For its February 2011 issue, Milwaukee Magazine surveyed “more than 500 practitioners in the five-county metropolitan area,” Dr. Bruce Semon was named by his peers as one of the three best homeopaths in the area.
Homeopathy in Wisconsin-Dr. Bruce Semon’s Practice
I, Dr. Bruce Semon, am a medical doctor and I have a Ph.D. in nutrition. I am a board certified psychiatrist. I spend part of my time doing “standard” or “allopathic” medicine. In lay terms, this means I spend a lot of time listening to people and writing out prescriptions for psychiatric medications.
However, I have found that standard medicines do not always work, and in particular do not often work for very complex problems. I developed a special interest in homeopathy as a different way to treat problems that traditional medicine has not been successful in treating.
What is Homeopathy? A short history.
What is homeopathy? Briefly, homeopathy is a system of medicine that was popular in the 19th century through the early 20th century. With the development of more pure medicines, homeopathy was phased out for political reasons, not because it did not work.
Homeopathy is a form of medicine which was discovered and developed European medical doctor, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann starting in about 1800. Dr. Hahnemann started experimenting with quinine, a treatment for malaria. He took quinine and found that in himself, who did not have malaria, quinine caused fevers. He thought this result to be very interesting because malaria is a disease of fevers. He restated what other medical philosophers had hinted at before, a law, “like cures like.” In other words, something which causes a symptom in a healthy person, can knock that same symptom out of someone sick with that symptom. This concept is totally opposite to the concepts of western medicine, which is called “allopathic medicine.” In allopathic medicine, we generally take medication to treat something inside our body. The medicine we take is different from the disease we are trying to treat.
Dr. Hahnemann took his research further and found this type of treatment effective for other conditions. Homeopathy was very strong at one time in the US. Homeopathic physicians were drafted on both sides in the civil war. Such major medical schools as the University of Michigan were homeopathic medical schools. However, when antibiotics came out, homeopathic medical schools were converted to allopathic medical schools.
How is Homeopathy related to Modern Medicine?
Homeopathy has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity along with other systems of integrative medicine because modern medicine can’t solve all problems. Homeopathy is based on natural substances, and is based on the principles of “like cures like.” These substances can be anything from minerals to vegetable matter to actual disease products. These substances are diluted and then given in different forms. These are called homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy rarely has negative side effects. It either works or does not, except in the most extremely sensitive patients. Homeopathy is most beneficial when other treatments are not that effective or when the side effects outweigh the benefits.
What is the difference between Homeopathy and other forms of “Natural” medicine?
Before I continue, understand that homeopathy is not “naturopathy,” it is not “herbal medicine,” and it does not use “nutraceuticals” or “Supplements.” Many people call me and say they’ve tried homeopathy. However, when I ask them what they’ve actually tried, they describe herbal medicine and supplements for the most part.
Why Homeopathy might not have worked for you in the past
You may have tried homeopathy in the past from other providers, and it’s been unsuccessful. There are four reasons why this might have been unsuccessful.
First, other providers might have an incomplete understanding of what’s wrong. Because I am a medical doctor and have a Ph.D. in nutrition, I have a much more holistic and thorough understanding of disease and health. My patients find me extremely helpful because I am a doctor and can look at the problem from a medical perspective. When you go to a homeopath, ask about their training. Few homeopaths are doctors. I don’t know of any other homeopaths who are both doctors and have a Ph.D. in nutrition.
Second, you may be receiving the wrong remedy. There are at least 2000 remedies, not including the remedies that I have been developing. Many people try remedies by going to a health food store, looking at the label on the bottle, and taking the remedy. If you’re lucky, this works. In many cases, you may be taking the wrong remedy for the problem. Homeopathy works based on groups of symptoms, rather than on names of diseases or conditions. For example, a person may have a sore throat. Whether the throat hurts on the right, left, or middle is very important. How it came on is very important. How you are feeling emotionally is important. Carefully matching symptoms to remedies, including emotional symptoms, is critical. A sore throat immediately following the death of a loved one will be treated differently than a sore throat following swimming in the ocean. This may sound crazy, but it works. Only a very experienced homeopath can do this.
Third, even if you are taking the right remedy, you may be taking the wrong doses. Just as standard medications come in different doses, and taking the wrong dose may be ineffective, taking the wrong dose of a homeopathic remedy may not be very effective. In addition, you may need to repeat a homeopathic remedy at irregular intervals, or switch to another remedy. Only a very experienced homeopath can help you.
Fourth, you may be taking your remedies in an ineffective delivery system. Just like in standard medicine, where medicines come in forms of pills, liquids, injections, patches, and other forms, homeopathic remedies can be given in different ways. Many people just buy the remedies in little balls, and take them dry. In my twenty plus years of studying homeopathy, I have come to the conclusion that this method does not work as well as dissolving the remedies in water and giving small doses over time. Again, you need an experienced homeopath because the amount of remedy, the amount of dissolution, and the amount taken may vary from case to case.
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Dr. Semon’s Method of Doing Homeopathy–It Works
So what is this method that I use? I have studied homeopathy for more than two decades and have treated many patients successfully. I routinely am able to help people shorten the length of colds, ear infections, flu symptoms, sore throats, and other common problems. I have helped people resolve pain in shoulders, necks, backs and other areas.
What about less common problems?
I have been very successful in lessening symptoms of very difficult problems, including:
- Psychiatric problems following concussion
- PTSD following sexual abuse
- Nerve pain after cancer
- Ear Infections
Based on my studies and my clinical experience, I am developing new remedies to treat complex problems. I have developed several new remedies to treat Autism, ADHD and Depression. The same remedies would apply to treat auto-immune disorders and chronic pain. I am also using older remedies in ways that you would not find in other books.