Modern day hectic lifestyles have been instrumental in affecting the immune system in a highly negative way. The immune system is a complex arrangement that involves the liver, spleen, thymus, the lymphatic system and bone marrow, which work in tandem to maintain resistance to disease. This immunity is partly inherited. It also depends upon the lifestyle that individuals choose to adopt.
Instead of waiting for the body to heal itself or looking for an antibiotic alternative like herbal antibiotics, the tendency is to rush to conventional antibiotics for quick relief. In most of the cases, immune system health is compromised due to an excessive use of antibiotics. Moreover, antibiotics cease to be effective if they are taken without proper diagnosis or prescribed without determining the specific bacteria that has caused the disease. Ginger and other dried herbs for immune system steeped in boiling water, for example, will relieve symptoms of a sore throat, common cold while boosting immune system health.
Homeopathy provides another natural alternative. Homeopathy believes that the same substance that causes a disease will cure it in its diluted form. For example, coffee leads to sleeplessness but an extremely diluted remedy prepared from coffee itself will ultimately cure it. Some of the basic principles of homoeopathy include:
- The foremost priority should be to boost the immune system so that the body can heal by itself.
- Symptoms are manifestations of the body’s attempt to treat itself.
- Only natural substances and herbs should be used to prepare a homeopathic remedy.
- The focus of treatment should be on treating an individual as a whole, rather than providing temporary and quick relief.
Homeopathic remedies stimulate the immune system to assist the body in repairing any imbalances that may have occurred. The immune system has to be in perfect condition to perform its functions. A hyperactive immune system will cause autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis where the body starts attacking its own cells. A deficient immune system, on the other hand, leads to deficiency diseases like common cold and flu, often extending to more serious conditions.
In homeopathy, an appropriate remedy is selected on the basis of the constitution of each individual after considering physical, mental and emotional symptoms. The homeopathic Materia Medica contains a detailed description of each remedy meant for possible characteristics that can be expected to be present in individuals. Nux vomica is a constitutional remedy for energetic and ambitious people. Sulphur, on the other hand, is meant for energetic but less practical individuals. A Pulsatilla patient is one who is shy, kind, and gentle, and always ready to be led rather than lead. Arsenicm album is indicated in an ambitious but tense person who is always worried about health.
Homeopathic remedies are non-habit forming, gentle, are many times less expensive than prescription medication, and at the same time focus on strengthening the immune system to increase the body’s capability of self-healing.