What is it?
Homeopathy is a highly systematic method of powerfully stimulating the body's own healing process in order to cure illness. It is the practice of using tiny amounts of natural plant, animal, and mineral substances to cure disease. The word Homeopathy is taken from the Greek homeos meaning "similar" and pathos meaning "suffering." Thus, homeopathy means "to treat with something that produces an effect similar to the suffering." This is called the Law of Similars, or "Like cures Like." For example, a homeopathic remedy called Apis, made from crushed honeybees, can ease the pain and swelling of bee stings. This Law of Similars principle has been used for centuries by doctors such as Hippocrates in ancient Greece and the sages who developed Ayurvedic medicine in India more than 5,000 years ago. However, it was not until the late 18th century that Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, chemist and medical translator, developed this concept into the comprehensive system of medicine known as Homeopathy.
There are three basic ways in which homeopathy is practiced: 1) the classical homeopathic approach, 2) the unconventional homeopathic approach, 3) the use of homeopathic formulas. Classical Homeopathy (the type of homeopathy practiced in Dr. Eastman's office) follows the way homeopathy was practiced by its founder, Dr. Hahnemann. Classical Homeopathy is based on three tenets: 1) a single remedy is prescribed that treats the whole person and not just symptoms (also called constitutional prescribing), 2) the use of a minimum dose of medicine to elicit a curative response, 3) the use of medical research (called "provings") to determine what would be curative in each person's case.
There is a growing consensus in the United States that the massive expenditures on medical research have failed to demonstrate any significant improvement in society's level of health. Even though our government has spent billions of dollars on cancer research, we are no closer to a cure than we were 20 years ago. The incidence of major chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease has soared beyond the financial means of the average person. Furthermore, the average American is grossly over-medicated. Patients take huge quantities of powerful drugs prescribed by conventional physicians for what are, in reality, minor complaints. Add to that the consumption of various over-the-counter medications, high potency vitamins and herbs, and you can see why people truly don't feel well. Society has trained us to think that we should never experience any symptoms or discomfort in our lives. People tend to forget that most symptoms represent their body's response to illness, not the illness itself. Homeopathy works by helping the body's defense system help itself, offering a true cure - a chance at allowing the body to find its balance and achieve health. Homeopathy, therefore, provides a greater sense of well-being, energy, and resistance to illness. Homeopathic remedies are inexpensive and quite effective when prescribed correctly. In 2007, Americans spent more than a billion dollars on homeopathic remedies. Patients are fed up with conventional medicine, the drug prescriptions, and the limited amount of time they have with their physician. More and more patients are turning to homeopathy for their health, for the experience of being heard by their homeopathic physician, and for treatment which truly supports their healing.
What to expect
A visit to a Classical Homeopath is a very different experience than going to a conventional doctor. The Classical Homeopath will usually spend 2.5 to 3 hours receiving the patient's case. This consists of an in-depth interview with questions that allow patients to describe the various physical, emotional and mental symptoms that they are experiencing. Patients will be asked about personal health history, family medical history, food likes/dislikes, how they feel about their job, family relationships, what major grief and joys they've experienced, the kind of weather they like/dislike, etc., and a host of other questions that enable the homeopath to get a sense of each patient as an individual.
After the interview is complete and the patient has left the office, the homeopath studies the pages of interview notes and begins to research the case with the aid of volumes of books and a sophisticated computer program that catalogs symptoms and assists in finding the correct remedy match from thousands of remedy choices. Finally, the homeopath will select one single remedy that best matches the patient. If this remedy is correct, it will begin to act immediately to bring about a balancing of the body and alleviation of the symptoms.
Usually within 6 weeks the patient begins to experience an improvement. It may not be a total improvement in chronic cases, but it will be the first step to a lasting cure.
Classical homeopathy is a medical specialty which uses micro-doses of natural substances (remedies) prescribed to a patient to stimulate the body's healing response to bring about a cure/healing.