Homepathy has been used throughout the world since Samuel Hahnemann introduced this complete system of medicine in the late 1700s. Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars, like cures like, or “Similia Similibus Curentur”, which means that a remedy produces symptoms in a healthy person that will cure a person in a diseased state. It is the opposite of traditional western allopathic medications that suppress symptoms. Homeopathy treats the root cause of disease by gently stimulating the body to heal itself.
Mary was trained in Classical Homeopathy at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM). She is registered with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.
Homeopathy is now a regulated profession in Ontario? Please visit the College of Homeopaths of Ontario website for information.
Mary Paterson Blackmore, DCHM (Hons), is the owner of Blackmore Wellness in Snow Road Station, where she treats a variety of chronic and acute conditions. Mary also visits patients at their homes, depending on proximity. Appointments may be in person or by telephone. Mary also practices at Lotus Wings in Perth on Saturdays and by special appointment. (30C North Street, Perth, ON K7H 2S7)
Mary was trained in Classical Homeopathy at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM) in Toronto. She also has extensive administrative and business management skills and experience. She holds a diploma in Business Administration, Computer Business Information Systems from Ryerson University, a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University Schulich School of Business, and maintains a Project Management Professional designation (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.
Mary is an advocate of continuous, lifelong learning. She continues her homeopathic education through courses, seminars, and conferences. She also teaches classes on a variety of topics with a focus on Homeopathic treatment.
While in her final year at CCHM, Mary published an Independent Research Project entitled, “The Homeopathic Treatment of Headaches and Migraines and Other Alternative Treatments”.
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The initial consultation will usually last for approximately 1 – 2 hours. The chief complaints of the individual will be discussed in depth as well as other symptoms, from head to toe. Some of the questions might seem irrelevant but they are necessary to paint the total symptom picture of the individual.
After taking the remedy prescribed, an individual may experience a heightening of some existing symptom(s). This is a normal occurrence but it may not be experienced. It is usually followed by an improvement in the total symptom picture. Every individual is different and may experience the action of a particular remedy differently.
In treatment of chronic conditions, it is recommended that there be a series of follow up appointments to fine tune the treatment. Usually these are scheduled approximately 3 weeks apart but that may vary depending on the individual as well.
Homeopathy is a natural, safe, and effective system of medicine that stimulates the immune system to help heal the body from the inside out. Most homeopathic medicines are made from plants and minerals occurring in nature and have few side effects.
Homeopathy does not suppress symptoms but targets the root cause of the illness, which helps prevent a recurrence of chronic conditions.
A homeopath does not diagnose. That is not in our scope of practice and there is no need for us to do this. We deal in terms of the signs and symptoms presented by an individual. These signs and symptoms are the body’s way of telling us that there is an imbalance and they are indications of the medicine that the body needs.
Every individual has a different susceptibility to illness and disease. Homeopathic treatment strives to raise the level of wellness of an individual and reduce susceptibility to disease.
Homeopathy facilitates healing from the inside out. This is most evident with skin issues. Skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, warts, and rashes always develop from within the body and to achieve permanent results we need to treat those conditions from the inside out. The body always tries to push out illness away from the vital organs and we can see this when it reaches the skin. When we suppress skin conditions, we are forcing the illness back inside the body and back toward the vital organs. This is not a good thing. Topical ointments and steroid creams applied to skin conditions may relieve symptoms temporarily but they don’t get to the root of the problem. Homeopathy does – eliminating it at the source so future recurrences are less likely.
Homeopathy can treat many conditions safely and effectively. If you have never tried a homeopathic remedy before you will notice its action in an acute situation. Chronic conditions that recur can also be effectively treated with homeopathic medicine. The action of the remedy may not be as noticeable right away and you may need several different remedies or a change in potency to bring about the desired change in health.
Classical Homeopathy identifies the closest match between a remedy symptom picture and the symptom picture of an individual. Only one remedy is given at a time. This enables the Homeopath to see how the remedy is acting and to make any necessary adjustments based on that action. Remedies work differently on different individuals. Sometimes a higher or lower potency is indicated, often based on the sensitivity of the individual. Sometimes a repeat of the original dose is needed, especially if the remedy was antidoted by another substance that the individual came in contact with. At other times, a total change in remedy is required. It will depend on how the individual reacts to the initial remedy and what other symptoms are produced.
There are products in the marketplace labeled as “Homeopathic” preparations that contain many ingredients. These are not considered as Classical Homeopathy. When multiple ingredients are combined, it is not really possible to identify which ingredient is providing the benefit.
In aphorism 7 of the Organon of the Medical Art (Brewster O’Reilly 1996), Hahnemann states that, “The totality of these symptoms is the outwardly reflected image of the inner wesen of the disease, that is, of the suffering of the life force. The totality of symptoms must be the principal or the only thing whereby the disease can make discernible what remedy [curative means] it requires, the only thing that can determine the choice of the most suitable helping-means. thus, in a word, the totality of the symptoms must be the most important, indeed the only thing in every case of disease, that the medical-art practitioner has to discern and to clear away, by means of his art, so that the disease shall be cured and transformed into health.” He goes on to say that, “A single symptom of the disease is no more the disease itself than a single foot is the man himself.”
It is important to take into consideration all of the symptoms of the individual when taking a case. The totality of the symptoms will help in arriving at the most suitable remedy for the individual. It is the characteristic symptoms of the remedy that best matches the symptom picture of the individual that should be considered when choosing the similimum. The individual may present with physical symptoms but through proper questioning techniques, the homeopath can draw out the mental and emotional symptoms if they are not readily given by the patient. General symptoms are important also, especially physical generals with modalities describing the symptom. Location and Sensation are key helping to define characteristic symptoms. Any symptom that is strange, rare, and peculiar should be ranked with high importance. Also, symptoms that are volunteered by the patient should have more weight than those elicited by the homeopath.
Hahnemann said that to bring about the desired change in human vitality, the amount of quantity (dose) of medicine required is the least possible. It should be the minimum amount of stimulus needed to excite the vital force to effect a curative action. A single remedy should be administered to a patient at a time and remedies should not be given in combination in true Classical Homeopathy. Often, a remedy produces an aggravation that usually signals that curative action will happen. By administering the minimum dose, that aggravation can be minimized or even prevented.
In aphorism 279 of the Organon of the Medical Art (Brewster O’Reilly, 1996), Hahnemann states that, “ …the dose of a homeopathically chosen, highly potentized remedy for the beginning of treatment of an important (especially chronic) disease, as a rule, can never be prepared so small that it would not
We are all spiritual individuals in a material form. it is the vital force within us that controls the actions of our mind and body and drives us to advance and evolve. Hahnemann stated in Aphorism 9 of the Organon of the Medical Art (Brewster O’Reilly, 1996), “In the healthy human state, the spirit-like life force (autocracy) that enlivens the material organism as dynamis, governs without restriction and keeps all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious vital operation, as regards both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.“
That vital force is what keeps us healthy. When there is a pathological disturbance in the vital force, it produces a diseased state resulting in signs and symptoms of the disease in the individual. The disease is dynamic in nature and therefore, homeopathic remedies must be dynamic in nature also to have an impact on the disturbance of the vital force.
In finding the most appropriate homeopathic remedy for the diseased state, it is important to match the dynamism of the remedy with the dynamism of the diseased state. Homeoopathic remedies are energy medicine that interacts with the vital force to help the individual heal herself. The symptoms of the individual are key to determining the similimum. They highlight the path of disturbance and a remedy is given to stimulate the individual toward the same path of outward movement, the natural direction of cure. The curative process is seen when symptoms move from top downward and from the inside to out. Hahnemann stated in Aphorism 10 of the Organon of the Medical Art (Brewster O’Reilly, 1996) , “In other words, the morbid mistunement of the life principle makes itself discernible by disease symptoms; in no other way can it make itself known.”
In aphorism 2 of the Organon of the Medical Art (Brewster O’Reilly, 1996), Hahnemann states that, “ The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle, and permanent restoration of health; that is, the lifting and annihilation of the disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable, and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly realizable [in-seeable] principles.
Hahnemann discovered truths and laws of nature by inductively studying facts. Homeopathy is a scientific system of healing that is based on those laws of nature and developed by inductive reasoning. The principles and methods of cure stemmed from this overarching philosophy of what constitutes a professional of the medical art. In the Organon of the Medical Art (Brewster O’Reilly, 1996), Hahnemann states, “To be a genuine practitioner of the medical art, a physician must:
In this way, recovery must result. Adapting what is curative in medicines to what is diseased in patients requires that the physician be able to:
[If the physician has this insight, discernment, knowledge and awareness] then he understands how to act expediently and thoroughly, and he is a genuine practitioner of the medical art.”
So, first off, the homeopath must realize what needs to be cured. She will do this in case taking by eliciting responses to questions about mental, emotional, physical, and general symptoms. She will review the health history with the patient. She will be an unbiased observer and take into account her own objective observations of the patient as well as what the patient says and what the patient’s family and friends say.
She will assess the total symptom picture of the individual and find the best match with symptom pictures of appropriate remedies to arrive at the similimum for that individual. Like cures like, according to the law of similar.
The remedy will be administered using the principle of minimum dose in order to minimize any potential aggravation of symptoms. A single remedy will be given, not in combination with any others as per the principles of Classical Homeopathy. The homeopath will watch and wait to see how long the homeopathic remedy will act so that she can repeat the remedy if necessary, or change the remedy if indicated. She will endeavor to remove any obstacles to cure or to advise the patient on those obstacles so that the patient may make any lifestyle changes required to facilitate healing.
The homeopath will watch the direction of cure. Hahnemann noted that allopathic treatment of disease resulted in a metastasis that deepened the disease so that it became chronic. Hering discovered that when the disease symptoms intensified, they moved from the exterior or surface of the body to the interior of the body and also from the less vital organs to the more vital organs. Similarly, when the disease symptoms lessen, or a cure is effected, those symptoms reverse in direction. They move from the inside, out and from vital organs to minor organs. it is a good sign when homeopaths see skin eruptions following a remedy because it shows that the disease is being pushed to the surface and healing is taking place. Symptoms also move from the top, downward in the direction of cure. Sometimes homeopaths see cases of eczema that appeared on the chest or upper body move direction to the extremities. That is a curative direction. In a cure, symptoms that have appeared last will be the first to go. They will be removed in the reverse order of appearance.
Homeopathic remedies have both primary and secondary action. The primary action is the direct action of the remedy on the vital force which causes a shift in the overall health of the individual. The secondary action is the action of the vital force after the remedy has caused the shift. In Aphorism 64 of the Organon of the Medical Art (Brewster O’Reilly, 1996), Hahnemann discusses this, “As seen from the following examples, during the initial action of the artificial disease potencies (medicines) upon our healthy body, our life force appears to comport itself only conceptively (receptively, passively as it were) and appears as if it were forced to allow the impressions of the artificial potence impinging from without to occur in itself, thereby modifying its condition. The life force then appears to rally in one of two ways:
Potentization is the process of energizing a homeopathic remedy. The purpose is to make the remedy more dynamic and curative. This is done by taking the Mother Tincture, a tincture of the medicinal substance to be used. A plant tincture is usually made by soaking a part of the plant in alcohol or a water and alcohol solution. Tinctures of metals are made by trituration, which is the grinding of the substance with an inert substance or vehicle like milk sugar until the substance becomes soluble. Usually, the amount of medicinal substance in the Mother Tincture is one tenth of the vehicle.
Next, there is a series of dilutions of the mother tincture. There are different methods or scales for doing this. The decimal scale is a ratio of 1:10, one part medicinal substance and 9 parts vehicle. This would be represented by an X or a D after the name of the remedy and potency. eg. Pulsatilla 6X. The Centesimal scale is a ratio of 1:100, one part medicinal substance and 99 parts vehicle, represented by a C or CH following the remedy name and potency. eg. Sulphur 30CH. There is also the Millesimal scale, LM potencies, which are one part 3C potency and 50,000 parts of the vehicle.
The process of dilution goes like this. 1 drop of Mother Tincture of Chamomilla is put into 99 drops of a water and alcohol solution. The alcohol and water solution should be 40% alcohol and 60% distilled water. The solution is succussed to produce a 1C potency. Succussion is the vigorous shaking of the solution that makes it more dynamic. Then one drop of the 1C potency is put into 99 drops of a new water and alcohol solution. Then that is succussed to make a 2C potency and so on in similar fashion until the desired potency is achieved.
In Aphorism 269 of the Organon of the Medical Art (Brewster, O’Reilly, 1996), talks about the potentization of substances, “For its own special purpose, the homeopathic medical art develops to a formerly unheard of degree the internal, spirit-like medicinal powers of crude substances. it does so by means of a procedure which belongs exclusively to it (and which was untried before my time) whereby these substances become altogether more than ever – indeed, immeasurably – penetratingly effective and helpful even those substances which , in their crude state do not manifest the least medicinal power in the human body.. This remarkable alteration in the properties of natural bodies is achieved through mechanical action on their smallest particles by trituration and succession while these particles are separated from one another by means of an intervening, indifferent substance that is either dry or liquid. This procedure develops the latent dynamic (fn 11) powers of the substance which were previously unnoticeable, as if slumbering. The dynamic powers of these substances have an influence on the life principle, on the condition of animal life. Therefore, this process is called dynamization or potentization (development of medicinal power). Its products are called dynamizations or potencies of different degrees.”
In aphorism 120 of the Organon of the medical Art (Brewster O’Reilly, 1996), Hahnemann discusses the importance of thoroughly testing remedies on healthy individuals in order to determine the true action of the remedy and to be able to differentiate one remedy from another. He says, “Therefore, the medicines upon which the life and death, the disease and health of human beings depend must be exactly, painstakingly distinguished from one another. For this reason, through careful, pure experiments, they must be tested as to their powers and true actions in the healthy body so that we may become exactly acquainted with them and avoid every mistake in their use with diseases, since only an apt selection of medicine can quickly and permanently restore the greatest of earthly blessings, the well-being of body and soul.”
Homeopathic provings are the best sources of support for remedy choices. Homeopaths are able to prescribe with confidence when basing the remedy choice on information found in provings. In researching remedies for cases, if a proving is not available for a particular remedy, Hering or Allen are good references. These authors of Materia Medica offer details on remedies that are arguably closest to proving than other Materia Medica.
With regard to the action of the medicine, any substance or remedy given in a dose large enough to bring out certain symptoms can also ameliorate those symptoms when it is taken in a diluted homeopathic dose.
Allen, Allen’s Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica, vol 1-10, Retrieved September 20, 2014 from http://homeoint.org/allen/a.htm
Brewster O’Reilly, W, PHD., (1996) Organon of the Medical Art by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (6th Edition), Palo Alto, Birdcage Books
Hering, The guiding Symptoms of the Materia Medica. Retrieved October 25, 2013 from http://www.legatum.sk/en:mm:hering:start
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Initial Consultation for Chronic illness (1 – 2 hrs.) – $99.00
Follow Up Appointments – $69.00
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* Most remedies are included with the consultation
** Homeopathy is covered under many group and individual insurance plans. If your plan does not cover it you can ask your employer and/or insurer to cover it. (Go to Forms and Resources for a sample letter).
In addition, CRA recognizes Homeopathic treatment as a valid “medical expense” for income tax purposes.
Homeopathy has been a regulated profession in Ontario since April 1, 2015. Some insurance companies currently provide coverage for homeopathic treatment with a registered Homeopath. As Homeopathy becomes more recognized in Ontario it is expected that more coverage will become available.
Many Insurance companies are willing to address requests from insured parties as to the type of coverage preferred.
If your insurer does not currently provide coverage for Homeopathy, you may wish to request that they do. It is important to distinguish Homeopathy from Naturopathy. Click here for an example of a letter that can be used to send to your insurer to request coverage for homeopathic treatment.
What is the difference is between Naturopathy and Homeopathy?
In alternative medicine, consider that a Naturopath is like a general practitioner and a Homeopath is like a specialist. Homeopathy is a complete system of natural medicine. It is an exact science based on clearly defined principles and natural laws of healing – Like Cures Like. The practice of homeopathic medicine is an art which applies this holistic science and philosophy to the individual.
What training do Homeopaths have?
Homeopathy was regulated in Ontario April 1, 2015. Being Regulated Health Professionals in Ontario means that all homeopaths must adhere to standards of practice and competencies set out by the Regulatory College of Homeopaths. Practitioners must be members of the College to legally practice Homeopathy in Ontario. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario has recognized the need for homeopathy to be a Regulated Health Profession. This means that patients can now choose to see a homeopath and be assured quality care. In addition, Homeopaths must be certified in CPR for Health Care Professionals and must be re-certified every 3 years.
As part of my Homeopathic training, I studied at the renowned Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM) in Toronto. It is an extensive 3 year diploma in Homeopathy and Health Sciences.
The Principles and Philosophy of Homeopathy are studied in great detail. A Homeopath must have a deep understanding of this to ensure a successful practice. Materia Medica is also studied extensively to examine the symptoms produced and cured by Homeopathic remedies. The Homeopathic Repertory is derived from the Materia Medica. It is really an index of symptoms. Repertorization techniques, case-taking techniques, case-analysis and case-management skills are developed over the 3 year course.
Clinic Externship provides the student with the experience and ability to prescribe successfully for acute as well as chronic illnesses, under the tutelage of an experienced clinical supervisor. This training is the most valuable of all training. It is where the student has a chance to demonstrate what they have learned in practice and in a safe environment. Also provided is Clinical Internship for students. This training allows the student to observe an experienced Homeopath take cases and observe expert case-taking skills in practice.
Other areas of study are: Therapeutics, or the homeopathic approach to specific clinical conditions, such as neurology, immunology, gastroenterology, gynecology, urology, rheumatology, respirology, proctology, dermatology, gerontology, cardiology and psychology/psychiatry. Students also study Medical Sciences to provide a solid foundation for the study of Homeopathy. These include: Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Pathology, Biochemistry, Pathophysiology, and Physical Examination. Practice Management is also studied to help transition the student to new practitioner and to learn business and other skills for building a successful practice.
What is Homeopathic Medicine and how does it work?
Homeopathy is a complete system of natural medicine that gives your immune system a nudge toward healing itself. It is like a trigger that causes a reaction within your body’s immune system and these small triggers through homeopathic remedies can in turn cause greater secondary healing reactions within the body. For a particular illness or complaint, you don’t need to take homeopathic medicine for the rest of your while with conventional medicine most often you do. This is one of the most distinguishing features of Homeopathy. Medicine taken to work with your body and your immune system (Homeopathy) is natural and healing. Medicine taken to force the body and the immune system to do what it wasn’t meant to do (conventional medicine) is not natural and we need to take the medication regularly to maintain this artificial action. When we work against the immune system it will result in the suppression of symptoms and the illness usually will return worse than before.
Who can take Homeopathic Medicine?
Homeopathic medicine can be used by infants, children, adult men and women, pregnant and nursing women, and seniors. Homeopathic remedies for infants are generally given to a nursing mother.
Homeopathic remedies are safe and gentle and have few side effects. They do not interfere with any other treatment protocols. The remedies are predominantly made from natural substances like plants and minerals. Most importantly, Homeopathic remedies provide lasting and sustainable results.
Will Homeopathic treatment interfere with any of my other treatments?
No. Homeopathic medicines will not interfere in any way with other treatment protocols. It is recommended that you discuss with your medical doctor that you are undergoing homeopathic treatment in addition to treatment they prescribe for you to keep them in the loop. You should not stop taking any medication they have prescribed for you without first discussing it with them.
Why should I consider Homeopathic treatment?
To reiterate, Homeopathy is safe, gentle, and effective for everyone. It is both a science and an art. The remedies have been proven again and again and extensive literature is available to support the science. A good Homeopath provides the art. There are thousands of homeopathic remedies to choose from and the goal is to study the signs and symptoms of the individual and identify the best match with a remedy symptom picture. A good Homeopath with objectively observe the individual and actively listen to them describe the location, sensation, and modalities of their symptoms. That is why an initial consultation takes so long. All of the symptoms need to be explored, head to toe. Your Homeopath will spend the time to listen to you and to question you. Homeopathy has been around for hundreds of years. It was actually the 2nd most widely used form of medicine in North America prior to the advent of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the change in direction from cure to treatment.
Does my Insurance cover Homeopathy?
Many insurers now cover Homeopathy and with the regulation of Homeopathy in Ontario it is expected that many more Insurance companies will offer this coverage. You also can claim Homeopathic treatment on your Income Tax return now. Canada Revenue Agency has announced that this is now a valid claimable expense.
If your Insurance carrier does not currently provide coverage for Homeopathy, please download a sample letter (from Forms and Resources within this website) that you can send to them to request coverage. Insurance carriers will amend the services they cover if enough people request them.