FAQ - Devra Krassner, Naturopathic Doctor, LLC - Maine Whole Health


Homeopathic medicine, like naturopathic medicine, is based on the philosophy that the body has the innate ability to heal itself. Infinitesimal amounts of substances derived from plant, mineral and animal sources are used to stimulate that healing ability. A remedy is chosen based on the totality of each personís symptom picture, taking into account physical, mental, emotional and spiritual factors. A very detailed history is taken on the first visit to gather as much information as possible. These individual characteristics make it possible to prescribe exactly the correct substance for that person. It is important to emphasize that a remedy is not prescribed for asthma or anxiety or eczema or depression. It is prescribed for the person with those conditions. Only one remedy is prescribed, which will address all of that personís concerns, rather than prescribing something different for each complaint.

The remedy is called the 'simillimum' because it most matches the symptom picture of the person. In fact, homeopathy, which means 'the study of similars' is based on a philosophy of 'like cures like'. In other words, a substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person may be used to treat those same symptoms in a sick person.

Another important feature of homeopathic remedies is that they are administered in very dilute forms, thus having an energetic rather than a pharmacological effect. This allows them to act very deeply and without interaction with other medications.

Homeopathy is medicine that is safe, effective and inexpensive. It can be used safely in pregnant women, infants, children, pets, the elderly and those who are sensitive to any substance they ingest. Homeopathy acts gently and deeply to restore balance in all areas that may be out of balance, and has the potential to effect a deep and powerful cure.

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