Here is a new tidbit for you…
HOMEOPATHY or HERBOLOGY?- On a regular basis we have someone ask us if we know a good Homeopathy practitioner. 9 times out of 10 this person is actually asking for an Herbal or “Natural Medicine” practitioner (a.k.a. nutrition).
Homeopathy is actually a completely different profession from herbal or nutritional therapy, though they are all natural treatments. But somehow the names have come to mean the same thing to many people.
In Herbal and Nutritional Medicine, herbs, vitamins, minerals or other natural substances are used to help the body heal. Homeopathy works a bit differently.
HOMEOPATHY DEFINED- Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843), a German physician, came up with the idea for Homeopathy when he accidentally took a Malaria medication when he didn’t have Malaria. He found that he ended up with the symptoms of Malaria as side effects to the medication.
This intrigued him so he started testing other medications and substances and found that high doses of medications and herbs tended to produce the same symptoms you were trying to cure in people that didn’t actually have those diseases or symptoms at the moment. From this, he developed the theory that “like cures like”.
For example, if someone was jittery and nervous and couldn’t sleep, very low doses of coffee, which in a healthy subject would produce these very symptoms, often cured the problem, while high doses made it worse. He spent the rest of his life testing and cataloging the effects of every substance he could get his hands on.
VERY DILUTE- Modern medicine looks at Homeopathy as a form of Quackery. Aside from the obvious competition factor, Homeopathic Medicines are so dilute that according to medical standards there is actually nothing in them.
For example, take the coffee solution above. Imaging taking one drop of coffee and putting it in a gallon of water, then shaking it violently for an hour. Then take one drop from that solution, put it in another gallon of water and shake it for an hour. Imagine continuing to take a drop of water from the last diluted gallon, shaking for an hour, and doing this hundreds to thousands of times.
According to medicine, when the final substance is tested, the solution has been so diluted that there is actually no trace of anything but water left in the solution. According to Homeopathy, an imprint of the substance is left on the water molecules, and that is what does the job. Homeopathic remedies are made like this…a highly diluted tincture of a particular substance.
We don’t practice homeopathy. We are able to get homeopathic remedies through our suppliers, but if you want someone trained specifically in homeopathy, you would need to find a Homeopathic practitioner. We are, however, trained in nutritional and herbal therapy. Many people tend to see us as Chiropractors and Acupuncturists and are unaware that our training in Chinese Medicine includes Herbology, and our Chiropractic training includes nutrition.
Hope this helps,
Dr Matt and Dr Robin
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This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C. Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such. They are opinion and are for informational purposes only. None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.