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Homeopathy: Where do I start?

Just getting started with homeopathy and not quite sure how it works? Check out our simple flow chart that breaks down how to get started with homeopathy. You can learn more about how to start using homeopathy on the NCH website.

Are You a Member?

Joining NCH as a member is a wonderful way to continue and deepen your understanding of homeopathy and become an actively supporting part of the community. NCH members receive our highly acclaimed magazine, Homeopathy Today, and other valuable benefits. But more than that, your membership dues help us fulfill our mission to promote health through homeopathy, provide education about homeopathy to both practitioners and the general public, and raise awareness about homeopathy. Learn more here.


JAHC Raffle Deadline is Fast Approaching

The early registration raffle deadline is fast approaching for the 2015 Joint American Homeopathic Conference (JAHC). In order to qualify to be entered into the raffle, your registration and payment must be received by February 16, 2015 (11:59pm EST). Anyone who registers for the conference by that day/time will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free conference registration, and two nights of accommodation for the 2016 JAHC – a prize worth almost $1000!! (Location of 2016 event TBD.) Don’t miss out! Visit the conference website for all the details and register today.

Reminder! Homeopathy Today in Bulk

2015 Bulk Subscriptions of Homeopathy Today  magazine are now available for ordering – order 10, 15, 20, or 25 additional copies of each issue this year to give to the people in your life that you believe will benefit from learning about homeopathic medicine. This offer will not be available for long, so do not miss out on the chance to get a few extra copies of each issue. Learn more.

Homeopaths Respond to Ebola - Update

Unfortunately our promised update on this topic is that there will likely not be any updates to provide. Our sources have reported that due to political and bureaucratic obstacles, efforts to provide in-person homeopathic treatment to victims of the Ebola epidemic have been unsuccessful to date. Some individuals and teams are still actively trying to gain permission and access to treat patients with homeopathy. However, permission to do so has still not been granted at Ebola treatment centers. According to Flu Solution, Dr. Jacob Mirman and Sally Tamplin’s group of volunteer homeopaths are still offering free distance consultations to anyone that is in touch with Africans who are sick with this disease. The site also states that they continue to work towards the broader aim of discovering the genus epidemicus (remedy or remedies that can be used as a prophylactic to this disease).

Homeopathy for Heart Health

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon heart health is on the mind of many. Can homeopathy help cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), irregular heartbeat, angina, or congestive heart failure? There is much that homeopathy can do to address directly; and there is plenty that homeopathy can do to help inspire and stimulate people to make other necessary changes to reduce the risk of cardiovascular illness. As with any chronic complaint, however, homeopathic remedies are prescribed for particular people, as opposed to particular diagnoses. Five patients with atrial fibrillation might each receive a different remedy, depending on their particular symptoms and how they experience the problem as individuals. While it is true that certain remedies like Nux vomica, Lachesis, Glonoine, Cactus grandiflorus, and Spigelia are used more frequently for patients with heart conditions, any of a wide number of homeopathic remedies may be indicated. Of course, it should go without saying that the homeopathic treatment of people with cardiac conditions is not the realm of self-prescribers and should only be attempted by experienced, trained homeopaths working in coordination with the patient’s cardiology team. The biggest dangers here lie in misdiagnoses and the loss of valuable time in addressing treatable conditions. So if you have a friend or loved one refer them to a trained homeopath. While we can’t help every condition, some extremely common cardiovascular complaints can be addressed with good effect using gentle, effective homeopathic remedies.
 Excerpt from Homeopathy Today January/February 2008 V28, N1

What Potency Should I Use?

One of the longest running and perplexing questions in homeopathy has always been "what potency does one use in a given situation?" The shortest answer to that has not changed much over the past 200 years—"use the lowest potency that will lead to a curative effect, without significant adverse effects." This is a wonderful, albeit impractical answer for both the beginner and the experienced practitioner. The longer answer requires a bit of background and several guidelines will help you choose a good potency for a given situation. Read the full article.  

Pet Owners Increasingly Turn to Holistic Medicine

Holistic veterinarian, Dr. Marcie Fallek, has seen it many times. A desperate pet owner brings in a very sick or dying animal and pleads for help while explaining how conventional medical treatments have cost a fortune and failed. "I do my best but obviously I could do a whole lot more for them if they came in before the crisis, not after," explains Dr. Fallek. "If I could start holistically with them when they're still puppies and kittens, we'd be way ahead of the game." Read More about how homeopathy plays a significant role in Dr. Fallek’s practice here. You have the opportunity to see Dr. Fallek in person at the 2015 Joint American Homeopathic Conference presenting on the Veterinary Homeopathy panel.

TxOptions Scholarship Program

TxOptions has announced its 7th annual Joint American Homeopathic Conference Scholarship Program. They are offering to cover costs of a 2-day registration at the upcoming 2015 JAHC, in Philadelphia PA, to select interested parties. This year, an equivalent of twelve 2-day scholarships will be awarded to the applicants that fulfill the requirements and send in their application before or by February 20, 2015. Recipients will be chosen from eligible students and practitioners from accredited schools. In order to apply, please remit by email your name, address, phone, email, accredited school/practitioner credentials, year of graduation (anticipated or actual), year of last JAHC conference attended, NCH membership standing, and a 300-500 word essay 'What does homeopathy mean to you?' to the address TxOptions scholarships will be awarded by March 2, 2015. 

THE ORGANON by Samuel Hahnemann –  An Outline
Provided in tribute to Julian Winston, May 1941 – June 2005, beloved Editor-In-Chief of Homeopathy Today for 21 years.

It is often said that studying The Organon is fundamental for any successful homeopath. In this series we glean some Winston Wisdom by revisiting Julian’s outline of this masterpiece.

The concept of vital force and its relation to disease (#19-#21):

  1. Medicines cannot cure unless they can cause derangement.
  2. The power of medicines can be discovered only by their effects–not by reason.
  3. Symptoms of provings are the only way of learning their power. Pure experiment will reveal nothing. Remedies cure only because of their ability to alter human health by causing characteristic symptoms.

Note: The above is only an outline. To comprehend The Organon in its fullness, we recommend that you read the book.
The Organon is usually studied by the intermediate to advanced student of homeopathy.

Placebo-controlled Trials of Individualized Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathic medicines can be prescribed in a number of different ways, but most homeopaths agree that individualized treatment of patients is the most effective method. Yet, for research purposes this methodology poses the greatest challenge, firstly because a wide variety of homeopathic medicines can be prescribed for a set of patients with a similar diagnosis; and secondly, because the detailed case-taking involved gives rise to there being an inevitable effect on the patient from the therapeutic encounter, often referred to as the 'placebo effect'. The 'placebo effect' has been consistently used and misused by homeopathy's critics to explain any success shown from homeopathic treatment. 

This highly rigorous systematic review's conclusions, while being very conservative, are therefore significant in that they conclude that prescribed homeopathic medicines may have specific treatment effects over and above any potential 'placebo effect'.

Those who practice individualized homeopathy know from experience that placebo effects are short-lived, and only when the correctly chosen medicine acts successfully do long-term treatment benefits for patients ensue. This study is an important step forward in evidencing the daily experience of homeopaths and their patients that correctly prescribed homeopathic medicines work. The abstract and full paper can be accessed here.

From International Council for Homeopathy.

Take a look at more of the latest homeopathic research in the Research Library on the NCH website. 

Stories of Inspiration

When traveling we left our dogs with friends who seriously indulged them with goodies and treats. The schnoodle came home constipated and miserable. One dose of Nux vomica 30c set him right within a very short time. Our dogs haven't seen a vet since they were neutered and always respond beautifully to homeopathic treatment.

- Jess deSilva of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  

We LOVE to hear how our members are using homeopathy at home and we hope you will share 'Your Homeopathy Story' with us! Everyone’s story is different and we want to know how you use homeopathy in your life! Learn how to share one of your stories with NCH.

Homeopathic Treatment of the Acute Dental Abscess
February 9, 2015, 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET

A thorough homeopathic history generally reveals the correct remedy prescription, but what questions should you ask? By understanding the natural history of dental disease and what influences that history, one can better predict what state the pulp/nerve tissue is undergoing thereby improving the accuracy of the prescription. The dental homeopathic books available on the market are all cookbook style set-ups that do not reflect clinical presentation. Many of the necessary remedies do not even get mentioned under the various conditions. Too many patients present with homeopathic prescriptions for their dental complaints, or before their dental work, that is incorrect because of a lack of understanding of dental disease and its etiology. First an understanding of dental/tooth pathology will be reviewed, followed by a number of cases to illustrate some of the various presentations that may be encountered. Discussions will include history taking, remedy selection, posology and follow-up. Presented by Dr. Gary Fortinsky.

This webinar is free, but available only to current NCH members. Register today!



Test your repertory knowledge!

The homeopathic repertory is organized to make it easier to do which of the following?

  1. Identify the prover of a remedy
  2. Identify symptoms associated with a remedy
  3. Identify remedies associated with a symptom
  4. Identify the animal, botanical, or mineral source of a remedy 

(The answer is at the bottom of the newsletter.)

A special thanks to Karen B. Allen, CCH for providing the REPERTORY QUIZ to Homeopathy Today magazine in 2003.

Your friend's 4 year old stepson has arrived for the summer from the west coast. He seems very happy to have come and adapts very well to his 'east coast' family. Within a day, he developed a sore throat (which had happened identically on the last three visits). With further inquiry, you find out he is missing his mother. What remedy would you give him to clear up the sore throat?

(The answer is at the bottom of the newsletter.)

If you have a “Case Quiz” to share, send it to us at We love to feature cases submitted by our community members!



American Institute of Homeopathy

The American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH) has launched a Facebook page - we encourage you to "Like" our page and follow daily postings about research studies as well as announcements of courses and conferences. AIH is now offering quarterly webinars, the first one on Polarity Analysis and it Use in Acute Diseases, presented by Heiner Frei. Check our website for further information and registration.

Since 1844, the American Institute of Homeopathy has been the voice of the homeopathic medical profession.

Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA)

School Accreditation Helps Strengthen Homeopathy in North America
School accreditation promotes excellence in education and provides prospective students and the Council for Homeopathic Certification with assurances regarding the quality of education that is provided by the school.  Accredited schools meet established standards for the preparation of homeopathic practitioners which helps build public confidence in the profession. Find out more about homeopathy school accreditation by visiting the website of the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA) at

Invitation to Leadership: ACHENA Seeks Your Help
This is your opportunity to help guide the future of homeopathic education in North America. ACHENA is inviting Certified Classical Homeopaths and others with experience in education, finance or management to serve as Commissioners. By devoting 5-10 hours a month you can make an important contribution to the growth of homeopathy in North America. Check out our website at and email your interest in getting involved to 

Seven Homeopathy Schools Engaged in the Accreditation Process
ACHENA posts on our website the status of all schools engaged in the accreditation process. Three schools currently enjoy the status of being fully accredited. We are pleased to announce that four additional schools have submitted applications to establish Candidacy for accreditation. These schools have submitted an Initial application and attended an Eligibility Workshop provided by ACHENA. For information about homeopathy schools engaged in the accreditation process, and regular updates on their status, visit our website at

Updated Eligibility and Initial Curriculum Review Standards
ACHENA revised its Eligibility and Initial Curriculum Review Standards in November of 2014. The revisions help to streamline the accreditation process, ensure that a wide range of schools are able of achieve accreditation and keep ACHENA’s practices in line with national standards for accrediting organizations. Additional schools are encouraged to submit applications before February 28th, 2015 to be eligible for the discounted application fee. For more information visit

Integrative Complementary and Traditional Health Practices

The Integrative Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Section invites oral and poster presentations for the upcoming APHA 2015 annual meeting to be held in Chicago, IL from October 31- November 4, 2015. Topics related to this year's theme: "Health in All Policies" will receive high priority. We are particularly interested in topics related to evidence-based research findings, efficacy, education and training, program development, safety, utilization, best practices, policy, and alternative and complementary health practices, (e.g., acupuncture, ayurveda, holistic nursing, massage therapy, integrative care, physical activity, energy healing, herbs, holistic nutrition, spiritual healing, yoga, tai-chi, etc.). For more information and online submission: Submission deadline: Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

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2015 JAHC Raffle Deadline – Register today

Getting Started Flow Chart

Getting Started on NCH Website

Reminder! Homeopathy Today in Bulk

Homeopaths Respond to Ebola Flu Solution website

What Potency Should I Use?

Pet Owners Increasingly Turn to Holistic Medicine – Dr. Fallek’s press release

Pet Owners Increasingly Turn to Holistic Medicine – 2015 JAHC home page

Pet Owners Increasingly Turn to Holistic Medicine – Veterinary Homeopathy Panel Discussion

Monthly NCH Webinar Homeopathic Treatment of the Acute Dental Abscess registration

Research News, Placebo-controlled trials of Individualized Homeopathic Treatment

Your Homeopathy Story - Learn how to share one of your stories with NCH

Are You a Member? Learn more at

Repertory Quiz Answer: c. Identify remedies associated with a symptom
Solve the Case Answer: Ignatia

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