Learn about the uses and benefits of homeopathy.Hosted by Heather Caruso.
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Hi! My name is Heather Caruso and I am a homeopath from Guelph, Ontario Canada. I have been in practice for almost a decade here. I wanted to talk a little bit about the principles of homeopathy. Homeopathy is medicine that's over 200 years old. It's popular, it's been used by the royal family and many other famous people. However, you don't have to be rich and famous to enjoy it's benefits. It's a system of natural medicine that is very gentle and diluted. It's a little different from vitamins and herbs because the remedies are usually matched to a person's symptoms which can be both emotional and physical symptoms. They can be used for all ages, all disorders and even on pets. Homeopathic remedies can be made from plant, animal, or mineral matter and they are very gentle, but they still pack a big punch when it comes to managing illness. They work because what they do is they stimulate the body to recognize abnormal symptoms. The substance, the original substance at homeopathic remedies are made from, can actually cause the problems that they are treating. So for example, when you cut an onion, you will have running eyes, they will be burning, you will have running nose, you might even cough, that sort of thing, but if you take a homeopathic remedy made from red onion called Allium Cepa, it actually treats those symptoms like allergy symptoms and cold symptoms. It is very good for helping your body to recognize what symptoms are abnormal and what it does is it stimulates our own natural healing mechanism. By introducing this strange substance, your body all of the sudden starts to think, these symptoms aren't normal, I should start working to get rid of them. Homeopathy is used all over the world. It's used in England. Doctors practice it in England. In France, it's very big. Almost half of all French physicians practice homeopathy as well. It's big in India. It's starting to gain much more popularity in North America as well. Homeopathic remedies can be single remedies which are remedies like Allium Cepa where you have to match your symptoms directly to the remedy or they can be complex remedies. Complex remedies are very good as well. What they are is, say for example, you want to work on your liver, you want to do some detoxification or stimulate liver function. They will put the top-ten, perhaps, remedies that are good for liver into one bottle, it's called complex. Usually, they will use for drainage. It just depends on what kind of remedy you are using. They can be for joints, skull, bladder, kidneys, hormones, thyroid, it just depends, but often it's the common remedies but it is very useful way of detoxifying the body. Homeopathic remedies that are singles tend to be match to the person's symptoms both emotional and physical and they can be called constitutional remedies which is suited to things to do with the person's personalities as well. There is a few great homeopathic remedies I think, everyone should have at home. The first one is Allium Cepa which is a good remedy for allergies. It's good for cold, the running, for watery nose, eyes, burning that sort of thing. Another great remedy is Arnica, Arnica Montana. If you have any injuries, if you had a surgery, if you have injured yourself even years ago, but never recovered, Arnica is a great remedy that you can take to help heal yourself and reduce inflammation and pain. You can also use Arnica cream or gel to rub directly into your muscles if you have aches and pains, muscle aches or joint aches, you can rub it on, it's not good for open skin, but it's great to rub in as well the internal and helps get to the inflammation and reduce it. Magnesium Phos is another great remedy also called Mag Phos. Mag Phos is a great remedy for pains, cramps, leg cramps, if you have leg cramps at night, if you have muscle cramps or aches that feel better with hot, you need a heating pad or hot bath makes you feel better, Mag Phos is your remedy. It's also great for menstru