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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Integrating Paradigms

This past Thursday, I gave a lecture about homeopathy using two different paradigms. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines paradigm as "a theory or group of ideas about how something should be done, made or thought about."

Our current conventional medical paradigm is shaping how we think about and use natural medicines. For example, we often begin with a diagnosis and then ask what a particular supplement/medicine is effective for that diagnosis. It is not uncommon that I overhear people in health food stores asking, "What can I take for [insert diagnosis here]?" Thus, many homeopathic medicines have been marketed by what they are used for.
   * Rescue Remedy is used for stress.
   * Calms Forte is used for insomnia.
   * Homeopathic oscillococcinum is used for flu.
   * Homeopathic arnica is used for bruising.

However, using homeopathy this way often produces less consistency in effectiveness. Indeed, some people get lucky and it works great; however, others are left unsatisfied and feeling like homeopathy does not work. The trouble is that we have take a system out of its original paradigm and applied a completely different paradigm to it.

In the original homeopathic paradigm, homeopathy focuses less on x, y, or z disease and is instead interested in the expression of a disease. Take hot flashes for example. There are several different expressions of hot flashes. Some people get heavy sweating; others feel like they are dry and burning up; some feel the heat only in certain parts of their body; some will have certain types of strong emotions with the hot flashes. Different things may make the hot flashes better or worse. In homeopathy, it is details like these that guide one to selecting an effective remedy, not the fact that someone is having hot flashes.  

Each homeopathic remedy, like a personality, has a pattern of several characteristics and traits. The goal is to match the expression of disease to the right pattern. The effectiveness of homeopathy increases when you consider the entire pattern and expression of disease, which is quite different from our current conventional paradigm.  

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