What is Homeopathy


Homeopathy (also spelled homoeopathy) is a comprehensible and holistic system of medicine developed in the 18th century by a German doctor called Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who discovered the fundamental principle homeopathy is based on, usually called The Law of Similars, also described as

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Like Cures Like

Hahnemann observed that a substance that can produce certain symptoms in a healthy individual can cure diseases that produce similar symptoms. Unlike his contemporaries, he correctly concluded that every person reacts differently to the same stimulus and therefore produces different symptoms of the disease. As such, each treatment has to be individualized and a different remedy is usually needed for each patient. For example a patient who is suffering from a bout of tonsillitis might require a remedy Mercurius or Hepar Sulphur, depending on whether he or she feels hot or chilly in a given situation.


What conditions can be managed with homeopathy?


Homeopathy has demonstrated to be effective in both chronic and acute situations.

In acute ailments, it is often successfully used for colds, flus, headaches, various injuries (cuts, bruises, insect bites), sinusitis, gastrointestinal disturbances (including food poisoning) and many others. Due to the self-limiting aspect of acute ailments, they can be often successfully treated by self-prescription using a homeopathic kit and single remedy keynotes.

image A truly deep power of homeopathy lies in chronic conditions. Because homeopathy stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself and restore balance, it is often successful even in complex and long-lasting cases. Because homeopathic remedies are energetic medicines and do not contain any toxic substances, they are suitable for everyone, including pregnant women, children and the elderly.

Some of the most common ailments homeopathy is frequently being used for include:

  • Female reproductive problems - such as painful periods, post natal depression, morning sickness
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances - such as gastritis, diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Allergic reactions - including dust and pollen allergies, sinusitis, food allergies and intolerances
  • Respiratory problems - such as asthma, bronchitis, wheezing, etc.
  • Children's problems - recurrent middle ear infections, bedwetting, diaper rash, dentition difficulties, phobias and various behaviour problems
  • Skin diseases - rash, pimples, dermatitis, eczema, itching, etc.
  • It can be also helpful in "never well since" cases. In these situations the patient does not feel well since some disease, medical treatment or event in life.


Some interesting facts about homeopathy


  • According to the World Health Organisation, homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world.
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  • Homeopathy is most prevalent in India, with over 100 million people depending solely on this form of medical care. [1]
  • Homeopathy was successfully used during the 1918 flu pandemics, that killed between 50 to 100 million people. Homeopaths had a death rate of only 1.05 percent, whereas orthodox medicine had a death rate of 30 percent, with reports of 60 percent not uncommon. [2]
  • In 2005, medical journal Lancet tried to discredit homeopathy, but only looking at 8 inconclusive trials out of 110 of which 102 were positive. This was a fraudulent analysis. [3]
  • There have been many clinical trials that prove homeopathy works. In the past 24 years there have been more than 180 controlled, and 118 randomized trials into homeopathy, which were analysed by four separate meta-analyses. In each case, the researchers concluded that the benefits of homeopathy went far beyond that which could be explained purely by the placebo effect.

References

[1] Raekha Prasad, Homeopathy booming in India. Lancet, 370: November 17, 2007, pp.1679-80. Read full text

[2] Perko, Sandra, The Homeopathic Treatment of Influenza: Surviving Influenza Epidemics and Pandemics Past, Present and Future with Homeopathy, Benchmark Homeopathic Publications, San Antonio, Texas (1999)

[3] Fisher, Peter, Homeopathy and The Lancet, January 26, 2006. Read full text

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