The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy

The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy

  • Dana Ullman


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The most comprehensive homeopathic resource available, including how homeopathy works, how to choose an effective remedy and potency, how often to dose, and where to look for professional homeopathic care.

An essential reference for the lay homeopath.

United States
409 pp,pb
ISBN 0-87477-813-1


Homeopathy is one of the fastest-growing alternative medicines available today.

By triggering the body’s own self-healing abilities, homeopathic remedies are a safe and effective way to treat everyday ailments as well as acute and chronic symptoms of mind and body.

Not surprisingly, this treatment is winning more converts every day. The Consumer’s Guide to Homeopathy is the most comprehensive resource to the vast array of products and services available.

Renowned homeopathic expert, Dana Ullman, explains in clear, nontechnical terms how homeopathy works; how to choose the correct remedy, potency, and dosage; how to obtain professional homeopathic care; and much more.

This practical, informative, wise book is your essential reference to a remarkable and effective system of healing.

From the Book

Can homeopathic medicines cause symptoms?
The basic tenet of homeopathy, the principle of similars, asserts that a medicine is good for treating the specific pattern of symptoms that it is known to cause if given in large dose.

For example, an experimenter may give Belladonna 30x to a group of subjects. When doing a proving of Belladonna 30x, the provers will take the medicine several times a day for several weeks.

Not every prover will develop symptoms, for unknown reasons, though it is suspected that only certain people are hypersensitive to the microdoses of Belladonna or any substance.

The prover is instructed to write down whatever symptoms are experienced in as much detail as possible. These symptoms can and will dissipate and disappear when:
· the person stops taking this medicine
· a single dose of a higher potency of this medicine is given to him
· he is prescribed a potentized remedy that causes similar symptoms to those he is experiencing
· he is prescribed a potentized remedy that is known to antidote the action of the first remedy
· or he takes crude doses of a substance, such as coffee or camphor, which is known to sometimes antidote the effects of the remedy

Whether you are part of an experimental proving or simply taking a homeopathic medicine for self-care, you can on rare occasions develop symptoms from taking a homeopathic remedy, though these symptoms do not usually last very long, and tend to go away shortly after you stop taking the remedy.

It is helpful to know that people who are already ill rarely experience symptoms of a proving from taking an incorrect remedy, because their bodies are presently consumed with a more formidable challenge of disease.

Just as one can drink too much carrot juice and develop orangy skin, one can take homeopathic medicines too frequently and develop the symptoms that substance is known to cause. And just as carrot juice should not be considered dangerous in ordinary amounts, neither should homeopathic medicines.


Acknowledgments -- xi
Introduction -- xiii

Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy: A Modern View -- 3
The Wisdom of the Body - The Principle of Similars: The Basis for Homeopathic Medicine - The Experimental Basis of Every Homeopathic Medicine - Individualization of Care: Designer Medicine - The Small Doses of Homeopathic Medicines - The Wisdom and Wonder of Small Doses - How Homeopathic Medicines Work
Healing Disease Versus Suppressing Symptoms -- 17
Defining Health and Disease - The Healing Process Susceptibility to Disease - Suppressing Symptoms Immunosuppressive Treatments Versus Immunoaugmentive
Treatments - Homeopathic Understanding of Chronic Disease - Homeopathic Constitutional Care

The Homeopathic Renaissance -- 32
Homeopathy in North America, Then and Now - Homeopathy in Europe - Homeopathy Throughout the World
Scientific Evidence for Homeopathic Medicine -- 41
Clinical Research - Laboratory Research
What Skeptics Say and How to Respond to Them -- 62
'It can't work because the doses are too small.' - 'It's without any scientific foundation.' - 'It's not taught in medical schools. It must be quackery.' - 'Consumers need to be protected from quackery.' - What Does It Take to Change the Mind of a Skeptic? - The Changing Face of Medicine
The Interface Between Homeopathy and Conventional Medicine -- 75
When Integrative Medicine Is Possible - When Integrative Medicine Isn't Possible - The Demand for Alternative/ Complementary Health Care - Reducing Health Care Costs

Common Concerns of Consumers

Homeopathic Self-Care: When to Use It and How to Make It Work for You -- 85
When Should Homeopathic Self-Care Be Considered? - How to Find the Correct Homeopathic Medicine - How to Select the Best Potency and Dosage - What to Do If a Homeopathic Medicine Doesn't Work
Seeking Professional Homeopathic Care -- 98
What Professional Homeopathic Care Offers - When Is Professional Homeopathic Care Appropriate? - Who Exactly Are Homeopaths? - What Training Do Homeopaths Receive? - What Are the Different Ways That Homeopathy Is Practiced? - How Do I Find a Homeopath? - How Do I Know If a Homeopath Is Good? - When Should I Consider Changing Homeopaths? - How Much Does Professional Homeopathic Care Cost? - Will Insurance Cover Homeopathic Care?
Working with Your Homeopath -- 123
What Can I Expect When Visiting a Homeopath? - How Much Family History Will the Homeopath Want? - What Information Will the Homeopath Want about My Personal Health History? - What Does the Homeopath Want to Know about My Present Symptoms? - Is It Helpful to Keep a Journal? - Is It Useful to Have a Family Member or Friend Help You Describe Your Symptoms? - Important Information Your Homeopath Will Want to Know
Combination Homeopathic Medicines:
The Single-Remedy and the Multiple-Remedy Controversy -- 133
The Uses and Limitations of Combination Homeopathy - More Classical Than Thou? - Practical Information about Combination Medicines - Using Single and Combination Medicines
Your Homeopathic Medicine Kit -- 141
The Home Medicine Kit - The 'Second String' - The Child Kit - The Athlete's Kit - The Birth Bag
Practical Issues in Using Homeopathic Medicines -- 147
What to Avoid When Taking a Homeopathic Medicine - Touching Homeopathic Medicines - How to Take Care of Homeopathic Medicines - Factors That Affect the Speed of Action of Homeopathic Medicines - The Myth of the Dangers of Homeopathic Medicines - The Myth of the Safety of Homeopathic Medicines - Guidelines and Warnings for Consumers Purchasing Medicines - The Limitations of Homeopathy

Can Homeopathy Help Me? Specific Conditions

Conditions of Infants -- 169
Circumcision - Teething and Colic Diaper Rash
Children's Conditions -- 174
Mumps, Measles, Chicken Pox, and German Measles - Childhood Diarrhea - Ear Infections - Hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder - Growing Pains - The Rise of Chronic Disease in Children
Adolescent Complaints -- 184
Emotional Problems - Acne - Infectious Mononucleosis - Digestive Problems - Eating Disorders
Women's Conditions -- 189
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Cystitis (Bladder Infection) - Vaginitis - Cysts and Fibroids - Endometriosis - Fertility and Contraception - Menopause - Osteoporosis
Pregnant and Laboring Women -- 199
Using Homeopathic Medicines with Modern Diagnostic Procedures - Homeopathy Prior to and During Labor - Backache During or After Labor - When Cesarean Section or Episiotomy Is Necessary
Breastfeeding and Postnatal Conditions -- 205
After-Pains - Mastitis (Breast Infection) - Cracked or Sore Nipples
Men's Ailments -- 209
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia - Prostatitis - Cancer of the Prostate - Testicle and Scrotum Problems
Conditions of the Elderly -- 213
Medical Elder Abuse - Homeopathic Medicines for the Elderly - Incontinence of Urine - Leg Cramps - Bedsores - Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - The Last Stages of Life
Common Infections -- 223
The Common Cold Cough - Influenza - Sore Throat
Headaches -- 233
Tension Headaches - Migraine Headaches
Digestive Disorders -- 240
Nausea and Vomiting - Acute Diarrhea - Acute Constipation - Hemorrhoids - Flatulence and Bloating - Abdominal Cramps - Ulcers - Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Skin Conditions -- 251
Eczema - Psoriasis - Warts - Abscesses, Boils, and Carbuncles - Scarring - Burns - Blisters - Poison Oak/Poison Ivy
Allergies -- 257
Respiratory Allergies - Hay Fever - Asthma - Food Allergies - Skin Allergies
Arthritis -- 264
Insomnia -- 268
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome -- 273
Sexually Transmitted Diseases -- 276
Herpes - Venereal Warts - Chlamydia, Trichomonas, and Gardnerella - Pubic Lice and Scabies
AIDS -- 281
Preventing AIDS - Treatment of Acute Illnesses During AIDS - Treatment of People with AIDS - Homeopathic Treatment of Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders
Heart Disease -- 289
What Studies Say - Treating Heart Pain on the Way to the Doctor - The Story of Norman Cousins - The Homeopathic Origins of an Important Heart Medicine
Cancer -- 295
The Homeopathic Approach to Cancer - The Homeopathic Treatment of People with Cancer - Advice for People with Cancer
Psychological Conditions -- 303
Body-Mind Interconnectedness - Effects of Treatment - Thoughts on the Homeopathic Approach to Schizophrenia - Treating Psychological Problems
Drug, Alcohol, and Nicotine Addiction -- 311
The Homeopathic Perspective of Addiction - Homeopathic Medicines for Treating Addiction - Acute Withdrawal - Detoxification - Recovery - Nicotine Addiction
Conditions of Travel and Recreation -- 322
Jet Lag - Motion Sickness - 111 Effects of Sun and Heat - High Altitudes - Frostbite - Gastrointestinal Problems - Immunizations
Injuries -- 329
Shock of Injury - Cuts - Puncture Wounds - Bruises and Contusions - Burns - Sprains and Strains - Injuries to the Bones - Head Injuries - Injuries to the Back - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Miscellaneous Injuries
Pre- and Postsurgical Treatment-- 342
Homeopathic Medicines Before and After Surgery - Homeopathy for Specific Ailments After Surgery

Homeopathic Resources

Homeopathic Books: An Annotated Bibliography -- 353
Homeopathic Tapes -- 364
Homeopathic Software -- 365
Source of Homeopathic Books, Tapes, and Software -- 366
Homeopathic Organizations -- 366
Sources of Homeopathic Medicines -- 368
Homeopathic Training Programs -- 369
Homeopathic Certification -- 374
Homeopathic Journals and Newsletters -- 375
Homeopathic Study Groups -- 379
Homeopathic Medicines and Their Common Names -- 380
Notes -- 385
General Index -- 397
Homeopathic Medicine Index -- 407

Dana Ullman, M.P.H.

Dana Ullman is an internationally recognized educator on homeopathic medicine and is the director of Homeopathic Educational Services in Berkeley, California.

He is the author of three popular books on homeopathy and a coauthor of Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines.


"The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy could become the layperson's bible in this field."
— Larry Dossey, M.D.
author of Healing Words and Recovering the Soul

"A comprehensive, lucid, and very readable presentation of homeopathy, which takes into account the most recent advances in this field. Strongly recommended. "
— Jonathan R. T. Davidson, M.D.
professor, Duke University Medical Center

"Dana Ullman is America's foremost promoter of homeopathy, and this is his most detailed work to date. "
— Wayne B. Jonas, M.D.
author of The Complete Book of Homeopathy

"I am sure this book will be useful to the layperson and the homeopathic practitioner alike."
— Dr. R. W. Davey
physician to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II