WHAT’S IN A HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY?
Homeopathy has the broadest pharmacopeia of any medical modality in existence. The homeopath prescribes from a repertory of over 3000 clinically proven remedies, each with distinct characteristics. The remedies are made from whole and healthy plant, mineral, and animal sources in nature.
Unlike a herbal remedy, a homeopathic remedy contains no molecular or atomic substance. What remains of the original plant, animal or mineral source once a remedy is processed is its particular waveform frequency, the source’s “energetic signature”.
Everything in existence has a waveform frequency, or energetic signature. Water molecules vibrate at a specific frequency as well, but this frequency can be modified in a laboratory process called “potentization” or “dynamization”, in which the waveform frequency of a remedy source is imprinted onto the base frequency of water molecules.
Homeopathic remedies act on the quantum level, a level which can be accurately described as “energy medicine”. This is why the remedies can be taken quite safely, without contraindications with other medications or treatments.
Provings and the Materia Medica
In a process called “provings”, at least fifty medical doctors and/or homeopaths take a specific remedy (without knowing which remedy it is) until they begin to experience mental, emotional and physical symptoms, which are recorded over a three-week period. The symptoms specific to the remedy form the Materia Medica or characteristics for that remedy.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like”. The homeopath listens carefully and non-judgementally to the the unique characteristics of the patient’s suffering, and aims to prescribe a remedy which exactly matches the core state of the patient.
The Pulsatilla flower pictured above grows in very high, rocky, and mountainous areas where there is little soil, much wind, and little moisture. In order to survive these austere conditions, it never totally disconnects from the mother plant.
From the provings of Pulsatilla, a compiled list of physical, mental and emotional symptoms are reported, for example:
- Fear NARROW PLACES; when ALONE;
- Can be manipulative to get attention;
- Places responsibility on others;
- Seeks CONSOLATION, clinging to others, mother;
- Chilly, yet absolutely INTOLERANT of any form of HEAT;
- CHILLINESS during PAINS;
- Better OPEN AIR;
- Craving for open air [wants windows and doors open];
- Changeable, shifting symptoms;
- NO THIRST;
- Better GENTLE MOTION. Better walking slowly.
From the Materia Medica for Pulsatilla, we learn that the individual who will benefit from this remedy has little thirst and is often chilly, yet likes open air and open spaces. A child will tend to be very clingy, holding onto his or her mother fearfully. Adults will show signs of clinginess by seeking consolation or the attention of others.
A patient who experiences asthma attacks in a warm, closed room, which are somewhat relieved when the window is opened and fresh air is allowed in, or when outside in the fresh air, and who also shows signs of neediness – needing a lot of attention from his or her partner and family, constantly seeking reassurance and consolation – may be greatly helped with a single dose of homeopathic Pulsatilla.