or homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy
and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability
to heal itself. Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700s
in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe.
Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as normal
responses of the body as it attempts to regain health.
Homeopathy is a natural medicine that uses medically active
substances in infinitesimal doses, that when administered
in a healthy individual, would produce symptoms similar
to those for the relief of which they are given. This
is because Homeopathy is based upon a principle of "like
cures like". The remedies given are made from plant,
animal or mineral matter and diluted to a great degree.
Once administered to the body, the immune system responds
by producing similar symptoms to which they have been
administered for. For example a cup of coffee can cause
headaches, excitability, sleeplessness and increased heart
palpitation. The substance, when treated homeopathically,
is called Coffee Cruda and can now be used to treat symptoms
of anxiety that cover these like symptoms. The success
of Homeopathic medicines lies in matching the correct
remedy with the correct symptom.
What is homeopathy used for?
Historically, people have used homeopathy to maintain health
and treat a wide range of long-term illnesses, such as allergies,
atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel
syndrome. They have also used it to treat minor injuries,
such as cuts and scrapes and muscle strains or sprains.
Homeopathic treatment is not considered appropriate for
illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, major infections,
Some conditions benefited by homeopathy are:
Homeopathy is a safe and effective system of natural healing
that has been verified experimentally and clinically in
the everyday lives of millions of people around the world
for over 200 years.
Some critics of homeopathy believe that there is so little
active substance in a solution that any benefits from treatment
are likely due not to the substance, but your thinking it
is effective (placebo effect).
Supporters of homeopathy believe that although homeopathic
solutions are highly diluted, they contain a "memory"
of the substance in water. The body recognizes the substance
and reacts to it. Recently, studies have attempted to determine
whether effects from homeopathic treatments are placebo
or whether some other action occurs. Although these studies
could not identify how homeopathic solutions work, there
was evidence that homeopathic dilutions differ from placebos.
It is important to inform your medical doctor if you decide
to use homeopathic remedies. He or she should have full
knowledge of your health to help you make wise decisions
about where to purchase homeopathic dilutions and what
homeopathic practitioner to see. Homeopathic
remedies should not replace
conventional treatments for serious health concerns.