A message towards a healthy living.
We talk of health all the time. Health clubs, health foods, health spas are a fad nowadays. Health is something we all want. But do we even know what health means. The Webster dictionary gives the meaning of health as freedom from defect ,pain or disease. So it defines health as what it is not rather than what it is. But this is very similar to stating that we are happy because we have no debts to pay. Just as the mere absence of debt does not imply that we are wealthy similarly absence of disease does not imply that we are healthy. The Dorland's medical dictionary gives the definition of health as a state of physical, mental and social well-being. True health must be thought of in positive, dynamic terms not simply as 'No Disease'. Homoeopathy defines health as freedom on the physical level where the entire body operates in an integrated, harmonious way for optimum efficiency allowing us to respond appropriately to the environment.
As freedom on the emotional level to experience a wide array of emotions in a positive and enriching way so that we have joyful and satisfying relationships. Thus health means "To be in Harmony with yourself and with the environment." Using this broad definition try answering these questions.
Are you healthy?
Do you experience the kind of freedom inherent in true health?
And it is this very definition which provides a perspective on the enormous and magnificent potential inherent in each and every one of us.
Now it is time to redefine disease through homoeopathy. According to this system symptoms are mere indications that the internal harmony of the body mechanisms is altered. The disharmony allows the disease (dis-ease) to set in. Of the symptoms that develop a few are common to the disease and are helpful in the diagnosis of the disease. The rest are symptoms peculiar to the patient.
Often we have mothers complaining that while one child is dull drowsy & thirst less during high fever the other one at the same time is hyperactive and asks frequently for sips of water. With the same infection two children within the same house develop completely opposite symptoms which require 2 completely different remedies.
Let’s take an example of rheumatoid arthritis. Three women walk into our clinic with this problem. Though all of them have the pain and swelling and immobility of the joints one woman says it happens only in summer. One says that it is worse at about dawn and it disturbs her sleep making her wake up with excruciating pain. The third woman says that she ends up with these pains every time she fights with her uncaring husband which is the case every second day and applying icepacks relieves her all the time. These appear vague statements and have nothing to do with the problem of arthritis. Nonetheless they are very much a part of each of these women and have everything to do with their individual personalities. In fact ,it is these very details which differentiate the arthritis of each of these women. Naturally ,the three women need very different remedies and that is exactly what we as homoeopaths do! It is not surprising when the three women come back for a follow-up the first one reports that her long-standing constipation is helped along with the ailing limbs. The second one says that she can work much better now, her moods are fine while the third one's husband walks in saying she is much more easy to deal with .She is a changed person!
The science analyses every individual having an illness rather than the illness of an individual. For a science so patient-specific each case tests the physician's skill to perceive the unique features of the case to set it apart from a hundred other cases suffering from exactly the same diagnosis.
When patient comes to us we aim at a general level of well-being which supersedes the relief of the complaints which is inevitable. We work towards a better and Healthy living! When the remedies are selected with such minute detail so as to match every individual demand the question of side -effects does not arise. The pills are very potent so as to bring about relief in minutest doses and they can be harmful if misused. But the basic fundamental of the science is so individualizing and so patient- specific .The technique of selecting the appropriate medicine involves a painstaking and intricate procedure where every detail of the entire personality of the patient mental and physical is taken into account. The first consultation lasts for about two hours. The choice of remedy is such that it matches completely mentally and physically to the character of each patient. When such hard work goes into the selection of the remedy how can there be any side effects at all!
The way Homoeopathy works?
The homoeopathic remedy works by stimulating the body's own healing power. The stimulus will help assist your own system to clear itself of any expressions of imbalance. The aim is to bring your own body to a level of health so as to cure in acute cases. In chronic cases you will need infrequent treatment and eventually no treatment at all.
As your Homoeopath what do we need to know and why?
To find the right remedy for you as an individual we need to know all about you. An understanding of you as a person, your habits, patterns of behaviour, likes and dislikes, your reactive pattern along with a detailed description of your complaint and the symptoms you experience all together will direct us in helping you. Anything that is typical of you will help us in this process. Finding out about your general energy level, your past medical history and the way you live is also important. Anything you say will be treated in the strictest confidence. The initial consultation will last for an hour or two.
The medicines will be given to you in the form of pills and powders. At times a liquid can also be given in cases needful of frequent doses. The medicines are made out of milk sugar and cane sugar. They are medicated with the remedy prepared in alcohol base. The medicines used are all made from natural products of the best quality by a German based company. They are sweet to taste and do not require any water to be taken along with them. In fact, they are absorbed directly from the mucosal lining of the oral cavity (mouth) hence they should be sucked once put into the mouth and not be swallowed with water etc. We suggest that you avoid strong smelling perfumes, camphor, menthol, eucalyptus, iodex, other balms etc. as they antidote the effect of the medicine which is administered in very minute quantities. Black coffee and peppermints should also be avoided as these interfere with the action of the remedy. If you are given homoeopathic remedies to take at a later date be sure to store them in a cool dark place, away from anything with a strong smell.
What to expect once the treatment starts?
After taking your medicine you may notice some changes. Along with a relief in the ailments patients experience a period of exceptional well being and optimism. Sometimes your symptoms may appear to get worse for a short time followed by relief in complaints. This aggravation of complaints is a good sign. Sometimes a discharge or cold or a rash may appear after taking the medicine .All these are various reactions which you may or may not experience. These are due to individual sensitivity and are due to individual reaction to the medicine and not due to the medicine per se. All these symptoms are part of the healing process and will pass soon. Let us know if you develop these symptoms and we will help you out if they are of concern. You are also required to make a note of any changes you observe during your treatment.