What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy has been used successfully worldwide for over 200 years and is recognized as the second most therapeutic form of medicine in the world today. It is the fastest growing form of medicine and has had achieved acclaim over the years as it is able to treat patients on a very individual basis.
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that uses micro-doses of natural remedies from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. It is based on the principle of “like cures like” where a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can be used to cure those same symptoms in a “sick” person. Homeopathy is a holistic practice which treats the symptoms of the body and mind as a totality. Homeopaths recognize that symptoms of ill-health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person, and that the whole person needs treatment, not just the isolated symptoms of a particular illness. This will ensure cure on a mental, emotional and physical plane that is non-invasive, gentle, quick, safe and permanent. Homeopathic medicine can be used preventatively, for chronic conditions as well as for acute conditions.
History of Homeopathy
Homeopathy was first defined by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann of Germany in the 18th century. The word Homeopathy comes from the Greek homeo (meaning similar) and pathos (meaning suffering) and its origins can be traced back to the times of Hypocrates.
Dr. Hahnemann found that symptoms of a poisoning could be cured by administering the poison through a homeopathic preparation – the symptoms that the poison created can also be cured with the same poison in different concentration. This is called “Similia Similibus Curentur”, which means “like cures like”.
Dr. Hahnemann was a Medical Doctor who ran his own practice. He was disillusioned by the way medicine was being conducted and the way patients were being treated for their ailments (through bloodletting, purging, leeches and the use of toxic chemicals) during the time. He closed up shop and began to work as a chemist while translating medical texts. He started to translate William Cullen’s Materia Medica into German and through that translation sought to find a better means of providing healthcare using the principle of “Similars”. Dr. Hahnemann became particularly interested with the South American tree-bark (Chincona) because it was being used to treat malaria induced fever. In 1790, he began his first homeopathic experiment by ingesting a toxic amount of the bark. He found that the bark produced symptoms in him (a healthy person) that were malaria-like and came to the conclusion that if a crude dose of a substance can create symptoms in a healthy person, an infinitesimal dose of the same substance can cure those very symptoms in a “sick” person.
After translating Cullen’s work, Dr. Hahnemann spent the next six years experimenting on himself, his family and a growing group of followers. He wrote scientific papers on his findings and he was persecuted for his thoughts but the popularity of Homeopathic Medicine grew. Dr. Hahnemann kept meticulous records of his findings and together with his clinical trials developed a homeopathic clinical practice. He introduced the concept of potentization as well as using the totality of the patient’s symptoms to cure and was able to successfully treat his patients. Dr. Hahnemann practiced homeopathy for 50 years until his death in 1843.
Homeopathy had a large impact on medicine: the first Homeopathic Hospital opened in 1832 and Homeopathic Medical schools opened all around Europe. Homeopathic practitioners often had better therapeutic results than did their allopathic counterparts and the public took notice, demanding better care from all physicians. Today, homeopathy is integrated into healthcare systems around the world as the public has taken greater interest in complementary and natural approaches to healthcare.
What is a Nosode?
In homeopathy, there is a special type of remedy called a nosode. A nosode (from nosos, the Greek word meaning disease) is a homeopathic preparation made from matter from a sick animal or person. Substances such as respiratory discharges or diseased tissues are used. It sounds repulsive, but the preparation, using alcohol, as well as the repeated dilution and succussion, essentially renders the substances harmless, while producing a powerful remedy. The use of nosodes in a prophylactic manner, for preventing disease, has been employed in veterinary and human homeopathy for many years. It is supported by various holistic veterinarians and authors.
*Please note that Nosodes as well as Drug Remedies are not available in any retail store ,but only available to professionally trained Homeopaths. These standards have been set by the FDA .
What you need to know when buying a remedy?
The remedies are little pellets and come in small plastic vials normally of 80 pellets each. In Canada, there are only a few homeopathic companies, Boiron , UNDA and Homeocan. Boiron is more common and well known. Boiron and Homeocan are French companies and their Canadian head offices are based in Quebec. UNDA is made by Seroyal and is from the USA.
You will probably notice that there are numbers beside the remedies name as well as letters. For example, you see that the Arnica bottle says “Arnica Montana 30 CH?. This number indicates the potency of the remedy. The higher the number, the higher and stronger the potency. The letter/s after the number will indicate the way the remedy is prepared.
Please don’t use another preparation unless after consultation with your practitioner. When you buy a remedy that HASN’T BEEN RECOMMENDED BY A PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED HOMEOPATHICPRACTITIONER or other health care practitioner that has training in the homeopathic field, you shouldn’t buy a remedy in a higher potency the 30.
What Remedies To Shop For, For A First Aid Kit?
The most common homeopathic first aid remedy no household should do without is, Arnica. It is great for any type of injury, including surgery and dental visits. For kids, Apis is also indispensable, great for bug bites and bee/wasp stings. Ledum is a great infection preventative, give it anytime there is a risk of infection. Hypericum is good for any type of shooting pain (nerve pains), and Bryonia and Rhus-Tox are good for injuries to the muscles, joints and tendons. Ruta is a good for injuries to the bone. Another one that would be important to mention is Symphytum. It speeds the healing of broken bones and fractures, and should be given in a low potency (6C) over a period of weeks. Staphysagria is worth mentioning as well, it is useful for incised wounds, when there has been cutting with a knife (such as after surgery).
Our Professional Homeopathic Dispensary carries abroad selection of single homeopathic remedies, in the most frequently requested potencies; such as CH and K.
Special orders are made for rare single and combination remedies or potencies such as LM, M and Q. You can also order single and combination homeopathic remedies in dosage forms such as: Pellets, Tablets, Liquids and creams.
Special orders arrive within 1-3 business days, for all remedies and kits.
Online Shopping for Homeopathic Remedies
Check our website shopping list to get our remedy today! You will find over 700 single homeopathic remedies, available at Smith’s Pharmacy and ready to be purchased online 24/7.
Are you a Homeopathic Student or Practitioner?
Smith’s Pharmacy is dedicated to assist all Homeopaths and soon to be Homeopaths, by providing fast and comprehensive service to you and patients. Smith’s Pharmacy offers a 10% professional discount to Homeopaths and Homeopathic Students. Smith’s Pharmacy can assist you and your patients by making the right choice, when coming to visit Smith’s Pharmacy.
Do you want to open a New Homeopathic Clinic?
Are you considering opening your own clinic? Do you need help with placing an order for your remedies as well as Homeopathic products for your clinic? Contact Smith’s Pharmacy via e-mail, and simply ask for assistance. Send us your list with remedies and potencies.
We carry kits and can also order Kits for you if needed. Get a first aid Kit filled with remedies for home use (all remedies are 30 CH potencies) or order all the remedies you want to have and the potency you need them to be. These kits are a great addition to your home and or practice.
You have already remedies at home, but are not sure how to store them properly? Get a Kit that is empty and fill it with your remedies!
- Boiron HomeoTravel Kit ( 20 remedies)
- Boiron HomeoFamily Kit, 32 Multi Dose/12 Unit Dose Oscillococcinum
Custom Homeopathic Kits NOW Available at Smith’s Pharmacy:
- Allergy Kit
- Cold Kit
- Menopause Kit
- Leg Cramps Kit
- Stress Care Kit
- Quit Smoking Kit
- Quit Snoring Kit
Custom Homeopathic Kits SOON Available at Smith’s Pharmacy:
- First Aid Kit for Home Use.
Professional Homeopathic Lines and Service:
(Click below on each company to view products)
- Boiron (Homeopathic remedies)
- Gemmo Therapy ( By Seroyal)
- Gammadyn ( by Seroyal/ Unda)
- Genestra (by Seroyal)
- Hyland’s (Tissue salts & Products)
- Unda (by Seroyal)
- Dr. Reckeweg (Tissue salts & Products)
- Pascoe (by Biomed)