Recently I have had many readers ask me about homeopathy as an approach to treating sciatica. This blog post is an attempt to explain the approach homeopathy takes in healing a variety of illness’s and their symptoms. We will start with a simple question…
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the “Law of Similars.” This law states that specific medicine can cure a sick person, if it can cause similar sickness in a healthy person (similar to the way a vaccine works). Homeopathy was discovered over 200 years ago by a German chemist named Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann discovered written studies that demonstrated the principals of the Law of Similars. Through this law he came up with the name homeopathy from the Latin words homoion and pathein – meaning similar disease. Hahnemann’s philosophy was to treat “like” with “like” or to “Let it be cured with Like.”
How does Homeopathy Work?
A homeopathic remedy is a dilution of substances found in nature such as; plants, minerals, or animal substances. These substances are dramatically diluted until the traces barely remain. In homeopathy the weakest dilutions are often found to be the most successful to the patient. When homeopathy is used it stimulates the bodies natural immune response creating an overall healing affect.
It seems confusing that this form of treatment is beneficial, but lets think about this… The principle of vaccines as a treatment and/or preventative measure, is quite similar! Homeopathy is recently emerging in the USA, but is widely accepted in other countries such as: France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India and Great Britain.
How are Homeopathic Medicines Prepared?
In homeopathy any plant, mineral or animal substance may be used as a remedy. The substance chosen is then diluted in liquid repeatedly and shaken vigorously with each dilution.
Types of Homeopathy : Classical vs Complex
Classical Homeopathy uses one remedy at a time, and can often be found in pharmacy’s for sale. On the other hand Complex Homeopathy uses a variety of different remedies combined to be used in conjunction with one another. Complex Homeoptathy is commonly used to treat more severe conditions, as it may contain different substances at different levels of potency ( see homeochords).
Where is the Proof that Homeopathy Works?
There are hundreds of published scientific studies that prove that homeopathy works! These studies have been published in respectable sources such as: Lancet, Pediatrics, Annals of Internal Medicine etc. If you have any more question or would like more information on homeopathy, please post them here.
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