Years ago, while I was in college, one of my friends introduced me to Ginkgo Biloba – a homeopathic memory aid that helped with attention and concentration. Supposedly, the extract from Ginkgo raises your ability to learn and recall facts faster. Everyone needs that in college!
Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in physicians listed as Homeopathic as well. So, it got me curious as I think I know what it means but I like to research. By the way, if you do research on your own make sure your sources are reliable. Remember, I’ve mentioned before that anyone can write an article and I always look for the science behind any claims.
Below are some questions I had about it and the answers I found;
What is it?
Homeopathic medicine has been around for like 200 years. According to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, It’s based on two unconventional theories:
- “Like cures like”—the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people.
- “Law of minimum dose”—the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic products are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain.
Homeopathic products come from plants, minerals, or animals. Many people confuse homeopathic medicine with herbal remedies. However, it is a sophisticated system that helps strengthen the body’s defenses. It is suggested that it is a safe, effective method that finds specific unique solutions that fit the patient’s unique characteristics. Meaning it is not based on a “one size fits all” theory.
Why consider it?
First, I would suggest if you are suffering from a major disease I would head straight to the doctor. I see a lot of claims that certain Homeopathic diseases cure cancer and other serious health issues. I would speak to a doctor before you try to substitute any medication you are considering.
- According to the research, I found it is based on two Greek words that mean “similar” and “suffering.” The idea of Homeopathy is that it is a medicinal substance that will elicit a healing response for a specific syndrome of symptoms. For example, turmeric is for pain and inflammation while it keeps your brain healthy. Today, turmeric is promoted as a dietary supplement for various conditions, including arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections, allergies, liver disease, depression, and many others. However, it does thin the blood, which can be inappropriate for people with bleeding disorders.
- Another example is lavender. First, I love the smell of lavender, and I have often diffused it to help with tension and mood. Now, I don’t know if the product or the scent brings back happy childhood memories that helped me chill out. However, it has worked for me.
- Arnica is a topical agent that helps with pain and is an excellent application for sprains and strains. Again, this is a product I frequently used during work as a personal trainer. I had hurt my back while catching a client who lost their balance walking. Anyhow, I saw a chiropractor, and he used it on my back, offering relief. Oh, and I read it also helps with bruising.
There are plenty of homeopathic products out there like flax seed, chamomile, and tea tree oil that get great reviews.
What to consider before using?
- Don’t use homeopathy to replace proven conventional care or postpone seeing a health care provider about a medical problem.
- If you are considering using a homeopathic product, bring it with you when you visit your health care provider. The provider may be able to help you determine whether the product might pose a risk of side effects or drug interactions.
- Follow the recommended conventional immunization schedules for children and adults. Don’t use homeopathic products as a substitute for conventional immunizations.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing, or people who are thinking of using homeopathy to treat a child, should consult their (or the child’s) health care providers.
- Take charge of your health—talk with your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use. Together, you can make shared, well-informed decisions.
If you have used homeopathic medicines, please share your experience.
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