"Either it works or it doesn't" is seldom the best thing to say. Try, for example, "Either it works very well, well, and further downwards. It may be hard to ascertain for single cases and small samples."
A remedy is defined as "something that is used to treat a symptom, disease, injury, or other condition; and something that corrects an evil, fault." Note that "something" is a wide term; it may not be all physical. What might be at work in a remedy can be hard to say. Further, "that is used to treat" is taken to mean "that is aimed at treating". It speaks of intentions, not results.
A remedy finder uses sourced sets of symptoms with the intention to treat troubling conditions of many sorts. As for treatments, there are good and bad ones, and others in between massively good and all bad. Also, the last part of the remedy finder is devoted to remedies that may usher in good proficiencies or characteristics according to "try and find out".
So, remedies may be used to several purposes - in part aimed at healing, in part aimed at better development, and in part both together. That is how several homepathic remedies are listed at i common books about remedies, and the same goes for Bach remedies. Each is said to have positive espects - or typical qualities "encouraged". The same goes for Gem water.
One or more remedies may be tried against various troubles and types of distress - there are homeopathic remedies, Bach remedies and gem remedies in full use in alternative health circles.
Read the site's general disclaimer before venturing on anything serious along this avenue.
The Remedy Finder culls information from three sources: My own contributions to homeopathic research based on a long train of radionic findings; the best of Boericke and Boericke's Materia Medica with Repertory, presumably; and added information from John Henry Clarke's Dictionary of Materia Medica.
As for my qualifications, a few nudges may do the trick for now. I started with Transcendental Meditation when I was younger, added yoga to meditating, also kriya yoga and yogic teachings about health and healing. I was later guided into the Swiss Adolf Voegeli's type of homeopathy, by my Germany- and Austria-educated Heilpraktiker mentor. I learnt ear acupuncture from him too.
In 1979 I got the British radiesthete Malcolm Rae's (1913-1979) gentle cooperation in designing software involved in what I then called "developers". The software might be used in the particular hardware he had developed then. The hardware (and software of his design) is sold by Magneto Geometric Applications Ltd in London. [Link].
Since 29 June 1982 I have enjoyed a permit from a department of the Danish government to treat the ill. And this suggests that I have other interests than cartoons, a subject I majored in at the University of Trondheim.
There is a quotation by Sophia Loren, one of the most popular actresses in the world, and a well rounded sex symbol too: "Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." I for my part maintain, "I own most of what matters to Guru Dev," TM's guru in charge.
The American Judge and Malcolm Rae's Wares
Malcolm Rae specifies in one of his writings how his radionic equipment may produce homeopathic remedies of better standing than most conventionally made ones, and goes into details about how. Unfortunately, he does not supply hard evidence that it is so.
Some years after Malcolm's death, a judge in the United States ruled that what a pharmacy in the Midwest sold as homeopathic remedies made by Rae equipment, was not homeopathic remedies, because they were not made in the same way as the common one.
The American judge did not judge wisely at all. He ought to have made some effort to ascertain the possible effects on living organisms of conventially prepared homeopathic remedies as compared to "Rae remedies."
His verdict was a guess of the type, "There can be no more roads to Rome than just one. If you have not come to Rome by that specified route, you are not in Rome at all, no matter what you say". There is a fallacy involved - it is that of ruling without relevant evidence.
A homeopathic remedy is not to be defined by how
it is made and guesswork added, because there is nothing substantial to a well made homeopathic remedy. Malcolm found as I did too - that only a magnetic influence from the original substance remained for homeopathic remedies of "medium and high potencies (D30 and above)."understood by whether it works or not, that is, by its effects on living organisms.
I set about to test the said influences on bacteria . The results were dramatic, at least to me and the town vets that counted the bacteria in a double-blind test made three times. The differences between the "influenced" bacteria and the other ones was there, and it was much significant.
Now, a judge must not be allowed to rule out that there can be more than one method to make homeopathic remedies - and simulated homeopathic remedies, or remedies that emulate them and so on, for it is the said influences on living organisms that matter, and not the different procedures of possibly arriving at such biological influences - in this case the two methods are homeopathic "potentisation" and "magneto-geometric application." Feel free to say, "Elementary, Mr. Holmes," if you like.
If the judge lacks data to make an informed verdict, tell him to keep the matter at bay, at arm's length, in suspensio, until valid information is procured.
The Research of Dr. Karin Lenger
Years after the shameful judgement in the USA, Dr. Karin Lenger's magnetic resonance research has shown that homeopathic remedies do carry variedinfluences. Her research opens up for testing by equipment whether homeopathic remedies carry any information, and whether magneto-geometrically had remedies do that, that too. Reasonably controlled research on the effects of the remedies on humans and animals may be fine too. Go for it!
A Simple Way
Homeopathic remedies are generally thought to be safe. How to use them by this book is rather simple.
You can, hopefully, get them at a pharmacy. A good try for mental things should last at least six weeks or so. For acute physical problems, maybe one or two weeks. For something acutely felt of mental nature, up to six weeks. If something else comes to the fore during that period, seek and try a fit remedy for that ailment, and so on (This approach is used for prescribing Bach remedies). For recurrent or chronic troubles you should stay longer with the chosen remedies, and according to a sensible, good plan: There are suggestions on how to go about in detail below, and also on this page: [Link]
Example from the repertory (remedy list)
These three remedies are all produced from flowers, which is indicated by the letter B after the Latin names.
Trifolium, Red clover, is given a high ranking (5), and so is Eupatorium (Eutrochium purpureum), Trumpet weed. Calluna, heather, is thought to be generally good too, indicates its given, generalised number.
And how to get these remedies? There are several options:
1. If you want to, you may now take a hike to some nice places where these three plants grow and blossom, and pick them when they are in bloom. Make sure they are non-poisonous to humans. The whole flowers (including the calyx), is then spread over the surface of the water in the bowl you brought with you, and left to stand in the sun for four or five hours, maybe longer. It depends on the sunlight. You may make either three separate remedies in three bowls, or a blend of the three in the same bowl. It is up to you.
Now you preserve the water and add some gin or brandy or other fluid to conserve it, and then you have your own simple Bach remedy, for you produced your own remedies according to Dr Bach's sunshine method. It is detailed here: [Link]
2. If you do not want the trouble for some reason or other, you may try homeopathic variants of the three flowers instead. You may make them yourself "according to the book", if you take the trouble, for some trouble it is. You may make three separate remedies or a remedy blend. It is up to you. How to make remedies in this way is described here: [Link]
According to homeopathic consensus, you may need to "shake up" your remedies for a long time to get enough "pow" from the gentle, lovable flowers you killed.
3. A third way is to apply instruments and software from ◦Magneto-Geometric Applications, MGA in London, and save yourself many hours of work before you get your remedies. One more advantage is that through MGA you may get all the remedies of this remedy list, in all the potencies that are available otherwise - besides other potencies. Common pharmacies cannot give you such service. I recommend MGA's approach a lot. Maybe you qualify for acquiring such instruments, maybe not. You may try a phone call and ask for Wendy these days, or have a go via e-mail. Data is given below. [MGA Information]
The example continued
Now you know things to do related to the first ailment or trouble on your own private list. If you find several other things to deal with, for example futile joviality and friendliness, see if any of the three flower remedies above appear under that entry too. If so, "their case is strengthened" by it. If these first three remedies - Red clover, Trumpet weed, and heather - do not appear among remedies thought to work against the next pressing troubles, you may include one or two of those other highest-ranked "futility remedies" anyway; there is no law against that. This is so because the remedies of my repertory can be blended; they were thus selected, that is.
The beginner should perhaps restrict herself to three remedies or less at a time, and give the blend some more time to work, maybe 8 weeks per round.
IS HOMEOPATHY LEGAL . . .?
On the next pages are many entries. 'Dropsy' is one of them. Under that entry are listed 4 impressions, and some condensed, added information which is explained somewhat here, so that you may profit from the condensed information given:
Names of the four impressions spelled out
Here is a survey of names of homeopathic names [Link]. We may use these full names when we order homeopathic remedies. In this country they are basically available in pharmacies.
Yet in my Remedy Finder many names are shortened for convenience - and here is how it is done: The first word of an impression is written out in full, and 4 letters are usually included from the next word, and perhaps the word after that too. This saves space.
The letter B after some impressions is explained
The capital letter B put after an impression refers to a special processing - in some cases the sunshine-method of Dr. Edward Bach. Some such "B-impressions" may stem from poisonous flowers or plants. I leave it to you to make sure who they are, and note that the poison-showing daggers in the list of impressions do not give an inclusive overview of them. However, proper Bach impressions - there are 38 of them - are all non-poisonous. And homeopathic impressions - "remedies" - in the potencies D12 or c12 or 12x or higher, may be considered non-toxic or extremely safe. Homeopathic nosodes ("germ preparations"), on the other hand, must be above D30 (x30) and preferably still higher to be considered safe.
Right behind impressions are put some "adjustment numbers" to suggest the possible "adjustment pows (impacts)" of single remedies, that is, how effectively they could influence your bio-mind somehow. For example, after Apis mell is 3. The number refers to the much tentative "scale" below:
These "adjustment pow scale numbers" are meant to serve as tentative (loose) suggestions. They are undocumented, unverified, and not all homeopaths use graded symptoms in this way either. Some do, among them William Boericke. You may find I, aiming at more precision, have refined his indications as if it were possible. After all, general adjustment numbers can easily be misleading in individual cases because lexical descriptions are generalised and folks are not all uniform or conforming to lexicon definitions either. So people differ, and also differ in their responses to this and that and in their beliefs. Conditions and their severities differ too, and so on. Accordingly, it makes sense to allow for some leeway. Yet, when we seek homeopathic remedies against some ailment, what we aim for are remedies that work, and work better than others as well. Therefore I let the scale remain as the generalised suggestions it was meant to be.
What has been aimed at by the tentative, suggestive scale here is some generalised average. It is not scientifically verified, and that is the lay of the land with all homeopathic remedies, to my knowing.
Also, to the degree homeopathic preparations (impressions) work, the different preparations could alter the organism in different ways and thereby complement one another in covering (shooting at) different aspects (sides) of the trouble (issue) in question. Today there is some evidence that homeopathic remedies work. Research findings are promising, and so are Enger's findings as to how remedies may work.
Speaking of current and common homeopathic treatment, much is determined by the strength of the severe stressors and the relative "potency" or "charge" of a potentised preparation, or "impression". These need to be weighted. The prescriber is to take as much as he or she can of all that into account in order to let homeopathic potencies and the ways of dosaging match the symptoms, stress factors involved, and how severe they appear. Such over-all adjustment is claimed to be significant and crucial for happy outcomes.
By studying homeopathic literature we may see that for some diseases more than one preparation is listed. One or two may do in a case, or two or three. It is up to you. But which ones? That remains unsettled as we wait for proof that homeopathy is not bogus. Till then, what homeopaths say are to be categorised as speculation, maybe folly on a grand scale too.
The on-line Materia Medica and Repertory draw on symptom lists in some of the foremost collections, especially that of William Boericke. A huge work by John Henry Clark is also availed of.
These are the two most important ones among books I have consulted. I have access to many others, though.
An impression that seems to match your symptoms may be tested for a couple of months. Go gently then. "Lowest potencies first" is the suggested norm for non-professionals.
Here is one more rule of the thumb: The more and better the symptoms listed under such as "Apis" correspond to such as dropsy troubles in an individual case, the more hope that impression holds to a homeopathic practitioner who has faith in these things. [EXAMPLE]
Blends of impressions
Presumed, good effects of potentised preparations could be (a) intensified; (b) widened; (c) articulated better - by combining several pertinent impressions. Up to five and ten selected impressions from our lists may be combined. Try to aim for simplicity, though.
In order to determine just which impressions that fit you or your circumstances, use the numbers to the right of the impressions. Those marked by '4' and upwards from there, are the ones I trust are the most beneficial ones in a wide picture.
The listed preparations may be freely combined among themselves. There may not be any offensive side effects if you go gently enough, according to a questionnaire that was answered by over a hundred clients about four months after they took up using my preparations for some time.
For beginners, safety first.
Homeopathic remedies: When you go to a pharmacy and get a 'homeopathic preparation, homeopathic medicine, homeopathic remedy', as it may be called, the Latinised number behind the Latinised name tells of a preparation's so-called "potency." For example, Cannabis indica c30 means that hashish was diluted and shaken with water (or alcohol) through 30 rounds. There is hardly any hashish left in the preparation you get, as indicated by Avogadro's number. In taking this constant into account when calculating Hahnemann's homeopathy dilutions, we would find what dilutions that can be made without losing the original substance altogether - and the limit is equivalent to 12C or 24x (D24). To get even one single molecule of hashish from a solution diluted 30 times, one would have to drink 7,874 gallons of the solution. This would be roughly equivalent to a container 30 million times bigger than the Earth itself.
Thus, the effect of preparations with "potencies" well above c12 and D24, cannot be physiological. It is not "of energy" either. Thought is what we are left with among the three aspects of matter, then - that is, to the degree charged impressions (potentised remedies) work, some sorts of deep patterns à la thoughts are into it.
Surely, homeopathic remedies are thought to work deeper and longer the higher the Latinized numbers after the Latin names are. Here are common numbers:
Bach impressions: According to Malcolm Rae, the inherent "potencies" of Bach flower impressions are about c8-c9. It depends on several factors. Bach impressions are "low potencies", then. There are instructions for how to administer them online.
Malcolm Rae's impressions may be handled and treated as proper homeopathic remedies. As for other data cards and software he has developed, other rules of the thumb or suggestions apply.
Only a rough guide is given:
With more body mass that average, increase the number of pellets a little. Conversely, children should have perhaps half the doses - but spaced out in the same ways. [More]
Administering the doses
Remember these are just indicators. I do not hold the faith that potentised preparations can cure everything, but that some remedies may be tried against this and that specific trouble, and perhaps as back-up or props to some characteristics that you go for or work on developing in yourself.
Taking (ingesting) an impression could be understood as introducing an influence that should be budding well and spreading from deep inside. Such a thought out, quite discreet inner influence needs to "flower" and spread and yield (more or less temporarily) more or better wellness for mind and body. This should take place to the degree that the influence takes hold of the mind-and-body systems (bodymind is another term).
Feel free to try out some of the essences (potentised preparations) if you feel for it. Fit self-help is a boon, and explorations can lead to boons too. And better than both preventions and cures: a good life and bulwarking against defeats, humiliations and illnesses.
The practice is the basic thing. Theories are thoughts connected to the practice. Homeopathic prescribing is according to this very simple pattern (above) and on this page: [Link]. As routine such prescribing is very simple. Explaining the whys and wherefore takes more effort, though. There are many sides to theoretical parts of homeopathy. And giving fair, rational explantions of such matters is quite impossible, at least today. I have given it many "best shots" anyway.
Impression and charge correspond to remedy and potency
In this essay the term 'impression' is often used for such as 'potentised preparation', 'essence', 'homeopathic remedy', 'homeopathic medicine', and so on. The reason is that there is no effective physiological substances involved - so "remedy" and "medicine" may be a bit ill-conceived. And "potentised" has nothing to do with potency, or energy - the 'remedies' carry no added energy, as judged from how they are made. So I have landed on 'impression'. It covers what could be there, even as placebo.
To the degree an impression is in its carrier - water or alcohol or suger pellets - the impression has a charge that is commonly referred to by "potency".
Thus, impression and charge take the place of "remedy" and "potency", repectively, in an attempt to bring the key terms more in correspondence with recent findings.
Speaking of Effects: From a Little Investigation among Homeopathy Clients in 1981- 82
Patients with a wide variety of common ailments were given the remedies that could be got at the place (Aalesund, Norway), although with many unexpected troubles in procuring remedies, after a local pharmacist first had agreed to keep such remedies in stock, only to renege and thereby put me in a fix.
About four months after one round of treatment (lasting about 8 weeks), 72 percent of the patients reported that they were better or well in a questionaire they got via mail.
The questionnaire investigation also brought to light that the results of those who reported they had initial faith in the preparations and those who had initial disbelief in them, were about the same. Those who had a neutral attitude initially, got a little better results, but maybe not much significantly.
Among the chronic rheumatics, some 86 percent reported they had become better, even well, four months after their consultation. The percentage is much better than what is usually ascribed to placebo effects.
The patients got remedies selected for the very first edition of my Materia Medica with its handful of selection priorities. A problem was and is that the placebo effect may account for at least a part of the percentages. In some investigations it has been estimated to account for 50-60 percent. Now if there is another group of clients/patients to compare with (a control group, i.e., a group of persons who receive either a placebo or a standard drug when we investigate the effects), one can ascribe effects of the attempts at treatment more clearly.
As you go ahead, takes notes at night of your marked changes too. Some tend to come gradually, almost imperceptibly too, till they take hold. As a young student I noticed that my prescribed Arsenic album (Ars. alb) alleviated some of my pressing symptoms, for each day I forgot to take my low-potency pills, symptoms reappeared. But when I forgot to take another homeopath-prescribed impression, called Sabadilla, that did not happen. In fact, very little happened at any time with it, and I wondered why the homeopath had prescribed it instead of increasing the potency of Arsenicum album.
Dr. Olof Lindahl and Jan Lundvall suggest how to test oneself in a much similar way - and take down regular notes for a couple of months. [Lpn]
My first experiences convinced me that there was something in homeopathy, so I took the trouble to get into a classical variant of it and some other approaches too. I was very lucky to get a Heilpraktiker as my coach and tutor for about a year.
I may add that today I am free of allergy, according to a thorough blood test of 2007.
It can be wise to favour a "try and see" concept to any data presented, and learn about the pitfall of self-tests too. There is a difference between what is experienced - betterment or worsening, and what may rightly be ascribed to the effect of the remedies taken at the time. Figure 1 illustrates a few sides to this over-all problem about single cures:
The red line shows a gradual worsening as time goes by.
The blue line suggests the said effect of an impression ( remedy).
The green line indicates the result of those two - but there are not one possibility, but many, depending on the weights or problems and possible momentums of remedies involved. In two cases, two thought-out results are marked as a) and b) to suggest that.
The "funny" thing is that in single cases no one can tell - scientifically founded, that is - whether or how much an impression helps. Many think that because they get better after an impression is given them, the impression works well. Hopefully it does. But it is also theoretically possibly that the client would have become much better without any impression. One has to allow for that possibility. And similarly, when clients get worse for some time after getting an impression, they may say the impression harmed them, or did not help them - but they could have been much worse without the impression, and seldom take that into account unless they suffer from some terminal illness -
So in all fairness - single cases do not carry much weight as scientific evidence. The figure serves to show that an impression may worsen the development or situation, may work just as bad as the unassisted development (B), or may help a lot - at times without it being registered, because the so-called natural development of the troubles "dragged down" the results.
So there is much to consider, and many pitfalls for a sound study. For simple statistical analyses we need some twenty cases, roughly. That is considered a minimum. More advanced statistics is possible to bring in too (meta-analyses).
Things to take into account
The following is very simplified:
1. What could take place "naturally" or "anyway"may be divided in three at first: A man could find himself (a) Improving or going to improve; (2) Remaining stable; (3) Worsening - with no outer help at all.
2. an impression could (a) help, (b) be ineffective, i.e. don't work at all; (c), harm.
3. What is experienced in time as betterment or worsening or "standstill" depends on the combinations of 1 and 2.
Anecdotal evidence - evidence brought about by a few single cases - do not necessarily prove anything, neither that an impression helps or harms or does not work.
Fanatics often fall victims to stories of single cases. We need to guard against it.
Sides to Remedies
The work of an impression may be said to have stages "that represent the reaction of a person". One stage "represents the coping mechanism". This stage "is seen most frequently but it is also the least known in our literature. We find only the failed state in the Materia Medica, while what we see in practice is the . . . coping up stage (p. 155)." The outlook referred to is from a book by Rajan Sankaran: The Substance of Homeopathy, p. 155.
Dr. Bach likewise thought there are two main sides to his flower essence remedies: On the one hand he shows negative conditions or states that an impression may help against more or less. On the other hand he presents positive aspects, valued qualities, to each impression. Such positive sides often include coping impetuses.
In materia medicas, there are mentions of positive qualities of some remedies, both directly and indirectly. Dr. Boericke speaks of what an impression can promote and things it may remove. Apart from this, it is generally subsumed that an impression may take away (remove) the symptoms listed. Materia Medicas are to be understood in such a vein. Thus:
The weakness characteristic of all Potassium Salts is seen especially in this [i.e., Kalium chloricum], with soft pulse, coldness, general depression [etc.].So if a persons with these symptoms tries homoeopathic Kalium chloricum in a suitable homeopathic poetency and a dosage that is geared to it, things could go better for a while, even a long while. This suggests that a well-chosen homeopathic impression is for making named troubles and irregular goings associated with it, dwindle. But over and above it, it is held by some that homoeopathic remedies may foster or nourish good qualities too, and that such fine qualities (cf. the presentations of Bach flower remedies) may serve as counteracting agents or antidotes to particular problems.
Thus, a homoeopathic impression could:
Great Britain: Bach Remedies and homeopathic remedies, try http://www.bachessences.com/pages/fr_contact.htm
In Sweden: http://www.dcg.se/swe/
In Denmark: http://www.homeopatica.dk/
Get informed in Norway: (1). Løveapoteket, Olav Tryggvasons gate 26/28, N-7011 Trondheim. Phone: +47 7383 3283, Fax: +47 7383 3280, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MGA-equipment (cards [software] and instruments [hardware]): ◦Magneto-Geometric Applications, MGA,
Many of the entries of troubles and remedies to go with them in this Remedy Finder are included in Dr. Oscar Boericke's Therapeutic Index [Mab 995-1011]. I have drawn on it to a large extent. But the information is expanded too. One additional source is Dr. Clarke's Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica. My own findings are marked by a star (*) You may study the listings in the Remedy Finder in the light of the Materia Medica that goes along with it. There is a suggestive "renewing scale" of numbers for each impression. The numbers try to say something of the "pow" of individual remedies to handle some troubles, for example, or their proposed "pow" to help development of certain cardinal qualities. This use of homeopathy may be a bit controversial. However, with Bach remedies it is common.
Grading the effects of homoeopathic remedies is nothing new. In his repertory, Dr. Boericke grades the impression in two, while Dr. James Tyler Kent (1849-1916) uses three levels. The most outstanding characteristics are ranked highest, and given more weight when choosing the remedies. Our levels 3, 4 and 5 may be said to roughly correspond to Kent's third level. The numbers put at the back of remedies in the Kinnes Repertory are not from Dr. Boericke's index.
All of the selected remedies in my Materia Medic and Remedy Finder are not included in William and Oscar Boericke's combined work on homoeopathy [Mab], and not all of their remedies are included here either. I have included information from the rather large work of Dr. John Clarke, A Dictionary of Materia Medica, however, and also included some further problems and troubles - mainly mental or social ones - and the suggested remedies to go with them. And there are many more recent books on homeopathy to resort to as well (see the list of literature below)
Accordingly, some details of the MAE WEST REPERTORY are not found in the work of the Boericke's. Nor are all details substantiated in Clark's Dictionary. And please note that neither double-blind tests nor systematic provings have been done. However, clinical testings have been done on bacteria, animals, children, students, and adults. Some may feel free to try them out themselves, and that would be OK, so long as medical supervision is not done away with.
A well received forerunner of this list appeared in 1985 in the form of a quite slim book that focused solely on mental aspects of the remedies included at the time. An internationally known medical doctor and author of many books on alternative medicine wrote thus about it in a letter:
"It cannot be done better (?). I'll start using it tomorrow already."Since then the list of remedies has grown bigger and more inclusive, and the list of troubles too. I consider this Internet edition to be a second edition.
"One step at the time" - In the light of this, the lists of findings are presented mainly for educational purposes, till evidence surfaces. "Feel free to try, on the safe side" is a fit motto.
An impression that is hoped to counteract rashness, could promote things fairly opposite to rashness - wanted qualities, even.
A word often has many meanings, and there are traps in that. But if by "rashness" we mean "silly, thoughtless hastiness", a possible opposite (something positive to express well, could be "studied level-headedness" in some way or other, and that would be thought of as the positive effect of Pulsatilla, all in all, even though few or none hve considered that. However, by gathering the common and very well known symptoms of Pulsatilla, this little summary of its positive character begins to make sense!
If you need to bulwark that side of the inner mind, or strengthen that side, and want Pulsatilla for that one reason, you come very close to those who take Bach essence remedies. Many of those persons focus on the proposed positive sides of the remedies, you see. And it is allowed to "try and see" too. It does not cost a lot of money, the remedies are said to be extremely safe and non-poisonous, and they do not interfere (as far as I know) with prescribed (chemical) remedies. One is free to try as long as it does not interfere negatively with sound, medical diagnosis, advice, and treatment.
Taking (ingesting) an impression could be understood as introducing an influence that should be budding well and spreading from deep inside, from outside the normal awareness. Next this secret influence has to flower and spread and yield (more or less temporary) increase of wellness to the mind and body as the influence takes hold of the mind-and-body from inside and outwards - and thus gains some more sway or momentum in correcting (read: renewing) the mind from within.
There are many ways of putting this. And we think or hold that each essence impression (mind impression) may help renew and restore parts (facets) of the mind deep inside by such as (1) bulwarking against deteriorations, (2) and instigating some constructive or even handy sides (aspects) to flourish from deep inside the renewed spirit of your mind - to say it with Paul - if given enough time and the conditions are gentle or on our side. Much depends on which is the stronger influence; that of the combined spirit-helping remedies, or that of the combinded troubles within and/or without.
If this little lecture can help you, it can help. If not, it is not tactless to try such remedies anyhow, because "an ounce of practice outweighs an neigh". OK?
The Renewing Scale Explained a Bit
To show more along this vein: Say that the female trouble "No desire for anything" is listed with many mind remedies to it. They are thereby proposed to counteract that trouble - more or less, as the case may be.
Each impression in such a list is allotted a number, which suggests how far the impression may "renew the deep mind inside" and thus combat the trouble, it that is possible from deep inside. That should be thought about too, of course, to avoid rashness and mishap.
It is suggested that an impression that is allotted the score 3 (medium) is unable to cure (or suppress) all the troubles it is given that score for. Maybe up to 70% of the troubles diminish or disappear for some time. How long an impression may "sit" and work deep inside, is not possible to talk of in general terms; it tends to depend on many things. But if one 3-score impression helps some, three remedies of these selected remedies may work together and do the trick, they may cure the troubles, or suppress all of them (for some unspecified time - maybe a year, maybe some more time). And your general faith may influence the long-term results too. There are many factors involved, many factors to take into account and consider. Please not that well.
The mind impression Cinnamonum, which is derived from cinnamon, should be given the "Renewal score" 4 against the same female trouble: "Female: . . . No desire for anything"". The Renewing Scale could then be taken to mean that such as homeopathic cinnamon (above D6 or 6x) would be a "strong" impression against that complaint. Perhaps. That too is hard to tell in general terms. You see, some essence remedies are made from other parts of the plants than the bark, and therefore it pays to be more "pulsatillic" in the matter, not rash, but showing more "studied level-headedness". There are many ways to do it.
It may be suggested (with appropriate leeway for individual differences) that essence-cinnamon alone may cure up to 85 % of that complaint, maybe less - working as a single agent. If combined with another "4 impression", as one of the remedies against "Female: No desire for anything", as (Boericke does - and it is interpreted and understood OK, the two of them may cure the female complaint completely for some time. And what happens next, "birds" only know - or God. He sits deep inside too, in heaven, the good old Bible suggests in several passages, including one in Lukas.
Note, then, that the presumed good effects of our mind remedies may be (a) intensified; (b) widened; (c) articulated better - by combining several pertinent remedies.
OK Faith Is not Forbidden in These Circles
You should always believe all you read in the newspapers, as this makes them more interesting. - Rose Macaulay (1881-1958)There is written untruth and spoken untruth and lived untruth - and humbug too. That self-help might be fostered by humbug is very likely, as you will see if you read on.
The value of keeping an open mind first
We should keep an open mind about complementary medicine, that attitude could eventually help you: It is not that we would play on faith, but keeping an open mind should at least not be forbidden, because placebo effects (mobilised good optimism and perhaps also good faith) may help some.
However, pills that work at large (have documented effects), have certain effects regardless of what is thought of them or not. Thus, don't let any negative faith stand in the way of proficient diagnosis and self-help, for example.
It is possible to keep an open mind and still be very proficient rational handling. The one does not exclude the other.
Double-blind Tests Document the Effects of Good Optimism (and Faith)
Most standard tests of medicine pills use a so-called "double-blind" scheme where those who take part in the test, are divided into two groups, and then the medicine is administered. But some who get what they think is medicine, get a placebo instead. A placebo (from Latin, 'I please'), is a fake medicine, for example plain sugar. Neither those who hand out the medicine and those who get it, know who get placebo pills and who get the "real stuff", i.e., the medicine to be tried out. In this respect both parties are "blind".
It has shown up repeatedly that most of the effect of various pills is due to the placebo effect. It suggests that persons put faith in pills, and this faith helps many through psychosomatic avenues and along other lines, possibly. When there is so much free-flowing help from arousing faith in a cure and keeping it up, one had better learn to make good use of the placebo effect, is a conclusion by a Swedish professor, dr. Olof Lindahl, in a book he co-authored [Lnp].
◎ A placebo effect may be called good optimism (maybe faith too) paving its way along psychosomatic avenues.
Better than both preventions and cures: a good life and bulwarking against defeats, humiliations and illnesses
We think the organism of humans and animals have great understanding of how to maintain itself. In our present-day conditions, stresses and unnatural living may undermine the organism's coping mechanims. Stress is not easy to "play with":
Doctors estimate that emotional stress plays an important role in more than half of all medical problems [Hi 505].
When this is the case, there are two things to consider: (1) Stress is thought to affect the mind and nervous system and the organism as a whole through so-called psychosomatic measures. (2) But then psychosomatics holds keys to some cures too, and not only to derangements. Good optimism (perhaps faith too) is at times into it. Placebo effects go into psychosomatics too. The routes or avenues are not much understood, but the effects are undeniable, even in terminal cancer patients, as O. Carl Simonthon and others have documented. [Kafk]
If the stresses and strains and unnatural living are prolonged, original coping mechanisms may turn into defeating mechanisms, or psychodynamic "defence mechanisms". If so, they are sly in that they normally do not operate (work) inside the field of conscious awareness. Their effects, however, may derange a life horribly if given full play. One should try to lessen them by lessen the basic needs for that sort of defences first. Note the circumstances may have to be altered, but that is perhaps only half of what will be needed. Much "soul-searching" may be needed too, or other sorts of therapy. Therapy is mostly costy.
Also, prevention is better than cure, and self-help is a boon. One should be free to make efforts to combat diseases in oneself and the near and dear ones.
◎ Striving for the good life is not to be forgotten -
Conditions Differ, and So Do We
Essence remedies or homoeopathic remedies may not heal one in any case. Much is determined by the strength of the severe stressors or life circumstances, and the relative "homoeopathic strength" of an impression or a bunch of remedies taken together. In principle, to give effective help, a "impression's strength" has to be equal to the offsetting influences inside. Dosage is another important point in the art of self-help healing. It is not covered right here and now.
How well an impression matches or "shoots" the symptom (trouble) it is listed under, is another topic. In the lists of problems and aligned remedies that follow, we have mainly suggested the relative worth of various remedies by numbers to the right of the remedies. Conditions differ, individuals differ, so the relative or postulated (thought of) general effect may differ considerably. Take that into account. It has to be done in these sorts of therapies: Bach flower remedies, homoeopathy, and gem remedies. They are combined here. We have drawn on all three in the hope of offering far better help in this way.
It is our firm belief that well chosen (matching) remedies of our 470 impression selection, can ease troubles before they get the best of everyone. Fit remedies may encourage the organism to make needed adjustments if their homoeopathic strengths and dosages follow suit. Why should not they? Note as well that we don't have to believe in a thing that works - we can just try out the medley of your choice and note possible changes in you - spirit, mind, feelings, body, conduct, and further. If you have found one or more remedies that fit your problems, marked differences of the kind "before versus after" taking the impression, may be noted. That is your part, in case. But an impression that works, works also if you don't write down a thing. This means that you could enhance your understanding of how potentised remedies affect you if you keep notes.
◎ Firm belief that works, may affect both the believer and others inside his range of influence.
Here is our "main trust" in the remedies shown
In any one problem (trouble) in the list, one or more remedies are listed alphabetically. Latin names are given throughout, for the sake of clarity and routing out the possiblity of being misunderstood.
Further, in any bundle of remedies - for example in the case of Indifference, different remedies are said to bring help in different ways. They can thus complement one another in covering (shooting at) different aspects (sides) of the trouble (issue) in question.
In order to determine just which remedies that fit you or your circumstances, use the numbers to the right of the remedies. Those marked by '4' and even better, '5' and occasionally '5+' (outstanding), have our main trust generally. However, if you have other symptoms that otherwise indicate one of the gentler remedies (marked by a '3' or '2', you have to weigh it and count those facets in so that you can get the best or most out of it. Yet, the remedies with the highest numbers can be well worth trying anyway. Maybe you can combine them.
◎ You talk of faith if you have not good enough documentation, basically -
Free to Try and See for Yourself
All the remedies may be freely combined among themselves. One may take up to ten remedies in a blend if that is useful. There should be no side effects in any case.
Just feel free to try and note your marked changes too, for your own good. All the remedies we use are of non-toxic potencies and forms. You must ensure that yours are completely non-toxic too, where you are. It is up to you.
◎ Free to try and note differences before and after - be as systematic as you can.
Sound Medical Diagnoses and Expert Cures Are Not to Be Ignored
Information on this site is due to investigations that are presented for educational purposes and in some cases for gentle self-care or self-help attempts. In the absence of much and sound traditional research into most of what is given, it is wise to favour a "try and see" concept to any data presented.
Moreover, one should never let complementary medicine interfere with sound medical diagnosis and qualified prescription-making and possible treatment.
◎ Powerful people do as they wish, small folks as they may (Norwegian proverb).
Questions of Selecting Remedies, of Remedy Blends, Dosages Etc.
In choosing the remedies to try, study the numbers to the right of the remedies and pick the one you assess to be the most fit one, and maybe you should add one or more other remedies too. Up to five and ten of selected remedies can be combined. The remedies were chosen to blend nicely in general.
The Bach Centre in England has neat guidelines on how to select remedies too. For the time being you are referred to their pages on it [Link].
Hi: Smith, Carolyn D. (ed) et al.: Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology. 14th ed. . Belmont: Thomson Wadsworth, 2003.
Kafk: Simonton, O. Carl, Stephanie Matthews-Simonton, and James Creighton: Du kan bli frisk igjen. (Getting well again) Oslo: Dreyer, 1982.
Lnp: Lindahl, Olof and Lindwall, Lars: Laegevidenskaben i nyt perspektiv. Copenhagen: Reitzel, 1979.
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