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What Is Homeopathic Medicine?

By Dr. Carrie Jones Expert HERWriter
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Whether you are a regular user of homeopathic remedies or new to the concept of those tiny vials in the supplement section with names such as “Arnica” or “Nux vomica,” you may find that homeopathic medicine to be difficult to describe but effective in its results.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), homeopathy was started in Germany on the basis of “like cures like.” The concept is that a lower dose of a medicine or remedy -- plant, mineral, animal -- stimulates the body to heal itself.

The remedy is often diluted down such that no actual molecules of the medicine exist, then placed over pellets, in creams, taken as tablets or liquid drops.

Do not be fooled however, this medicine can be powerful.

In 2007 alone, nearly 4 million adults and 1 million children used homeopathic remedies for various ailments such as aches and pains, skin conditions, headaches, fevers, infections, stomach issues, insomnia and teething problems.

There are many name-brand, over-the-counter homeopathic remedies sold.

Some of these remedies are Hyland's Calms Forté for sleep and anxiety as well as their Teething Tablets, Arnica gel and tablets by Boiron, Heel's Traumeel cream for injuries and traumas, and Boiron's Arnica gel and tablets as well as their Oscillococcinum for flu. Remedies such as these are used in an acute situation such as a bruise, flu, a sleepless night.

Traditionally, homeopathy takes into account the entire history of a patient, their personality, their dreams, their preference for time-of-day, whether they are left- or right-sided, their preference for hot or cold, and more.

This information is then matched with a single remedy known as a “constitutional” and dosed appropriately in order to help encourage the body to heal itself. The idea behind the treatment is to help heal the person who has the disease/illness, not address the disease/illness itself.

There are mixed reviews in the literature when it comes to the effectiveness of homeopathy. It is generally considered a safe treatment when a diluted mix is used.

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Anonymous

You forgot to mention that homeopathy is bullshit and Carrie is not a doctor.

July 24, 2013 - 10:18pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Homeopathy has been working for me and my family for 43 years and for the Windsor family for over 100 years. Your materialistic science does not disprove homeopathy. Homeopathy disproves your materialistic science.

July 26, 2013 - 11:12pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Delighted to hear that you have have such good health, and you may think why would I care if it's homeopathy that helped or not, and I couldn't blame you.

However, such an anecdote carries no more weight than the "my grandmother smoked 20 cigarettes a day and lived to be 80 years old, so smoking can't be that bad for you" tale I used to hear in the school yard.

Under investigation homeopathy is nonsense, and smoking is of course rather bad for you.

The Windsor you might note use homeopathy, until they actually get sick then turn to a real and very expensive group of doctors.
Even if they didn't they're hardly the sharpest tools in the box.

By materialistic science I presume you mean materials science (the related scientific area) and you are quite right in that a working system of homeopathy would disprove many areas of science in particular the laws of thermodynamics at a molecular level.
Although these are robust laws of physics, they can be proven wrong or at leat in need of modification, with some robust, compelling evidence.

Magic sugar pills however, provide no such evidence.

July 29, 2013 - 9:35am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Your definition of evidence is bu11$hit. It was invented by people who can only afford absurdly massive and expensive experiments because their so-called healing agents are patented and they can garner a profit even though their experiments make it impossible for anyone else to prove anything. Also, your so-called definition of evidence insists upon one remedy one disease. Homeopathy is about tickling the person's inner healing agency. You laugh at "inner healing agency", and I laugh at your failure to understand that without that inner healing agency you would be dead probably within hours if not minutes. And the inner healing agency can never be seen with a microscope. It is not physical, any more than your consciousness is physical. A wise person would think on these things. But modern people are raised in a philosophical vacuum, so I don't expect you to do the wise thing. I expect you to continue to be a philosophical and scientific retard who believes that only the physical is real.

I learned from someone else's anecdotal evidence that homeopathy works. So I pass on my anecdotal evidence to others. Hopefully, others will hear me. Your conventional drugs are 5HIT and usually do more harm than good. Don't expect me to read your next comment because I already know what you are going to say, which is basically what you have already said.

July 29, 2013 - 10:15am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Don't be absurd, of course you'll read this. Your curiousity won't let you resist.
One remedy one - disease ? Nonsense, many therapies and treatments are used for a variety of diseases and conditions, and alternatively most conditions have numerous possible treatments, your understanding of medicine and treatment is pathetic. You need citations? I'm happy to provide.
All the problems caused by pharmaceutical drugs validate homeopathy the same way a plane crash validates a flying carpet, they are unrelated.

If your treatment depends on your philosophy then it is most likely faith based and a placebo. If that works for you..great, go for it, but don't try and pass it off as a evidence for efficacy, because your advice might be followed and harm people.

July 29, 2013 - 1:16pm
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