Homeopathy, as defined by Sandra M. Chase, MD, is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. What makes homeopathy holistic is its focus on the entire treatment of the patient as opposed to specific areas.* Dr. Chase also points out that homeopathy is natural due to its remedies being produced by the U.S FDA recognized Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia from the U.S from natural sources, whether vegetable, mineral or animal in nature. In this article, we’ll explore the three main principles of homeopathy and its validity in treating diseases.
Principle One: Let Likes Cure Likes-Coined by the physician Samuel Hahnemann, this means that data gathered from the physical, psychological and emotional characteristics of his patients individually would tell him what remedies would help them heal their ailments. The essence of this principle is that for every patient, there would be a variation of the remedy specifically made for the individual intended to alleviate symptoms.
Principle Two: The Minimum Dose-Homeopathic medicines are created by a series of dilutions to the point where there is no trace of the chemical substance left. It is believed that the higher the dilution, the more potent the remedy is. These remedies come in a variety of forms like creams, gels, and tablets*
Principle Three: The Single Remedy-Similar to what was mentioned in principle one, homeopathic practitioners prescribe one prescription at a time.* These prescriptions are specifically made for the patient at issue. The main reason why this is practiced is because the results of the prescription can be monitored more effectively than giving the patient several remedies at a time, potentially causing confusion.*
Homeopathy can be attempted used to treat minor issues like headaches, nausea and bruises.* However, when it comes to more serious issues like asthma and cancer, there is little to know medical evidence to support it has any effects in treating them.* The evidence that it is an effective therapy at all are mixed. Many attribute the successes of homeopathy to placebo effects.* When it comes to your own health, consult with your healthcare provider to see if this can be a viable alternative to minor health issues.