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As I have demonstrated in my previous article, the use of homeopathic software can greatly facilitate the process of finding the simillimum for the patient’s state. I have compared the process of using homeopathic repertories in an electronic form (as in a homeopathic software) against the manual searching of the paper book.
Another fact that can be easily established and can play a vital part in the homeopathic practice is the financial aspect. Yeah, as idealistic as homeopathy may sound, the financial aspect is clearly present here.
The financial aspect, in my opinion, is one of the most absurd and ridiculous things about homeopathy. Using homeopathic science, we have a way of curing the suffering people basically for a price of clean water and some manual work (potentization process, that is), yet we need to spend piles of money to be able to select the suitable substance from which to prepare the remedy… In other words, you need to purchase homeopathic books to study and to base your prescriptions on. And to become sufficiently acquainted with homeopathy, you need a great number of such books.
So, let me say this clear and loud – if you want to have all those fantastic homeopathic books, it’s going to cost you! If you start making a wish list of the homeopathic books you would like to have, you’ll start counting thousands of dollars after just a few minutes. This is where having a good homeopathic software can help you out and save you a lot of money.
With homeopathic books, as with all other books, there is a cost of paper, printing, distribution, to name just a few. With hundreds and sometimes thousands of pages, limited target market, the price of any homeopathic book is bound to be high. In homeopathic software, there are no such costs – the text is stored as a stream of bits and bytes on a computer hard disk, which costs virtually nothing. The only costs involved are those spent on the conversion process from the paper book to an electronic book. Although such costs of converting a book to an electronic form, suitable for use in a homeopathic software, can be considerable, they are still way lower than in book publishing business. This allows the producer of homeopathic software to offer you the same books, but for a much better price. If this is not the case, then stay away from such homeopathic software, it’s a clear sign they are trying to rip you off. (Unfortunately, there are some homeopathic software producers that are doing exactly this, hence the warning.)
Conclusion: while it does not eliminate the costs altogether, having the majority of the homeopathic books in your homeopathic software can reduce them considerably. Needless to say, you’ll save a huge amount of space on your bookshelves!
In the next part, I’ll say a few words about the type of books you want and don’t want to have in a homeopathic software.
Have you ever heard of homeopathy? You probably have, but have no idea what it really is. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats an illness or condition with highly diluted concentrations of natural ingredients that mimic the symptoms of the condition being treated. It seems like an odd premise, but in spite of the unusual mechanism behind it, it is a very effective method for treating disease.
How do you cure someone of an illness by giving that person a tiny concentration of something that actually causes the illness? According to proponents of the science, homeopathy not only works, but works better than conventional medicine. They say that somewhere along the line the pharmaceutical industry got involved in medicine, at which point natural remedies were abandoned in favor of chemical formulations.
If you browse through your local pharmacy, you will notice that there are actually quite a few products in the Cold & Flu aisle that are homeopathic. The easiest way to to find out if a product you are interested in is homeopathic is to read the label on the back and take a look at the ingredients. In homeopathy, all of the ingredients are diluted, so each ingredient in a homeopathic product has the letter X or C after it.
So, if one of the ingredients is Zinc 20X, that means the product contains Zinc that has been diluted 20 times. One of the most popular cold medicines on the market, Zicam, is actually a homeopathic remedy that consists of nothing more than homeopathic zinc in a nasal gel. Most people that use Zicam do not even realize that it is a homeopathic product.
There are homeopathic remedies available for almost any condition you can think of. Cold, flu, allergy, even bedwetting; there is a homeopathic remedy available for almost every condition. Homeopathy is universally recognized as being safe because the ingredients are always natural substances diluted many times over.
The big drug companies claim that any relief felt from the application of a homeopathic medicine can be attributed to the placebo effect. And, because the FDA does not require homeopathic products to undergo a clinical trial before being sold to the public, the detractors feel that homeopathy is junk science. So, is homeopathy a bunch of hodgepodge, or does it really work?
In my opinion, it works. There have been several clinical trials done over the years to test the efficacy of homeopathic products. Liddell Laboratories makes a product called Vital HGH which contains homeopathic HGH. Vital HGH is designed to treat the symptoms of aging and/or a rundown condition. In a small clinical trial performed years ago, a group of test subjects who were deficient in human growth hormone, ranging in age from 45 years and up, were given the Vital HGH formulation.
The results speak for themselves. During the five month clinical trial, the levels of HGH in the blood increased in every test subject, and more than doubled the average level of HGH. I personally have used homeopathic remedies to treat my allergies, and not only do they work, but they seem to prevent the symptoms from returning for an extended period of time.
The main reason why big drug manufacturers try to downplay the effectiveness of homeopathic medicines is so they will not have to make them. Most homeopathic products are incredibly cheap to manufacture and the profit margins are extremely small. A prescribed conventional medicine costs a lot more.
If the public began demanding natural, homeopathic remedies for their ailments, drug companies would have to make these kinds of products to stay in business, and then their revenues would tumble and their profits would shrink.
Imagine if Pfizer had to stop manufacturing Viagra, which they sell at $20-$30 per pill, and instead make a homeopathic product that would retail for only $20 for a one month supply. That is why drug companies often spend significant money to debunk claims that homeopathy works, using misinformation tactics to instill a belief in the public that homeopathy is a sham. This simply is not true. Homeopathy works, and is much more affordable.
Conventional medicines are still necessary because sometimes homeopathy does not work for each and every individual. But, next time you go to the pharmacy, take a look at some of the homeopathic brands on the shelf and give them a whirl. For common ailments that are not life threatening, homeopathy is probably a cheaper and more effective alternative.
Samuel Hahnemann, known as the father of homeopathy, first coined the term, “homeopathy” in 1807. Little did he know that his theories on medical similars would still be taught in homeopathic schools centuries later.
If we track back in history, we find that conventional medicine in the 19th century incorporated barbaric and sometimes lethal healthcare treatments like blood-letting. In other words, what may be accepted as “traditional medicine” today proves to be a constantly-evolving cycle of treatment credibility. It was through Hahnemann’s teachings at homeopathic schools that taught individuals that there were more efficient and often natural ways to achieving health and healing.
Since that time, homeopathic schools have been teaching a system of natural health care both here in the United States and across International borders throughout the world. In Belgium, for example, 59 percent of alternative and complementary medicine practitioners provide homeopathy* as a form of treatment; but that number could inevitably grow worldwide as public demand for alternative and complementary medicine continues to expand. (*World Health Organization – Regional Committee for the Easter Mediterranean Region)
The aim of homeopathic schools is to teach students and future practitioners the principles of “like curing like,” and the “minimum dose” necessary for treatment. Because homeopathic medicine works with self-healing powers of the body to restore health and to promote wellbeing, teachers at homeopathic schools instruct students in treating individuals as a whole, and not just for specific “diseases.” Primary homeopathic treatment focuses on all aspects of the healing process, including emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Homeopathic schools vary in prerequisite requirements; however a typical educational program is comprised of up to four years of in-depth studies. In the first year, students gain a foundational course in the theories and principles of homeopathy. In addition to learning about the law of similars, students learn the science of homeopathic provings, homeopathic pharmacy, materia medica, acute and chronic case taking, Hering’s Law, and more.
Year two at homeopathic schools provides hands-on training to future homeopathic practitioners. In addition to casework, advanced theories and practical applications are introduced to students at this point in time.
Years three and four at homeopathic schools are designed for individuals who are seriously pursuing a career as a homeopathic practitioner. Learning how to take cases, prescribe treatments, assess and make prognosis, and case management, among other associated studies.
Since the time of Hippocrates, a number of healthcare systems have come to the forefront with each making purported claims of how their system works the best; however, homeopathic schools may offer some of the most advanced and enlightening modes of thinking and practical health treatments to date.
If you (or someone you know) are interested in finding educational programs in homeopathy, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore homeopathic schools near you.
Homeopathic Schools: Teaching Innovative Ways to Heal
Today there are a large number of homeopathic remedies for asthma available but should only be used with the guidance of a person who has the experience and knowledge regarding homeopathic medicine and treatments.
Certainly when the right kinds of treatments are chosen a person will find that they can help to relieve the stress that they are feeling when an asthma attack occurs. However if the attack becomes much worse then that person should be seeking medical advice as soon as possible. Especially in cases where the person has a great deal of difficulty when they are breathing and their lips have gone a bluish color or it looks as if they are likely to lose consciousness.
In this article I am going to take a look at some homeopathic remedies that a person may want to consider using in order to treat their condition. But these should only be used under strict guidance from an experienced homeopathic therapist.
This particular remedy will be suggested for use by some during an asthma attack who feels weak or faint. Often they will feel as if their chest is hollow also. Plus they will often cough in such a way that they can actually begin to gag which will then make it very difficult for more air to gain access to their lungs. Also this particular homeopathic remedy will be used on those people who feel worse in the evening or after talking, eating or when they are laid down.
This particular homeopathic remedy has been designed for treating sufferers who suffer with a hard, dry but irritating cough which often occurs when they become exposed to air that is moving or when they become excited or angry.
This particular remedy is provided to those sufferers who have coughing spasms which results in them either retching or vomiting. Also it is great for treating those who find that the mucus (phlegm) collects in their breathing tubes and when they try to cough it out they find it extremely difficult to do so.
Although I have provided information with regard to what kind of homeopathic remedies for asthma that may be given to some sufferers, there are also other asthma herbal remedies.
But until the homeopathic therapist knows what kind of asthma you are suffering from, they will not be able to devise a suitable remedy for you. The best thing you can do is find a knowledgeable and experienced homeopathic therapist to treat you. You can consult your own doctor who maybe able to suggest one and then take your time and discuss with them the best course of treatment for you.
With such ailments as hypertension, migraine headaches, constipation, impotence, insomnia, and so on plaguing human beings, an increasing number of sufferers are now turning to alternative remedies to cure them of their illnesses. However, most authorities would claim that they have no verified therapeutic effects and may actually be dangerous if handled improperly. However, homeopathic remedies for anxiety insomnia do work and they have been proven to be effective.
Insomnia caused by stress and anxiety can be quite devastating to one’s health, especially when it comes to one’s well-being in everyday life. Your work performance will consistently decrease and your emotional state will be nothing less than chaotic. Being able to find homeopathic remedies for anxiety insomnia will surely bring relief in the long run without having to rely on sleeping pills that can be detrimental to both physical and mental health.
There are many forms of homeopathic remedies, but not all of them are verified cures for insomnia. However, those that do tend to do the job pretty well, so research is a crucial part of looking for a cure. With the internet, one can find out about the most effective alternative cures available.
There are such things as herbal teas and others that can be consumed orally to calm the nerves and induce a relaxed state. Such herbs and other plants like lime blossom, hops, passiflora, camomile, valerian root, and Californian poppies can bring relief to what may seem like a hopeless case. As long as it is taken in moderation, one can be rid of insomnia along with any other illness that may be present.
Essential oils can be used to create a relaxing olfactory atmosphere, inducing relaxation and steady breathing, which can help in producing desired effects. Such essential oils as those of meadowsweet and orange blossom are excellent for such purposes.
Meditation and Other Relaxation Techniques
Practicing meditation, yoga, tai chi, and other such methods that can help relax muscles, steady breathing, and bring mental calmness can be incorporated into the treatment process to further improve one’s condition and stave off harmful effects of such sleep disorders. Practicing relaxation techniques can also prevent further cases of insomnia.
Avoiding Harmful Alkoids
Alkoids such as caffeine and nicotine contribute to a person’s sleep deprivation by bringing chemical and hormone levels to unbalanced proportions, contributing to insomnia. By staying away from such substances and living a healthy lifestyle, one can assure a night of quality sleep every night.
This may be one of the most underrated remedies for insomnia, but it is one of the best. By engaging in physical activities hours before bedtime, a person can induce sleep easier as chemicals that keep a person alert that are present in the brain as stimulated by exercise go down dramatically as a person’s body cools down from the stress. Temporary fatigue will set in, which signals the body to shut down for a while.
By following these methods, one can be cured of insomnia and promote good health upon continuing such practices. Without healthy habits, not only insomnia but also a myriad of other ailments can set in and disturb a person’s bodily functions. Homeopathic remedies for anxiety insomnia are better than conventional methods as long as a person observes it regularly.
One of the advanced practices in homeopathic software repertorization process involves the use of remedy families. By family I mean any group of homeopathic remedies sharing certain common characteristics. Examples of families would be a family of all flowering plants (named Magnoliophyta in scientific classification), family involving all mammals, or a family that consists of all alkaline metals. The basis of the common trait of the family can be diverse. For instance, you could design a family that involves all purple flowers.
In standard repertorization evaluation, homeopathic software displays the ordered list of remedies sorted by score based on remedy grades, rubric weights and other possible criteria. The evaluation by families would list various families sorted by the score achieved by its members (remedies). The exact formula how to achieve such list would be outside of scope of this article, so let me just say it is possible to design a suitable formula which a homeopathic software can use to rank the families with regards to the remedies used in the standard evaluation.
Some experienced homeopaths may be able to „see“ some of the families in the evaluation, Solanaceae family would be a classic example, as it contains some well-known remedies such as Belladonna, Hyoscyamus and Stramonium. However, considering the fact there can be hundreds and thousands of useful families, this is clearly a task for homeopathic software, not a human being.
Let’s consider a patient with the symptoms matching the following rubrics (from Complete Repertory 2008):
Generalities, morning, five am., nine am., agg. (816 remedies)
Chest, inflammation, bronchial tubes, bronchitis (319 remedies)
Respiration, impeded, obstructed, oppression, from, chest, in (80 remedies)
Vertigo, rising, on, sitting, from (85 remedies)
Standard homeopathic software evaluation lists the following remedies (only first ten listed): Ferr., Puls., Rhus-t., Apoc., Acon., Lyc., Nux-v., Phos., Sang., Kalm.
The main problem is that the rubrics are quite large and all first ten remedies listed are present in all the rubrics, though in different grades. It would be useful to have some other criteria that shed some light on this case and allow further differentiation. By using Mercurius homeopathic software, the top-ranking evaluation of families looks like this:
Gentianales (Apoc., Nux-v., Spig.)
Ranunculaceae (Puls., Acon., Hell.)
The homeopathic software identified the valid families for us, thus providing us the next criterion to consider in choosing the best possible remedy. In Gentianales, there is Spigelia which does not list in top ten using standard homeopathic software evaluation, in Ranunculaceae there is Helleborus Niger. Instead of comparing remedy to remedy, we can now compare the characteristics of the whole families (as identified by the homeopathic software) and perhaps select the best matching remedy which otherwise would not list even in the top 30 remedies.
Such a prescription can be reasonably justified by matching one or two peculiar symptoms of the selected remedy and the general characteristics of the matching family.
Strain and excessive pressure in the blood veins running in your rectum can cause hemorrhoids; this type of strain can derive from constipation, diarrhea, pregnancy, anal sex, old age, obesity, heavy lifting and medical conditions from which you may be administering different types of medication.
Common symptoms of hemorrhoids are itching and burning as well as pain when they are external and practically no feeling of discomfort when they are internal other then you will notice blood in your stool or toilet paper in the bright red color that can be seen in fresh blood.
There are many cures for hemorrhoids both traditional and natural such as homeopathic, which by many is considered to be better and faster then the traditional treatments.
The Effects Of Homeopathic Cures For Hemorrhoids
Homeopathic cures for hemorrhoids act locally and internally depending where the hemorrhoids are located and they usually helm to calm the blood vessels and shrink the hemorrhoids thus, providing immediate relief. When you choose a natural remedy such as homeopathic cures for hemorrhoids you will also be required to change your daily diet.
It is important to limit the intake of caffeine which promotes dehydration and constipation, which will result in hemorrhoids, limit alcohol intake, which works as a diuretic and you may get diarrhea that can again promote hemorrhoids.
Homeopathic cures for hemorrhoids will also indicate that you eat a balanced diet with a full serving of fiber required by your body to have regular bowel movements so you do not strain yourself in the process and drink at least eight glasses of water everyday in order to stay hydrated. Many times it is one’s lifestyle that promotes hemorrhoids and a few changes can offer great relief and cure.
Other Homeopathic Cures For Hemorrhoids
There are herbal teas that can heal internally and ointments that can be applied locally, which may be offered to you as homeopathic cures for hemorrhoids and which work fast to provide immediate relief.
Hemorrhoids are not life threatening and can be cured successfully when diagnosed in time due to which reason all the homeopathic cures for hemorrhoids can be bought over the counter without the need of a prescription.
Homeopathic cures are always great because they don’t have any side effects and therefore can be used in a safe manner by anyone, which is a great relief especially if you are pregnant or if you have another existing medical condition.