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Homeopathy Cures Like With Like

Homeopathic medicine, created in the late 18th century by German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, uses highly diluted remedies made from natural substances. Used worldwide today by more than 500 million people, this form of complementary medicine follows the “Law of Similars” (like cures like). This most important concept of homeopathy is based on Hahnemann’s belief that a substance that causes the symptoms of disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.

In experiments Hahnemann found that the “sort of patient” was more important than “the sort of disease.” His detailed explanations are published in The Organon of the Healing Art. The sixth edition, published in 1921 is the reference of choice for certified homeopathic practitioners and physicians.

A homeopathic practitioner focuses on the patient before prescribing a remedy. Just as each patient has his or her own story, each homeopathic remedy has its own picture, or energy state, which may include emotional, as well as physical symptoms. Homeopathy is very personalized medicine, which is why practitioners determine remedies by listening to a patient tell their story.

During the first appointment, generally at least 90 minutes, a medical profile becomes clear, as do important details of a patient’s personality. A patient might talk about their family history, how they function in the world, what makes them anxious, childhood diseases and any grief and traumas experienced, as well as therapies they’ve used and for what particular reasons.

In making sense of all these details, the practitioner uses the extensive patient history to create the framework within which to analyze any disharmonies, patterns and the disease process. Like peeling an onion with many layers, homeopathic practitioners address the whole picture, one remedy at time.

Brad Ferringo practices homeopathy at Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, located at 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4 in Naples. For more information regarding homeopathy, call Brad Ferringo at 239-248-0455 or visit BffHolistic.com.

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