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Is Homeopathy an Alternative to Convention Medicine?

Although few research studies have been done to prove its efficacy, homeopathy is a thriving alternative medical field which began over two hundred years ago.

Homeopathy seeks to generate the natural healing powers of the body by greatly diluted potions in small quantities.

The basic premise of homeopathy is that a disease should be treated with something that causes symptoms similar to the disease in healthy patients. An example of this would be using tiny amounts of sulfur to treat burning pain, itchy skin, or foot or body odour.

Things to Consider Before Trying Homeopathy

All treatments prescribed by homeopathy are unique to the individual patient. They are based on a description of mental, physical, and emotional symptoms described by the patient, genetic analysis, previous health issues, and body type.

People wishing to try homeopathic treatment should consider the following guidelines before taking action:

  • Seek supporting research done on homeopathic methods for a particular condition.
  • Make certain the chosen homeopathic specialist is well-trained and certified.
  • Seek traditional medical help for serious conditions.
  • Do not use homeopathy to treat children or women who are pregnant or nursing.
  • Reveal homeopathic treatments to when receiving treatment from a conventional doctor.

Health Conditions Most Suitable for Homeopathy

Those who practice classical homeopathy claim their treatment plans work for the following conditions:

  1. Fibromyalgia
  2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  3. Learning Disabilities
  4. PMS
  5. Digestive Issues
  6. Female disorders
  7. TMJ

They also insist that homeopathy has cured infertility problems, sleeping disorders, migraine headaches, and some forms of arthritis.

Substances Used in Homeopathic Treatments

Some of the substances used in homeopathic treatments are highly toxic, such as aconite, belladonna, cantharsis, but the amounts are first diluted in alcohol or other substances so that no trace of the original herbs are left. The healing effect comes from the electromagnetic energy imparted by the herbal additives which energizes the body to repair itself.

Homeopathic Treatment is Effective Yet Far Less Expensive than Convention Medicine

Visits to homeopathic specialists usually require the same monetary investment as appointments with conventional doctors and therapists, but the medications used cost much less than traditional drugs. Homeopathy rarely calls for any type of invasive tests or x-rays so this also makes this field of medicine less expensive.

Some insurance companies even cover homeopathy, but it is important to check before beginning treatment.

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Simon June 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

With homeopathy, there is a simple rule of thumb for when you should use it. If you are in any way genuinely unwell then real medicine is your best bet. If, however, you are feeling a bit out of sorts, in need of some affirmation through a life-style choice, or have a made up illness like electrosensitivity, then nothing works as well as homeopathy.

Ashish Kothari June 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

You are right Simon. Thanks for sharing that.

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