Homeopathy is a holistic approach to medicine. A holistic approach is one that takes into account the patient as a whole, not just her or his symptoms. Developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the late-18th century, homeopathy is based on the belief that a substance causing the symptoms of a disease in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in someone who is ill. Homeopathy uses “remedies,” which are treatments made from mineral, plant, animal and synthetic substances, to address a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions and illnesses.
Benefits Of Homeopathy
According to The Society of Homeopaths, “Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.” According to its supporters, homeopathy is effective for treating both chronic and short-term health issues, including the following:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Earaches or infections
- Common colds
- Joint problems
- Sore throats
- Sinus infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Menstrual abnormalities
- Skin infections
- Kidney issues
- Vision problems
Homeopathy is also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and chronic-fatigue syndrome.
Homeopathy Treatments, a.k.a. Remedies
Constitutional homeopathy treatments depend on the individual patient’s needs. The treatment process begins with an office visit to evaluate a patient’s condition, with the goal being to return the body to a natural state of balance and health.
Homeopathic remedies are designed to help stimulate the patient’s healing potential and energy. They are administered in the smallest dosages possible to minimize side effects or adverse reactions.
Risks And Complications Of Homeopathy
Although homeopathic remedies are generally free of serious side effects, patients should try to avoid the following while taking them:
- Recreational drugs
- Dental work, including cleanings, drilling and anesthetics
- Conventional prescription drugs
- X-ray imaging tests
To assess the a patient’s progress, a follow-up office or phone visit is usually scheduled in 2-5 days. Occasionally the first remedy chosen may not be as effective as desired. In those cases, a second or even third remedy may be chosen.