There are around 4,000 homeopathic remedies most of which come from natural sources from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms.
Many of the plants grown in your garden are used in , for example, Arnica or Leopard’s Bane used for nocks and bruises:
Pulsatilla or the Wind Flower used for certain types of cold:
Rhus Toxicondendron or Poison Ivy for nettlerash and sprains of fibrous tissue:
And Ruta graveolens for bone injuries:
There are some which are poisonous when taken in their natural state such as Staphysagria or Delphinium that is often used after surgery:
Nux Vomica or Poison Nut which is grown in Asia and Australia and can be used after over-indulgence and/or a hangover:
And Aconite or Monkshood that is used for shock:
When taken in a homeopathic dose the amount of the original substance is so minute that it cannot poison the person or animal at all.
Animal remedies can be from land, sea or air including Snake remedies such as the venom from Crotalus Horridus, the Rattlesnake which is used for septic states such as boils, abscesses and bites and for haemorrhages:
Apis the Honey Bee which is used for abscesses, boils and carbuncles and in helping newborns to pass urine:
And Sepia, the Cuttlefish used for menopausal symptoms, painful periods and miscarriage:
There is a range of animal remedies which are made from the milk of humans and other animals. The Lacs deal with a range of disorders and have a common theme of feeling they haven’t been nurtured.
Examples of mineral remedies are Natrum Muriaticum or common salt used for grief, anaemia or catarrh:
Sulphur for some skin conditions and bronchitis:
And Arsenicum Album or arsenic which can be used in asthma or shingles; in its natural state arsenic is poisonous but not as a homeopathic remedy:
All homeopathic remedies are diluted to the point where they cannot cause side-effects or addiction and are succussed or agitated, a technique that increases the potency of the substance, making them powerful agents of cure.
Often, a number of remedies can be used to improve the patient’s ailments. The choice of remedy is made based upon how the person experiences their symptoms, which are matched against the qualities of the remedies the homeopath has chosen and the most similar match is the one chosen. In this way the remedy is individualised to the patient.
The matching process is performed using large ‘repertories’ full of different symptoms. A persons symptoms are plotted on a grid either manually or using a computer programme and all those homeopathic remedies are considered and eliminated using a ‘Materi Medica’ that explains the remedy in its natural state and with further detail of the symptoms. A homeopath is trained to analyse and choose a homeopathic remedy properly for all but simple first aid symptoms.