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					Homeopathy:
The Basics & Relationship to Mental Health

Kathleen Felice Slonager, RN, AE-C, DiHOM, ADS Transformational Health, PC Beverly Hills, Michigan September 2006

Disclosure, etc.
 No

relationships, associations, or financial/material interests to disclose

 This

presentation is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat condition(s) or in any way replace the services of a qualified medical practitioner

What is Homeopathy? The History
is a system of medicine that is based on the Law of Similars. The truth of this law has been verified experimentally and clinically for the last 200 years (National Center for Homeopathy)  It’s primary principle is: Similia Similibus Curentur, which translates: "Let likes cure likes"
 Homeopathy

History
developed by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) over 200 years ago  German physician who earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1779  Scientific advances were beginning, but clinical practice of medicine was rife with superstition & lack of scientific rigor. ie: purgatives, bleeding, blistering plasters, herbal preparations
 System

History, cont.
began researching & experimenting believing that a substance can cure what it can induce  First used cinchona bark (malaria treatment)  Concluded that effective drugs must produce symptoms in healthy people that are similar to the s/s of that disease
 Hahnemann

What is Homeopathy?
medicines work by stimulating the body’s own immune system (vital force)  Non-toxic and when properly administered are safe for infants, children, adults and animals  Substances are diluted to micro-dose levels (Avogadro’s law) ex: 30X, 12C, 1M  No known side-effects
 Homeopathic

What is Homeopathy?


Made from a variety of substances: plants/flowers, minerals, animal products  Made in accordance of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS)  Homeopathic medicines are considered drug products under the law (FDA) since 1938 via the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, authored by Senator Royal Copeland, M.D., himself a homeopathic physician

Homeopathic Health Model
Allopathy
Medicines have different biological effects from the illness Act directly upon tissues & cells of the body, w/o any effects upon the body’s innate healing powers Counter effects of pathological tendencies, but do not change the tendencies themselves. Medicines can cure, but rarely, and usually not w/o destroying cells in the process

Homeopathy
Medicines have similar biological effects to the illness Initiates self-healing process, acting indirectly on the diseased cells and organs Heal the diseased tissues or remove the biological tendency to develop the disease (i.e.: medicines can “restore”)

Homeopathic Health Model
Allopathy
Medicines (for chronic illness) are taken continuously & indefinitely

Homeopathy
In general, medicines are taken infrequently & only as often as needed Free of side effects and toxicity

May cause side effects in some cases & in the worst cases, may hasten or lead to disease/death from toxicity Crude or large material doses that work on a chemical level

Infinitesimally small doses - just enough to provoke a reaction

The mental & physical are divided as separate areas of health, treated by different specialists

There is not a division made between mental & physical aspects of health. The whole person is always treated

Homeopathic Health Model
Allopathy
Concurrent symptoms & illnesses are considered "comorbid" and require use of multiple medications or treatments - at least one for each condition Illness as defined conventionally is felt to be a valid existential construct, equivalent to the sum of symptoms & physical manifestations Usually palliates the symptoms of illness without addressing the underlying cause

Homeopathy
Concurrent symptoms & illnesses treated together as multiple manifestations of the underlying disease state by one medicine Illness is felt to be a sign of biological imbalance which remedies correct. Conventionally defined illness is merely the indicator of imbalance Addresses the underlying cause and attempts to “alleviate” the illness

Evidence-Based Medicine?
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Scientific skepticism, stemming mostly from a lack of an apparent mechanism of action, has led to the assumption that homeopathy’s clinical success is due only to placebo responses Research has been going on for several decades Needs unique methodologies ONE example is a study of children suffering from recurring ear infections, where over 70 % did NOT have another infection in the year after homeopathic treatment. The figure was 57 % for those who had conventional drugs. Friese K-H, Kruse
S, Ludtke R, Moeller H "Homeopathic treatment of otitis media in children: comparisons with conventional therapy". Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 1997; 35: 296301.

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Evidence-Based Medicine
 Steinsbekk,

A. Patients' assessments of the effectiveness of homeopathic care in Norway: A prospective observational multicentre outcome study. Homeopathy, Volume 94, Issue 1, January 2005, Pages 10-16. “70 % of patients report positive health changes after
homeopathic treatment. Most of these have already tried conventional medicine, with little or no effect”

Evidence-Based Medicine
 Taylor

MA, Reilly D, Llewellyn-Jones RH, McSharry C, Aitchison T, Lancaster T, Vickers A. British Medical Journal 2000; 321: 471-476. Randomized controlled trial of
homeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis. “The homoeopathy group had a significant objective improvement in nasal airflow compared with the placebo group…The objective results reinforce earlier evidence that homoeopathic dilutions differ from placebo.”

Philosophy & Principles
Law of Similars  Vital Force  Totality of Symptoms  Minimum Dose  Single Remedy
 The

Law of Similars
"Similia similibus curentur"

“Like cures like…Any substance which can produce a totality of symptoms in a healthy human being can cure that totality of symptoms in a sick human being.” Samuel Hahnemann

Vital Force
“During health, a spiritual power (autocracy, vital force) animates the organism and keeps it in harmonious order.” Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of Medicine, 1810  When symptoms of illness are present, vital force is unbalanced – not in homeostasis  Remedies work to return homeostasis

Totality of Symptoms
 “…it

follows undeniably that the sum of all the symptoms and conditions in each individual case of disease must be the sole indication, the sole guide to direct us in the choice of a remedy.” Samuel Hahnemann,
Organon of Medicine, A-17, 5 & 6th edition, 1833

 “The

homeopathic method of prescribing on a totality of symptoms is designed to be curative, not just palliative & suppressive.”
Luc DeSchepper, MD, PhD, CHom, DIHom, Lic.Ac.

Totality of Symptoms


The unique and common physiological & psychological symptoms of each case are assessed by the homeopath & remedy is selected that matches the totality of that persons symptoms
Aconite
Aconite vs Belladonna For Colds or Flu Match the remedy symptoms with those experienced by person

Belladonna
•Suddenness of onset •Redness & heat •High fever/red face •Pulsing neck veins •Eyes dilated •Sensitivity to noise/movement •May be delirious/sees monsters •Throat swollen (glands)

•Comes on suddenly •Awakens in night (2:00am) after exposure to cold •Fever with restlessness •Anxiety/fearfulness (of death) due to suddenness of onset •Burning throat and thirst

Minimum Dose
 “The

correctness of a medicine for a given case…depends not only on its accurate homeopathic selection but also on the correct size (or rather smallness) of the dose.” Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of Medicine, A-275, 5 &
6th edition, 1833

 Dosing

always begins with the lowest possible potency with minimal repetitions

Single Remedy
one remedy can be the most similar at any given time to the condition of any given patient - Similia Similibus Curentur  If more than one remedy is used the homeopath will never know which element was curative and our source of future guidance is obscured
 Only

Hey – It’s Good Enough for…
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Henry David Thoreau Harriett Beecher Stowe  Charles Darwin  William Osler (“father of modern medicine”)  C. Everett Koop, M.D.  David Beckham  Arnie Kander (Strength & Conditioning Coach, NBA Detroit Pistons)  Catherine Zeta- Jones & Jennifer Aniston  Paul McCartney  U.S. Presidents: Lincoln, Tyler, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, & Clinton

Homeopathy’s Use in Pediatric ADD/ADHD
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Recent studies showing statistically significant benefit using homeopathy in children with ADHD & ADD: ● European Journal of Pediatrics ISSN: 03406199 (Paper) 1432-1076 (Online) 27 July 2005
study used individualized homeopathic treatment in a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled crossover study. 'The trial suggests scientific evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, particularly in the areas of behavioral and cognitive functions.'

Homeopathy’s Use in Pediatric ADD/ADHD, cont.
 British

Homeopath Journal. 2001 Oct;90(4):178-9. Frei, H. & Thurnevsen, A.
“…a prospective trial to assess the efficacy of homeopathy in hyperactive patients and to compare it methylphenidate (MPD) in children 3-17 y/o. The reported results of homeopathic treatment appear to be similar to the effects of MPD… In preschoolers, homeopathy appears a particularly useful treatment for ADHD.

Homeopathy’s Use in Pediatric ADD/ADHD, cont.
 Journal

of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. homeopathy for AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Pilot Randomized-Controlled Trial. Oct 2005, Vol. 11, No. 5: 799-806. A randomized, doubleblind, placebo-controlled trial. “This pilot study provides no evidence to support a therapeutic effect of individually selected homeopathic remedies in children with ADHD. A therapeutic effect of the homeopathic encounter is suggested and warrants further evaluation.”

Homeopathic Suggestions for ADD/ADHD
assessment by a qualified homeopath (usually 2 hour visit)  “Each child has a state. That state is the mental-emotional-physical stance that he has adopted that determines how he interacts with the rest of the world.” Judyth
Reichenberg-Ullman, Ritalin-Free Kids, 2nd ed., 2000, pg. 96

 Comprehensive

 Each

homeopathic remedy also corresponds to a “state” ie: constitution

Homeopathic Suggestions for ADD/ADHD, cont.
are pellet, liquid or by inhalation  Remedy selection is always derived from a complete assessment that includes symptoms (rubrics) from physical, mental/emotional, spiritual  When the correct remedy used – dramatic and subtle shifts take place  Gentle/Slow vs. fast/aggravated
 Medicines

Clinical Pictures
 Calcarea
diff. to sustain mental effort, poor memory, anemic, digestive issues, generally frustrated & dissatisfied – “the grass is always greener” kinds of kids, “school h/a’s & stomach aches, short stature/slow growth are given, pinch, kick, hit out of irritability, pick or bore into they nose & ears, hs teeth grinders

phosphorica:

 Cina: irritable, don’t know wants & reject what they  Arsenicum

tremendous restlessness, anxiety, fear/fright, hyperactive child – not aggressive, fear of germs & for their health
Please note: these remedy descriptions are not comprehensive; for example only

album:

Clinical Pictures, cont.
 Stramonium
ceaseless talking, loquacious, laughing, singing, swearing, praying, rhyming, rhythmic motions, expression of terror/fear, violence lack of conscience & compassion for suffering of others, extremely violent, detached/loaners, self-centered, indifferent to pleasure or pain increased susceptibility to stimuli, faint-hearted, anxious, sensitive to all impressions, obstinate, headstrong, abstracted, fixed ideas

:

 Scorpion:

 Silica:

Please note: these remedy descriptions are not comprehensive; for example only

Additional Reading & Resources
 For

general understanding:

“Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines”, Steven Cummings, MD & Dana Ullman, MPH

“Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy”, Amy Lasky, PhD
 For

in-depth study/understanding:

“Organon of Medicine”, Samuel Hahnemann, MD, 6th edition

Readings & Resources, cont.


“Ritalin Free Kids”, Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, N.D., M.S. W. and Robert Ullman, N.D.

Best source for Homeopathic Books: http://minimum.com Other: National Center for Homeopathy: http://homeopathic.org Homeopathy Home: http://homeopathyhome.com

Questions? Comments?
Feel free to contact me anytime:
Kathleen Felice Slonager, RN, AE-C DiHOM, ADS
Transformational Health, PC 16205 W. 14 Mile, #202 Beverly Hills, MI 48025 #248.613.9662  kslonager@msn.com
“The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.” Samuel Hahnemann


				
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