Dr. Kamau Kokayi, M.D., is an integrative and homeopathic medicine and healing specialist who practices homeopathic medicine out of his Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA offices. Dr. Kokayi has studied and practiced homeopathy for more than 30 years, with formal training in the U.S. and Europe.
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by Kamau B. Kokayi, MD
What Is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine common in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century. The focus of this system is on the treatment of the person as a whole and as an individual, rather than treating symptoms as is common in Western, or allopathic, medicine. Homeopathy uses remedies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, all of which are from natural sources. One of the basic tenets of the system is to treat a disease with a remedy that causes similar symptoms.
What’s a Homeopathic Remedy?
Homeopathic remedies all come from an animal, plant or mineral sources; they do not contain artificial chemicals or other substances. The prescription stimulates healing rather than “curing” a disease. The minimum dose is used, which lessens the potential for side effects. In most cases, only one remedy is used at a time. Remedies may be formulated as sugar pellets that are placed under the tongue, or as ointments, gels, creams, and tablets. The treatment is tailored to the individual, and two different people may receive different remedies for the same illness.
How Does Homeopathy Work?
Most of the evidence on homeopathy’s effectiveness is empirical, meaning it is what patients and practitioners observe and report, rather than through tests in the laboratory. Theories include the transfer of energy through the medicine to the individual and changes in the water in which the medications are dissolved. At this point, no one is sure exactly how it works.
What Is Homeopathy Used for?
The focus of homeopathy is to stimulate the patient’s own healing response. It is particularly useful in managing long-term chronic problems like allergies and dermatitis. Immune system disorders like rheumatoid arthritis often respond to homeopathy, as do some pulmonary conditions. Irritable bowel syndrome is another condition that may respond to homeopathy. Minor injuries, cuts and muscle sprains, and strains are sometimes treated with homeopathic remedies. It may also be used as an adjunctive treatment for more serious conditions like infections.
You’ll not find a more comprehensive and balanced approach to healing than Dr. Kokayi. He combines the best of western, eastern, Chinese, traditional/indigenous and Homeopathic healing modalities. And he’s humble enough to know that he doesn’t know it all (though more than most) and is still seeking knowledge. In addition, Dr. Kokayi is making a global effort to seek out and connect successful healing modalities from all around the globe. He saw me for just a few minutes one day at a health fair and immediately zeroed in on some issues I was having – without using any equipment (although he is connected to some of the most advanced energy based healing equipment on the planet.) Check him out.