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Homeopathy Doesn’t Work?


While searching on YouTube for a visual on how homeopathic remedies are made, I came across a few “related” videos that gave me a good chuckle. Self-proclaimed experts were ranting and raving about something they obviously knew nothing about – homeopathy.

To “prove” that it doesn’t work, debunkers were taking entire bottles of homeopathic remedies on camera.

All of the skeptics had one thing in common (aside from a making fools of themselves) – a lack of understanding about the science of homeopathy, which is the complete opposite of mainstream medicine.

Uncovering the truth about homeopathy isn’t easy with an internet is full of articles denouncing it. While many are written by those on Big Pharma’s payroll (which views homeopathy’s inexpensive remedies as competition to pricey prescriptions), others may be full of good intentions, thinking they are going to “save humanity” from quackery.

Regardless, the following 5 claims confuse the heck out of the reader, who just wants to learn the facts.

#1Homeopathy is a scam

What would happen if you swallowed an entire bottle of prescription drugs? You’d be higher than a kite, sick as a dog, in a coma or dead. If you took the same amount of a homeopathic remedy, nothing would happen unless it was one you needed. In that case, your body would begin to heal itself.

What most don’t grasp is that Homeopathy works differently than conventional medicine. It is based on the law of similars, so in order to be effective, the “provings” (characteristics) of the medicine need to be similar to the symptoms the person is experiencing. It must also undergo a process of serial dilution and succussion in the laboratory, which makes it more effective and free from harmful side-effects. This is why you can take the entire bottle of homeopathics and not get sick.

#2 – I tried homeopathy and it didn’t help

Many who make this claim have self-prescribed, whether trying a single remedy or combination like “cold & flu.” While combination remedies do occasionally help someone, it is because a remedy in the mix matched the individual’s totality of symptoms. 

There is no “one size fits all” in homeopathy. Five people with the flu could each need a different remedy.

A “wrong match” can also happen when consulting with a homeopathic practitioner. Even if the homeopath is professionally trained and experienced, it can sometimes take a few visits to determine the correct remedy. This should be discussed with the practitioner rather than discounting homeopathy as ineffective.

#3Homeopathy is unscientific and unproven

There actually IS evidence that homeopathy works, with more than 150 placebo controlled clinical studies proving its effectiveness.  (Read The Case for Homeopathic Medicine by Dana Ullman). It is difficult to conduct studies since homeopathy is highly individualized and treats people, not disease. There are also more than 3,000 homeopathic remedies.

#4 – Homeopathy is a placebo 

This argument has merit because studies have proven the value of placebos, but homeopathy works on those who are immune to the placebo effect, like babies and pets. My husband swore I got well from the flu (in 10 minutes) because of the placebo effect – not homeopathy, but changed his mind after taking his first remedy following a painful injury!

#5 – Homeopathy is part of the new age movement

Many considered health foods to be part of the new age movement in the 1980s, along with homeopathy and other forms of non-conventional healing. While both homeopathy and healthy eating focus on the natural way of doing things, you could never convince me that either is new age – or a movement.

The production and marketing of homeopathic medicines in the U.S. is regulated by the FDA. The medicines, called remedies, are produced in homeopathic laboratories; manufactured in accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. They have been around for over 200 years – way before the New Age Movement began.

Though differing significantly from conventional medicine, homeopathy is a tried-and-true medical practice and pharmaceutical science. It has been around for two centuries – arriving years before “modern” medicine came on the scene.

For more information on homeopathy, read my posts, Understanding Homeopathy and The Birth of Homeopathy.

The only proof I need

I agree that homeopathy doesn’t make sense to the rational mind, but have seen it work miracles in myself and others. Millions of people around the world also attest to its effectiveness.

I suffered for too many years with symptoms of chronic fatigue and multiple chemical sensitivity, rheumatoid arthritis, Grave’s disease, respiratory issues, daily headaches, frequent infections, and anxiety. Medication didn’t work and even made me sicker.

Finding homeopathy was an answer to prayer, and I can’t imagine life without it. That’s why I have little patience for those who make claims without doing the research. If you want to learn more, visit my Resource page – Homeopathy.

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