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Homoeopathy is a specific stimulation and regulation therapy. This means: A stimulus is given using a drug, the aim of which is to stimulate the body to deal with this substance and provide an impetus for healing.

The aim is to support the powers of self healing

The focus is on the person as a whole and not just on the individual symptoms requiring treatment. In general, homoeopathy differs from the action of other types of drugs. To understand homoeopathy, you must be open to a unique approach to understand diseases and the options for their treatment. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) is considered to have pioneered homoeopathy.

The principle of similars of homoeopathy

"Choose a medicine for each case of sickness for a rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health which can trigger a similar disease to the one it shall heal."
This is how Hahnemann formulated his therapeutic principle. Instead of prescribing a remedy to counter symptoms and suppress them, he used substances to mobilise the powers of self healing. So the goal is to enable the body to eliminate the symptoms itself. He named this principle the law of similars:

"Like heals like" (lat.: similia similibus curentur)

This principle is in contrast to the thinking in (conventional) medicine where drugs are used, e.g. to counter the symptoms, without using the body's own regulatory mechanisms and self-healing processes.

An example of the principle of similars:
You are stung by a bee. What happens?

  • The area of skin swells and becomes red, hot and taut.
  • You feel a burning, stabbing pain.

According to the law of similars, bee venom (lat. Apisinum) in homoeopathic preparations is used to treat burning, stabbing pain and swellings – even if they were not caused by a bee sting but are merely similar to the symptoms caused by bee venom.

Drug testing and drug profiles according to Hahnemann

In 1790, Hahnemann conducted the first homoeopathic drug trial: Perfectly healthy, he consumed large amounts of cinchona bark and experienced symptoms that were characteristic of malaria. Consequently, cinchona bark in homoeopathic form is considered to be an effective remedy for malaria. He tested other substances on himself and other people in such experiments. The participants had to be perfectly healthy and prepared to observe and note all changes to their physical or mental health in detail. He called this a drug trial. The homoeopathic profile of a substance was created from these trial protocols.

The homoeopathic profile is the description of all symptoms caused by an active substance in healthy people and which - in potentiated form – can heal sick people.

Hundreds of such homoeopathic profiles exist nowadays. In the meantime, the requirements for safety have become much more stringent so that only extremely safe homoeopathic remedies are on the market.

According to Hahnemann the aim of the treatment has to be to find the ONE suitable remedy for the patient. To this very day his followers – the classical homoeopaths support – this principle. But, complex remedies started to find use even in Hahnemann's day. Complex remedies came about as the result of long-standing practical experience and contain a variety of individual remedies, which act in the same direction and have proven successful with certain symptoms.

In the Pascoe product range you can find both complex remedies, the indication of which is already designated by the name (e.g. Gripps®) and registered drugs which bear the name of the so-called lead substance, but do not indicate the indications (e.g. the complex remedy system of the Similiaplexe®). Such drugs are chosen by the doctor or alternative practitioner in accordance with the symptoms and personal constitution and prescribed individually. Homoeopathic complex remedies that do not have an indication are not suitable for self-medication. The origins of our Similiaplexe® date back to the year 1896. This means: Pascoe Natural Medicine has over 100 years of experience with homoeopathic complex remedies.

Substances to prolong the shelf life and improve uptake, phytochemical solvent: The alcohol in drops performs many tasks in natural medicine. Appropriately dosed, it is harmless in herbal and homoeopathic drugs, even for children. A glass of apple juice contains significantly more alcohol than a dose of drops. Why must the drops contain alcohol? There are good reasons for this. As a natural preservative, alcohol prolongs the shelf life of the drugs. And when taken in droplet form, it stimulates the uptake of the active substances via the mucous membranes.

Frequently asked questions

There are often really impressive, rapid changes with acute symptoms: A child with a fever can potentially experience relief quickly. In contrast, chronic symptoms require patience! The healing process is also rapidly activated in this case, but the effect is only felt after a considerable period of time.

The duration of effect depends on the type of illness, the responsiveness of the individual and the composition of the remedy. The information in the dosage recommendations is just a guideline. Please comply with the instructions from your doctor or alternative practitioner which may differ and consult your doctor or alternative practitioner if you are not sure of something.

The general responsiveness of the body can be impaired by strong stimuli (e.g. caffeine, essential oils), damaging environmental influences and so-called stimulants. Consumption of coffee or tea, use of essential oils (e.g. in toothpaste) among other things should be reduced as much as possible and, if required, avoided on the recommendation of your doctor or alternative practitioner.

Sometimes, there are also contraindications for homoeopathic remedies. This applies especially in case of allergies to certain active substances. For example, if there is an allergy to bee venom, preparations containing Apis or Apisinum must not be taken. Some preparations are not suitable for use during pregnancy and breast feeding. Therefore, please make sure to comply with the information in the package leaflet.

Yes, it is possible even though it is rare. There may be a healing reaction that is known to cause an initial worsening. Other side effects are also possible. Please comply with the information in the package leaflet.

The so-called initial worsening is an indication that the body is reacting to the homoeopathic stimulus from the remedy – in some cases this can be "excessive". However, in most cases, these reactions are minimal and pass quickly on their own. If the reaction is unpleasantly strong, discontinue taking the remedy until the reaction subsides. Please discuss any reactions with your doctor or alternative practitioner as this is important for your treatment.

No, if the therapist has prescribed e.g. 10 drops 6 times a day, you must not take 60 drops in the morning. Why? The frequency of use is important even for homoeopathic remedies. A healing stimulus is given each time it is taken. With 60 drops once a day there is just one healing stimulus; with 10 drops 6 times a day there are 6 healing stimuli.

The limitations usually lie in the body's responsiveness. Homoeopathic preparations do not promise success in case of illnesses in which stimulation of the body's own regulation was unsuccessful (e.g. insulin-dependent diabetes). Naturally, cardiovascular diseases, illnesses requiring surgical or intensive medicine treatment can be ruled out from treatment (only) with homoeopathic remedies.

Homoeopathic complex remedies are available as drops or tablets. The drops do not contain any other excipients or additives, except for alcohol. The tablets contain the excipients calcium behenate or magnesium stearate (binding agent) to enable the tablets to be pressed. Milk sugar (= lactose) is the carrier for the homoeopathic ingredient and is also required for tablet pressing. Cornstarch enables the tablets to dissolve rapidly.

Children and pregnant women can also typically use this remedy due to the usually low amount of alcohol per dose. The exact content can be calculated for each case using the alcohol scale and the quantity calculated. Important: "Dry" alcoholics must avoid all forms of alcohol and choose preparations in tablet form, if necessary.

The taste of alcohol disappears if you add the drops into half a glass of warm water or juice and then drink this. Another option: Dribble onto one biscuit or rusk, leave this for a while and then give it to the child to suck.

These remedies are registered with the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and are approved for sale. This authority also monitors the safety of these remedies. Registered remedies do not have designated applications. Therefore, you will not find any information in the package leaflet specifying which symptoms the remedy is used for.

Constitution

The constitution is the overall congenital or genetically determined disposition of a person. The characteristic traits result from these predispositions but also a person's weak points – their susceptibility for certain diseases.

These predispositions may lead to a certain disease, but do not necessarily have to. For example, environmental factors, stress, diseases etc. are also crucial. The responsiveness of an individual to the variety of influences varies extremely from person to person. Some people react to a weak stimulus by feeling unwell while other people easily resist this.

The great scholars of ancient times, Hippocrates and Galen, observed such correlations. They traced it back to certain bodily fluids. The classification of temperaments which we still use today is based on this:

Sanguine
Phlegmatic
Melancholic
Choleric

The classification according to physique is also typical. In this case there is a close relationship between the frame and various characteristics and weak points. For example, we are familiar with the classification into:

Pyknic
Athletic
Leptosome

The experienced iridologist can tell a lot from our eyes about congenital characteristics and tendencies to certain diseases. Iridology recognises the following types of constitutional types:

  • Lymphatic constitutional type
  • Choleric constitutional type
  • Rheumatic constitutional type
  • Gastric type
  • Neurogenic-sensitive constitutional type

Constitutional medicine

As the constitution is hereditary, it cannot be changed. But it is possible to strengthen it. This means: The stimulation threshold can be increased using measures to strengthen the constitution. Thereby, a disease ­ despite susceptibility – breaks out less quickly. In other words: Constitutional medicine protects against the last straw that broke the camel's back.
This can be represented graphically by a camel carrying a load of straw: Our constitution determines our "capacity" for various harmful stimuli such as stress, an unbalanced diet, harmful substances, lack of physical activity and disease-causing pathogens. At some stage the camel's back breaks and our weak point is clear with the susceptibility to infection, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, mood swings, etc.
Serious infections or injuries can "damage the camel's back" and lead directly to certain symptoms.

Modern teaching of the constitutions

It is thanks to the Viennese gynaecologist Dr. med. Bernhard Aschner (1883-1960) that the knowledge of the great scholars – Hippocrates, Galen, Paracelsus – is included in modern medicine.

He showed that healing success is much greater when patients are treated individually

  • Thin people are different to pyknics
  • Cholerics are different to melancholics
  • Fair people are different to Mediterraneans

Today, practitioners of constitutional medicine use various criteria to determine a person's constitutional type:

  • Character traits (sanguine, phlegmatic, melancholic, choleric)
  • Physique (pyknic, leptosome, athletic)
  • Hair colour
  • Eye colour
  • Structure of the iris (identified using an iris microscope)

If the constitutional type is known, treatment of the symptoms can be practically supported by:

  • A homoeopathic constitutional remedy
  • Other measures to support the constitution – particularly cleansing processes and a diet adapted to the constitutional type

With the right constitution remedy, the stimulation threshold can be increased which is necessary for diseases to break out. Many experienced doctors and alternative practitioners prescribe a constitutional remedy to support patients also at this level.

What kind of iridology constitution do I have?

Do you recognise yourself among this selection of typical constitutional types? Do you want to support your constitution? Then take advice from your alternative practitioner, naturopathic doctor or pharmacist as to which homoeopathic complex remedy is the right constitutional remedy for you.

Blue eyes and fair

Blue eyes and blond hair? 
Tendency to suffer from frequent infections?
Lymphatic constitutional type

Brown eyes

Brown eyes? 
Irritable, short-tempered, foaming over? 
Choleric constitutional type

Bi-colour eyes

Two-colour eyes (pupils brown on the inside and light on the outside) 
Digestive problems? 
Gastric type

Blue eyes

Blue eyes? 
Severe symptoms in stress situations? 
Neurogenic-sensitive constitutional type

Light eyes

Light eyes? 
Tendency towards inflammatory-rheumatic diseases? 
Rheumatic constitutional type