Homeopathy 101

As far as natural medicines go, Homeopathy can be one of the more misunderstood therapies. You might have heard about it from a friend who’s had positive results from it, and then maybe you talked to your M.D about it who’s view on the effectiveness of Homeopathy was dismissive at best.

Homeopathy can tend to be the small nerdy kid that all the die-hard western medicine bullies like to beat.

But do you know what Homeopathy is or how it works?

To put it simply, Homeopathy is a healing technique that uses natural substances to stimulate and support the body to heal itself. The body is amazing; it wants to heal itself. Sometimes though, it just needs a little help to speed along the process.

Let’s say that you’ve eaten something that you’re allergic to. Not hugely allergic, but you eat it, and you start to get a little bit of a scratchy throat, maybe it’s a little raspy when you talk, or there’s a tickle there that makes you cough every couple of seconds. At that moment, a Homeopath would probably suggest that you take a remedy like Apis Mellifica.


Well, Apis Mellifica contains a super tiny quantity of bee venom. An amount so minuscule that when the body is confronted with the small concentration of bee venom, the body is able to handle it without breaking a sweat. Kind like the prick of a pin compared to a gunshot. Now your bodies on a roll and feeling good about itself; your immune cells are patting each other on the back for a job well done. So when your body is confronted with the allergic reaction caused by the food you just ate, it’s able to get the reaction under control much quicker because it had just done the same thing moments before with the bee venom.

(*Note-While Apis Mellifica and other Homeopathic Remedies can be extremely beneficial in minor allergic reactions, for severe allergic reactions, an epi-pen is still necessary although it can be taken in conjunction with Homeopathic Remedies.)

So why take Homeopathic Remedies?

Homeopathic Remedies don’t mask symptoms; they work in tandem with the body to help support the body in healing itself. You can take Ibuprofen for a migraine, but that’s just dampening the pain, if you have chronic migraines Ibuprofen isn’t going to cure that, but a Homeopathic Remedy might.

Homeopaths also work very hard at fitting the remedies to the individual, taking into account unique differences from person to person. Because of this, a patient might be administered more than one remedy at a time. And as symptoms change, so do the remedies. If the effectiveness of a remedy stops, another one is chosen, which better suits the new symptoms. Like peeling an onion, symptoms get layered through suppression, and the Homeopathy helps gently remove the layers to get to the core issue.

Homeopathy views the body for the frustrating, continually changing, and evolving being that we are, and it recognizes that what works for one person isn’t going to work for the rest of the world.

Conventional medicine tends only to cure symptoms. You come in with high blood pressure, and you get a pill that treats high blood pressure, but high blood pressure is just a symptom of a more significant issue within your body. Homeopathy follows the symptoms of the body to a source and finds the nature of the cause to determine the right remedy or remedies to help the body heal in its entirety.

Another thing about Homeopathic Remedies, they have little to no side effects. It either works, or it doesn’t, and you can easily fit these remedies into your daily life alongside any conventional medication you might be taking.

While conventional medicine has it’s benefits, it also has limits and sometimes some nasty side effects which can be worse then the original problem.

Homeopathy isn’t a cure-all end-all remedy, and it most definitely isn’t some magical pill that will instantly relieve you of pain. Still, when used by an experienced Homeopath, it can be a very effective tool on your pathway to total body well being. Case after case of healing has occurred with enough consistency to apply it based on symptoms, on who you are, and how you react to life. To get the best results contact an experienced Homeopath like Dr. Maggie Fox at Fox Natural Medicine today!