One example that demonstrates the difference between homeopathic and allopathic views of symptoms can be seen in the treatment of hay fever.
Modern medicine sees the runny nose and itchy, watery eyes as the disease itself.
Scott was aware of his reactions to mould, perfumes, household cleaners, gluten, and peanuts, and suspected having other triggers.
Scott carried his Epi Pen (epinephrine autoinjector) everywhere he went, which he had used a few times in the last ten years, mostly for his anaphylactic reaction to peanuts.
Homeopathy interprets these symptoms as the flow of waste products (such as pollen) leaving the body.
The medical doctor will prescribe anti-histamine drugs to suppress the symptoms, forcing the sufferer to retain large amounts of pollen that may continue to irritate and disturb the patient long after the flowering season.
In homeopathy, symptoms are seen as expressions of a curative process; the organism’s failed attempts to heal itself.
Taking cues from this process, the homeopath prescribes a remedy that will promote (rather than suppress) the symptoms, thereby helping to complete the curative process that has already been set in motion.
Was she repressing her true feelings and denying the past? The immune system mistakenly believes it is being invaded, and produces Immunoglobulin E (Ig E) antibodies to that allergen in an attempt to protect the body, These antibodies then cause certain cells to release chemicals into the bloodstream, one of which is the well-known histamine.
The histamine then acts on the nose, throat, eyes, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract, triggering the symptoms of allergic reaction.
Most importantly, the homeopathic prescription is not based on the allergy symptoms alone, but on a sum total of the person’s physical complaints, including emotional limitations and fears. Her allergies emerged every spring and fall, when grass, trees and flowers pollinate.