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Homeopathic Remedies

The history of homeopathy begins with the theories of its founder Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician. Hahnemann first coined the word "homeopathy" ("homoios" in Greek means similar, "pathos" means suffering) to refer to a pharmacological theory he formulated - the law of similars.  The "law" of similars is the foundation of homeopathy, and it states that 

Symptoms are the manifestations of the body seeking to restore its natural healthy balance. Rather than be suppressed, the symptoms should be viewed as indications that the body's healing process has started. They tell us how treatment should proceed, in as much as a substance, which causes the symptoms of an illness, when given in a small dose, acts as a trigger to intensify the healing processes that the body's immune system has already begun.

Beyond this, Hahneman theorized that there was, in reality, only one disease, and that this disease was of a spiritual, not a physical, nature.  He, therefore, concluded that the most effective medicines to provide his patients were the most ethereal, as those would be the most likely to affect the spiritual realm.  Therefore, he developed a system of dilutions whereby the substance he was prescribing was, for all intents and purposes, removed from the actual medicine he gave to his patients, and only its spiritual vibrations remained.

Hahnemann followed up his theory with painstaking experiments on himself, his family, and a small group of followers to find remedies. He engaged in a series of 'provings,' as he called it -- tests that verified the action of a drug upon the healthy body. He recorded the unusual sensations and symptoms produced as well as any health change experienced while taking the drug. Hahnemann's method has not changed since then.

Homeopathic remedies often contain tame’ ingredients derived from a variety of sources including the following - which is far from an exhaustive list: snakes (Lachesis & Naja), cockroaches (Blatta O.), ants (Formica Rufa), beetles (Cantheris), dog spit (Lyssin), rotten meat (Pyrogenium), and cancer tissue (Carcinosin). 

Inactive Ingredients:
Because homeopathic remedies are based on significant dilutions of the elements they use as medicines, they are inevitably bound with fillers and additives.  Many of these ingredients pose concerns.  Examples include the following:

  • Magnesium strearate - This lubricant used in most tablets is often derived from tame’ animals.
  • Gelatin - Vitamin E, beta carotene and other vitamins may be spray dried with a base of gelatin for micro-encapsulation.
  • Brandy - Flower Remedies are usually mixed in a base of tame’ brandy.

Some additives are always permissible. For example, corn starch, which allows the active ingredient to quickly disintegrate and enter the blood stream, is permissible. Microcrystalline cellulose and titanium dioxide (a coloring agent) are also fine.  However, given the wide variety of potentially tame’ substances, and the obscure names used for them, one should never take an over the counter homeopathic remedy, unless they have verified, through a trust worthy source, that what they are taking is tahor.