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Homeopathy is a 215 year old medical practice for treating diseases using the philosophy that "like treats like". Homeopathy uses small amounts of substances that, in large amounts, produce symptoms similar to those being treated. In fact when translated from Greek the word Homeopathy means "Similar Suffering".
Homeopathy was founded by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who lived from 1755- 1843. Around 1784, at 29 years old, Dr. Hahnemann gave up his medical practice to resolve the causes of medicine's alleged errors. To do this he made his living as a writer and translator of medical books. While translating a medical book written by a Dr. William Cullen, Hahnemann encountered the claim that would launch homeopathy on its course. Dr. Cullen asserted: "cinchona bark was effective in treating malaria because of its astringency" (an astringent is the term used to describe a substance that has a constricting or binding effect either in or on the body). Dr. Cullen described the cinchona bark's mechanism of action as a function of its astringency and it was for that reason it helped Malaria.
Needless to say Hahnemann did not accept this explanation however as a man of science he decided to test it. He took four drams or 2 teaspoon full of cinchona bark, twice daily for several days. Within a few days Hahnemann developed symptoms similar to that of a malaria patient. From this he concluded that cinchona bark was useful in the treatment of malaria because cinchona would produce the same malaria-like symptoms in a healthy person.
Hahnemann needed support for this new theory and so began exploring several other medical books to help him explain this. In this process he noted some Hippocratic writings. Hippocrates, who lived around 470-400bc, is known as the "Father of Medicine" and for whom we get the Hippocratic Oath (To do no harm), stated in his writings: "Disease is eliminated through remedies able to produce similar symptoms." Hahnemann also noted (as Hippocrates had so many years early), that the severity of symptoms and healing responses, depended on the individual. This led Hahnemann to the basis of homeopathy; the principal of simile that like is treated with like.
To give an example of the Principle of Simile let us look at the effects of peeling a red onion. When you cut a red onion it produces symptoms like a runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, and even a cough; symptoms very similar to a cold or hay fever. Therefore the homeopathic remedy, Allium Cepa, is used to treat this type of cold or allergy. Also conventional medicines tend to employ substances that are based on contraries. A contrary is substance that produces an opposite reaction. An example of this is the use of a laxative to fight constipation. While this is not harmful in the short term, over use can create a new problem; dependency.
Hahnemann then began to test various substances on himself and volunteers. By applying the scientific method he proved what various organic, and inorganic substances could do to the body. He wrote his findings down and later put those in his book the Organon of Medicine and later the Homeopathic Materia Medica, which served to list the indications and uses of the various homeopathic remedies. Hahnemann knew that these substances, in full strength, may cause harm to a person who is already suffering from a disease, especially if they were already in a weakened state. Therefore, he sought a method for which he could preserve the energy, or potency, of the substance without transmitting its potentially harmful side effects. Hahnemann's solution was to dilute the original substances to a point where the harmful effects would be relegated. This is where we acquire the second law in homeopathy, The Law of Infinitesimals, or more commonly the homeopathic potencies.
In 1831, a Typhoid and Cholera epidemic spread through Europe and the U.K.. This occurred as a result of the three wars which had ravaged most of the countries there (the Seven Years War, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars). During this time, homeopathy was put to the test. Hahnemann himself healed 180 cases of typhus with only one fatality. One of his students lost only six cholera patients among 154 treated. That results in a mortality rate of .05% for Hahnemann and 4% for his pupil. To put that into to perspective, in the same town where Hahnemann was working, of the 1500 patients treated by orthodox methods, 825 or 55% died.
Later in 1854, well after Hahnemann's death, another cholera epidemic was stopped in Britain by homeopathic hospitals. The hospitals had only a 16% death rate compared to that of a 52% death rate at other conventional hospitals. As a result, homeopathic medicine was officially recognized in the U.K.
How does it work? Potencies and Nanodoses
Homeopathics are made by taking a substance and then methodically mixing and diluting it usually either to the X or C potencies. The X stands for 1:10 and the C means 1:100. The corresponding number in front of the letter determines how many times the substance has gone through this process, whereas the letter determines to what extent. For example, to make 3C homeopathic potencies a homeopath starts with the original substance, or mother tincture. They then add this to 99 parts of milk sugar and run it through a process called trituration (or grinding). This results in a 1C homeopathic potency. Next, the 1C potency is taken, mixed with another 99 parts of the dilutant and triturated again, thereby resulting in a 2C homeopathic potency. Finally, the 2C potency is taken and added to 99 parts of distilled water and then run through a process called succussion, which means to violently agitate. The end result is a 3C potency which can be added to capsules or left in a liquid state.
This process of consecutive diluting and shaking can be repeated 3, 6, 12, 30, 200, 1000, or more times. Ironically the more dilute the substance becomes the more powerful and deeply it acts. When something is made into a homeopathic it imprints the essence of the original ingredient on the dilutant. Through this certain healing mechanisms are engaged within the body; the result is an alleviation of symptoms and the return to good health.
A classical naturopath specializes in "wellness." and teaches clients how to apply natural lifestyle approaches to assist the body's health building potential. They recognize that the majority of sub-health conditions are cumulative effects. To a naturopath, disease is a manifestation of the body trying to correct imbalances. Imbalances are brought about due to poor nutritional intake, improper sleeping habits, stress, and other lifestyle choices which breakdown the body. Thus, naturopathy focuses on recognizing negative lifestyle behaviors that result in imbalances. Once the imbalances are corrected the body can correct and ultimately heal itself.
Naturopathy is legal in 50 states, however it is not considered to be a practice of medicine. This is because legislature groups classical naturopaths with naturopathic physicians who have a 4-year degree that includes pharmacology and minor surgery, which should require a license.
Homeopathy is not FDA approved because approval is solely reserved for "new drugs." Since homeopathy is well over 200 years old, and has satisfactory safety record, it is exempt from filing "new drug" applications. This means that homeopathics cannot and are not FDA approved. All VÄXA Homeopathic ingredients are compliant with both the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS) and current FDA regulations.
The Herxheimer Reaction, also referred to as a die-off reaction or a healing response, is a short-term detoxification reaction in the body which could last from a few days to a few weeks. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea, or other symptoms.
This is a normal and even healthy reaction to the toxins that are released when large numbers of parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. When the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly those flu-like symptoms can occur (this is also called a die-off). Other times the reaction is simply due to toxins which have been liberated by the cleansing process itself and have nothing to do with an actual die-off (called a healing crisis). The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment in question; in fact, usually just the opposite. The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place.
VÄXA's lab is now one of a select group of companies that comply with the GMP requirements as set forth by the NPA (Natural Products Association), the nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. The certification is based on third-party inspections and comprehensive audits in the areas of quality operations, manufacturing, process controls, equipment and sanitation, plant and grounds, personnel, warehouse, and distribution practices. In addition to obtaining GMP Certification, our plant also received an A rating for compliance.
Due to the fact homeopathic medicines can be derived from multiple sources, including inorganic and organic substances to include animals, not all VÄXA products are vegan-friendly.
VÄXA products are also not certified Kosher. While they do meet cleanliness standards associated with kosher standards they do not meet the religious aspects the certification would entail.
Unless you are referring to VÄXA Nutritionizer, Systemex, Daily Essentials, or any of our other dietary supplements, the answer is no. VÄXA's homeopathic products are intended to support self-limiting issues and are not intended to replace nutritional supplements. We actually encourage the use of supplements in conjunction with proper nutrition.
The loading dosage is recommended to help ensure that results have every opportunity to manifest. Most conditions, especially those in the acute or early stages, tend to be greatly improved once the body receives what it needs or may be lacking; the loading dosage ensures this "gap" is filled.
In fact, most individuals who deal with acute issues tend to see improvement in a rather short period of time, sometimes days to weeks. On the other hand, those dealing with chronic conditions or those who have longer running issues, need the loading dosage more than those with acute conditions for all the same reasons. However, the severity of the issue usually means that either more systems are being affected (in other words there are more diverse symptoms or new symptoms in other areas) or that they will soon be affected. In cases where chronic conditions have set in, the loading dosage should be followed to the letter to ensure all possible chances are given. Usually those with chronic conditions require more time to see noticeable results usually weeks to months.
The higher initial dosage is recommended to help obtain satisfactory results. Most conditions, especially those in the acute or early stages, tend to be improved once the body receives what it needs or may be lacking; the higher dosage ensures this "gap" is filled.
Yes, all VÄXA products are gluten free except VÄXA Greens.
Since 1987, our scientists have developed powerful homeopathic medicinals and dietary supplements that are recognized internationally for their effectiveness, quality and purity. These advanced doctor-formulated, multi-dimensional medicinals utilize the science of homeopathy coupled with the power of herbs and nutritionals. Our holistic formulas were created to support nearly every aspect of your health and wellness. Our homeopathic supplements are formulated to address a wide range of health concerns including: cardiovascular health, daily nutrition, digestive health, immune system health, internal cleansing and detoxification, men's health, women's health, neurological health, ocular health, organ system health, respiratory health, skin health, and weight management and support for your overall health.