Homeopathy is an alternative medicine, but did you know that over five hundred million people use homeopathy around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)?
Homeopathy is practiced by a wide range of healthcare practitioners, including medical doctors, naturopaths, osteopaths, midwives, and even veterinarians. Homeopathy is popular because it is affordable, effective and safe. It is suitable as a treatment for anyone, even babies, young children and during pregnancy.
Homeopathy is established in the national health care systems in the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, and homeopathics such as Oscillococcinum, or Oscillo, a common homeopathic remedy for flu symptoms, can be purchased over-the-counter in most pharmacies.
This article will focus on “Classical Homeopathy”, which follows the doctrines of founder Samuel Hahnemann and is based on two foundational principals:
- Prescribing based on the principle of like cures like, that is, if the remedy and the patient share similar characteristics, then that remedy will assist the natural tendency of the body to heal itself.
- Using one remedy at a time.
This form of homeopathy usually produces the best results for patients.
Like Cures Like
Homeopathy is a gentle way of treating illnesses. Like cures like says that what will cause symptoms in a healthy person will trigger the cure of a sick person with those symptoms. It is a sophisticated system of using highly diluted substances as remedies to trigger the body’s self-healing ability by stimulating a precise reaction in the body, against the symptoms. For example, when you peel an onion, you feel burning and itchiness in the eyes, you may also have a runny nose. If you have similar symptoms during a cold, then a homeopathic remedy Allium cepa, from red onion, triggers your body to heal.
Homeopaths take into account the patient’s unique symptom profile when prescribing a remedy and do not simply match an illness to a drug, as in the case of conventional medicine. Two patients with the same illness will not necessarily receive the same remedy. A cold sufferer with dry eyes will be given a different remedy to another cold sufferer with watery eyes.
Homeopathic remedies usually come in little white sugar pills, but what’s in them?
Homeopathic remedies are made from extremely small quantities of nanoparticles extracted from plants, animals or minerals. The remedies are so diluted that, based on the chemistry, it is difficult to find any molecules of the original substance. This has led skeptics to suggest that there is nothing in a homeopathic remedy except water, implying that homeopathy cannot work.
However, clinical results, reported by homeopaths, are astounding in both acute and chronic cases. Homeopathy has been shown clinically effective in treating a wide range of conditions from headaches, coughs, sore throats, allergies, asthma, eczema, arthritis, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia and much more.