How to use Homeopathy

Getting started with homeopathy is easy. You just need to be observant of your symptoms and any changes you might see in those symptoms. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use other supplements such as green multivitamins (we recommend the Synergy Brand),some kind of humic and fulvic acids such as BlackMP Living Powder,  organic probiotics from Livia Global, Vitamin D and C and E, as well as a fish oil. Homeopathic ‘supplements’ are more like remedies to be used when you’re sick, so don’t confuse them with the supplements you should be taking every day to keep you from becoming sick. If you do get sick, pay special attention to any symptoms that stand out the most and what kind of behavioral and environmental factors make it better or worse.
Once you have an idea of what your symptoms are, you’re ready to start searching for the remedy that best fits your symptoms. Sites such as www.homepathycenter.org/find-remedy are good databases to reference. It’s important to be as specific as possible with what your symptoms are. For example, it’s not enough to say that you’re anxious. Are you aggressive anxious, or nervous anxious? Your answer could mean the difference between two very different remedies, and adding specifics will help you to match the right remedy to your exact symptoms.

Can I still take conventional medicines?

Conventional medicines require you take them on a regular basis, however, homeopathic remedies are taken only as needed and you no longer have to take them when your symptoms have subsided. How often you take a remedy is dependent on what kind of condition you have, and whether it is acute or chronic. An acute condition doesn’t last long, but it can surface suddenly and have intense symptoms. Chronic diseases are ones that have persisting symptoms that last for a long period of time and tend to be reoccurring. (more…)

Homeopathy is Science Based

“There is no scientific evidence that homeopathy works”

We’ve heard that time and time again. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that its true.

Homeopathy has long been subject to the skepticism of pundits in the health industry. Perhaps the most commonly used argument refuting homeopathy is that “there is no scientific evidence that homeopathy works”. Because homeopathy is a relatively new field, it is true that there aren’t very many studies. However, there has been a number that has drawn positive conclusions.

Many people believe that every randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing homeopathy has yielded negative results. In reality, there are a number of abstracts posted by organizations such as, The US National Library of Medicine, that provide conclusive evidence in favor of homeopathy. These RCTs have shown that homeopathic medicines can, and have, successfully treated; diarrhea in children, ear infections (otitis media) in children, depression, UTIs, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), influenza, vertigo, and chronic conditions in general practice.

Homeopathic Statistics

According to the most recent studies on homeopathy we could find, Near the end of 2014, 189 RCTs underwent homeopathic treatments for 100 different medical conditions. 104 of the papers were placebo-controlled and yielded the following results:
• 41% were positive (43 trials) – finding that homeopathy was effective
• 5% were negative (5 trials) – finding that homeopathy was ineffective
• 54% were inconclusive (56 trials)

Now here is an analysis that comes from 1016 systematic reviews of RCTs of conventional medicine.
• 44% were positive – the treatments were likely to be beneficial
• 7% were negative – the treatments were likely to be harmful
• 49% were inconclusive – the evidence did not support either benefit or harm

When comparing the percentages, you’ll notice that the studies have yielded almost identical results. However, it’s important to keep the numbers in mind. The first study for homeopathy tests a sample size of only 104 RCTs, while the second one for conventional medicine has a much bigger pool of 1016 which makes it much more representative of the sample population. This illustrates the need for further research and funding in homeopathy, however, no one can argue that there is no scientific evidence that says homeopathy works.

Although still unknown and unexplored, homeopathy is proven to be a viable alternative to conventional medicine, and at the very least, something worth exploring further.

Homeopathic remedies are not just sugar pills

Due to the low amount of dosage in homeopathic remedies, many critics say that the medicines are so diluted that they are essentially placebos. Some homeopathic medicines are diluted beyond what’s known as the Avogadro’s number (dilution 10-23). It is the threshold in which liquids are so diluted that all traces of molecules from the original substance would be gone.
Although this makes sound sense, you can’t argue with results. Nobody really knows the science behind homeopathy, but we do know that a number of studies show that highly-diluted homeopathic medicines do have biological effects that you wouldn’t see from mere placebos.

One study shows conclusive evidence that adding homeopathic histamine to basophils (white blood cells) can trigger the release of histamine. 28 scientific papers have been published about this topic, 23 of which reported positive results. 11 publications were deemed to be of high quality, and 8 of those reported positive results.

Another study shows that homeopathic thyroxine slows down the rate which tadpoles turn into frogs (even at the ultra-high dilution of 30). The hormone thyroxine stimulates metamorphosis in amphibians. Over the course of almost two decades, scientists have tested the effects of homeopathic dilutions of thyroxine on frogs. 22 experiments were conducted and all 22 showed the same trend. Thyroxine 30x (diluted beyond Avogadro’s number) still inhibits the metamorphosis of amphibians.
Conventional medicine requires the molecules of the original substance to directly interact with the body’s biochemistry in order to combat the disease. This predicates the belief that if there is no trace of the original substance left, then the medicine must be useless.

Potency

Potency is determined by how many times the original material is diluted then agitated (succussed). For example, a 30c remedy is diluted 1 part in 100, the succussed 30 times over. This added succussion maybe the key to homeopathy’s effectiveness. Every time the substance is diluted, it appears to imprint information from the original substance into the water/alcohol used for dilution.
This would explain why experiments have shown that unsuccussed dilutions are inactive, but succussed dilutions can cause biological changes. Scientists are still trying to figure out the Physico-chemical changes that succussion causes and what it means when imprints of the original substance are left in the water. Until more is known about the true nature of homeopathy, it should be fair to rule out the argument that homeopathic medicines are just sugar pills.

Source for a lot of this info:
https://www.hri-research.org/resources/homeopathy-faqs/theres-nothing-in-it-its-just-sugar-pills/

Homeopathy should still be used even though you can’t explain how it works

It is human nature to fear what we don’t know. We all have fears that are irrational, and sometimes we just do fear the unknown. However, knowing what we know about science and tradition, it would be foolish of us to say that the results indicating the effectiveness of homeopathy mean nothing. I mean it works right? Or at least to a certain degree, which is the experience of most its users .So what’s the big deal? Since homeopathic remedies have relatively no side effects, isn’t it work a second look? It’s understandable that this approach isn’t good enough for more logic-driven folks that want to know the ins and outs of what they are taking.

Don’t Fear the Unknown

The thing is: people haven’t always known exactly what was in the medicine they were consuming. Aspirin was used for 70 years before we even knew how it worked. Aspirin’s mechanism of action wasn’t discovered until 1971 but it went on the shelves in 1899. Even now, the drug still has a number of side effects that have yet to be fully understood. But people still took it because they knew it worked.

Aspirins main ingredient acetylsalicylic acid has been used to treat fevers and pain since ancient times. However, it came in its original form of leaves and bark of willow or poplar trees. It was then synthetically replicated into the household drug we know today. Homeopathy also predates modern medicine, and until the turn of the century, it was the second most widely recognized system of medicine behind conventional or western medicine. More than herbal medicine and more than Ayurvedic (Indian medicine). This is why practitioners of homeopathy are able to see past the theoretical uncertainty and focus on what it can do for the medical field.

The ambiguity and unclear principles involved with homeopathy have a big part in deterring people. Most popular being “the idea of like cures like” makes no sense”. One of the homeopathy’s core principles is that a substance which can cause symptoms in large doses can be used to treat the same or similar symptoms if taken in small doses. Check out this article for a better understanding of the details of how homeopathic works. This concept is called “hormesis”. What a lot of people don’t know is that this it is one that has already been widely used in the medical field.

 Like Cures Like = Homepathic Basis

There are even some examples of conventional medicine utilizing the same “like cures like” concept. Ritalin is a stimulant amphetamine drug but it’s used to treat ADHD, digitalis causes arrhythmias in high doses, but is often used in low doses as treatment, and small doses of allergens such as pollen are used to alleviate allergic patients.
Homeopathy isn’t introducing anything particularly new and outlandish to the field. It’s not voodoo. It’s a tried and true practice, but it leaves much to be discovered as scientists search to figure out the mechanism of action of homeopathic medicine. Stay tuned for more wonderful articles that we are so passionate about writing and sharing with you!