Alternative Remedy

Reflexology

Reflexology

Thousands of nerve endings in both palms and soles are related to various parts and organs of the body. By stimulating these points, blockage in flow of life energy or chi in respected areas can be removed. This branch of alternative medicine which deals with reflex points is known as Reflexology. This age old technique is basically derived from Acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The Chinese discovered that energy circulates throughout the human body in channels. The Reflexologists have further divided the body into three zones upper, middle and lower. It is essential for good health that the energy flow through these zones and channels is maintained. If toxins or waste products accumulate, congestion may occur. For proper circulation of blood, lymph and chi, Reflexology is applied to clear the energy pathways. Reflexology concentrates on feet and hands; usually the organs or parts on one side of the body are represented by the reflex points on the hand and foot of the same side. The organs at the middle or centre of the body have their reflex points on both hands and feet. These points are stimulated by massage or gentle pressure in a specific manner to heal or prevent a disease. Some electronic devices are also helpful to stimulate these points. Even a disease condition can be diagnosed by applying a probe on reflex points. Reflexology claims a holistic approach, healing the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Stimulation of related pressure points ensures the restoration of normal health by clearing the blockages and facilitating free flow of life force energy called chi or prana. Combining this method with other branches of medicine can establish a perfect health care system. Click Here for Hands Reflexology Click Here for Feet Reflexology

Homeopathy

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is system of medicine which is based on natural laws which have always existed but which were only discovered, understood and applied therapeutically some 200 years ago by Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathy is based on the therapeutic law “Similia Similibus Curentur”, a Latin phrase, which means that “like cures like”. The way of Similars, the homeopathic way, is to give the suffering patient who has a set of a particular symptom which characterizes their condition, a minute dose of a substance which in large doses causes similar symptoms of an artificially inflicted disturbance in a healthy person. e.g. homeopathically prepared doses of onion (allium cepa) will treat certain cases of hay fever where the symptoms match those of someone suffering the effects of inhaling the fumes of a fresh chopped onion. It advocates the use of a single remedy at a time in potentized form and minimum dose. It recognizes “Vital Force” as the specific and dynamic energy of a human being on which the orderly state of health of an individual depends.

Homeopathy Philosophy

The homoeopathic principles are the guiding light that allows the homoeopathician to understand the language of nature and act accordingly. Each of the homoeopathic principles is a formula which holds an essential key to homoeopathic philosophy. Together they form the checks and balances that make homoeopathy a safe as well as effective medical system. These principles include:

Dynamism & the Vitalists Paradigm Doctrine of Similars (Similia Similibus Curentur) Proven Remedies The Single Remedy The Minimal Dose The Potentized Remedy Individualized Treatment

The Vital Force

Hahnemann viewed a human being as a trinity of forces, the conscious spirit (G. Geist), the instinctive vital force, and the material organism. In the healthy human condition, the spirit-like life force (autocracy) that enlivens the material organism as dynamis, governs without restriction and keep all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious vital operations as regards to sensations and functions so that the indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of existence.

Like cures Like

In Hahnemann’s study of Hippocrates he discovered that the old Asclepiad did not give combinations of medicinal substances. He used small amounts of one remedy at at time. On this basis young Samuel developed his early theories of Similars, the minimal dose, and the single remedy. From this time forward Hahnemann started to integrate the use of materia medica into his ‘Hippocratic treatments’. The birth of homoeopathy was in 1779. Over the next 64 years Hahnemannian Homoeopathy (1779-1843) was destined to evolve through 6 editions of The Organon of the Healing Art (1810, 1818, 1824, 1829, 1833, and 1843). Each of these extraordinary works represents a unique epoch in the development of the Classical Homoeopathy. The law of Similars has the potential to prevent as well as cure diseases. This is the science of homoeo-prophylaxis. There are several methods of homoeo-prophylaxis within classical homoeopathy. First and foremost, is constitutional treatment which removes the predispositions from the human organisms before their seeds develop into disease states. Homoeopathy also has specific prophylaxis for the infectious miasms, and under certain circumstance, other disorders.

Homeopathy Remedies

 The homoeopathic materia medica is based on the provings of remedies on the healthy test subjects. The details of the signs and symptoms of these provings are then confirmed in clinic trials performed on similar disease states. When remedies are found curative in their clinical confirmations are recorded. The most dependable data is then collected in the materia medica and repertorium. In this way a homoeopath learns the remedial actions of their potentized remedies on living human subjects. Only by this means can the characteristic mental, general and particular symptoms be discovered. Chemical analysis will never be able to reveal the inner essence of a medicine as experienced subjectively by a human being. Hahnemann taught that disease is a mistunement of the spirit-like vital force by a spirit-like dynamic stressor. In this light he says that only a similar dynamic remedy can heal such a mistuning of the life force removing the dynamic cause.

The Single Remedy

Homoeopathy does not look at each individual disease name or symptom in isolation. It looks at the entire constitutional expression of the individual through the totality of the symptoms. As each individual represents a single mind/body complex any mistunement of the unitary vital force produces a constitutional syndrome of signs and symptoms. The single remedy allows the vital force to concentrate its maximum healing power on the essential picture of the illness rather then dispersing vital energy in reaction to several medicinal influences simultaneously. A homoeopathic remedy works by being similar to the disease state but slightly stronger due to potentization.

The Minimum Dose

Hahnemann was very careful to follow the ancient Greek teachings of the vital force. This is based on the maxim, ‘Do not harm’. For this reason in homoeopathy first a single test dose is given and the nature of the reaction is watched very closely. This is the most prudent thing to do. Many homoeopaths misunderstand the nature of the minimal dose. Most modern homoeopaths believe that there is no difference in the action of one homoeopathic pill and one thousand ad infinitum. This concept can be traced to James Kent and can be found in his classic Lectures on homoeopathic Philosophy in the chapter called “On Simple Substance”. While Hahnemann had taught that each pill of a homoeopathic remedy possessed a certain amount or “quantum” of medicinal energy. In a sense the potency of a remedy represents the wave form or frequency of the energy and the number of pills represents the amplitude or power of the signal. This is why the power of a homoeopathic dose increases each time the practitioner uses more pills, drops, or more teaspoons when preparing the remedy for ingestion.

The Potentized Remedy

In the year 1824 Hahnemann integrated his new experiences with potency and dose in the 3rd edition of The Organon and the 6th edition of the Materia Medica Pura. Hahnemann was still modifying the posology of his remedies and he advised against the use of the drop doses of homoeopathic dilutions. He suggested instead that the proper amount was not a drop but the “the smallest part of a drop”. For this purpose he suggested the medication of poppy seed sized #10 sugar globules with the potentized liquid of the remedy. The use of the pellets made it much easier for the homeopath to control the exact amount of the dosage to be given to the patient. In the 4th Organon Hahnemann suggested that the average dose should be no more one or two of these small pills laid dry on the tongue or used in a watery remedy solution. At the same time he lowered the number of successions given to the potentizing vials to two per level of dilution to make his remedies gentler. Hahnemann was now experimenting with smaller amounts of higher potencies made with fewer successions as a method of controlling the increasing power of his homoeopathic remedies. These methods were a continuation of his search for the most gentle way of using the power of the potentized remedies. In this approach Hahnemann combined the advantages of a higher potency and the use of a smaller amount of the remedy which brought him closer to his goal of a rapid, gentle and permanent cure.

The Individualized Treatment

The principle of individualization is central to homoeopathic philosophy and pathology. No genuine cure of any disease, can take place WITHOUT THE STRICT INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT of each case of disease. Thus the practitioner must *individualize the remedy* by the constitution, temperament, predispositions, causations, miasms, signs, befallments, and symptoms.

Further Remedies

The homeopathic remedies may be made from plants such as aconite, dandelion, plantain; from minerals such as iron phosphate, arsenic oxide, sodium chloride; from animals such as the venom of a number of poisonous snakes, or the ink of the cuttlefish; or even from chemical drugs such as penicillin or streptomycin. These substances are diluted carefully until little of the original remains. The selection of any homeopathic remedy is made on the totality of the symptoms presented by the patient. Any remedy may be used for any condition if the symptoms generated by the remedy match the symptoms experienced by the patient. The homoeopathic medicines are prepared from a wide range of natural sources. Over 75% of the medicines origin from the vegetable kingdom, i.e. flowers, roots, leaves and the juice. Certain chemicals and minerals are also used to prepared certain medicines. For instance, sulfuric acid, nitric acid. Most of the minerals and metals are used as a source of medicine, such as gold, silver, zinc, tin, iron and so on. Animal kingdom has a special place in the homoeopathy pharmacy and homoeopathy medicines are prepared from the animal sources almost in a nonviolent technique. Some insects such as Spanish fly ( Apis Mellifica) and certain animal products such as the venom of Cobra snake (Naja) are used in unique manner.

Method of Preparing the Remedies

The revolutionary method of drug preparation in homoeopathy, called as Potentisation, utilizes a very minute quantity of the original drug substance. A very small portion of any substance, say a drop of Surukuku snake venom, as one part, is mixed with 99 parts of alcohol or distilled water. Some powerful strokes are give to this mixture of about 100 drops/ml. It makes so called 1c potency. Now, out of these 100 drops, one drop is taken and mixed with 99 drops of alcohol, again to undergo the process of vigorous strokes, making the potency 2c. The process is continued higher level up to 30c, 200c, 1000c, 10000c, 50000c, 100000c.

Case Taking

    Obstruction to cure (exogenic and endogenic)     The nature of the disease and its specific cause or the diagnosis     Pathological status of the patient for the purpose of prognosis (dangerously ill, acute or chronic illness).     To be methodical in interrogation, recording of symptoms and administration of remedies.     To be keen in observation of symptoms and reactions to remedies.     To evaluate symptoms, causes and suppressions before selecting the appropriate remedy and its potency.     To decide when to repeat, change or give the placebo.     To satisfy himself, the patient and the relatives before finishing the consultation.     Direct questions to be avoided (which can be answered in yes or no)     Prejudice should not mar clear perception of the physician about the sickness of the patient and the Similimum to be selected.

Principles of Case Taking

Following are some of the principles of case taking in homeopathy:

    To cure the sickness rapidly, gently and permanently.     To find out * Causes and miasms of the sickness * Peculiar sickness due to idiosyncrasies of the patient * Constitution of the patient     Obstruction to cure (exogenic and endogenic)     The nature of the disease and its specific cause or the diagnosis     Pathological status of the patient for the purpose of prognosis )dangerously ill, acute or chronic illness.)     To be methodical in interrogation, recording of symptoms and administration of remedies.     To be keen in observation of symptoms and reactions to remedies.     To evaluate symptoms, causes and suppressions before selecting the appropriate remedy and its potency.     To decide when to repeat, change or give the placebo.     To satisfy himself, the patient and the relatives before finishing the consultation.     Direct questions to be avoided (which can be answered in yes or no)     Prejudice should not mar clear perception of the physician about the sickness of the patient and the Similimum to be selected.

Reference: Organon Made Easy by Dr. Masood Qureshi. Late Principal Pakistan Homeopathic Medical College, Lahore