At some point in life,everyone will fall prey to an illness or injury. It’s part of being alive.
And that’s where homeopathy has an amazing role to play.
Ordinary medicine works largely by suppressing the symptoms of disease. For patients with acute problems – like a cough, sore throat, or stomach bug – the suppressive effects of pharmaceuticals often include side effects (i.e., using antibiotics to “kill the bug” always kills the “good” bacteria in the intestine as well, altering the delicate balance of intestinal flora known as the microbiome) and at best, misses an opportunity to have the immune system flex its muscles and become stronger by healing itself.
The suppression/palliation treatment strategy, which has a variety of potentially disruptive and sometimes harmful side effects, is particularly risky for children. As has been well documented, there are often no conventional drugs that are considered to be completely safe to give a child who has an acute problem like a cough or a cold!
Homeopathy is different. Very different.
Homeopathy uses substances found in nature, in very small doses, to stimulate a self-healing response.
According to a prominent international researcher in integrative medicine, Dr. Iris Bell MD, Ph.D., homeopathic remedies appear to serve as signalers or mild agitators that strengthen the immune response of the person who is ill. 
In other words,homeopathic remedies don’t suppress symptoms or impair your body’s innate capacity to heal. Instead, they serve as a simple, stimulating signal to your sick body, a signal that helps you mount a more robust response to an illness or injury.
And here is the good part... homeopathy helps speed your recovery without any adverse side effects or drug interactions. In fact, I frequently find that patients who use homeopathy during an acute illness not only respond beautifully to the remedy but also seem to be less susceptible to future problems.
Given what we know about homeopathy after 200 years of use by hundreds of thousands of physicians and hundreds of millions of patients, shouldn’t we encourage everyone to give it a try?
A final note… remember, with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of the problem as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. is an exceptional homeopath who provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet.You can follow her on Facebook as well.
 Bell, I., et al., Advances in integrative nanomedicine for improving infectious disease treatment in public health. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2012