This is a question I often get from those who are new to homeopathy.
I completely get it. I used to ask the same question when I was first introduced to homeopathy back in the late eighties.
Treating the part
We are used to thinking about medicines and medical treatment in terms of treating a part, or treating a diagnosis.
What is a diagnosis really? A diagnosis is a name used to describe a collection, or pattern of signs and symptoms presented in a patient. Most of us are used to thinking of disease in terms of the name of a diagnosis, and the specific treatment for it, e.g. surgery to fix the part, or a medicine to make the part feel better.
Depression and anxiety
Now lets talk about depression and anxiety. The conventional medical model for treating depression and anxiety is giving the patient an antidepressant. Zoloft, Lexapro and Wellbutrin, just to name a few, are some of the commonly used antidepressants today. All antidepressants on the market come with negative side-effects, as well as withdrawal symptoms when weening off. The side-effects and withdrawal symptoms can often be severe and intolerable for many. If you have depression and anxiety, you present with a collection of symptoms common to the diagnosis, and are prescribed a medication for the diagnosis. What happened to the person with the diagnosis? What about your story, your thoughts, your emotions, your unique experience? Are you not more than a collections of symptoms that fits neatly into a diagnosis? Of course you are!
Mind and body connection
Homeopathy works from the premise that mind and body are interconnected in health. Mental and emotional symptoms often lead to physical symptoms, and vice versa. The word anxiety, the word depression, irritability, anger and so on, means very little to a homeopath. It tells us nothing about who you are, or how you experience your depression, anxiety, or any other symptom for that matter. Did anything in particular trigger your symptoms, e.g. pregnancy, birth of a baby, loss of a loved one? What happened around the time your first started noticing your symptoms? Did you start feeling worse after a bout of a viral or bacterial illness? Did you experience trauma, abuse, shock, or an accident? You do not have to know why, you do not need to offer an explanation to why you are feeling the way you are. Your story, experience and expression that go along with your depression or anxiety is what is important to the homeopath. We want to hear what you have to tell about your experience, your struggle; down to the smallest detail. You are given the utmost attention and space to talk during a consultation with a homeopath. Homeopathy is individualized medicine. We look for the homeopathic medicine specifically tailored to match all your unique symptoms, whether they fit into a diagnosis or not. One size fits all is not what homeopathy is about!
Just to give you an idea of what I have been going on about here, I wanted to show you a graph from one of the tools we use to analyze each patients case in order to arrive at the individualized remedy. We do use methods other than a software program to analyze each case, but it is an invaluable tool in daily practice. As you can see from the graph below, Anxiety has 200 remedies to chose from, Weeping 167, Anger 136, Sadness 247, Irritability 245 different remedies. These, what we call rubrics, are very general. They do not tell us anything other than something superficial. We dig much deeper than this – to the sub-rubrics. The sub-rubrics are many, and help us differentiate the many remedies to reflect how you feel, and what your unique experience is, mentally, emotionally, as well as physically. There are about 3.500 different homeopathic remedies to choose from. A professional homeopath will be able to find the remedy tailored to you, and help you on your way to a healthy mind and body, holistically and naturally.
Homeopathy is holistic, natural, gentle, effective, free of side effects, no addiction, no withdrawal. Homeopathy is safe to take while pregnant and nursing.
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