Homeopathy is based on the theory that 'like cures like', that a substance
which causes certain symptoms should also relieve them.
Homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted solutions (usually one part per
million or less) of assorted herbs, animal products and chemicals. The homeopathic
remedy, therefore, contains little, if any, of the original substance but according
to homeopathic practitioners, the solution continues to hold a 'trace memory'
of the original substance that can mobilise the body's 'vital forces'.
Conventional medicine attributes any relief to coincidence or the placebo effect
(the power of suggestion).
can homeopathy treat?
Conventional medicine dismisses homeopathy as having no medical benefit, while
advocates claim that certain homeopathic medicines have been proven to be more
effective than placebo in the treatment of seasonal allergies, asthma, and influenza.
It has also been suggested that homeopathic medicines can ease the pain of
childbirth and hasten the healing of a sprained ankle.
It is generally not claimed that homeopathy can cure life-threatening conditions
such as cancer or diabetes.
happens during a homeopathy session?
The homeopathic practitioner will take your medical history and details of
your diet, lifestyle and emotional state. Based on these findings, the practitioner
will build a 'symptom picture' against which to match homeopathic remedies.
Remedies (in the form of alcohol or water solutions or sugar pills) are usually
prescribed one at a time, although they may be combined.
Homeopathic medicines are also available without a prescription.
many treatments will be necessary?
Some homeopathic remedies are recommended for use every few hours and others
on a daily basis to strengthen resistance to disease.
You can quickly tell whether or not the remedy is relieving a specific condition,
however there is no specific way to evaluate the benefits of remedies taken
to improve resistance.
If your symptoms persist or any new problems develop, consult your doctor.
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