Science Junkie Turned Believer: How Homeopathy Changed My Perspective on Medicine
Hey, you wanna know a secret?I had never heard of homeopathy before, until I went out to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington to study naturopathic medicine and I've got to admit I was a pretty hardcore science junkie at that time.I mean, I got my undergraduate degree from University of Kentucky studying biotechnology.I was literally creating Frankensoy and Frankentobacco and engineering DNA into plants in my undergraduate studies, so when I got out to Bastyr, I kind of had a chip on my shoulder that this better be science-based and honestly, I would have completely turned my back on homeopathy if it hadn't worked for me for so many different things in so many different ways.
Exploring the Efficacy of Homeopathic Remedies for Pain: Insights from a Naturopathic Doctor
So I'm about to share with you my top four favorite homeopathic remedies for pain and the reasons why you might want to use them,
During my tenure as a naturopathic doctor, I managed a primary care clinic in Washington state for a decade.I perceived my role as that of a neutral observer, capable of examining both the conventional medical realm, which primarily encompasses pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures, as well as the natural medicine domain, involving herbs, nutraceuticals, counseling, physical therapy, and homeopathy.
Integrative Medicine Approach: Balancing Natural and Conventional Therapies for Optimal Healthcare
By thoroughly interrogating individuals, reviewing their medical histories, assessing their previous attempts and outcomes, I aimed to determine the most appropriate direction for their healthcare, considering the diverse range of medical options available. Are they going to best be served by a natural approach, a conventional approach, or a beautiful marriage of both? And so often times I would do an assortment of things with someone.
Order this MRI, let's do those labs and let's try these herbs and oh, by the way, let's try this homeopathic as well, because it just might work for you. So I had a little nickname for homeopathic remedies.I called them magic beans. Yes, you can laugh because when homeopathy works, it works on so many levels that it seems like pure magic. And what is homeopathy anyways?
It's these little pellets that you get and you can get different brands, but little white pellets that you take under your tongue and there's honestly not one specific dosing structure for them.
Discovering the Origins and Successes of Homeopathy: Dr. Samuel Hahnemann's Innovative Approach
Sort of take them and try them again in a few minutes or hours and if they haven't worked within three to five doses, they're probably not gonna work at all. But sometimes one dose can work magic. So homeopathy was first discovered in 1789 by a German physician known as Dr.Samuel Hahnemann. And Samuel Hahnemann was a very smart, forward-thinking man who really looked outside the box. And it was when he was studying cinchona bark or Peruvian bark for illnesses like malaria, because drugs like quinine and Hydroxychloroquine have all been synthesized from this cinchona bark. He was noticing that when healthy people took these drugs, they had similar symptoms to the ones that the drugs were trying to cure. And so, seven years later, he published his first article in the Journal of Practical Medicine on Similia similibus, which basically means that like can cure like.
Now, Dr. Hahnemann faced a lot of criticism throughout his 60 year career in medicine, but he also had some amazing successes. Homeopathic Treatment Demonstrated Lower Mortality Rates during 1830s Cholera Outbreak, with Minimal Side Effects When the Asiatic Cholera outbreak epidemic happened in the 1830s, Dr. Hahnemann's patients who were treated homeopathically only had a two to 20% mortality rate and the rest of the general public that was treated with a more conventional approach had over 50% mortality rate. Fast forward to today and you can now find these little homeopathic pellets in every Whole Foods and co-op across the country, but most people have no idea how to use them.
One of my favorite things about homeopathy besides the fact that when it works, it seems like it works like magic, is that when they don't work, there's no harmful side effects because they are so diluted. So in homeopathy, this is super weird, right? The more dilute it is, the more potent it is.
The Dilution Paradox: Unveiling the Astonishing Effects of Homeopathic Remedies
Try to figure that one out, but how that works, what that means like a 30 C potency, like this one here, they've taken one mole or one unit of whatever substance they're using and it can be plant, animal, mineral, one mole of the substance and diluted that into 100 parts water and take a stir that up, stirred that up and taken one drop of that and diluted that into another hundred drops of water. So that a two C potency means that that's been done two different times, one part into a hundred parts water twice.
That's like saying there's one part of that substance to 10,000 parts water. So by the time we've gotten to 12 C concentration or dilution, there isn't one single molecule of the original substance left, but still they often have amazing effects on people. No wonder this concept is kind of ridiculed by traditional medicine, right? It's hard to wrap your head around it.
Medical Student Sustains Facial Injury in Kayaking Accident
I agree, but the reason I'm talking to you today is because the day before my first day of medical school, I was kayaking down a class four creek with a bunch of my buddies when I dislocated my shoulder and I didn't have the stability and I rolled over and I smashed my face right into a rock and I didn't even feel it at the time because there was so much adrenaline involved, but I rolled up and my buddies looked at me like, "Oh, it's not good." I felt my face and I realized that there was a huge gap between where my cheek was supposed to meet.
Medical School First Day Miracle: Professor's Treatment Erases Facial Injuries Overnight
So yeah, trip to the emergency room and 15 stitches and a massive black eye. Later, I was walking into my first day of medical school and people were looking at me like, "Oh my gosh." You know, "Someone should give her some help." And someone took me to the office of one of our beautiful professors and she was the most lovely woman and she took one look at my little mangled face and she said, "Oh dear, sit down." And she was so nice and so loving that I just trusted her immediately. When she handed me these little white pellets, I had no idea what they were, but I was like, "Okay." You know, so I put them under my tongue.I let them dissolve there.I followed her instructions to a T and I thought, "Well, that was interesting," and I went home. And the next morning when I woke up, I was in disbelief because all of the bruising, all of the redness, the bloodshot eyeball, all of the swelling was gone.
The Healing Power of Homeopathy: Arnica Montana's Remarkable Effects on Bruising and Trauma
All you could see was the little incision line and the sutures were still there and I was blown away.I have never healed that fast in my life. And the remedy that she gave me at that time was Arnica Montana. So let's get this straight first. Homeopathy can work beautifully, but only if it's the right remedy.
Each remedy has a materia medica or list of indications of what this remedy might possibly be helpful for. There's no way that they could put that entire materia medica on one of these little labels. So oftentimes someone might recommend homeopathy to you and the label says nothing about what it's being recommended for. Trust me, that's part of the process. So Arnica Montana's main indications are for bruising and trauma, and really specifically for bruising and trauma around the orbit of the eyeball, but Arnica can also be super useful for cases of old trauma.Let's say that you've developed arthritis in an area, and it's because of an old trauma.Arnica Montana can sometimes help improve the healing of that even if it's an old injury.
Arnica Montana and Hypericum Perforatum: Natural Remedies for Healing and Pain Relief
Arnica Montana is also really well indicated for labor pains and that swelling of the cervix and the soreness of the cervix after delivery of a baby. Arnica Montana is definitely one of my favorites to recommend that my clients have on hand after any type of surgery, even plastic surgery or tooth extraction. The bruising, the swelling, the soreness after surgery, Arnica Montana can really be helpful then, but not before.
It's funny to me that sometimes people take remedies before the actual injury happens and that's just not how they work. So Arnica Montana is indicated for bruises, sprains, strains, and any old injury that still has chronic pain that is from an old trauma and yes, you can still take it and your other medications and your traditional anti-inflammatories. The second remedy that I would like to mention today is hypericum perforatum or St. John's Wort.
Hypericum Perforatum and Rhus Toxicodendron: Effective Homeopathic Remedies for Nerve Pain and Arthritis
So hypericum perforatum is classically known for nerve pains.Anytime someone gets a shooting, darting, nerve pain down their arm or down their leg, like very common with sciatica. Sometimes hypericum can really take the edge off of that pain. When I think nerve pain, I think hypericum. Also painful scars and phantom limb pain can sometimes respond really well to hypericum perforatum. The third remedy that's on my list of favorite ones to have around the house, in your own home dispensary is Rhus toxicodendron or Rhus tox, homeopathic poison ivy, super weird, right?
Rhus tox is known as the rusty gate remedy, very specific in cases of arthritis when someone is restless and they just need to move about because if they sit down, they stiffen up too much and the pain gets worse. Who can relate to that feeling of sitting down for too long and then having a really stiff low back when you try to get up? Rhus tox is a remedy that is known for helping with that type of pain.
Exploring Homeopathic Remedies for Joint Pain Relief: Rhus Tox, Arnica, Hypericum, and Ruta Graveolens
And it's also known for being the remedy that's helpful, kind of like if you're a human barometer and your joint pains are always worse right before a storm or worse, right before the rain worse as the temperature changes. Rhus tox is the homeopathic that is well indicated for pain that occurs during those times.
The fourth and final homeopathic on my short list of ones to think about for pain this week is Ruta Graveolens, commonly known as Rue or Herb-of-Grace. So quick story, one day I was in the National Guard training at our two weeks summer stint, and I was running in combat boots and I sprained my ankle so terribly I was on crutches the rest of that deployment.It took, it was eight months later and my ankle was still hurt.I would have this little jab in there when I walked and running was excruciating. And I was worried that I had ruined my ankle for life and I was gonna have to have ankle surgery.
Ruta Graveolens: A Natural Remedy for Sprained Ankles and Tendon Injuries
Then I remembered learning in school that Ruta Graveolens is specific for chronic sprained ankles that failed to heal. And so, this is no lie, I took two little pellets of that remedy cause I had it in my little emergency box. Two pellets and my pain was gone in 30 minutes.I went for a run and I was pain-free and that pain never returned. It was truly like magic.
So Ruta Graveolens is also recommended for any type of a tendon injury, tendons that have been twisted or sprained as well as bone bruises, injuries to the periosteum or that lining of the bone. Ruta Graveolens can also be really helpful for bursitis as well as chronic tendon injuries that sometimes will cause cysts like carpal tunnel and ganglion cysts of the wrists.I mean, isn't that what we all want, the magic pill?
The Benefits of Homeopathic Remedies: Essential Additions to Your Home First Aid Kit
So the art and study of homeopathy is a pretty complex science and these four little remedies might be super helpful to have in your home first aid kit as long as you know how to use them, because the information I'm sharing with you you're not gonna find on the label, right? Perhaps the best choice is to look around in your area and see if there's someone who's trained in classical homeopathy.You could pay them a visit and it could change your life. It very well might be worth a try, right?
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