Can homeopathy make a difference in acne? When I was writing Healing without Medication nearly 10 years ago, I focused on the touchy-feely aspects of homeopathy for acne. (I know some hard-science types will insist everything about homeopathy is touchy-feely.)
A homeopathic remedy isn't just a quick fix for some medically defined condition. It's a highly individualized treatment for a collection of physical, emotional, and even spiritual disturbances that accompany a medically defined condition.
Homeopathy originally was not about using tiny amounts of an irritating agent to cure a disease.
The first homeopaths used the same doses of their drugs as conventional physicians. The use of dilution to make homeopathic remedies came later.
But the fundamental value of homeopathy isn't popping a pill. It's understanding your comprehensive makeup, your disease (acne, in this case) having been the stimulus for self-examination.
Over the past few years, ago, I have heard from readers who had success with homeopathy for skin conditions, and so I'm going to re-post a lot of the information in my book here.
Just don't rely on homeopathy as a cure-all for acne or anything else, and let the insights of the whole meaning of your remedy help you in other areas of your life.
And if you take care of your other issues, maybe the disease condition will resolve itself, no matter what you do pharmaceutically. Or at least it works out that way surprisingly often.
Here's what I posted in Healing without Medication.
Homeopathic medicine offers a number of treatments for acne. While homeopathic preparations are generally more effective than a placebo, the full benefit of homeopathy is found through interaction with a homeopathic physician who can match the symptoms of the whole person to a specific remedy.
Because homeopathy treats people rather than diseases, homeopathic remedies match not only specific symptoms, but “central delusions,” the essential ways people misperceive their life issues, that lead to illness.
If you choose to try homeopathy without the assistance of a homeopathic physician, start with a single dose of the lowest strength (6C, 6X, or 12C) of the remedy matching the symptoms to be treated, and then wait for a response.
If there is an improvement in symptoms, let the remedy continue to work until there is no more improvement, then take another dose. If there is no improvement, try a different potency (30X or 30C). Sometimes homeopathic medicines work for a few minutes, and sometimes they work for an entire day before another dose is needed.
• Antimonium tartaricum treats acne in people who tend to get frequent infections and who are generally irritable. The specific manifestations of acne may be bluish marks that remain on the skin after pimples have cleared up, or large pustules that are tender to the touch.
• Calcarea carbonica treats acne in people who have a tendency to sweat (especially in the hands and feet), are overweight, tend to become anxious when on a tight schedule, and who have cravings for sweets. For this person, acne outbreaks are frequent and coincide with other infections.
• Hepar sulphuris calcareum is usually recommended for people who are sensitive to cold and who respond to cold with irritability. Skin eruptions may be sensitive to the touch and easily infected, but slow to come to a head.
• Pulsatilla, sometimes labeled as silverweed, is helpful when acne is aggravated by eating too many sugary foods. The person often has a fair complexion and is inclined toward soft emotions. Homeopathic physicians often recommend it to women whose acne breaks out near menstrual periods.
• Silicea (silica), a homeopathic remedy made from the most common material in the earth’s crust, relieves deep-seated acne with swollen lymph nodes and fatigue. People who benefit from this remedy are generally chilly but may wake up in the middle of the night drenched with sweat. They may have to endure deep depression stemming from deprivation in life.
• Sulfur treats inflamed and itchy outbreaks of dirty-looking skin. Homeopaths tend to recommend it to patients who suffer a general lack of order and neatness in their lives.
Don't take homeopathic remedies willy-nilly, as if any remedy will do. There actually is a physical effect of the remedies, although science does not yet explain it very well. Taking a remedy that doesn't match your "person" won't make you feel better. You need to take the homeopathic remedy that is right for you. When you do, you should experience improvement in multiple areas, not just acne, in about 3 days.
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