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What is Homeopathy?

What is homeopathy and is it right for me?

 

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a very unique system of medicine which is safe, gentle, and profoundly effective. It stimulates body’s own core vitality and innate healing ability to restore health. Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world and over 200 million people worldwide use it to treat both acute and chronic conditions.

The philosophy holds that mind, body and emotions are not separate. It is based on the belief that human is more than a collection of body parts and that the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dynamics must be taken into account. In western medicine, health is lack of symptoms. In homeopathy, health is a state of balance of the entire human being, mind, body and soul, and therefore freedom from any limitation.

Homeopathy has ancient origins. The theory that “Like can be treated with like” can be traced back as far as Hippocrates (468-377 BC). But it wasn’t until the work of a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), that the theory developed into a usable practice. Homeopathy is a system of therapeutics based on the Law of Similars. The principle is that a substance that produces a set of symptoms in a healthy person, has the ability to cure a sick person who is exhibiting those same symptoms.


Is homeopathy safe?

Homeopathic remedies are safe as they are derived from natural substances including plants, minerals and animals, offering healing properties. The remedies are prepared by homeopathic pharmacies according to strict guidelines established by FDA. Treatment is safe as it is non-toxic and is administered in very small quantities. Babies, children, pregnant and breast-feeding women, the elderly and the chronically ill will find benefit from homeopathy. However, as with any other healing system, it is important to go to a competent homeopath who uses these tools effectively.


What can homeopathy treat?

It is important to remember that a homeopath does not diagnose or treat specific diseases. However; the correct homeopathic remedy will strengthen your overall state of health, helping your body to heal itself. Scientific studies of homeopathy have shown that it helps a variety of physical conditions such as allergies, migraines, asthma, menstrual problems, hormonal imbalances, respiratory conditions, digestive issues, recurrent infections or colds, arthritis, pain, injuries; as well as mental or emotional health concerns such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, and stress.


Are homeopathic remedies just placebo? 

Homeopathic remedies can produce consistent, unique, replicable effects on double blind test subjects. This is unlikely to be the effect of suggestion. In addition, homeopathic remedies are highly effective in babies and animals, two groups not generally subject to placebo effects.

The homeopathic remedy is like an energetic hologram of the original substance. It can be likened to a silicon chip containing information rather than being a nutritive extract like an herb. Currently some research is being performed at London’s Homeopathic Research Institute (HRI), headed by Dr. Alexander Tournier whose studies include quantum and biophysics, to scientifically prove the validity of homeopathy and the logic behind the power of homeopathic remedies.


If homeopathy is so effective, why isn’t it more popular? 

Actually, homeopathy is quite popular in many countries around the world. In fact, it is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. Over 30 million people in Europe use homeopathy as their alternative form of medicine. It is particularly popular in France, England, Germany, India, Greece, Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and South Africa. In India alone, there are over 120 four-year homeopathic medical schools.


What is “classical” homeopathy?

Classical homeopathy means following the principles of homeopathy as they were originally intended. That includes the method used by masters in selecting the correct remedy and the concept of only one remedy and one potency at a time, as well as the minimum dose necessary to promote cure. Unfortunately, homeopathy has branched out in many directions since its conception and in the process has lost some of the foundation it was based on. A truly classical homeopath follows the original laws of homeopathy and prescribes on solid principles.


Will the insurance cover the cost of homeopathic treatment?

It is unlikely that your insurance company would cover the cost of your homeopathic treatment. However, if you have a pre-tax healthcare flexible spending account, you can claim reimbursement.