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The world is now bracing itself for the Coronavirus, and the medical community warns that there is not yet a vaccine or any specific treatment for it. In my book, Homeopathy: An A to Z Handbook, which I wrote in 2007, I anticipated such a situation—a pandemic with no known cure—and specifically aimed to help lay people survive such a crisis.
What is homeopathy? Homeopathy is a medical science that uses natural substances to mimic illness and stimulate healing. It is based on the idea of, "like cures like." Any substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in a sick person.
There are several reasons why we should all embrace homeopathy.
Most such books are limited to minor ailments, but Homeopathy takes the reader one step further, by including remedies to treat serious diseases such as cholera and anthrax.
In the introduction to the book, I outlined my hope: "One wouldn't ordinarily suggest that laypeople attempt such a feat, but these are not ordinary times. In the next ten years we may find ourselves in survival situations, either as a community or as individuals. This book was written to provide laypeople a means to treat threats to health where conventional care is either not available or not effective."
I call Homeopathy a handbook for survival, because in the coming years we may find ourselves in survival situations for many reasons, including the following reasons:
While we as a world combat the coronavirus (and other pressing health concerns), please follow all medical and CDC guidelines for prevention and treatment, including the washing of hands, self-quarantining when applicable, and limiting travel and large groups. However, homeopathy is a powerful ally during this time when we need all them ammunition that we can muster.
The practice of homeopathy has a long history of successes in deadly epidemics. As noted, worldwide influenza pandemic of 1918 killed up to fifty million people worldwide. At a time when death rates were 30% or more with conventional medicine, homeopaths had a 98% cure rate.*
During the cholera epidemic of 1849 in Cincinnati, with survival rates between 40%–52%, those treated by homeopathy had a 97% survival rate. These results were published in the local newspapers.*
In 1878, the mortality rate for yellow fever in New Orleans was 50% for conventional care, but only 5.6% with homeopathic care.*
During the 1831–32 cholera epidemic in Europe, when the mortality rate was between 40%–80%, the homeopathic hospitals were saving up to 93% of their patients. Homeopathy was so effective that the law forbidding the practice of homeopathy in Austria was repealed.*
The Indian government has successfully used homeopathic remedies to prevent cholera, the H1N1 influenza virus ("swine flu"), and viral diseases such as Japanese encephalitis, dengue fever, and chikungunya. Right now, they are distributing a homeopathic remedy to thousands of people in an effort to prevent Coronavirus from spreading.*
In a 1974 epidemic of meningococcal meningitis in Brazil, 18,640 children were given a homeopathic remedy for prevention. Only four cases of meningitis occurred in these children.*
In the 1957 polio epidemic in Buenos Aires, the homeopathic remedy Lathyrus was given to thousands of people. Not one case of polio was reported in these individuals.*
In the smallpox epidemic of 1902 in Iowa, the homeopathic remedy Variolinum was given as prophylaxis to 2,806 patients of fifteen doctors. The protection rate was 97%.*
I don't mean to imply that Homeopathy will make you an expert in cholera or anthrax, nor are most doctors experts in those ailments. But with the information in the book you will be able to act, even if imperfectly. In a critical situation, that makes all the difference. Homeopathy is about being empowered. It also covers numerous acute ailments including epidemic diseases, childhood diseases, and also various injuries. As I write this, homeopaths around the world are correlating data from coronavirus patients to determine the best remedies to address this disease and to prevent its further spread. In every epidemic there are one or more homeopathic remedies that fit the symptoms of most patients. Once that is determined, thousands of doses can be distributed to both treat and prevent the disease. It is likely that most of the remedies needed will be common ones, readily available from health food stores and online.
If there were a safe vaccine or conventional, allopathic drugs to treat this disease, that would be excellent. However, a vaccine is said to be a year or more away and no drugs have yet been proven effective.
This epidemic is a serious threat to the population, and having some way to combat it is crucial. The dangerous pneumonia that accompanies Covid 19 can also be addressed by homeopathic remedies. Pneumonias have been treated successfully with homeopathy of over a hundred years.
In the best of worlds, everyone would have a professional homeopath prescribing for them. To the extent people can get such professional help they should. In lieu of that, people will still have the ability to act. Homeopathic remedies are selected based on an individual's symptoms. Lay people can—and have—quickly learned how to match symptoms to remedies.
For example: If a patient has a painful dry cough, lies perfectly still, is worse from the slightest movement, craves large drinks of water, feels better lying on the painful side, and is very irritable, he needs the homeopathic remedy called Bryonia. That just happens to be an important remedy for influenzas and pneumonias.
Another patient looks drowsy, sluggish, his limbs feel heavy to him, his eyelids are drooping, he has a chill up the back, and no thirst at all. His arms or legs tremble. Such a patient needs the remedy Gelsemium. This is another important remedy for influenza.
Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook is arranged to make it as easy as possible to match a patient's symptoms with the correct remedy. I anticipated that people with no medical training will be using this book, so I described each remedy distinctly, so it can be differentiated from other remedies. I explain homeopathy and how to use it completely in layman's terms.
*Complete sources can be found in the bibliography of Homeopathy: An A to Z Handbook.
Schmukler, Alan V. Homeopathy: An A to Z Handbook. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2007
Alan V. Schmukler (Philadelphia, PA) taught homeopathy at Temple University and has been lecturing and consulting on the subject for over a decade. He founded the Homeopathic Study Group of Metropolitan Philadelphia and was ...