Homeopathy is one of the safest and most gentle ways of healing that works with the body to alleviate symptoms and improve the overall health. This natural system of healing is very safe to use, even for children and pets and comes with none of the side effects that other conventional medicine is riddled with. It’s also made from natural ingredients, very affordable and regulated by the FDA.
Homeopathy can be used to treat acute illnesses such as flu or colds, migraines, ear infections, and sore throats. It’s also used on chronic conditions like depression, asthma, arthritis, and autism. The homeopathic remedies are cruelty-free and environmentally friendly, and most of them are available over the counter in drug stores, grocery stores, homeopathic pharmacies, health food stores, and online.
The remedies are usually very affordable, and when used as directed, they are some of the safest medicines for everyone, including nursing and pregnant women, children, infants, the elderly, and adults. In most cases, they are given in such small doses that don’t cause any side effects on the user.
Keep in mind that the term “homeopathy” is used as an umbrella term for a variety of different natural remedies and therapies. While homeopathy and its remedies are derived from natural ingredients, it shouldn’t be confused with herbal or Chinese medicine and other types of natural medicines. Homeopathy is a distinct therapeutic system with its own unique approach.
Anyone can learn how to use homeopathy to safely treat simple conditions. However, serious and life-threatening conditions should only be treated by a professional.
How Homeopathy Differs from Traditional Medicine
The approach of homeopathy is based on a rule of nature – the Law of Similars. According to the law, “like cures like.” In other words, a medicine is an effective cure for a sick person only if it can induce the same kind of illness to a healthy person.
One example is when peeling an onion, your eyes feel a burning sensation, itch and water up. This might also cause a running nose and you may start sneezing. In case you had the same kind of symptoms during an allergy attack or a cold, such as watery eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing, then a micro-dose of the homeopathic remedy Allium Cepa (red onion) can help your body heal itself.
Homeopathy considers such symptoms as the body’s natural way to attempt to restore its balance. This is why homeopaths choose remedies that actually support the symptoms instead of opposing them, or trying to suppress them as done in conventional medicine such as a course of reflexology massage will target specific organs. With the conventional medicine, a hay fever or a cold sufferer is actually given an antihistamine to dry the watery eyes and runny nose.
However, such medication usually comes with unpleasant side effects, such as constipation and drowsiness. But with the correct homeopathic remedy, you don’t have to face such side effects, and your health will be restored back naturally.
Homeopathy also recognises that every person experiences a disease or condition in a different way. As such, two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same homeopathic remedy. A persona suffering from a cold with dry eyes and a stopped-up nose will receive a different remedy than one who has watery eyes and a runny nose. Prescribing usually has a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to the conventional medicine, but a homeopath has a remedy that matches the unique condition and symptom profile of the individual.
Moreover, conventional medicine wants to control the illness through regular medication, and the symptoms might return once the medicine is withdrawn. For instance, the daily use of asthma drugs and other chronic diseases alleviate the symptoms, but won’t cure the underlying problem. With homeopathy, the approach is that the person requires just an adequate remedy to stimulate their natural healing response. In simpler terms, homeopathy seeks to cure the underlying problem such that the person doesn’t need any more medication or remedy.
Who Practices Homeopathy?
A wide variety of medical professionals and healthcare practitioners including nurses, dentists, medical doctors, physicians, osteopaths, acupuncturists, veterinarians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and professional homeopaths practice homeopathy.
In many cases, homeopathy is legally practiced by a health professional such as a DOs, MDs, NDs, etc., whose license lets them prescribe remedies and medicines.