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Homeo-Vocabulary

If you are new to homeopathy, you might come across a lot of new and weird words. Let’s go over a few in order to be able to understand the art of homeopathy better.

Constitutional treatment – treating the whole person, rather than the symptoms alone, thereby attempting to enhance the general level of health rather than just getting rid of the symptoms.

Characteristic symptom – a symptom of an unusual nature: strange, rare, peculiar, that gives the case a pronounced individuality, that characterizes the case. For example, chilliness with a desire for ice cold drinks, feels better lying on painful side, sore throat worst when not swallowing anything solid and ameliorated by swallowing solid or pressure.

Acute illness – a condition that is usually brief in duration and self-limiting. They come and go over a short period of time. Acute complaints include things such as coughs, colds, flu, indigestion, sprains, strains, bruises, stings, burns, diarrhoea, and ear infections…

Chronic illness – usually develop more slowly, last indefinitely, results in deterioration of health, and does not resolve without some sort of healing intervention, such as thyroid issues, hormonal imbalances, migraines, irregular painful menstruations…

Materia Medica – Latin for “materials of medicine” and their therapeutic actions/indications. This information comes primarily from the provings of medicines, also from clinical observation.

Organon – The Organon of Medicine, by Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy, is the book in which he set down the fundamental principles of homeopathy. He wrote 6 editions, the last in 1842, current homeopaths refer primarily to the 6th and sometimes to the 5th editions.

Potency – the strength of a homeopathic remedy according to the number of times, during preparation, it has been diluted and succussed/potentized. Potency is represented as a number attached to a remedy name, e.g. Arnica 200ch, Chamomilla 30ch.

Repertorize – to look up symptoms in a repertory, in order to determine which remedy or remedies is common to the presenting symptoms. Nowadays homeopaths are using online homeopathic software that make the repertorization more vivid and rapid. 

Repertory – an index of symptoms based on the Materia Medica with a list of remedies indicated for each symptom.

Vital Force – this term was used by Hahnemman to describe the energy that animates all living beings. The vital force is stimulated by the homeopathic remedies to enable the body to heal itself.

Simillimum – the “most similar” remedy corresponding to a case. The remedy that most closely matches the totality of the symptoms of the patient, and therefore, is curative according to homeopathic principles.

Holistic – means encompassing the whole of a thing, and not just the part. Holistic medicine looks at the whole person for answers, not just at physical symptoms. The principle of holistic healing is to balance the body, mind, spirit.

“Homeopathy is wholly capable of satisfying the therapeutic demands of this age better than any other system or school of medicine.” – Charles Frederick Menninger

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