The homeopathy is a complex therapy that requires a lot of knowledge on the subject to treat people and help them overcome various health problems. This therapy is formed by an infinity of remedies whose origin is diverse. These remedies can come from the three kingdoms of nature: animal, vegetable, and mineral.
Given their complexity, there are different ways of classifying these homeopathic remedies. In this entry, we will explain how the homeopathic remedies are classified by their ability to act.
Classification of homeopathic remedies:
Before focusing on the subject of the entry, let’s take a brief review of the origin of homeopathic remedies.
Origin of homeopathic remedies:
- Homeopathic Remedies of the Animal Kingdom: From the infinity of homeopathic remedies contained in Homeopathic Medical Matters, until a long time ago, only a few belonged to this kingdom being made of animal poisons (bee venom, the poison of frog …). Subsequently, thanks to the studies carried out by brilliant homeopaths, it has been possible to provide valuable pathogenesis of other animals, enriching the medical material.
- Homeopathic Remedies of the Plant Kingdom: The raw material used is formed by the whole plant or a part of it. From this, the homeopathic strain (Mother tincture) is elaborated. The majority of the remedies of the homeopathy are elaborated from plants and vegetal substances. This is probably due to the fact that, since ancient times, man has sought medicinal properties in plants, gathering information based on the clinical experiences of thousands of them and their effects on the organism. It has been noted in Homeopathy that the main characteristics of plants are sensitivity and reactivity.
- Homeopathic Remedies of the Mineral Kingdom: In Homeopathy both pure minerals and the metals and substances extracted from them is used.
Homeopathic Remedies for its ability to act:
From the above-mentioned raw materials are obtained the Mother tinctures obtained by the extraction in alcohol.
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Subsequently, from the mother tincture or from the plant, animal and mineral substances, a deconcentration is carried out. Dilution is carried out in the case of liquid substances or a crushing in the case of solid substances. From these dilutions we will obtain therapeutic homeopathic remedies:
- Mother tinctures: They are used for local applications (ointments). Example: Calendula (wounds).
- Polycrests: This group of remedies is characterized by having a very broad and deep action, on many symptoms. Above all, in psychic and mental symptoms. They have the ability to heal not only the specific symptoms but also acts profoundly in the body, treating the imbalance that has caused the symptom. They are the remedies best known by homeopaths and, in addition, act quickly. They can belong to any of the realms. Examples: Phosphorus (mineral), Arnica (plant), Cantharis Vesicatoria (animal).
- Organotherapeutic: they are derived from organs of healthy animals or their secretions (hormones). In this case, the diluted and energized organotherapy treats the diseased organ by administering it’s healthy, diluted and energized counterpart. In organotherapy, the principle of the identical organ is used, complemented by the homeopathic principle of similarity. These remedies are used following the pharmacological rule of three-phase action: low dilution (stimulation), half dilution (equilibrium), and high dilution (inhibition). In short, they allow stimulating, balancing or inhibiting the operation of the treated organ, as long as it has a dysfunction. Examples: kidney, heart, liver … Example: Pancreas at medium dilution in cases of hyperglycemia.
- Biotherapeutics: they are made from products of biological origin. Formerly known as Nosodes. These products of biological origin can be excretions, pathological tissues, microorganisms. These remedies are used in chronic degenerative conditions, to treat infections, to avoid relapses of previous diseases. They should be used with caution, due to the effects they may have on the patient. They are used in Homeopathy with two criteria: as homeopathic medicines (according to their pathogenesis), and Isopathy (as a vaccine) in relation to the disease. Examples: Colibacillinum, Pyrogenium …
- Sarcodes: These remedies include the products of animal glands, endocrine glands in general and their secretions. These substances are secreted into the blood and thus are transported throughout the body by regulating their metabolic functions. Only a small amount can have a profound effect on the body. Your prescription must also be made under the three-phase action rule. Example: Mean dose (regulator) serotonin, in cases of panic attack.
We must not forget that in spite of the wide variety of existing homeopathic remedies, to make a good treatment and to select the right homeopathic remedy must take into account other factors as the set of physical and psychological symptoms of the person, constitutional biotypes, etc.
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As we have seen, homeopathic remedies come from different sources and are used to treat different symptoms together (pathogenesis) in order to achieve balanced functioning of the body. In this article, we have only mentioned a brushstroke of this matter.
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