Most people who use homeopathy know that it is all about treating the individual.
Forget pigeon holing someone by labelling their disease. Homeopaths see any illness as ‘dis – ease’, a sign that the body is out of balance. The symptoms are an expression of an immune system trying to protect and heal itself and showing that something is wrong which needs to be addressed.
Homeopathy works with the body, respecting its natural working processes and using carefully selected remedies to mimic these expressions of ‘dis-ease’ to stimulate a person’s own healing action.
Conventional medicine, on the other hand, has a blanket approach to illness. It does not take into consideration that everyone is different and that therefore, each person’s experience and expression of illness varies.
The orthodox solution is to produce a ‘one size fits all’ prescription drug for a particular ‘disease’ with a generalised list of symptoms that aims to work by suppressing the very symptoms the body is expressing in order to try and achieve balance.
Some recent research carried out at Padua University Hospital has shown that as well as individuals expressing the ‘same’ disease in different ways, men and women often have different symptoms of the ‘same’ illness.
Many common illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, liver disease and osteoporosis are not the same between the two sexes in terms of both symptoms and progression.
Interestingly, the symptoms that many of us associate with heart disease, including a constricted chest and pain down the left arm tend only to be true for men, with women experiencing it as nausea and lower abdominal pain. Also, according to researchers, women often develop colon cancer later than men and tumours tend to develop in different areas of the body.
So, now conventional medicine will have to start trying to create gender specific drugs. However, even if they do, for those of us who believe it is better to work with the body rather than against it, drugs still come with their suppressive action, driving the illness in rather than out, not to mention all the side effects they produce.
… So me, I’ll stick with homeopathy thanks.
(Source: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 2013; 1. doi: 10.1515/cclm-2012-0849).