It’s a 200-year-old holistic system of medicine based on the theory of treating ‘like with like’ and it claims to stimulate the body’s own healing response to disease. Many of the homeopathic products made using highly diluted solutions. Homeopathic medicines are not vaccines, so it does not replace a conventional medical treatment of severe diseases or infections. Homeopathy treatment considered dangerous if a person takes homeopathy medicines to replace conventional drugs for any severe disease or infections. Many scientists question how a highly diluted essence could hold any biological outcome with effective to treat the disease. The NHMRC of Australia finally concluded that based on its own review, there is no more reliable evidence for whether homeopathy is effective for any health condition.
Who was the founder of Homeopathy?
The concept of Homeopathy dates back to the Greek Father of Medicine Hippocrates (460-377 B.C). Dr. C. F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician, founded homeopathy based on the concept of “like curing like.”
Homeopathic products made from plants, animals, and minerals. Usually, homeopathic products produced as sugar pellets, and they can also be in other forms such as granules, powder, or tablets or liquid. These products are safe to use and do not cause any severe adverse reactions. The molecules of the original substance do not remain in Homeopathic products because they are highly diluted. “Potentisation” is the process of repeated dilution and shaking used in the preparation of homeopathic medicines. Homeopaths believe that this process can stimulate the body’s natural healing forces. There is no chemical trace of the original substance left in the medicine after 12th dilution. Still, Homeopaths believe that the preparation sustains the original substance’s qualities—homeopathic products regulated as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).
Three Principles of Homeopathy?
1. Likes cure Likes
It is the concept of curing the disease by an essence that unfolds similar symptoms in healthful people.
2. Law of Minimum dose
It is the concept that the lower the dosage of the medication, the higher its effectiveness. Homeopathic products are highly diluted, so no molecules or chemical traces of the original substance remain.
3. Single remedy
Homeopathic practitioners mostly prescribe one medication at a time. This homeopathic treatment is determined by itself and producing its unique drug picture. That treatment is matched to the ill person having a similar view. If more than one medicine given at the same time, it might confuse the effects that might produce.
Homeopaths say they aim to treat the whole person, taking into account personality, lifestyle, genetic factors, and the chronicle of the disease. Since all people are different, homeopathic medicines prescribed to heal individuals. Two main categories of Homeopathic treatment are Acute Treatment and Chronic Treatment.
Two main categories of Homeopathic treatment are
Acute Treatment : It is a treatment for the recent onset of illness, such as a common cold. Our body might overcome such type of illness very faster or slower. But the substantial medicine stimulates the body to recover more quickly and efficiently.
Chronic Treatment : It is a treatment for long-standing or recurrent health problems. This type of long-term therapy is affected by many factors, such as the nature of the problem, previous health history, and family medical history. This therapy aims to help the person return to a well-being state through individualized homeopathic treatment.
Safety and Side effects of Homeopathy
- Homeopathy medicines are prepared through a series of dilutions. At each step of which there is a vigorous agitation of the solution called succession until there is no detectible chemical substance left, but some products sold or labeled as homeopathic may not be as same;
- They can contain a considerable amount of active ingredients; hence it may cause side effects or drug interactions. If the dilution process is not sufficiently diluted, homeopathic products may contain the traces of mercury or iron, since the medicinal plants have more toxicity;
- Homeopathic products in liquid form may contain alcohol. The FDA allows using higher alcohol levels in these products than in conventional medicines. Some patients may experience “homeopathic aggravation” while taking homeopathic medicines.
Things to remember while using Homeopathic medicine
Don’t replace effective conventional treatment with homeopathy.
If you decided to use the homeopathic product, first you should have to consult with your health care provider, they will help determine whether the product might pose a risk of side effects or drug interactions. Homeopathic products will not be used as a substitute for conventional immunization. Pregnant women, who are thinking to take Homeopathic medicines to treat a child, should consult their healthcare providers.