I’ve gotten a ton of questions about homeopathy since mentioning it here as part of my psoriasis and stress management. While I’m no expert and can’t diagnose you (so don’t ask!), here’s what I know and what I’ve experienced:
Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Unlike traditional western medicine, it addresses the cause, not the symptoms. Any illness is fair game—from depression to cancer to the common cold (a friend of mine and her kids take immunity drops to avoid getting sick all winter!). Homeopathy also follows the theory that “like cures like.” For example: If the symptoms of your disease are similar to the symptoms of poisoning by golden rod, then golden rod would be your homeopathic remedy. While that may sound counterintuitive, it turns out that giving someone a very small dose of the same substance enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory processes. Homeopathic remedies are always natural, and typically derived from flowers, minerals or herbs. The remedy is diluted, usually in water or alcohol, and taken under the tongue or on the skin where it can be absorbed into the body.
When I became tired of treating my psoriasis symptoms because I instinctively KNEW there was a root cause that I could control, I started seeing Lise Wolff. My first question to her was: If homeopathy is so effective, why isn’t everyone using it? She explained to me that not so many centuries ago homeopathy was the gold standard of medicine. Then man got greedy, institutionalize the industry, and before long medicine became the modernized machine that we know today. Homepathic practices were essentially lost in the re-org. I’m over simplifying the story, of course, but it’s a trend we’ve seen in other areas of life—sustainable and organic farming, for example. I’m overjoyed to see both experiencing a rebirth thanks to increased education and awareness.
The most fascinating part about homeopathy for me is the diagnosis process. Lise spent a good two hours talking to me about my life, my emotional and behavior patterns, and my symptoms. She found a remedy by dropping numerous floral essences and herbal tinctures on my forearm and noting now my body responded to them based on whether my pulse slowed or quickened. It sounds like hocus pocus, but our bodies are so sensitive to these remedies because they recognize the ingredients. There’s a sort of energy exchange that’s impossible to quantify but makes perfect sense if you’ve ever felt connected to nature.