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What is Homeopathy, and How does it work?

What is Homeopathy, and How does it work?
What is Homeopathy, and How does it work?

Let us understand What is Homeopathy first before stepping into understanding how it benefits us. Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that advocates the use of active substances dissolved in water to treat disease. The theory behind homeopathy is called “like cures like.” In other words, it’s believed that if you are sick with an illness, then taking tiny doses of something else that would make you sick with the same illness will cure your symptoms. This sounds confusing and implausible, but let me assure you this has been researched thoroughly by scientists and doctors alike.

I’m not going to get into all the technical details here (you can find them on Wikipedia), but suffice it to say there are many studies showing positive results for homeopathic treatments. One study found they were even more effective than conventional drugs!

Homeopathy is one of the sustainable medical practices which is based on the body can cure itself if we follow certain methods that are instructed in homeopathy. In these methods, the treatment includes very little amounts of natural extracts from plants and minerals. Many people believe, the healing process can be stimulated by following homeopathic methods. Homeopathy can also be considered as alternative medicine that was developed in the 1700s in Germany. 

Story Behind What is Homeopathy And How Does It Work:

Not all-natural and herbal remedies are considered homeopathic, medicines in homeopathy are based on a few theories of disease like, “like cures like”, which means if something gives you rash the same thing will help you to treat rashes. 

The German doctor Samuel Hahnemann introduced this alternative medicine, he thought medicinal practices in those days were doing more harm than good because those medical practices were very violent like letting blood out of the body by cutting and placing leeches around the wound. 

So, he started doing experiments on a small group of volunteers as well as on himself, without supervision which is not a good scientific practice. Once he ate the bark of the cinchona tree which was used as a treatment for malaria those days. After he ate a bunch, he got the symptoms he thought were similar to malaria. That led to his first principle of homeopathy “like cures like”.

Then he realized that when a substance in large doses caused certain symptoms, in small doses it could cure the same symptoms. For example, a homeopathic remedy if you can’t sleep is Coffea Cruda which is just a micro-level amount of un-roasted coffee beans, dilution reducing concentration of something, is the second principle of homeopathy. Hahnemann thought a sick person only needed a very small ingredient of an active ingredient.  

Conditions That Homeopathy Can Treat?

Homeopathy can treat a wide variety of health issues, can also help in curing chronic diseases, some of them are:

  • Migraines
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Depression
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Allergies

It can also help in curing minor conditions like scrapes, toothaches, nausea, headaches, colds, and coughs. It is not recommended to take homeopathic medicines for life-threatening conditions like cancer, heart diseases, asthma, or any other serious conditions.

Does Homeopathy Really Work?

After a lot of research, studies show that the results are mixed, some say homeopathic remedies are useful, while others say this is just a placebo effect means if a patient believes that the medicines will work then the medicine works. This thinking will trigger our brain to release certain chemicals which help us to relieve pain and other symptoms.

If you want to try this alternative medicine, it is recommended to consult your doctor before taking the medicines. They have to make sure that you won’t get any reactions if you are taking other medicines. 

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