Homeopathy speaks of a vital force, which encompasses one’s energy, strength and capacity to heal. Perturbations of the vital force, as a result of stress, trauma and other factors, appear as symptoms and this is the means by which the disease can be seen and the appropriate remedy determined. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, believed that no illness is wholly mental or wholly physical, but rather every illness involved the organism in its entirety: on mental, emotional and physical levels.
Symptoms are an effect of an imbalance in the vital force and individuals are treated on the basis of how this imbalance manifests within them; not according to what disease they may or may not have. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the vital force to enact healing from within. Cure in homeopathy is thus not only the eradication of symptoms, but also a restoration of balance within the individual. A balanced and healthy person possesses mental, emotional, physical and spiritual freedom and thus is able to manifest their unique potential in the world.
From a homeopathic perspective, mental health disorders are a deeper illness than physical health disorders (they are a greater threat to the health of the vital force). Thus more aggressive and sustained treatments are required to heal. Homeopathy has the potential to offer profound transformation and even cure from mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders and even psychosis, mania and more severe mental illness. As homeopathy views the organism as a single integrated organism, physical healing often accompanies mental and emotional healing.
In my clinical experience, homeopathy works very well alongside other medicines and natural medicines and is safe and highly effective. I use it frequently in concert with dietary changes, supplements, herbs (and pharmaceutical medications, as needed). A wise teacher of mine (Durr Elmore, ND, DC, LAc) said that the key modalities to shift health at a deep and profound level include homeopathy and spiritual practices. Then keeping someone well is the purview of naturopathic approaches (nutrition, herbal medicine, etc.).
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