At some point in your life, you have probably walked down the aisle of a health food store and seen rows of small, stacked blue bottles with exotic names and the word homeopathy on their labels.
Seeing them in a health food store leads some to think homeopathic remedies are just another form of herbal medicine. Actually – they bear no relation to herbal medicine and instead are used in a unique and very popular system of medicine called homeopathy.
So what is homeopathy exactly? Well, we are now learning that homeopathy is a form of nanomedicine. The word Homeopathy is derived from the Greek words homeo, meaning “similar,” and pathos, meaning “suffering” (such as the pathology of a disease). Homeopathy operates on the principle that “like cures like” and has been used clinically for more than 200 years.
So what does “like cures like” mean?
Hippocrates talked about it. It means that a patient suffering from symptoms can be treated and cured by doses of a substance (mineral, animal or plant) capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person.
Five hundred million people use homeopathy around the world – which according to the World Health Organization makes it the 2nd most commonly used form of alternative medicine.
I believe the clinical results achieved by homeopaths are truly astounding, curing patients with deadly acute diseases as well as chronic disease often believed to be incurable. In fact, because it had better results than conventional medical practices at the time, homeopathy experienced a period of very rapid growth during the deadly epidemics of the 19th century – a period that saw untreated and conventionally treated patients die at alarming rates.
So why, you ask, isn’t homeopathy practiced more widely?
Homeopaths use medicines made from extremely small quantities of nanoparticles created when the medicines are made. In fact, these ultra-molecular preparations (UMPs) from which the remedies are made are so dilute that some scientists have expressed skepticism about whether homeopathic remedies are anything more than plain water. This skepticism has been the primary obstacle to homeopathy’s acceptance in conventional medical and scientific circles.