Homeopathy: What Is It and What Can It Do?

By H&W on 1st Jun 2018

Tanya Kell (pictured) a Nashville based Certified Classical Homeopath looks at the history of Homeopathy, how it works and the types of conditions it can help with.

Homeopathy has always been part of our healing landscape but was organized into a scientific system 250 years ago by German physician Samuel Hahnemann.  It is currently practiced by over 250 thousand physicians and used by more than 500 million people around the world.  Homeopathy is a safe, effective system of natural medicines used in extremely small amounts to stimulate the body to heal itself.

The word Homeopathy means ‘similar suffering’ or ‘similar disease’.  We see examples of this healing principal in support groups and 12 step programs.  While there is a general similarity between members of a particular support group, Homeopathic medicines are fine tuned to each individual and their specific symptom amalgamation.

Homeopathy is not a synonym for natural.  Homeopathic products are not herbs, oils or supplements.  It is a completely different approach to healing that does not see the symptoms of disease as the enemy to be destroyed but rather as informers of a deeper imbalance in the individual.  Symptoms are the body’s best attempt at curing itself and must be studied carefully.  Each individual manifests illness in a slightly different way and two people with the same diagnosis will often require different Homeopathic medicines according to their unique symptoms.

Common Myths

“There are no studies showing that Homeopathy works”  In fact there are high quality studies that show the effectiveness of homeopathy in a wide variety of conditions.  If you would like to know more visit this page compiled by the National Center for Homeopathy.

“Homeopathic medicines are just placebos”.  As the quality and sensitivity of scientific tools of measurement have become available the mechanism of Homeopathic action is on its way to being explained.  In the meantime we measure remedies by their effects.  People, do in fact, respond to the administration of Homeopathic remedies whether they believe in them or not.  Homeopathy is highly effective for animals and babies for whom the placebo effect is not a factor.

What can Homeopathy do for me?

Our nation is in a healthcare crisis.  We rank last amongst developed countries.  Medical treatment is the third leading cause of death in America.  The use of multiple drugs and their interactions is a major challenge for physicians.  Opiates, psychotropic drugs and antibiotics are widely overused and Americans are now expected to die younger than their parents for the first time.  We must change how we care for our health.

Homeopathy can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies.  The medicines are low cost and have no drug interactions.  Whether you seek to reverse chronic illness, beat and infection without antibiotics or recover from an injury homeopathy can help.  Minor problems can often be resolved with self treatment using a good book or online resources.  Any serious or long continued illness or injury should be monitored by a trained professional.  Always seek appropriate medical attention.

There are many choices for every condition dependent on the symptom picture.  Learning to use homeopathy effectively takes time.

Here are some tips for Summer fun and travel to get you started on your Homeopathic journey: 


Allium cepa 30c for clear runny nose that burns the area under the nose and turns it red.  Euphrasia 30c for red, watery, itching or burning eyes.  Sabadilla 30c for violent sneezing with lots of itching and tickling of the soft palate.

Bumps, bruises, sprain and strains

Arnica 30c to reduce pain and swelling and speed healing.

Insect bites and stings  

Apis 30c for hot swollen painful stings.  One dose every 15 minutes for up to 1 hour.

Motion sickness 

Cocculus 30c one dose as needed for nausea and vertigo


Coffea cruda 30c before bed for sleepless due to excitement or the mind just won’t slow down.


Cantharis 30c one dose every 15 minutes for up to an hour

Homeopathic remedies are available at many stores in the Nashville area including Sprouts, Whole Foods, The Vitamin Shoppe, Orbitz and Turnip truck.

Need some help on how to find the right Homeopath for you? Click here!

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