Dynamic Phytotherapy (DP) remedies are also known as Homeobotanical (Hb) remedies. There are 46 standard remedies that can individually treat a specific set of body organs and systems, or that can be combined in infinite ways to treat a range of body organs and systems (Murray, 2005). Each remedy is prepared from a mixture of herbal extracts, and may contain a blend of 20 to 40 herbs (Murray, 2005; Petersen, 2014).
Dr. Brian Murray, who created Hb remedies, was influenced by homeopathy, and quoted Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, in his works (Murray, 2005). Hb remedies are similar to homeopathic remedies, but with a few differences. Hb remedies only include herbs, and not minerals, metals, or energetic substances as homeopathic remedies do (Petersen, 2014). The remedies start with mother tinctures that are diluted to a low potency, similar to homeopathic remedies, but they differ in that they are all diluted to a potency of 1.5X, where homeopathic remedies have varying potencies. In addition, once prepared, Hb remedies are potentized in homeopathic manner through a process of succussion. They are different in that the remedies can be freely blended with each other. They are neither purely homeopathic nor purely herbal (Petersen, 2014).
Origin of Hb Remedies
Dr. Murray created these remedies in 1984 in Auckland, New Zealand (Petersen, 2014). He had two clinics that provided natural therapies and often saw patients from low-income backgrounds. Dr. Murray was motivated to produce affordable and effective herbal supplements. He started with mother tinctures prepared to potency of 3X, and later adjusted the mixture to a potency of 1.5X, realizing that this was the potency at which the herbal mixtures displayed their maximum healing benefit (Petersen, 2014). He originally created 30 primary remedies, and eventually developed 16 more (Murray, 2005; Petersen, 2014). After seeing positive results at his clinic, the use of Hb remedies spread to other clinics in New Zealand and Australia, and other parts of the world.
The first 26 remedies are named according to each letter in the alphabet. Each treats a set of symptoms and organs. For instance, Hb A is for allergies, Hb D is for digestion, Hb K is for kidneys, Hb M is for migraines, and Hb V is for varicose veins. The following 16 remedies are numbered, and each remedy still treats a set of symptoms or organs. For example, Hb 1 is cerebra and treats mental conditions, Hb 4 is a male tonic, and Hb 9 is detoxa to encourage detoxification. The remaining four remedies treat eczema, psoriasi, warts, and degenerative conditions (Murray, 2005). Before a patient is given an Hb remedy they undergo an extensive case-taking to determine the appropriate blend of remedies for them. The blend given to the patient is customized to their specific needs, and the possibilities for herbal and remedy combinations are endless.
There are four main actions in the body from Hb remedies. The first is assimilation, which means the remedies support the absorption of nutrients at a cellular level, as well as the absorption of the beneficial components of the remedy into the body (Murray, 2005; Petersen, 2014). The second is depuration, which involves drainage or the elimination of toxins through the organs of elimination, such as the bowels, kidneys, liver, and skin. The third is stimulation, and that involves stimulating or reinforcing homeostasis to support the body to heal (Murray, 2005; Petersen, 2014). Finally, restoration encourages overall healthy function (Petersen, 2014). Emotions play a role in Hb remedies, and emotional stress, calmness, and energy are the conditions most treated (Murray, 2005).
Hb remedies are diphasic or bipolar because they produce physical and energetic responses in the body (Petersen, 2014). The action occurs in phases, where the first phase is physical and produces effects on the body, and the second is energetic and produces effects on the etheric body (Petersen, 2014). When the Hb remedies are potentized through succussion, or repeatedly pounding the herbal remedy a minimum of 40 times, it causes the hydrogen bonds in the water to vibrate and alter in structure. When ingested, this vibration is transferred to the patient, where it has a mental and emotional effect. Physically, they support the body in bringing homeostasis. Collectively, both phases work synergistically to bring about a holistic healing in the patient (Petersen, 2014).
Other than experimental evidence, there is no scientific evidence yet collected on the effects of DP. Studies on Hb remedies are needed.
Availability and Administration
Hb remedies can treat both acute and chronic conditions, although the approach in treatment varies for each. Acute conditions are usually accompanied with vigorous or violent reactions from the body, such as fever or vomiting (Petersen, 2014). The Hb remedy has to be administered to match the symptoms, and can be administered frequently, even every five minutes, but in small amounts. As the symptoms decrease, the remedy is administered less often, even once or twice a day, until the symptoms disappear (Petersen, 2014).
Chronic conditions take longer to treat, because the body has to slowly to get rid of the accumulated symptoms and toxins in the body (Petersen, 2014). The focus is on the gradual repair and healing, which can take a few weeks to even a few years to heal, depending on how long the patient has been suffering from the chronic condition. Results vary, but in general, the Rule of Seven is considered, in which a scale of seven is applied the length of time a person has suffered from the condition (Petersen, 2014). In other words, the condition would take one seventh of the time to heal. A chronic condition that lasted seven months, will take one month to heal; a condition that lasted one year, will take 1.5 to 2 months to heal; and a condition that lasted seven years will take one year to heal. Hb remedies for chronic conditions are generally given in smaller doses and can vary from one drop per day to up to 30 drops per day, depending on the patient’s age, condition, lifestyle, and symptoms (Petersen, 2014).
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