Surg. 2016. Arnica reduces the size and intensity of bruises after rhinoplasty (i.e. nose-jobs). If you are statistics geek, P=0.097 on day 7 for the size, and P=0.074 on day 9/10 for the intensity.
Sorrentino et al. J Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2017 Jan 3;6(1):1-8. doi: 10.5455/jice.20161229055245: In women receiving a mastecomy, Arnica reduced blood loss, helped maintain weight post-surgically and reduced drainage. P=0.11, 0.03, 0.0223 respectively.
Lee, Yoon & Hwang. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Jul;274(7):2685-2694. doi: 10.1007/s00405-017-4535-6.: Meta Analysis of studies "where the outcomes of interest were edema, ecchymosis, and satisfaction rate of patients on postoperative days". "Edema and ecchymosis during the first 7 days postoperatively were statistically decreased in the arnicaadministration groups versus the control group".
Arnica Montana is probably the first remedy anyone interested in homeopathy should know about. Arnica is useful for the symptoms of bruising and other blunt force traumas, muscle soreness after working out, and shock after any kind of accident (car accident, bike accident, etc). It's one of the few homeopathic remedies that have become "mainstream"; arnica gel is now commonly used by olymplic athletes.
Arnica will often be beneficial if the person has some of the following symptoms:
-Aching pains, as if beaten.
-Pains worse from any motion
-Any symptom worse from becoming cold
-Nosebleeds and pain as if the nose were crushed.
-Hot face and cold body
(All information summarized from Boenninghausen's Characteristics)
So if you have been hitting the gym harder than normal, try taking some Arnica and see if it helps.
This is a "rectangle is a square but a square is not always a rectangle" situation.
Naturopaths often use homeopathy, but are always well trained in homeopathy. Naturopaths also offer lifestyle counselling, herbal therapies, acupunture, TCM, and other types of therapies.
Homeopaths generally only use homeopathy. Depending on where you are located, there are different licensing requirements for homeopaths. If you are interested in seeing one, check that they have been trained. In some states/provinces in North America, anyone can call themselves a homeopath, even if they haven't been trained. (This is true of Naturopaths as well)
The differences between these two types of practitioners gets more complicated by the legal system. In every state and province in North America, there are different laws about what naturopaths and homeopaths can and cannot do. Usually homeopaths are not legally able to diagnose any condition and are not able to perform more than basic physical exams. Naturopaths, however, are generally allowed to diagnose and perform the same physical exams an MD would do. In a few states and provinces, naturopaths can prescribe medications like antibiotics or steroids like cortisol. Therefore, check the laws in your area so you know what kind of appointment you are walking into!
Aphorism 2: "The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health...in the shortest, most reliable, and least disadvantageous [gentlest] way, according to clearly realizable principles". Organon of the Medical Art by Samuel Hahnemann
No form of medicine I have encountered has been as
-Based on clear principles
Other therapies can be gentle, but may not be fast or permanent. For example, massage. Patients generally have to go a few times before getting strong results and the results don't usually last long. However massage is definitely effective and incredibly gentle. Conventional medicine can be fast, permanent, based on some key principles such as relying on clinical trials, relying on synthetically made compounds, etc, but it is rarely gentle. Gifted spiritual healers are fast, gentle, and often permanent, but not based on principles. Therefore these gifted healers are one-offs, and very few people are able to learn their methods and follow in their footsteps. This therefore limits the amount of good they can do; access to healing has been limited by their inability to impart their gift to others.
A foundation of clear principles allows for easily reproducible results and the goal of gentle, fast, and permanent cures guides practitioners to make choices that are sometimes different from other practitioners. The combination revolutionizes care.
Many of us find therapies that work for us and stick to them. Some people respond well to nutrition, to pharmaceutical medications, to supplements, or to homeopathy.
When we find something that works for us, extrapolating is easy; we believe friends, family, patients will be cured by the same treatment. However, "a medicine's power lies in its ability to alter the human condition" (aphorism 19). Therefore anything that alters the human condition can be considered a medicine. A supplement, a new diet, a new lifestyle all can alter our condition and therefore can be considered medicine. Since almost anything could thereby be considered a medicine, patients can then ask "is this medicine right for me".
Disease is removed by medicines acting on our whole person and removing all of our symptoms. We are all individuals and will need different forms of healing. I encourage you to experiment and find the one that works best for you, whether or not it's conventional medicine or alternative medicine.
"Certain remedies such as Sepia, Pulsatilla nigricans, Platina, Cimicifuga, Lilium tigrinum, Sabina and Secale appear to have a focus on female related symptoms. We see statements declaring 'this is a women's remedy...." (The fairer sex)
It's a shame but it's true. The other day I heard a practitioner call Sepia the "lesbian remedy". Not only do I find that insulting to homosexual women (Isn't that insinuating homosexuality is a pathological process?), but it's also completely inaccurate. "Sepia...has a thorough proving with no special emphasis on the female reproduction system but rather on the bowels and skin. Yet Sepia is portrayed as the 'washerman's remedy' in Allen's Keynotes, which was copied by Clarke...Later authors continued picturing Sepia as a woman".
The sexism prevalent in homeopathic literature is an example of one of the areas where bias creeps into practice. Understanding these areas of bias on the part of the prescriber or on the part of the homeopathic sources is critical in order to prevent mis-prescribing due to preconceived notions of the medicines or of the patient.
Basically, he meant something that infects you.
Miasms were not invented by Hahnemann. During Hahnemann's time, there was a debate raging about the origins of disease. There was a miasma theory and the germ theory, which eventually was proved by microbiology, as we all know. "In miasma theory, diseases were caused by the presence in the air of a miasma, a poisonous vapour in which were suspended particles of decaying matter that was characterised by its foul smell. The theory originated in the Middle Ages and endured for several centuries. That a killer disease like malaria is so named - from the Italian mala ‘bad’ and aria ‘air’ - is evidence of its suspected miasmic origins" (Science Museum's History of Medicine ).
Hahnemann was not convinced miasma existed in the air however. Hahnemann's essay "Appeal to thinking philanthropists respecting the mode of propagation of the asiatic cholera" argues that cholera spreads from town to town via minute living creatures.
"In those [people] confined spaces [ships], filled with moldy vapors, the cholera miasm find a favorable element for its multiplication and grows into an enormously increased brood of those excessively minute, invisible, living creatures so inimical to human life, of which the contagious matter of the cholera most probably consists....this concentrated aggravated miasm kills several of the crew; the others, however, being frequently exposed to the danger of infection and thus gradually habituated to it at length become fortified against it and no longer liable to be infected. These individuals, apparently in good health, go ashore and are received by the inhabitants without hesitation into their cottages, and...those who have approached nearest to them are suddenly carried off by the cholera. The cause of this is undoubtedly the invisible cloud...composed of probably millions of those miasmatic animated beings" (Hahnemann's Lesser Writings, page 758) Italics mine.
This passage clearly describes almost the exact same process that happens in infectious diseases, now proven by microbiology. From this passage, his use of the word "miasm" clearly means an infectious disease agent like a virus or bacteria. Therefore his theory on chronic disease does not mean he was thinking about our genetic or epigenetic lineage (those are not infectious diseases) nor does it mean you treat the chronic disease with the infectious disease the caused the miasm (e.g. treat a tubercular miasm with tuberculinum, because a tubercular miasm is the same as an infection by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria) because that would be isopathy, not homeopathy. He thought that chronic disease was caused by an infectious disease agent that created subtle disease symptoms over decades that would get worse slowly (think of Herpes Zoster/Shingles - the virus infects us when we are children but lays dormant for decades and can manifest in many different ways when our system is stressed).
To me, this is a fascinating example of how well Hahnemann understood the disease process. In other words, that he was a keen observer of the world around him. This remarkable insight was well ahead of his time, and is a testament to the power of being an unprejudiced observer.