Hello and welcome to episode 58 of Elmar´s Tooth Talk: The missing link to total health. I am Dr Elmar Jung.
Today’s topic is Homeopathy.
So, before we start let me tell you. What’s in it for you in this episode:
- WHAT is homeopathy
- WHO developed homeopathy
- WHAT are the causes of diseases according to Samuel Hahnemann
- THREE ways to use homeopathy
- Use of homeopathic remedies in dentistry
Today we discuss a branch of medicine which is often laughed at or even ridiculed.
However, from the experience of many thousand practitioners who use these remedies on animals, children and adults prove that they work.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a field of holistic medicine that was developed in the 18th century by German doctor Samuel Hahnemann, who lived from 1755 to 1843.
Where did it get its name from?
The name “homeopathy” comes from the Greek language and means “similar ailment”. This means that a sick person is treated with the remedy that causes similar symptoms in healthy people.
This is also called the similarity rule. If you have learned Latin, the principle of homeopathy is “Similia similibus curantur” which means that any substance that can produce symptoms in the healthy, can or should be used to remove similar symptoms of a disease in the unwell.
How does homeopathy work?
Homeopathy works with the body’s own defense system in order to make the person healthy again in a natural way, taking into account the state of body, mind and soul.
You don’t have to believe in homeopathy for it to work.
Also, no special diet is necessary for their mode of action. Homeopathy doesn’t work with suggestion or manipulation either.
Homeopathy is a treatment that has a scientific approach and basic scientific principles.
Homeopathy is used with great success in many countries around the world on animals, children and adults.
In homeopathy, substances from nature are used, especially from plant, mineral and animal kingdom. Homeopathy treats the person and not the disease. Animals can also be successfully treated with homeopathy
Homeopathic medicines are available in the form of beads, which are also called globules, or as drops. Homeopathic remedies are traditionally single remedies, that is, they contain only one active substance. These remedies are then prescribed in various degrees of potentiation.
Several different remedies are used in complex homeopathy.
The best way to treat a disease is first and foremost a strong immune system.
Unlike “Western medicine”, which primarily treats symptoms and fights against an illness, homeopathic remedies help the body to heal the underlying cause and thus the whole person.
Dentistry is now highly technical and also very invasive. So working against the body in many ways. For example, it takes a lot of anaesthetic to endure the treatment and pain is often added during and especially afterwards.
With the help of homeopathic remedies, the dentist can offer a treatment that helps reduce the fear of treatment, reduce the after-effects after the treatment, such as bleeding, swelling or pain, and accelerate the healing process.
What is the philosophy behind homeopathy?
The basic idea in homeopathy is that every organism wants to adapt to the existing circumstances of life. Homeopathic medicines support this natural impulse by stimulating the self-healing powers
In contrast to herbal medicine or traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy looks at health and disease in a completely different way.
Homeopathic teaching is of the opinion that illness is not caused by bacteria or viruses, but by an interruption of the human life.
Samuel Hahnemann said that the origin of the disease arises on the spiritual level and not on the physical level, so that when the causes are talked about, the actual original cause is not really talked about. We only talk about the cause that we perceive at first sight.
Therefore, according to homeopathic theory, colloidal silver or antibiotics or hot compresses or whatever is used to kill germs will not cure the actual cause.
What are the causes of diseases according to Hahnemann?
All humans and also their pets have innate weaknesses and sensitivities. In Hahnemann’s original theory, these were called miasms. Back then, viruses and bacteria were not known to exist.
Some of these predispositions are genetic tendencies for certain diseases such as hip dysplasia or allergies. Others are behavioural or neurological.
Some children are born sensitive to vaccinations, while others have no problems with them, but cannot tolerate certain foods or pollen, or they may have inherited weak eyes.
In Hahnemann’s words,”the true natural chronic diseases are those that arise from a chronic miasm, when left to themselves, improper treatment, go on to increase, growing worse and torment the patient to the end of his life.” §78 Organon of Medicine.
The conditions that would modify a miasm would be things like:
- climate, and specific individual reactions of the person to it;
- mental developmental delays
- excess or abuse
- dietary preferences
Allopathic medicine has put labels on diseases such as, jaundice, eczema, asthma, diabetes, rheumatism or herpes.
Hahnemann however considered all of them as coming from the same origin.
The conventional medical profession treats each one of these diseases on an individual basis with seperate treatments for each one of them.
As far as homeopathy is concerned, all these names have no use and no influence on the practice of the true homeopathic physician, who works according to the theory of miasms.
Therefore, in Homeopathy, the entirety of the symptoms of each patient is used to cure the disease.
This means that no real cure of miasms can take place without an individualised treatment of each case of disease.
Three ways to practice homeopathy
First, symptomatic treatment
Here you give a homeopathic remedy for the symptom. As mentioned before, this is not a classic homeopathic procedure in the sense of Hahnemann’s original teaching. That is, this remedy will not cure the underlying disease.
This is how it is mostly used in dentistry.
The more acute the situation is the lower the potency should be and the more frequent one should take the remedy.
The more chronic the situation is, the higher the potency should be and the less frequent one should take the remedy.
Second, constitutional treatment.
Treating a person in regards to their constitution means that both the disease problem and all other physical and psychological sensitivities are taken into account.
This type of treatment appreciates preferences for certain things as well as dislikes, fears, personality and sensitivities to weather, taste, smell and other external factors.
A homeopathic remedy is then selected based on these individual characteristics.
However, even this will not cure the underlying disease.
Third, miasmatical treatment
In earlier times one spoke of a miasm when there was an external reason for an illness, but people could not correctly assign it.
In the miasmatical treatment, the physical symptoms and the individual peculiarity of the person as well as the individual view of the person to himself, his environment and the environment in relation to the person are taken into account.
For the homeopath who treats miasmatical, the human being is more than just the individual, he is also part of his community in which he lives and of humanity in general.
This enables the miasmatic homeopath to heal the underlying cause.
Homeopathy in dentistry
Homeopathic remedies have a broad area of application in dentistry from Abscess, Bruxism, Gum disease, Neuralgia, TMJ issues to toothache.
I name a few of the homeopathic remedies we use in our clinic, mainly after tooth extraction or similar surgical procedures.
However, there are so many more to be explored.
One of the most common used homeopathic remedies is undoubtedly Arnica.
- Arnica – is THE homeopathic remedy before and after every surgical procedure in the dental office.
After you had a tooth extraction the potency should be higher than D6 to avoid bleeding. Arnica is known to support faster healing, reduce pain, stabilising blood circulation, increasing resorption and therefore faster elimination of toxins.
- Belladonna – is used for throbbing tooth ache that gets worse when pressure is applied.
- Chamomilla – is used for a toothache with intolerable pain that’s worse from warmth and not better with cold.
- Hepar sulphuris – can bring an abscess to burst.
- Nux vomica – to detox anaesthetic from the liver. Also a famous hang-over remedy.
- Hypericum – is considered the Arnica of the Nerves
Especially for sharp, shooting, hot pain from injuring a nerve rich area. Whether the source is a blow, cut or puncture wound.
- Symphytum – supports bone and periosteum healing after surgery
A great source for dental homeopathic remedies is Dr Wolfe’s website: https://www.drwolfe.com/
So that’s it for today.
Until next time thanks for listening. This is Elmar’s Tooth Talk – The Missing Link to Total Health. Bye for no