Homeopathy remedy is made on the totality of the symptoms presented by the patient. There are several homeopathic remedies that may be considered in cases of colds : Aconite or Wolf's bane, is thought of in any case in which the symptoms come on suddenly, especially if exposure to cold might be a causative factor. There could be a cough or sneezing, but the main guiding point is the suddenness of the onset.
A child, out playing in the snow, awakens screaming at 2 a.m. (a common time reference for this remedy) with a cough and high fever, another homeopathic example is a man, out shoveling snow, suddenly comes down with a very high fever and is fearful he will die. Both cases call for Aconite.
Another homeopathy remedy characterized by suddenness of onset is Belladonna, the deadly nightshade. The symptoms are characterized by redness and heat. The fever is high, the face is red, the pulse can be seen in the veins of the neck. The eyes are dilated. The person is very sensitive to slight movement and noise.
Symptoms Are Characterized
The patient is sometimes almost delirious and sees monsters. The throat is usually swollen, the glands are swollen, and the ear might be involved. For most children's earaches, Belladonna would be the first remedy of which one would think especially if the ache is throbbing and on the right side, the second would be homeopathy.
Homeopathy was brought to the United States in 1825 by several doctors who had studied in Europe. They, in turn, converted other doctors to homeopathic practice. Slowly schools were established, and a medical organization was formed. By the mid-1800's, several medical colleges existed that taught homeopathy, including the New England Female Medical College, the first medical school in the U.S. to admit women.
Homeopathy colleges were few until the turn of the century there were 22 homeopathic medical colleges, and one out of five doctors used homeopathy. But the move toward a mechanical model of the body and of disease pushed homeopathy into the background. By 1910 only 15 colleges remained.
National Center For Homeopathy
By the late 40's, no courses in homeopathy were taught in the U.S. The American Foundation for Homeopathy began to teach homeopathy as a post-graduate course for doctors in 1922, and the courses, now run by the National Center for Homeopathy, have continued to this day. The present day resurgence of homeopathy, fueled in part by graduates of the NCH course.
The manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States was written into federal law in 1938 under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, making the manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines legal in this country.
Most are available without a prescription. States regulate the practice of homeopathy. Usually, it can be employed legally by those whose degree entitles them to practice medicine in that state. This includes Doctors of Osteopathy, Doctors of Naturopathy, Dentists, and Veterinarians, Doctors of Chiropractic are permitted by their state law to administer homeopathic remedies.
Although the practice of medicine is regulated under law, the use of homeopathic medicines for self care of acute ailments is available to all, and those who keep a homeopathic kit in their house for domestic emergencies, are free, under the laws of most states, to use them in such situations.
Homeopathy only works if you follow these guidelines: It is important to remember, however, that a medicine is homeopathic only if it is taken based upon the similar nature of the medicine to the illness. A medicine labeled as "homeopathic" will work only if it is homeopathic to the symptoms presented.
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