Homeopathy – does it work
Homeopathy is a fast growing field of alternative medicine. It was first developed in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Based on the Law of Similars, homeopathy holds to the idea that like cures like and that what makes you ill can also cure you. For example, if you have a cold, then a dose of homeopathic onion called allium cepa is thought to be able to cure as the symptoms of onion and cold are similar.
Homeopathy is very holistic whereby it takes into consideration not only the patient’s symptoms but also their physical as well as their psychological state. This kind of medical model is quite refreshing to some who may view the general mainstream culture being more conventional and atomistic.
Making Homeopathic Remedies
Most homeopathic medicines are made by diluting a medicinal substance in a double-distilled water. The heavily diluted substance works by subtly stimulating the body’s defence system to cure itself.
With over 3,000 remedies to choose from, choosing a homeopathic course of treatment can be daunting.
It is therefore very important to consult a homeopath that is a specialist in their field. The remedies are very diluted however, often compared to a pinch of salt in an ocean of water, so there is little risk of any side effects with the wrong remedy. Some popular homeopathic remedies include:
- Arnica: bruises, sprains and scrapes
- Cantharis: burns and burning sensations, such as those of urinary tract infections
- Sulfur: skin infections
- Belladonna: fever, red face, dilated pupils and headaches
- Ignatia: anxiety, stress and digestive disorders
- Allium cepa: colds
- Euphrasia: itchy eye, hayfever
Like any medicine, homeopathy works differently for different people, so you must try out homeopathy to see if it helps you. Not all remedies work for everyone, but some might work for you. You must take responsibility for your own health and find what methods suit you best, whether that is homeopathy, herbs, supplements or conventional treatment.
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