The principles of homeopathy are over 200 years old. They come from a time before our traditional evidence-based medical system was established, when doctors used leeches and blood-letting as genuine medical techniques. However, some medical professionals still adhere to some principles of homeopathy, considering it a good complementary treatment to common illnesses. This is become a point of contention and controversy within the medical community.
What Is Homeopathy?
The basic concept of homeopathy is “like cures like.” Hence, homeopathic practitioners use potentially toxic substances to provoke defense and self-regulatory responses. Hence, something that causes an illness (like vomiting) could cure the illness if it’s served in smaller, less-concentrated quantities. Homeopathic products can come from plants, minerals, venom of poisonous snakes, or, sometimes, prescription drugs.
What are Some Common Homeopathic Treatments?
Most homeopathic treatments are designed to treat common, household ailments like headaches, coughs, stress or insomnia. Homeopathic treatments should NOT be used to treat complicated medical illnesses, like diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions or cancer. Plus, it should never be used in place of a prescribed treatment plan from your physician or other health-care provider.
Common homeopathic remedies include: