Homeopathy produces startlingly positive results in persons with psychiatric problems, and many other health problems as well. Someone who has been depressed for a long time, perhaps even their entire life, can find renewed hope and develop brighter spirits, more energy, and improved physical health with homeopathy. Anxious persons find themselves calmer, less worried, and their panic relieved. Schizophrenic persons find new order and coherence in their thinking processes as delusions and voices recede. The homeopathic process influences both subconscious as well as conscious minds.
Homeopathic care is quite different from conventional psychiatric care, using completely different theory and a system of medicine than psychiatry uses. Homeopathy views illness as an imbalance in the basic life energy, or “vital force”, To the homeopath, the symptoms of psychiatric illness are generated in an attempt by an individual’s vital force to restore balance in response to the various factors that case disease. When the vital force is unable to restore balance and symptoms persist, homeopathy can be of help.
Conventional medicine views mental illness as a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by excesses or deficiencies of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine. Homeopathy recognizes the importance of neurotransmitters, but maintains that any particular chemical imbalance is merely an indicator of a deeper imbalance at the level of the vital force. Vitalistic thinking is nothing new. It dates back to Hippocrates in 400 B.C., and to the ancient Asian medical texts. It hypothesizes that there is some type of all-pervasive energy or consciousness responsible for health and healing, and that there is more to a person than meets the eye or the microscope.
Modern medicine, on the other hand, is based on mechanism, and considers the human body-mind as merely a machine. This philosophy views each body as a carefully tuned biological mechanism that is relatively consistent from person to person, and that can be thoroughly understood through examination, laboratory testing, and dissection.
While homeopaths are interested in understanding a person’s symptoms as an indication of imbalance in the vital force to determine what homeopathic medicine most closely matches it, psychiatrists are interested in understanding how the brain malfunctions in mental illness, and how to rebalance brain chemicals through pharmaceutical intervention. Homeopathy evaluates alterations in mental and emotional states first, then the physical body, acknowledging that the body and mind are not separate. Psychiatry looks first to the function of the brain and body as they alter the mental and emotional state. Both homeopathy and psychiatry seek to produce positive changes in consciousness, attitude, mood, thoughts, emotions, and behavior, and to eliminate mental and emotional pain.
Homeopthic care attempts to provide a permanent change in the person so that mental illness is eventually eased entirely. Although psychiatry would like to eliminate symptoms, it generally uses only ongoing drug therapy to maintain a mental state relatively free of symptoms of disorders. Homeopathy usually gives a single microdose of one natural substance, which can last for months or years, needing only occasional repetition if symptoms return. Homeopathy has few side effects, although the presenting symptoms do at times get somewhat worse in the first few weeks before improvement begins. Conventional psychiatry uses daily doses of chemical drugs, which can have significant, sometimes serious, and even permanent side effects.
Homeopathic care may yield more permanent results than psychiatric medication. When taking conventional medications for depression or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, once medicaitons are discontinued, even after years of treatment, symptoms often return immediately, perhaps even to a greater degree than before. This indicates that the illness has not been cured, only temporarily managed or suppressed. Once one is cared for successfully with homeopathy for a period of months or years, he is less likely to ever relapse fully and should maintain the considerable improvement gained over time. If symptoms recur, the homeopathic tincture is repeated and the positive effect should again last for a number of months or longer.
Funding and human resources for studies testing the efficacy of homeopathy have been limited. Nevertheless, there have been a number of well-designed studies, including a meta-analysis conducted at the University of Glasgow that showed homeopathic medicines to be more effective than a placebo in strengthening the immune system. A review of over one hundred clinical trials in homeopathy conducted between 1966 and 1990 was published in the British Medical Journal in 1991. The results were positive in 76% in studies for conditions such as digestive problems, flu, hay fever, rheumatoid arthritis, infections, fibromyalgia, recovery from surgery, and psychological problems. A meta-analysis of all the existing studies on homeopathy in the highly respected British medical journal the Lancet, concluded that the clinical effects of homeopathy were not due merely to placebo, but that further rigorous and systematic research should be conducted.
Unfortunately, even well-validated investigations on homeopathy are rejected by some because they simply do not believe that it could possibly work. For those wanting more information on controlled studies on homeopathy, see: Homeopathy: A Frontier in Medical Science by Paolo Bellavite, M.D., a leading Italian pathology professor, and Andrea Signorini, M.D., a homeopathic physician.
One can benefit a great deal from homeopathy recommended by someone who knows how, so be advised to leave the care of chronic disease or mental and emotional problems to an expert homeopath. It is too complicated to care for yourself for these kinds of conditions, and your chance of success is not high. Although books exist that give cookbook solutions for complicated mental states, do not be taken in. For any chronic or recurrent condition, whether physcial, mental, or emtional, find the most qualified person or persons to help you.
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