The history of homeopathy
Homeopathic treatments are part of alternative or integrative medicine, and like much of integrative medicine it has historical roots. Homeopathy was developed by German doctor Samuel Hahnemann in 1790. The methodology behind his invention was “like cures like”, roughly meaning that whatever is causing particular symptoms could also help cure the symptoms. The other principle to Hahnemann’s homeopathy was a process of diluting called succession, where he believed the more the treatment was diluted the more powerful it would be.
Homeopathic remedies today are so diluted down that they hardly contain any of the original substance.
What are homeopathic treatments?
Homeopathic treatments are made from a wide variety of substances, but are all made on the foundation of using natural materials. Treatments can come in the form of pills, ointments, creams or gels. Examples of homeopathic ingredients are:
- Stinging Nettle
- Poison Ivy
- Deadly Nightshade
What does homeopathy treat?
Homeopathy is used to treat a wide array of health conditions, however the most common according to the U.K National Health Service are:
- Ear infections
- Hay fever
- Depression, stress and anxiety
- High Blood Pressure
The science of homeopathy
There is none. Homeopathy is a widely criticized form of treatment in the medical and scientific world. Although there are many people out there who believe in integrated medicine, there are many doctors who believe that these treatments only provide a placebo effect. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said there is simply no evidence that backs up homeopathic treatments, wether it is inducing or treating symptoms. Despite a lack of scientific evidence, one U.S National Health Survey showed over 85% of people used natural wellness products and over 40% used natural products to treat a health condition.
The risks of homeopathy
It is important to always tell your doctor if you are partaking or taking any treatments, even homeopathic treatments. Due to the diluted nature of homeopathic remedies they are generally safe substances with little to no risk, however some could contain ingredients that could cause side effects when crossed with other medications so talk to your doctor. Homeopathy is regulated in some countries and states but not all products, so use caution. Medical professionals across the board agree that homeopathic treatments or any kind of integrated medicine should not replace vaccinations or medical procedures.