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How Homeopathy Works, Even if it Seems as if it Shouldn't

By Edited Jul 15, 2015 0 2

A handful of homeopathy
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How does homeopathy work? The truth is no one really knows. But it does work very well, as I and many others can attest.

At one time, homeopathy was among the main medical disciplines in the United States. At least one-third of all physicians practiced this form of healing and homeopathic hospitals operated in most major cities.

In the hands of a skilled practitioner, this is an incredibly powerful type of medicine. It generally works very fast in the case of an acute problem, such as a head cold or a sudden headache. It can gradually heal a chronic condition, even one that hasn't responded to conventional therapies.

Homeopathy is safe, gentle and effective. The remedies cost only pennies per dose, and do not foster dependence upon prescription drugs.

My Son had too Many Antibiotics

One of my most difficult experiences as a mother was watching my preschool-age son deteriorate after more than a dozen rounds of antibiotics. When yet another stubborn ear infection took hold, I was able to work with a wonderful homeopath. The particular remedy she prescribed allowed his body to wage battle with the bacteria and win the fight, without resorting to pharmaceuticals.

My son's pediatrician was very much onboard as he came from a country where this type of medicine is more widely accepted. Plus, he was probably getting tired of seeing us in his office, as we were there frequently, since my son was so sickly.

Today, thanks largely to homeopathy, he is a healthy, strapping teenager.

How quickly can homeopathy work? Listen to this story. Last winter I had a terrible case of the flu. A few days into it, the infection settled in my eyes. One morning I woke up and my eyelashes were glued together. One eye couldn't open at all, until I took a damp wash cloth and wiped away the pus.

It was a frightening sight. The whites of my eyes were red and the flesh around my left eye was so swollen I looked disfigured. After a frantic telephone call to my homeopath, I gulped the selected remedy. Immediately I could feel the area starting to drain.

The History of European Homeopathy

Modern homeopathy was developed in the 1800s by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who realized that chinchona, taken in large quantities, causes the same symptoms as malaria. Too much can be fatal. Smaller doses of chinchona, though, are an effective malaria treatment.

Working on a principle of "like cures like," Dr. Hahnemann compiled an exhaustive list of remedies to treat virtually every condition. Most of his remedies are made from plants, but some are made from elements, such as arsenic, a well-known toxin. Others are derived from minerals. Virtually any substance can be potentized and made into a homeopathic preparation.

All homeopathic remedies are diluted, and the most powerful ones are so watered down that none of the original substance remains. It's the energetic imprint left behind that's believed to have the ability to heal.

Interestingly, the more diluted a remedy is, the stronger it becomes. Remedies are prepared in centesimal potencies. So something labeled 4c means it's one part of the original to 100 times an inert substance. Then this solution is diluted 100 times, and repeated, and repeated once again. It's believed that remedies 12c and above do not contain any of the original.

Individual remedies are also made more potent by putting one pellet in water and shaking it up. This is known as "successing" and many practicing homeopaths prefer this method, over taking "dry doses."

But What About the Placebo Effect?

It is true that people will often start to feel better if they think a particular treatment will help them. This is known as the "placebo effect" and it's something mainstream physicians are very familiar with. It's the same principle at work when someone checks into an emergency room, and, almost immediately, begin to recover.

So it's easy to claim "placebo effect" when someone appears to get better in response to homeopathy. Most mainstream scientists believe the remedies are nothing more than water.

However, homeopathic prescribing is very specific. Thousands of remedies exist, and choosing the right one has been likened to having hundreds of keys on a keyring, but only one can open the lock. However, that's not the best analogy because remedies are chosen based upon a set of symptoms, making it easier to narrow down the selection.

If the wrong remedy is given, it will either do nothing, or it can cause an aggravation of existing symptoms. It may even create new symptoms. Many times, when I've taken the wrong remedy, while thinking it was the correct one, and started to feel worse instead of better. I didn't feel better until I switched gears and took the appropriate one.

Homeopathy also works well with babies and young children, as well as animals. None of these patients would realize they were taking something that will heal them, so this would discount any placebo effect.

A tribute to Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of modern homeopathy
Credit: Flickr photo by dbking

The Future of Homeopathy

Homeopathy enjoyed its heydey in the mid-1800s, when many of Europe's gentry greatly preferred it over allopathic treatments. It's still widely used in Europe, as well as in India, which has many excellent homeopaths.

The popularity of homeopathy in the United States peaked around the beginning of the 20th century. That's when there were nearly two dozen homeopathic medical schools and 100 homeopathic hospitals. Many believe the American Medical Association organized to break the grip homeopathy had on the general public.

Various antibiotics were introduced to treat infections, and these soon replaced the remedies.

In recent decades, though, homeopathy in America has staged a comeback. It's now the second leading type of health care used throughout the world, according to the World Health Organization.

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Comments

Jun 10, 2013 1:21am
adragast
My mom uses exclusively Homeopathy now. And this doesn't seem to be placebo effect as she did not believe in it and just tried it because classical medicine had too many bad side effects.
Jun 10, 2013 4:37am
ologsinquito
Hi adragast, That's good to hear your Mom is doing well with homeopathy. It really does work, without the terrible side effects of pharmaceuticals. Thanks for reading.
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