My Thoughts on Homeopathic Remedies
Many of the questions I’m asked most often are about homeopathic remedies. Do they work, are they just hoaxes, why doesn’t my M.D. recommend them? All of these are valid questions and deserve looking into. While there are more than a few false remedies floating around out there, many homeopathic remedies are extremely valuable in taking care of our health.
What is considered modern homeopathy was developed in the late 1700s in Germany. It’s common in many European countries, but it’s not quite as popular in the United States. Many believe the reason homeopathy has not thrived in the United States is due to an excessive dependence on pharmaceuticals (drugs) in America.
Homeopathy is a medical system based on the belief that the body can cure itself. Those who practice it use tiny amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals. These natural substances are called remedies and are used to stimulate the healing process. Most are available over the counter in grocery stores, drug stores, health food stores, homeopathic pharmacies, and online.
The remedies in homeopathy are the “medicines” of the practice. They can be made from just about any substance known to man, including plants, minerals, animal products, and energy fields. More than 5,000 substances have been prepared and "proven”. Examples range from mercury to mistletoe to calcium carbonate to dolphin milk to light spectrum (a rainbow). Most of these remedies are FDA approved.
Homeopathic research is conducted through the process of a proving, which determines the curative properties of a substance by observing and cataloging its effects. The proving process involves giving substances to healthy individuals and observing and recording symptoms, unusual sensations, and alterations from normal health, including what makes each of these better or worse.
Once a substance is proven, it is used to treat people who have the same symptoms as those produced by the substance in healthy individuals. If a person with specific symptoms takes the right homeopathic remedy, their system will correct, and the existing symptoms end.
Homeopathic remedies are effective for many different conditions and ailments we commonly suffer from. These conditions include acute illnesses like: colds, ear infections, migraine headaches and sore throats. Chronic conditions that are treated with homeopathy include: asthma, depression, autism and arthritis.
When asked about homeopathic remedies, I strongly encourage my patients to consider homeopathy as one of their first choices. Homeopathic remedies, when used as directed by professionals, are completely safe for everyone – including pregnant and nursing women, infants, children and adults. They are given in such small doses they don’t cause side effects.