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educational.  Homeopathic remedies are FDA
approved and completely non-toxic, making them
safe and gentle for people of ll ages.  
Any self
diagnosis and use of homeopathic remedies
are done so at your own risk. There are many
considerations necessary before starting a  
homeopathic regiment and it is recommended
that anyone seeking alternative methods of
therapy should first consult with their primary
health care provider and also a qualified CAM
What is homeopathy?

The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and
pathos, meaning suffering or disease. Homeopathy is an alternative medical system.
Alternative medical systems are built upon complete systems of theory and practice,
and often have evolved apart from and earlier than the conventional medical
approach used in the United States.  Homeopathy takes a different approach from
conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems.

Key concepts of homeopathy include:

Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's own defense mechanisms and processes
so as to prevent or treat illness.  Homeopathy does not seek to mask symptoms but
seeks to cure.

Treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called remedies that,
according to homeopathy, would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in
healthy people if they were given in larger doses.

Treatment in homeopathy is individualized (tailored to each person). Homeopathic
practitioners select remedies according to a total picture of the patient, including not
only symptoms but lifestyle, emotional and mental states, environmental factors and

For additional information, please see below.

The homeopathic system of medicine was developed at the end of the eighteenth century by a German medical
doctor, Samuel Hahnemann and it has successfully treated countless people for some two hundred years, for both
acute (sudden) and chronic (long-term) illnesses. Homeopathy is seen as an 'alternative' system, and sometimes
viewed with suspicion, despite the fact that some of the theories involved have an extremely long and respected

At the time of its introduction, homeopathy certainly was a radical breakaway from the way in which medicine had
been practiced in Europe for hundreds of years. Mainstream medicine of the time advocated the use of leeches,
cupping (using cups to draw the blood to the surface) and frequent blood-letting for almost any disease, together
with strong cathartics (purgative medications), emetics (medications to cause vomiting) and other powerful
medications of vegetable and mineral origin, often dispensed in extremely high doses and complex mixtures.
Treatment, in many cases, could kill the patient as well as the disease.

Hahnemann was so appalled by the dubious methods used by his profession that he abandoned his work as a
doctor. However, he continued to be deeply interested in medical theory and in 1790 he hit upon the homeopathic
principle that "like cures like."

The new theoretical approach to therapy, advocated by Hahnemann's contemporary John Brown (1735-88), was that
disease persisted through lack of stimulation, and that only large doses of medications could stimulate the body back
to health.  Hahnemann's ideas are in complete opposition to this. Medications or remedies, should be used gently to
stimulate the restorative forces of nature, and without provoking harmful side-effects which cause ultimate injury. The
smallest possible doses should be given at the most widely spaced intervals possible, and of only one medication at
a time, so that the patient's system is not overwhelmed by complexity.

Hahnemann had thus provided a theoretical basis for a known cure. In theory, cures could therefore be found for
many symptoms, once he had discovered a substance that was capable of causing the same symptoms in a healthy
person. In true scientific spirit he prepared to experiment by testing the effects of various substances on himself, and
many willing volunteers, not just among his family but also among like-minded practitioners anxious to find safer  
remedies. These experiments were known as provings and the first set of these was conducted over a period of
about six years. Minute quantities of many substances were self-administered by the provers, and all symptoms were
carefully recorded in great detail. Any change whatsoever in the health and functioning of the body, including mental
changes, the circumstances in which they arose, and even the time of day, were noted. At the same time an
exhaustive enquiry was made into recorded cases of poisoning, taken from medical sources from various countries
and dating back over several centuries. As the mass of information acquired was assimilated, clear patterns could be
seen, and eventually it was possible to test substances as curatives on patients, with remarkable success.

Later in the eighteenth century, the discovery of bacteria seemed to confirm the theory that disease was caused by
forces outside the body  and again led to the notion of treating disease with large doses of antibiotics so that the
invading microbes could be forced from the body.  This approach dominated mainstream medical thought and
homeopathy, although still adhered to by many followers, took a back seat to this thinking.  It has now become clear
that microbes can become resistant to antibiotics, and that orthodox treatment often has serious side effects.
Because of this,  there is a new interest in homeopathy as a gentle and effective way of treating many kinds of

Homeopathy is inviting. It arose out of a time of rigid, and certainly primitive medical practices, where heroic therapies
such as bloodletting and strong doses of mercury were the rule of the day. It invited the entire world to experience a
gentler, safer, more effective medicine, and its fame and effectiveness has spread around the world.
Complementary and Alternative
Medicine of Williamsburg
Some additional references for continued research and education:

A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke, M.D., B. Jain Pub 1902

Complementary Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments by Carolyn Dean, M.D.  Keats 1994
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* Alumina (Alumina)

* Ammon. (Ammon. carb./Ammon. mur.)

* Anacard. or. (Marking nut tree)

* Antim. tart. (Antimony potassium tartrate/Tartar emetic)

* Apis (Honeybee)

* Aranea diad. (Papal cross spider)

* Argent. (Argent. nit./Argent. met.)

* Arnica (Leopard's bane/Mountain tobacco)

* Arsenicum (Ars. alb./Arsen. iod.)

* Arum triph. (Jack-in-the-Pulpit/Wild turnip/Indian turnip)

* Aurum met. (Gold)

* Avena (Wild Oats)

* Baptisia (Wild Indigo)

* Baryta carb. (Barium carbonate/Witherite)

* Belladonna (Deadly nightshade)

* Bellis (European daisy/Garden daisy/Bruisewort)

* Benz. Ac. (Benzoic acid)

* Berberis (Barberry)

* Bothrops (Yellow pit viper/Fer de lance)

* Bufo (Common toad)

* Bryonia (White bryony/Wild hops)

* Cactus grand. (Night-blooming cactus)

* Calc. (Calc. carb./Calc. fluor./Calc. phos./Calc. sulf.)

* Calendula (Pot marigold)

* Cantharis (Spanish fly)

* Capsicum (Chili Pepper)

* Carbo veg. (Charcoal)

* Caulophyllum (Blue cohosh)

* Causticum (Potassium hydrate)

* Ceanthus (Jersey tea root/Red root)

* Chamomilla

* Chelidonium (Celandine)

* China (Cinchona / Peruvian bark)

* Cicuta (Water hemlock)

* Cimic. (Black cohosh)

* Coffea (Coffee)

* Colchicum (Autumn Crocus)

* Colocynthis (Bitter apple/Bitter cucumber)

* Conium (Common hemlock/Spotted hemlock)

* Crocus (Saffron crocus)

* Crotalus hor. (Rattlesnake/Pit viper)

* Cuprum met. (Copper)

* Cyclamen ( Sowbread )

* Digitalis ( Foxglove )

* Drosera ( Sundew / Red rot )

* Dulcamara ( Bittersweet / Woody Nightshade )

* Elaps ( Coral snake )

* Equisetum ( Horsetail )

* Eupator. ( Boneset )

* Euphrasia ( Eyebright )

* Ferrum ( Ferrum met. / Ferrum phos. )

* Fluor. ac. ( Hydrofluoric acid )

* Gelsemium ( Yellow jessamine )

* Glonoin. ( Glyceryl trinitrate / Nitroglycerine )

* Graphites ( Graphite / Plumbago )

* Hamamelis ( Witch Hazel )

* Hepar sulf ( Crude calcium sulfide )

* Hydrastis ( Goldenseal )

* Hyoscyamus ( Henbane )

* Hypericum ( St. John's wort )

* Ignatia ( St.-Ignatiu's-bean )

* Iodum ( Iodine )

* Ipecac ( Ipecacuanha )

* Kali (Kali bich./Kali brom./Kali carb./Kali iod./Kali mur.)

* Lac can. ( Bitch's milk )

* Lachesis ( Bushmaster / Surukuku )

* Lactrodectus mac. ( Black widow spider )

* Ledum ( Wild rosemary / Marsh tea )

* Lilium ( Tiger lily )

* Lycopodium ( Wolfsclaw / Club moss )

* Lycopus ( Bugleweed / Virginia horehound )

* Mag. ( Mag. carb. / Mag. phos. )

* Medorrhinum ( Gonorrhea )

* Merc. (Merc. viv. / Merc. sol. / Merc. cor. / Merc. dulc.)

* Moschus ( Musk deer )

* Mygale las. ( Cuban spider )

* Naja ( Cobra )

* Nat. ( Nat. mur. / Nat. carb. / Nat. phos. / Nat. sulf.)

* Nitric ac. ( Nitric acid / Aqua fortis )

* Nux mosch. ( Nutmeg )

* Nux vomica ( Poison nut / Quaker buttons )

* Opium ( Opium poppy )

* Peony ( Peony )

* Petroleum ( Rock oil / Coal oil )

* Phos. ( Phosphorus )

* Phos. ac. ( Phosphoric acid )

* Phytolacca ( Pokeweed )

* Picric ac. ( Picric acid )

* Platinum ( Platinum )

* Plumbum met. ( Lead. )

* Podophyllum ( Mayapple )

* Psorinum ( Scabies )

* Pulsatilla ( Pasqueflower / Wind flower )

* Pyrogenium ( Pyrogenium )

* Radium brom. ( Radium bromide )

* Rhododendron ( Siberian rhododendron / Yellow snow rose )

* Rhus tox. ( Poison ivy / Poison oak )

* Ruta ( Rue / Bitter herb )

* Sabadilla ( Cebadilla / Cevadilla )

* Sabal ( Saw palmetto )

* Sanguinaria ( Blood root )

* Sanicula ( Spring water )

* Sarsaparilla ( Red-bearded )

* Secale ( Ergot / Spurred rye )

* Sepia ( Cuttlefish )

* Silica ( Silicon / Quartz / Rock crystal / Pure flint )

* Spigelia ( Pink root )

* Spongia ( Sponge )

* Stannum met. ( Tin )

* Staphysagria ( Stavesacre / Palmated larkspur )

* Stramonium ( Thorn Apple )

* Sulfur ( Sulphur / Flowers of sulfur / Brimstone )

* Syphilinum ( Syphilis )

* Tabacum ( Tobacco )

* Tarentula ( Wolf spider / Spanish spider )

* Terebinth. ( Turpentine )

* Teucrium mar. ver. ( Cat thyme )

* Theridion ( Orange spider )

* Thuja ( Tree of Life / White Cedar )

* Tuberculinum ( Tuberculosis )

* Urtica ( Stinging nettle )

* Verat. alb. ( White hellebore )

* Vipera ( Common viper / Adder )

* Zinc met. ( Zinc )

Please note:

Homeopathic remedies are safe and non-toxic if used properly. Do not attempt to self medicate without
either doing research as to the condition you want a remedy for, or consulting a homeopathic physician.
The latter is preferable, since a homeopath is more able to prescribe the proper remedy for you.
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