Homeopathic Medicine Offers Holistic Healing Alternative
By Donald Payne
Hello once again, dear reader. For this summer’s issue of the Lotus Guide I have been asked to write an article regarding homeopathy and homeopathic medicine.
At first, the theory and practice of homeopathy are strange to those of us who are accustomed to conventional Western medicine. Dr. Samuel Hahneman, the 19th-century founder of homeopathic medicine, believed that remedies that in micro doses could create a particular set of symptoms, could, in minute doses (at times so small that no molecule of the original substance remains), relieve those same symptoms.
But if homeopathy is unfamiliar and at times seemingly incredible, it also has thousands of healing stories that back up its long list of followers and practitioners. Indeed, Queen Elizabeth II, Thomas Edison, Mahatma Gandhi, and Mark Twain all were advocates of homeopathic medicine. Also, homeopathy is used by more than 300 million patients and 400,000 health-care providers worldwide!
We in the natural-products industry always look hopefully for medicines that offer answers to the chronic conditions afflicting so many of us and eluding the curative reach of conventional medicine. We want remedies that have fewer side effects and with homeopathy we sense the rightness of a healing system that says all symptoms are part of a larger whole. We want remedies that appear to stimulate the body’s own natural healing system rather than those with the warlike attitude of “attacking” the body’s enemies. We want a system that seems to work “with us” not, “on us”—homeopathy.
To begin to use homeopathic medicine, however, can be daunting at first because there are hundreds of single remedies in infinite amounts of potencies.
So, I have been using and recommending the Boiron over-the-counter combination remedies that we carry at S&S Organic Produce and Natural Foods.
I recommend Boiron’s Acidil for heartburn and sour stomach, Sabadil for allergies, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and Quietude for insomnia, restless sleep, and occasional waking in the night. Boiron also makes Cyclease Cramps and Cyclease PMS for menstrual-cycle problems.
Please try some of Boiron’s amazing combination over-the-counter remedies the next time you have a problem. Or, if you are so inclined, dear reader, pick up the authoritative book on homeopathic medicine—the Materia Medica by William Boericke, MD. This landmark book lists hundreds of homeopathic remedies and their medical applications. It’s a great book for study and learning and a great self-help reference.
I encourage you to study and apply these principles and others and become one of the great pure natural healers this world needs.
Have a great summer,
S&S Produce & Natural Foods