Homeopathic medicine views the symptom expression in each individual as the guide from the inner healing mechanism of the body. Symptoms tell the homeopath how the body is attempting to rid itself of the disturbance, and so the homeopath looks for a remedy that will support that innate process, thus facilitating the person in completing their own self-healing. Homeopathy is useful in all ages and conditions, but due to its safety and non-toxicity, it is known as particularly beneficial for children, in pregnancy, the elderly, and those who are particularly sensitive to their environment- both energetically and physically. Different approaches may be used in homeopathy, depending on the needs of the person being treated, the nature of the condition, and the homeopathics being employed.
The classical approach to homeopathic treatment is to treat the constitution. A constitution includes the entire make up of the person, therefore the physical, mental, and emotional planes are considered, and includes both subjective and objective symptoms and experiences. A homeopath puts together the distinguishing features of a person’s constitution and researches to find the best fitting homeopathic remedy for that unique individual. A single remedy is given that has a comprehensive scope of action for each individual.
Often times, symptoms are looked at from an acute perspective. A specific symptom set is considered, for example, the swelling, pain and redness that arises from a bee sting, and a remedy, or combination of remedies, is chosen based on those acute symptoms. This method of treatment is often successful in first-aid (accidents and injuries), but less successful for conditions such as colds, flu, rashes or fevers.
In order to maintain health, or reduce susceptibility of a person, a pre-emptive or prophylactic approach may be considered. Homeoprophylaxis is the name given to this treatment style. It involves taking a remedy or combination of remedies before symptoms are experienced by the person. This method is likened to a training event or educational exposure to a remedy so that the body is supported and ready to respond if called upon. Reasons for using this method may include when a family member or roommate becomes sick, for travel, or during times of seasonal/community illnesses.
When a person knows that they have had a specific exposure or experience, from which they have developed symptoms or imbalances, a homeopath might choose an isopathic approach. A homeopathic preparation is given of the known disruptive-source material, which enables the body to fully process and release the disturbance. Isopathic treatment is sometimes referred to as homeopathic clearing. CEASE therapy is an example of this type of treatment.