Glossary

Homeopathic Related Health Care Terms And Definitions

Glossary Of Homeopathy Medical Expressions

Alternative Medicine
Practices of treating disease, illnesses, or pain without subjecting a patient to become dependent on pharmaceutical drugs is commonly known as alternative medicine. Emphasis is placed on a body's natural healing ability. A practitioner strives to help a patient achieve that state of self-healing through procedures or techniques inherent to their modality of choice. There are many different modalities of alternative medicine. Some of the more popular ones are homeopathic doctors, naturopathic doctors, acupuncture, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, reflexology, massage therapy, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), ayurvedic medicine, or chiropractic doctors, just to name a few.
Bowen Therapy Technique
This therapy is a form of skeletal muscle and connective tissue manipulation, “Bowen Techniques”, that aim to re-align a body's energy meridians to reestablish natural dynamis which is our life-force energy flow pattern. It is similar to acupuncture but delves deeper into tissue somewhat like acupressure.
Breast Thermography
An early warning medical procedure for detecting breast cancer growths. Breast thermography screening is non-invasive but has a potential to detect abnormal blood flow, or pooling, such as would be indicative of an early-stage tumour being fed blood rich nutrients to facilitate or sustain cancerous growths.
Dynamisation
Stirring a homeopathic remedy into a vortex in a liquid dilution of water or alcohol to energize and increase potency of an active ingredient is known as dynamisation. Succussion or potentisation are also related terms to dynamisation processes (see below).
Golgi Tendon Organ
Golgi Tendon Organs are areas within your proprioceptor system that react to stimuli of actions such as stretching or tension generated by a lifting action. A resulting stimulus is conveyed to your nervous system which in turn guides your action by adjusting tendons to perform their task with efficiency. This is an area of attention during Bowen Therapy treatments.
Holistic
In a healthcare environment, holistic refers to a philosophy of treating diseases, illnesses, or managing pain through a whole body approach. Whereas conventional medicine typically attempts to eliminate an effect of a cause, a holistic approach attempts to bring about a state of wellness by getting to an underlying cause. Once a cause of disharmony of mind, body, and spirit is determined an effective natural treatment can be prescribed to heal a patient while potentially eliminating long-term recurrences of any such effects.
Homeopathic Remedies
Alternative medicine preparations derived from our natural earth environment are referred to as homeopathic remedies. Natural substances are subjected to dilution processes know as potentisation or succussion (see definitions below) until they loose their potentially toxic properties. The resulting diluted preparation continues to maintain it's molecular structure which becomes the active ingredient of a remedy.
Homeopathy
A branch of alternative medicine established on a founding principle of “laws of similars” also called “like cures like” is known as homeopathy. Patient care is approached as whole body, mind, and spirit rather than simply focusing on a particular ailment. In other words it is a cause and effect approach. Underlying disharmony of whole being effects an ailment. Homeopathy treats an underlying cause rather than a resultant effect. Thereby, a body can restore harmony to heal itself naturally. In comparison, conventional medicine typically treats an effect which may alleviate symptoms but doesn't go far enough to assist with long-term prevention of recurrences.
Homeostasis
It is a biological point of equilibrium. A good way of defining homeostasis is that human blood must maintain a critical pH balance of 7.4 which is slightly alkaline. 7.0 is the neutral balance point between acidic and alkaline. When it achieves a balanced state of 7.4 it is said to be in a natural state of homeostasis. If your blood stream experiences mineral deficiencies, possibly caused by excessive acid, it will extract those much needed minerals from reserves stored in other body organs to preserve biological life while restoring blood pH balance.
Modality
From a medical perspective a modality is a therapeutic method of treatment that stimulates or appeals to human biological or sensory perceptions. Used in a sentence one could say homeopathy, ayurveda, or acupuncture are modalities of natural holistic healing.
OHIP
It is an acronym used in Ontario Canada to refer to our provincial Ontario Health Insurance Plan. OHIP is publicly funded, and government managed, through taxpayer revenue. It ensures free open access to medical healthcare services for all residents of Ontario. Incidentlly, while you are here reading this it may be helpful for me to point out that unfortunately homeopathy is not covered by OHIP.
pH Balance
The medical term of pH is an acronym meaning “potential of hydrogen”. Samples of bodily fluids such as saliva or urine are collected and examined to determine a ratio of acidity to alkalinity. For a body as a whole, pH is typically said to be in balance when at 7. Lower than 7 is considered acidic, higher than 7 is considered alkaline. Maintaining a healthy pH balance promotes health and wellness which leads to longevity.
Potential Of Hydrogen
It is a long form of what it most commonly referred to, or known as, pH. Specifically, potential of hydrogen, measures hydrogen ion (H+) concentration of bodily fluid samples.
Potentisation
Another term related to succussion or dynamisation is potentisation. Similar to the other two definitions on this page, this is a process of decreasing toxic properties of substances to be used in homeopathic remedies. Potency (potentisation) of a remedy is achieved through successive dilutions of any given natural substance while ensuring that it is not diluted to a point of completely removing its healing curative potential.
Spindle
An area of muscle sensory receptors, for example running along the length of an arm or leg, are known as spindles. They contain neurons that supply our nervous system with information related to their state of contraction, extension, or stress load. Muscle spindles in our arms or legs are responsible for receiving or sending signals to contract or extend muscle fibres. They are also inter-related to Golgi tendon organs defined further up this page. A muscle spindle is a primary area of focus during a Bowen treatment.
Succussion
This term is related to dynamisation mentioned on this page. Succussion is another manner of preparing a diluted homeopathic remedy by subjecting it to vigorous shaking. Through a series of dilutions and succussions a naturally occurring substance has its full potency broken down without loosing its molecular structure which becomes established as the active healing ingredient in a remedy. The diluted potency of that natural substance then ensures it will not cause any side effects after ingested. None-the-less it will maintain its curative potential.