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Homeopathy - Natural Healing Remedies

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History of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is from the Greek word Homeo (meaning like) and pathos (meaning suffering) and is considered a healing treatment for some illnesses. It is a two-hundred year old system of medicine based on the principle of similarities or “like cures like”.

It uses extremely diluted preparations of natural substances to stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanism.

It was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago and has been practiced in the United States since the early 19th century. It is used for wellness and prevention and to treat many diseases and conditions.

Today one of the leading theoretician and clinical practitioners of homeopathy is George Vithoulkas, author of “The Science of Homeopathy: who teaches in Athens, Greece. Training is limited to conventional physicians and osteopaths only, which results in highly qualified physicians well versed in both types of medicine.

Homeopathy Remedies

Homeopaths have some two thousand remedies, which are prepared from plants, herbs, animal products, minerals, and chemicals. The remedies are prepared through a careful process of repeated dilution.

Classic homeopathy is considered a complete medical system, capable of addressing a wide array of health problems:

  • Acute and chronic illness, particular in the early stages before there is tissue damage.
  • Migraines
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Arthritis,
  • Chronic viral and bacterial infections have all been reportedly treated successfully
  • Acupuncture is another ancient healing modality. It is being used successfully to treat fibromyalgia, neck and low back pain.

Homeopathy Remedies

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine lists the key points for Homeopathy medicine:

  • The principle of similars (or ‘like cures lie’) is a central homeopathic principle. It simply states that a disease can be cured by a substance producing similar symptoms
  • They state that most analysis has concluded there is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment, although some studies have reported positive findings. I found this to be disputed in other books
  • There are challenges in evaluating this field because its key concepts aren’t consistent with the current understanding of science.
  • The research has been limited
  • If you are taking any alternative medicines make sure you let you health care providers know as new prescriptions could interact poorly

Why Homeopathy Works and Makes Sense

Homeopathy Research

In “The Best Alternative Medicine” book by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, the doctor lists several small studies starting in 1990. In the first study, which was considered flawed, 81 of 107 people showed homeopathic medicine had some clinical benefits. Since that time, they have reviewed 90 well-designed studies in which homeopathy compared favorably to placebo.

Published in the Lancet in 1997, the authors found a total of 186 clinical trials, which were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and had adequate statistics data for analysis. This is the proper way in the medical world to conduct a study. They concluded there was sufficient evidence from the clinical effects of homeopathy, and they are clearly warranted for any single clinical condition provided they follow its rigorous protocols.

Homeopathy Remedies

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Regulation and Conclusions

Homeopathic remedies are prepared following the guidelines of the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS), which was written into law in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938.

Homeopathic remedies are regulated in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires homeopathic remedies meet certain legal standards for strength, purity, and packaging.

The labels on the remedies must include at least one major indication (i.e., medical problem to be treated), a list of ingredients, the dilution, and safety instructions. If a homeopathic medicine claims to heal a serious disease then it must be old as a prescription and meet the same standards.

Homeopathy Explained – Gentle Healing or Reckless Fraud?

Summary

It seems like much of the evidence is still controversial. After my research I think there may be a placebo effect happening some of the time, but I think Dr. Riley has proven that many of the therapies are effective.

I would suggest if you are interested in homeopathy to do some research concerning your particular ailment, and take a look at some of the studies Dr. Riley has completed. I would conclude that homeopathy can be a healing treatment in some cases.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2020:

Dr. Alvi,

I'm sure that is true as I wrote this article 10 years ago and I havn't updated this one yet.

Homeopathic Dr Muhammad Naseer Alvi from Pakistan Punjab Gujranwala on August 07, 2020:

Great efforts have been made to clarify and explain the homeopathy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 01, 2013:

Jackie, Great, I appreicat your feedback and your comments.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 30, 2013:

You have some great hubs here I will want to check out. Well be back when I have more time.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2010:

Katiem, Thank you so much for your comments. I love to hear from people that tried homeopathy and how well it is working.

Katie McMurray from Ohio on May 05, 2010:

Pamela, I feel homeopathy is the best healing and preventative treatment available to us. I've often been told to take prescribed meds that I opted out of thoughout my life and am the picture of all natural health. I love this work you've done on this topic and look forward to reading your series. Thanks and Peace :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 15, 2010:

She-rah, Thank you for the compliment and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

She-rah from Petersburg, IL on March 14, 2010:

Hi Pamela, Great hub! As you know, I'm very big into natural healing and you do a fantastic job stating the hard to find evidence that is not known to mainstream. I like to look at all the evidence I can get, even if it's small/proven studies. Thanks for the info!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 12, 2010:

Jack, That is good to know. Thanks for your comment.

TnFlash from Tampa, Florida on March 12, 2010:

Pam, Great Hub! We use homeopathy medicine to help Latimer with his arthritis.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 12, 2010:

BPOP, Thanks for your comment.

breakfastpop on March 12, 2010:

Dear Pamela,

You are a fountain of valuable information. Great hub. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 07, 2010:

Smireles, Thank you for your comment.

Sandra Mireles from Texas on March 07, 2010:

Very nice work, Pamela99! You sure did your homework. I learned a lot. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 07, 2010:

Hello and Quill, Thank you for your comments. I think these series of health hubs have opened my eyes on what nature has to offer. I juniper berry without side effect of aspirin or Tylenol. You can't beat that.

"Quill" on March 07, 2010:

Hugs Pamela for this Hub...what I find so interesting is the way we simply accept man made medication over what God has created freely. All we need to do is investigate what others have placed before us on paper.

As you are aware I spent many years on the fringes of wilderness living, an upset stomach, pop a juniper berry under your tongue and within minutes it is gone.

Blessings and again great Hub

Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 07, 2010:

Thank you for all these informations.

nancy_30 from Georgia on March 06, 2010:

very good hub. I enjoyed reading it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 06, 2010:

Tom, Since the Hubmob is doing health for the month I decided to investigate and learn as I am very interested in health. I guess being an RN kind of makes that statement. Thanks for your comment.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on March 06, 2010:

Pamela,

Wow your research into alternative medicine is huge. I hope you make a summary after this series is complete.

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