Homeopathy was developed by German physician and chemist Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the early 1800’s. It is a method of medical treatment which stimulates the body’s own healing processes in order to heal illnesses. Although autism is not an illness, a person with autism may suffer from health issues or symptoms that may benefit from treatment.
The focus of homeopathy is to treat the child or individual as a whole. Homeopathy not only examines the present symptoms but also takes into account the general physical and mental constitution of the patient, past medical history, medical history of parents, information about pregnancy and so on. These are all used to find the probable cause in any given case and a remedy is chosen based on the final analysis.
The two cornerstones of homeopathy are that “likes are cured by likes,” and that the remedies are properly diluted to eliminate or minimize their toxic effects.
There are a number of different types of homeopathy, which include:
- sequential homeopathy
Classical homeopathy uses single remedies. The practitioner takes a detailed history from the patient. From the answers to those questions, as well as through observation, the practitioner attempts to match the pattern of the patient’s symptoms to the pattern of a single remedy as outlined in one or more Materia Medicas. This remedy can be chosen manually or by computer. The potency is usually determined by a number of factors, including severity and history of the symptoms. This form of treatment is most similar to the one developed by Hahnemann and is also the most common form of practice.
Gemmotherapy is the application of homeopathic drainage using herbal remedies made from the buds or shoots of young plants (herbal remedies are different in that they are typically made from adult plants). Gemmotherapy is known as the “chimneysweep” for cells. Gemmotherapy remedies have drainage properties that cleanse the cells of toxins. Although the body has natural ways to cleanse itself of contaminants, the modern lifestyle leads to an excess of toxins the body needs to eliminate in order to be healthy. Pollutants found in our food, water, air and drugs accumulate in different organs of the body. In addition, stress can affect the way cells and organs function.
Homotoxicology was founded in 1952 by Dr. Reckeweg as an extension of classic homeopathy. Homotoxicology uses a manufactured combination of homeopathic products designed to work with the body’s defense mechanisms and facilitate the body’s elimination of toxic substances. When used in combination formulations, which contain measurable amounts of homeopathically prepared active ingredients, they can be utilized to treat specific indications.
Heilkunst attempts to address the true, underlying causes of disease conditions and uses an integrated approach when treating a condition. Heilkunst looks at the individual circumstances of each child, since each case is unique even if many of the causes are similar, and it includes homeopathy as well as drainage, detoxification, diet, supplements, the balancing of the autonomic nervous system, energy work, and fungal treatment.
Sequential Homeopathy, also referred to as Sequential Therapy or Sequential Treatment, refers to the treatment of specific shocks and traumas (mainly drugs, surgeries, but also emotional traumas) in a person’s life using homeopathic remedies. The traumas are identified by creating a “timeline” and are then treated in the reverse order (backwards from the present, to birth/conception and into the inherited predispositions). Sequential treatment was first developed by Dr. J.F. Elmiger, MD of Switzerland, and was brought to North America and the homeopathic community and developed further in the early 1990’s by Patty Smith and Rudi Verspoor of the Hahnemann College and Clinic for Heilkunst.
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