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!