Definition of Terms
- Allopathy/Allopathic Medicine
A term originally coined by Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., the founder of homeopathy, that describes the treatment of disease using a principle of opposites (as opposed to homeopathy which uses a principle of similars). “Allopacthic medicine” is now considered to be synonymous with Western or conventional medicine.
- Biotherapeutic Drainage
Subtle and directed elimination through the body’s emunctories to facilitate detoxification of intracellular areas in order to reinstate healthy physiological function.
In Gérard Guéniot’s teachings, the notion of the Constitution represents the core structure of a person. It is parallel to the mineral structure, but is not the mineral structure itself. The Constitution is what determines how a person responds to life changing and tragic events.
- Constitutional Homeopathy
The original notion in Samuel Hahnemann’s theories that a practitioner could balance the whole being with a single, corrective remedy that matches the main essence of the patient being treated. A large emphasis is put on the “simillimum”, or the one, single remedy that resonates completely with the patient. Constitutional homeopathy does not traditionally use or endorse the notion of Drainage homeopathy, or that even more than one remedy can be used at a time in most cases.
The particular tendencies, both inherited and developed, a person has to becoming imbalanced or ill in a particular way. Having chronic sinus infections indicates that a person tends toward the diathesis of incomplete elimination; that pattern will presupposed the ways in which this particular individual develops symptoms.
A shortened version of the term “Biotherapeutic Drainage”, originating in the French Homeopathic method of using multiple, low-potency, homeopathic remedies to manage the onslaught of modern toxins.
A loss of harmony between a set of organs or functions in the living system that results in symptoms of frank pathology.
Any route or organ of elimination, whether apparently pathological or functional, that aids in the removal of waste to the exterior of the body. Functional examples would include the skin, the intestines and the mucus membranes and pathological examples would include fistulas, ulcerations or abscesses. The use of the word emunctory implies that when such drainage take place, one must trust that the inherent wisdom the body is removing a deep toxic source.
A prevailing perspective in modern healthcare which indicates that microbes, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses, are the original cause of disease. It is a system that is heavily focused on allopathic treatment with the use of antibiotics, anti-fungals and anti-virals as a means to seeking health. While the theory originated after Louis Pasteur’s critical work and subsequent discovery of the pasteurization process, it is interesting to note that Pasteur himself was a strong supporter of the concept of terrain, that was only in the early stages of being forgotten in his time.
The use of any substance, be it mineral, animal or plant in origin, that when prepared through successive dilutions and “succussions” (or shakes) helps to create a re-harmonization of a living system.
- Homeostatic system
Any one of the six regulatory systems the body uses to maintain an internal balance when confronted with the environment. The six homeostatic systems are, in order of their completed development, electrolytic (12-18 months), metabolic (4 years), immune (7 years), endocrine (12-14 years), circulatory (15-16 years) and nervous (F=21 yrs./M=25 yrs.). If the homeostatic regulatory mechanisms are not functioning, this must be corrected before homeopathy can be expected to work; this will require nutritional support.
- Individualized Medicine
TThe art and science of catering a natural medical protocol to uniqueness of any single person, taking into account their whole life history, their family history and their medical history. It includes assessing temperament and diathesis, and when necessary, a person’s constitution to effect a healing process.
- Natural Medicine
This is the art of healing that involves the direction nature takes as its own corrective course. It does not involve man-made chemicals, but rather uses and supports elements found naturally in the environment to steer the re-regulation of the living system. With natural medicine there is always something we can do regardless of the pathology. Natural medicine practitioners aim to re-educate people how to take control of themselves and their souls. We understand it is more dangerous to combat cholesterol chemically than it is to just keep the cholesterol high, since cholesterol is a natural antioxidant and will be high in situations where there is a greater need for protection of the arterial endothelia (or blood vessel linings). Particularly when there is familial hypercholesteremia, it is more important to protect the body with natural medicines than to actually bring the cholesterol levels down.
- Nature Cure
Nature Cure –19th Century hydrotherapy and hygienic therapies led by Vincent Preissnitz and Father Sebastian Kneipp in Europe and came to form the basis for naturopathy as a medical profession in the United States.
Originally coined in 1902 by Benedict Lust, the father of naturopathic medicine in the United States, naturopathy comes from adjoining “Nature Cure” and “Homeopathy” and is the blend of philosophies of these two systems of medicine. Naturopathy is the core philosophy that has evolved into naturopathic medicine, the growing medical profession that incorporates six principles of true wholistic medicine: First do no harm, doctor as teacher, prevention, identify and treat the cause,
The specific strength, depending on the number of times the original substance was diluted and succussed, that is given to a homeopathic remedy. Potency is denoted by a number and a letter (i.e. 6C), where the number refers to number of dilutions and the letter refers to the method of scale, such as “C” for 100, or “centesimal”. Higher potency is thought to have more action on the mental states and lower potency to have more effect on the physical states.
A term used in Guéniot’s method of homeopathy that refers to the behavioral tendencies of a person. Temperaments that become imbalanced contribute to symptoms and the development of various illnesses.