Homeopathy is an approach to treating illness created by the German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. Homeopathy was the primary medical system in the early 19th century. Homeopathy was gradually replaced by allopathy. Allopathy approaches the treatment of disease with drugs having opposite effects to the symptoms being experienced. This is the methodology of mainstream pharmacology today.
Homeopathy is based upon 3 principles:
1. Like cures like or the “Law of Similars”. In homeopathy an illness is cured by a remedy that creates symptoms similar to what is being experienced by the patient.
2. Minimal Dose. Remedies are taken in an extremely diluted form for safety reasons and only taken for a small number of doses.
3. A Single Remedy. Regardless of the number of symptoms in the patient only one remedy is taken, which is aimed to treat all of the symptoms being experienced: mental, emotional and physical.
Is homeopathy the same as herbal medicine?
Homeopathy is considered a form of alternative medicine, but is not the same as herbal medicine. Both are forms of natural medicine and use herbal extracts for treatment; however the approach for the determination of the appropriate natural ingredient(s) to use, remedy preparation and protocols for treatment vary between the two methodologies. Herbal or botanical medicine applies different protocols in creating remedies. Herbal remedies are often more concentrated than homeopathic remedies and the dosages are sometimes considered as a dietary supplement intended to be taken on a long term basis as opposed to the minimal dose principal in homeopathic treatments. Multiple treatment approaches are often prescribed in herbal medicine where homeopathic medicine follows the single remedy principle. Herbal remedies are often prescribed by naturopathic practitioners. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed by homeopathic practitioners.
Homeopathy has historically been a controversial form of alternative medicine. Because of the dilution of the active ingredients in homeopathic remedies some scientists believe that therapeutic results are impossible while others contend that the efficacy of homeopathic treatment is simply a placebo response. Research studies of the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment have produced conflicting results. Meanwhile the rapid and permanent results experienced my many who have applied homeopathic treatments combined with the high degree of safety that these remedies provide make the option of homeopathic remedies worth a try.
What symptoms can homeopathic remedies cure?
Homeopathy has a remedy for any symptom being experienced. In homeopathy the belief is that every symptom has a coexisting naturally occurring ingredient that, in excess, would create a similar symptom. Remedies for commonly occurring symptoms are prepackaged and can be found in the Online Organic Health Store and other retailers. Prepackaged homeopathic products are easily available to treat the following symptoms:
Allergy & Cold
Rectal Pain & Fissures
For more unique combinations of symptoms, finding the right homeopathic remedy can take some time and may require some experimentation through a trial and error process. Exactly the right remedy for your unique symptoms must be applied to realize results. While there are standard remedies that are most often successful as a treatment for a specific symptom, each individual’s scenario and symptomology are unique and therefore one remedy does not fit all scenarios.
If your symptoms are not included within the above common categories or the generally effective remedy is not producing results, remedy finder tools are available online. Both the National Center for Homeopathy at www.homeopathycenter.org and https://abchomeopathy.com offer “Find a Remedy” tools. Through these tools one can select the symptoms that are being experienced and the tool will recommend a unique and individualized homeopathic remedy.
What are the side effects to homeopathic remedies?
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) “A systematic review has found that homeopathic remedies in high dilution, taken under the supervision of trained professionals, are generally considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.” Homeopathic remedies are generally considered to be a safe form of treatment even for infants and pregnant women. Typically it is safe to take a homeopathic remedy alongside conventional medicines; however you should always consult your prescribing physician or pharmacist. Naturopathic remedies are not addictive.
Why try homeopathic remedies?
Homeopathy is a system of medicinal treatment widely used throughout the world. When the correct remedy is applied the results have been shown to be extremely effective. Healing results are often rapid, complete and permanent. The remedies are based on natural ingredients from nature, working with your immune system to support the body in healing itself. Remedies are intended for short term use and are not to be continued once symptom relief is experienced. Homeopathic remedies are safe to use along with conventional medicine and other alternative treatments such as acupuncture, energy healing, massage, etc. Lastly, homeopathy is “holistic”, meaning that all symptoms are treated as a whole not as individual parts.
How can I find a homeopathic practitioner?
In the U.S. there is not one governing body that oversees homeopathic medicine. Licensure requirements vary from state to state. Homeopathic doctors or practitioners often use the credentials of DHT, DHANP or CCH.
To find an experienced homeopathic physician or practitioner in your area search the “Find a Homeopath” Professional Directory at www.homeopathycenter.org or search the directory on the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) to find a practitioner and view their credentials.