What is Homeopathic Medicine? Does is play a role in healthcare? Written by Helen Littlejohn and Kathy Hoye
Homeopathy Medicine, which has been practiced worldwide for over 200 years, has been proven effective in numerous clinical studies. Most homeopathic medicine are micro-dosed and do not have side effects. The principle of dilutions (or “law of minimum dose”) states that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. In homeopathy, substances are diluted in a stepwise fashion and shaken vigorously between each dilution. This process, referred to as “potentization,” is believed to transmit some form of information or energy from the original substance to the final diluted remedy. Most homeopathic remedies are so dilute that no molecules of the healing substance remain; however, in homeopathy, it is believed that the substance has left its imprint or “essence,” which stimulates the body to heal itself (this theory is called the “memory of water”).
Homeopathic medications typically are available as pellets, Creams, Gels, and Liquid drops. Symptomatic relief may be immediate; therapeutic improvement typically occurs within 24 hours to 1 week. The efficacy depends on a number of factors including the type and amount of dosage, the condition being treated, and the age and health of the person.
Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body’s own defense systems into action by using plant, mineral or animal sources of things that may actually be causing the issue. Based upon the research of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy utilizes the idea of Law of Similars. This is considered a complementary disease treatment system in which a patient is given minute doses of natural substances that in larger doses would produce symptoms of the disease itself.
Homeopathic remedies are prepared according to the guidelines of the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS), which was written into law in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938. Homeopathic remedies are regulated in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. However, because homeopathic products contain little or no active ingredients, they do not have to undergo the same safety and efficacy testing as prescription and new OTC drugs. However, the FDA does require they meet certain standards of purity, strength and packaging.
Homeopathic remedies are safe and can be administered as necessary. We suggest you follow the recommended dosage information found on the package or consult with your healthcare practitioner. Hoye’s is a Compounding Pharmacy which carries a full range of homeopathic products for your convenience.
Additionally, many internationally recognized medical journals including The Lancet, Pediatrics, British Medical Journal, and Archive of Otolaryngology have documented homeopathy’s healing ability.
If you have used homeopathic medicines, let us know if you feel they are a viable alternative to other supplements or medicines and which ones are your favorites.
References: National Center For Complementary and Alternative Medicine Webpage