Homeopathy is an age old natural pharmaceutical science that rests on the principles begun by the German Physician, Chemist and Linguist, Samuel Hahnemann in 1796.
It utilizes small doses of substances from the plant, mineral, metal and animal kingdom (but never tested on animals). It works on the principle of LIKE TREATING LIKE OR LIKE CURES LIKE, which means that a substance that can produce symptoms of disease in a healthy person can cure the same symptoms in a sick person. It treats the patterns of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual ailments along with habitual thought patterns of children and adults who are ill in any of the categories.
I might add that Homeopaths are always asking detailed questions to discover the symptoms of their clients. They strive to find the remedy that best suits the ailment. The word symptom is loosely defined to be:
- Any pain or discomfort;
- Any change from what a person normally experiences;
- Any limitation on what that person can normally do;
- Anything that makes pain or discomfort better or worse.
Matching one of a person's symptoms with one symptom that a medicine is known to cure is not enough. A medicine is more likely to work better if it matches a complete pattern of symptoms the person experiences. The medicine should match the most important symptoms. Unique symptoms are very important! The ultimate success of homeopathic medicine is from matching the unique symptoms of the sick person with the unique symptoms a substance is known to cause. Each person will have a distinct pattern of physical and psychological symptoms that are unique to him or her. For example, two people suffering from a sore throat. One person gets relief from sucking on an ice cube while another person will get relief from sipping hot drinks. The first person could have headache along with sore throat, while the other person a cough along with sore throat. The first person could be lethargic, while the other person irritable. Lots of different remedies fall into this category, thus symptoms need to be specific.
That being said, the human body survives day in and day out. It must constantly defend itself against bacteria, viruses, poisons/toxins, allergens, environmental stresses, and psychological stressors. The body has figured out how to sustain itself. It creates the symptoms, inflammation and fever in order to burn out invading germs and isolate foreign substances.
A cold is an acute inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. It is the body's attempt to throw off unwanted matter. A child or an adult responds to cold viruses by creating increased numbers of white blood cells that fight the viruses. Dead viruses and dead white blood cells are eliminated by nasal discharge (mucous). The mucous is the liquid vehicle to discharge the dead matter.
Over the counter cold medications will block mucous and, if there is mucous blockage, then the dead viruses and white blood cells will not be able to be expelled. The nasal discharge will be less watery and more sticky, so it will be difficult to blow out of the nose or be coughed up. This leads to suppression of symptoms that works against the body's natural healing response. Suppressing symptoms won't cure a person! These symptoms will come back with an even more potent force. Suggested homeopathic remedies for acute colds, depending on specific symptoms are: aconitum, allium cepa, arsenicum, bryonia, dulcamara, eupatorium, gelsemium, nat mur, belladonna and nux vomica at 6CH or 30CH potency.
Coughing is a reflex action produced by the stimulation of nerve endings. It rids air passages of unwanted debris, which includes mucous produced during infections of the lungs. A cough's function is to keep the lungs healthier. Coughing can also be related to sadness or deep disappointment. Suggested remedies for coughing, again depending on specific symptoms are: aconitum, belladonna, bryonia, causticum, rumex, sulphur and allium cepa at 6CH or 30CH potency.
The flu and common cold are both respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. They could have similar symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two. However, the flu has more severe symptoms than the common cold. Flues are usually marked by fever, body aches and extreme fatigue. Also, the flu comes on suddenly. Suggested homeopathic remedies for the flu, depending on specific symptoms are: thymuline, influenzinum. oscillococcinum, homeocoksinum, gelsemium, bryonia, aconitum, belladonna, nux vomica, eupatorium, rhus tox, arsenicum album at 6 CH or 30CH potency.
If you suffer from frequent colds, coughs or the flu, you would benefit from a consult with a homeopathic practitioner who would match your symptoms of all categories with the most appropriate constitutional remedy that matches you as a unique whole person. This remedy would also help boost your immune system so that you become less prone to frequent colds, coughs or the flu, which is especially important during the winter season.
Real unsuppressed symptoms a person is experiencing are the body's most honest components to defend and heal itself. It makes sense then to use a method that supports this defence instead of inhibiting it. Therefore, Homeopathy makes perfect sense!
Written by: Helene Huot, DHOM, RHN, R.N.C.P., Practitioner at the NFP Wellness ClinicReferences:
Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants " Author: Dana Ullman
Homeopathic Medicine at Home " Authors: Maesimund B. Panos, M.D. and Jane Heimlich
Vaccine Free Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Contagious Disease with Homeopathy " Authors Kate Birch, RS HOM(NA), CCH, CMT
Help your child with Homeopathy " Author: Sheila Harrison
The Homeopathic Treatment of Children " Author: Paul Herscu