Homeopaths employ a system of gentle, effective, safe and natural healing in order to relieve patients’ symptoms, boost general health and provide restorative aid. The safety of homeopathy is assured, with pets and small kids even being able to benefit. There are no complications or side effects common with conventional medicine, and homeopathy is cost-effective and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Acute afflictions such as ear infections, sore throats, colds and migraines are known to improve under homeopathic treatment. Chronic ailments such as depression, asthma, arthritis and even autism can also be addressed in this way. Remedies, as homeopathic treatments are known, are comprised of natural ingredients such as minerals and plants, and do not harm the environment or use animal testing in their development. The majority of such treatments can be found in homeopathic pharmacy stores, health food shops and via the Internet. The affordability of these remedies is another extremely appealing factor. When used as intended, homeopathic treatments are safe for all patients, including infants, small kids, adults, and even expectant and nursing mothers. The small dosages involved prevent side effects from occurring.
It should be noted that “homeopathy” is not an all-encompassing term for natural medicinal therapy. While homeopathic treatments are comprised of natural ingredients, the practice of homeopathy must not be mistaken for Chinese therapeutic medicine, herbal applications or the like. Homeopathy is a distinct form of healing in and of itself. Simple ailments can be addressed with homeopathic methods at home, though professional practitioners (who have done holistic therapy training) are necessary for the treatment of severe or potentially deadly conditions.
What Makes Homeopathy Different From Traditional Medicine?
The Law of Similars is the underlying premises of homeopathy. This simply means that “like is the cure for like,” or just that a medical treatment can solve a sick person’s problems if it is also able to produce sickness in someone healthy. For example, those who peel onions experience watery, itchy eyes. The nose may also begin to run and sneezing may commence. Thus, when a patient has the same sort of symptoms due to a cold, a small homeopathic dose of allium cepa/red onion will facilitate healing, according to the basic principles of the discipline.
A homeopathic practitioner considers physical symptoms to be the body’s effort to bring a sense of balance to itself. Thus, homeopaths select remedies meant to highlight these symptoms instead of mask them, as is the case in traditional medicine. Conventional medical practitioners, for instance, might prescribe antihistamines to cure the watery eyes and runny nose characteristic of allergies or a cold. However, such treatments tend to produce undesirable side effects including constipation and drowsiness. An appropriately chosen homeopathic solution will resolve the issue without bringing about any side effects.
Homeopaths also understand that every patient manifests their condition in a unique manner. Thus, two individuals with the same ailment are likely to experience them differently, and may not need the identical remedy. Patients with colds who have congestion and dry eye may be given something altogether distinct from what a patient with watery nose and eyes might receive. Homeopaths eschew the one-size-fits-all philosophy of traditional medicine, instead selecting a remedy designed to fit the individual patient.
Traditional medicine works to govern and mask illnesses through consistent use of certain treatments. However, once the medicine is no longer being used, symptoms are likely to return. Everyday use of asthma drugs, for instance, may hide symptoms temporarily, but do not address the prevailing concern. Homeopaths believe that a small but sufficient dose of the right remedy will provide the body to heal itself.
The practice of homeopathic treatment is undertaken by a broad array of professionals, such as nurse practitioners, medical doctors, naturopaths, osteopaths, dentists, chiropractors, veterinarians, podiatrists, physician assistants and more.
Generally speaking, it is legally acceptable for most licensed healthcare professionals with prescribing privileges to also practice homeopathy. This makes it easy for patients interested in this natural form of healing to find a practitioner who is willing and able to help alleviate even the most vexing of conditions.