A medical astrologer in cooperation with a homeopathic doctor may also recommend certain homeopathic remedies after tests have corroborated the findings in a natal chart. To determine the kinds and amounts of a remedy, a doctor examines a patient and carefully records all symptoms. Then, referring to the totality of symptoms, the doctor selects a remedy from the Materia Medica, a record of the effects of drugs upon healthy volunteers, embodying the knowledge of what drugs actually do when brought in contact with the functional activity of the body. The doctor then administers a single remedy, prescribing repetition of the dose as needed. Through experimentation and observation homeopaths have found that the smaller the dosage of a remedy, the better its chances for effecting a cure. The reason is that the smaller the dose the less bodily resistance the drug must overcome before it can manifest its healing actions.
The theory of drugless dosage and therapy, of course, is in complete contradiction to the practices in allopathic medicine. In allopathy the remedy must first be high enough to overcome the natural defenses of the body and then still have enough strength left in it to fight the disease. Such a method of prescribing large doses of drugs can produce adverse side effects as well as bring on damage incurred to various parts of the body. But with a homeopathic prescription there can be no bodily resistance because the remedy being given is similar in makeup to the diseased environment that exists. The natural defenses are down since the disease has already begun work in the body. So, once the minute amount of the remedy enters the body, it can immediately begin to fight the disease and eventually get rid of it. Furthermore, the substances used by homeopaths are made of natural materials from the vegetable, animal and mineral kingdoms, rather than the synthetic materials employed by allopathic doctors.
Homeopathic remedies are made in a liquid, dry, soluble or insoluble state. Three different processes are used in the making of a remedy: trituration, solution and attenuation. The vehicles used for that purpose are sugar of milk or milk lactose, water and alcohol.
Milk lactose is used because its sharp, flinty crystals are especially useful in grinding down hard mineral substances. In addition, it is easily made into tablets, pellets or discs and can be made to absorb medicinal or alcoholic solutions as the case demands. Tablets made in a base of milk lactose melt instantly beneath the tongue and are absorbed through the tissue of the mouth with the help of saliva.
Alcohol is used in a wide array of medicines. Homeopathic pharmacies are especially careful to get only the finest and purest alcohol, usually containing 88 per cent ethyl alcohol. It is then used in the making of tinctures from substances that are completely or partially soluble in the liquid form. Fresh plants, barks, roots, seeds, gums and balsams are all placed in tincture form for use.
Distilled water is used as a solvent for many substances, especially solutions that contain acids. It is also used in converting triturations into liquid attenuations.
Aggravation may occur when a person takes a homeopathic dose. Such reaction can indicate one of two things: the dosage is either too potent (in which case other symptoms will probably appear) or it is the perfect remedy. There is frequently a backlash effect when the right remedy is used, but the aggravation is temporary. At that point the patient should do nothing further but wait for the disease to begin altering and eventually leave the body.
Here are a few rules that homeopaths follow during administration of a remedy:
1. Give one remedy at a time. Choose the one most identified with the recorded symptoms,
2. Choose a medium potency, such as 6X. If there are no results within six to twelve hours, move to a higher potency.
3. As long as improvement shows, do not change the remedy and do not repeat the dose. As long as the disease does not progress, there is no danger in waiting.
4. In sudden (acute) diseases, such as colds, flu and fever and hemorrhaging, repeat doses frequently, sometimes as often as every five or ten minutes until the symptoms cease and improvement in the condition is felt. Dosing once an hour is usually normal in most acute cases.
If other drugs have been used, it is advisable to wait a few days before trying to get a list of true symptoms. Then proper application of a homeopathic remedy can be pursued,
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