Why should my family try homeopathy?
Are homeopathic remedies regulated and readily available?
How are remedies made?
Is homeopathy a form of herbal medicine?
What can I use homeopathy to treat?
How do I understand the drug potencies?
How long has homeopathy been in clinical use?
Do other countries use homeopathy more extensively?
What does research about homeopathy show?
Can you give an example of the epidemiological evidence for homeopathy?
Are there noteworthy people who used or now use homeopathy?
1. Why should my family try homeopathy?
Homeopathy is used by over 500 million people worldwide for a wide range of ailments. The system is popular because it’s natural, it works, it’s non-habit forming and it’s comprehensive with no side effects. What’s more – it’s safe for the very youngest and oldest among us with a safety record unparalleled in the history of medicine. Homeopathy is also a great option for family use because it’s easily adaptable for self-care.
2. Are homeopathic remedies regulated and readily available?
Homeopathic medicines are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and prepared by licensed companies like Washington Homeopathic Products using strict guidelines of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), and the current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) of the FDA. Nearly all homeopathic medicines are available over the counter without a prescription.
3. How are remedies made?
Homeopathic remedies are made from substances found in nature (animal, mineral, botanical) through a process of serial dilutions and succussions (vigorous agitation). Each remedy is manufactured according to Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States formulation requirements. They are also completely free of herbicides or pesticides.
4. Is homeopathy a form of herbal medicine?
No. The two systems are very different. Herbal medicines use a much larger dose of plant materials than one gets in a homeopathic remedy. And unlike herbal supplements, which are regulated as foods, the FDA accepts homeopathic products as medicine.
5. What can I use homeopathy to treat?
Homeopathy effectively treats common ailments including hay fever, minor arthritic pain, colds, flu-like symptoms, cold sores, sinus, indigestion, burns, accidents, shock, etc. Homeopathy is free of all counter indications and will not cause drug interactions, allowing it to be utilized in conjunction with other medicinal systems – allopathic or complementary alternative medicines.
6. How do I understand the drug potencies?
Homeopathic remedies have been found to be more effective, gentle and safe because they have been diluted and agitated vigrrously (succussed) in the manufacturing process. Unlike conventional drugs, homeopathic drug potency is indicated on the label and it shown by a number followed by X or C. X indicates a substance base is diluted at a ratio of 1:9 ( 1 part active to 9 parts inactive - USP dilution alcohol). The ratio for a C potency is 1:99 (1 part active to 99 parts inactive - USP dilution alcohol). The number preceding the X or C signifies the number of times the base substance was diluted and succussed.
7. How long has homeopathy been in clinical use?
Homeopathy is a system of medical treatment developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann from 1794 to his death in 1843. He published The Organon, his first compilation of its principles in 1810. The first American homeopathic medical college was established in Allentown, PA in 1835. At the turn of the 20th century, 20% of all medical practitioners in the U.S. were homeopaths (approximately 15,000) and there were 22 homeopathic medical colleges. A homeopathic renaissance began in the 1980s. In 1990, 2.5 million Americans sought out some form of homeopathic care. By 1999, that number rose to more than 6 million and has been increasing rapidly ever since. Worldwide, approximately 500 million people use homeopathy for their healthcare. Internationally, it is practiced by tens of thousands of M.D.s and N.Ds. Retail sales also continue to increase at a growth rate unrivaled in the U.S. in a century – now estimated to be approximately $1 billion a year.
8. Do other countries use homeopathy more extensively?
Yes. Homeopathy has a global popularity that far exceeds its use in the U.S. In fact it is estimated that over 500 million people use it worldwide. In Europe, approximately 40% of all physicians use or refer patients to practitioners of homeopathy. It is integrated into the national health care systems of countries like Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Greece, Israel, India, Pakistan and Mexico.
9. What does research about homeopathy show?
There are a large number of basic science, pre-clinical and clinical studies as well as a very large quantity of epidemiological evidence showing that homeopathy works. To learn more about these studies - please visit: http://www.homeopathyworks.com/homeopathic-research/
10. Can you give an example of the epidemiological evidence for homeopathy?
During the great flu pandemic of 1918-19, ordinary medical hospitals had 26,000 admissions with a fatality rate of almost 30%. Homeopathic hospitals had 24,000 admissions with a fatality rate of 1.5%. There are literally thousands of other contemporary and historical examples.
11. Are there noteworthy people who used or now use homeopathy?
Indeed there are! British Royal Family members have been faithful homeopathic patients since the 1830s. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles reportedly carry homeopathic remedies with them when they travel. Other noted supporters include Bill Clinton, Abraham Lincoln (and 9 other U.S. Presidents), Mahatma Gandhi, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, John D. Rockefeller (who used homeopathy throughout his long -- 98 year -- life) and Cindy Crawford (who showed her WHP kit on the Oprah Show). Jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie said, "there have been two revelations in my life -- the first was be-bop and the second was homeopathy.” Mother Teresa added homeopathic care to the services of her missions. Mikhail Gorbachev awarded a Soviet physician a gold medal for his work in homeopathy.