Homeopathic Medicine - Is It Right for You?
By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.
Homeopathy, have you heard of it?
This form of alternative medicine, also known as homeopathic medicine, is a method in which practitioners will use a small amount of natural substances (which causes a disease in a healthy person) to treat someone who is ill. And while this type of medical treatment has been around since the 19th century, there is still a lot people don’t know about homeopathy when deciding if it’s the best treatment option for their current ailment.
So, let us help you understand what it is, how it’s used and how it’s different than conventional medicine so you can decide if homeopathic medicine is the right approach for you.
THE HISTORY OF HOMEOPATHY
First off, it’s important to know how homeopathy came into fruition. Founded in 1796 by German Physician, Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy was created when Hahnemann rejected mainstream medicine as being ineffective and harmful. He discovered this approach after treating himself with a small amount of tree bark i.e. cinchona bark, which is used to treat malaria. After developing malaria himself, he realized his law of "like cures like;" – the belief that drugs that cause specific symptoms can be used to cure the illnesses that cause those symptoms. Thus, becoming an advocate of the use of single drugs at a lower dose. While controversial at the time and being disliked by apothecaries due to the fact they could not charge as much, Hahnemann continued with this approach.
Over a short time, homeopathy continued to grow and was seen as natural and less harmful way to treat sick people rather than orthodox medicine of the 1700s and 1800s that frequently caused more harm than good.
Today, According to the National Institute of Health, more than 6 million people in the United States use homeopathy to treat specific health conditions, and over 200 million people use homeopathy on regular basis worldwide.
HOW IT IS USED
Homeopathic medicine can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions and ailments not limited to, asthma, ear infections, hay fever, mental health condition such as depression and anxiety, allergies, skin conditions, arthritis, blood pressure and so much more.
HOMEOPATHY VS CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE
The main difference as discussed above is the way ailments are treated. Conventional medicine is an approach to medicine that based on modern science and evaluates the human body, it’s disorders and medical treatments in biochemical terms. Treatments include drugs, radiation, surgery, and various specialized treatments.
While homeopathic or alternative medicine uses a natural approach based on the ailment and looks at environmental and emotional influences as factors equally important to the wellbeing of a patient as physical components. Homeopathic medicine also has many benefits including the fact that homeopathy is safe, fast acting, effective, helps build resistance at the root level and can generally be used at all stages in life.
At Forces of Nature, we combine certified organic homeopathic medicines with certified organic concentrated essential oils to treat specific ailments. This one-two combination delivers an incredibly powerful and effective result to safely treat common ailments.
Homeopathic medicine works with your body on a systemic level to fight and prevent illness from the root of the cause. Essential oils cleanse and soothe while promoting healthy skin. These two modalities deliver superior effectiveness when combined for fast, therapeutic healing while some medicine just suppress symptoms.