Myerowitz Chiropractic Center

WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?

 

Homeopathy is a natural science that uses various plants, minerals or animals in very small dose(s) to stimulate the sick person's natural defenses. One's symptoms are actually efforts of the organism to reestablish homeostasis or balance.

 

IT SEEMS ILLOGICAL TO GIVE DOSES OF SUBSTANCES THAT CAUSE SIMILAR SYMPTOMS TO THOSE THE SICK PERSON HAS IN ORDER TO CURE THEM.

Homeopaths, like many modern physiologists, recognize that symptoms represent the best efforts of the organism to adapt to and defend against various stresses or infections. Because the body is not always successful in dealing with every stress or infection, it is important to find a substance in nature that has the capacity to mimic the symptoms the person is experiencing in order to aid the body in its efforts to defend and ultimately heal itself (the law of similars).

 

The "law of similars," the basic principle of homeopathy, is even used in some conventional medical therapies, such as immunizations and allergy treatments. These treatments, however, are not pure homeopathy since homeopathic remedies are more individual and given in smaller doses, and used to bring the body back into balance thereby ultimately restoring the person back to health and to prevent disease.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Homeopaths use such small doses that they couldn't possibly have any physiological effect.

    Although we don't understand precisely how the homeopathic remedies work, there is clear evidence that the remedies are active and can heal. Homeopathy became popular in this country and in Europe during the 1800s because of its success in treating the many infectious diseases that raged during that time, including yellow fever, scarlet fever, cholera, and many others. The death rate in homeopathic hospitals was between one-half to one-eighth of those in conventional medical hospitals. Homeopathic remedies also have been shown to work on infants and on various animals (including dogs, cats, horses and even cows) where it is highly unlikely that they are acting only as a placebo. Homeopaths also find that people who are being treated with homeopathic remedies sometimes experience a temporary exacerbation in their symptoms as the body's defenses are being stimulated. Homeopaths have found that a "healing crisis" is sometimes necessary to achieve healing. It is highly unlikely that this temporary worsening of symptoms is the result of a placebo response.

     

    There has also been some good scientific research published in medical journals and other scientific publications. The LANCET (September 20, 1997) published a review of 89 double-blind or randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials. The authors conclude that the clinical effects of homeopathic remedies are not simply the results of placebo. In fact, they found that homeopathic remedies had a 2.45 times greater effect than placebo.

    The lead author of this review of homeopathic research was the same German professor who reviewed the research on St. Johns Wort that attracted international attention.

    Another survey of research published in the British Medical Journal (February 9, 1991) indicated that there have been 107 controlled clinical trials, 81 of which showed that the homeopathic remedies had beneficial results.

     

    For more detail about many of these studies, see the book, The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy , Jermey Tarcher/Putnam, 1996) or Drs. P. Bellavite and A. Signorini's new book Homeopathy: A Frontier in Medical Science (North Atlantic, 1995).

     

    It is important to know that the small doses used by homeopaths only have an effect when a person has a hypersensitivity to the small doses given. If the wrong remedy is given to a person, nothing happens. If the correct remedy is given, the remedy acts as a catalyst to the person's defenses. In any case, homeopathic remedies do not have side effects.

     

     

  • If the remedies are so effective, why isn't homeopathy more popular today?

    Actually, homeopathy is quite popular in many countries in the world. As for homeopathy in the U.S., it was also very popular here. At the turn of the century, 15% of physicians were homeopathic physicians. The A.M.A. was seriously threatened clinically, philosophically, and economically by homeopaths. As distinct from other unorthodox practitioners, homeopaths graduated from respected medical schools. The A.M.A. was so threatened by homeopathy that from 1860 to the early 1900s a conventional physician would lose their membership in the A.M.A if they simply consulted with a homeopath. The A.M.A. also applied pressure on various funding sources so that the homeopathic schools had difficulty staying alive. Despite the strong pressure from A.M.A. and the drug companies, homeopathy has survived and has flourished throughout the world.

     

  • Where is homeopathy popular?

    Homeopathy is particularly popular in France, England, Germany, Greece, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa. Approximately 40% of the French public have used homeopathic remedies, and 39% of the French physicians have prescribed the remedies. About 20% of German physicians occasionally utilize these natural remedies, and 45% of Dutch physicians consider them effective. According to a survey in the British Medical Journal (June 7, 1986), 42% of British physicians survey refer patients to homeopathic physicians, and a New York Times article reported that visits to British homeopaths is growing at a rate of 39% a year.

     

    Homeopathy is particularly popular in India where there are over 120 four-year homeopathic medical schools. Homeopathy is also growing very rapidly in the United States. Market research shows that sales of homeopathic remedies have grown at a rate of 25-50% per year during the past ten years.

     

     

  • Is homeopathy legal in the U.S.?

    Certainly! Most of its practitioners are conventionally trained medical doctors who have furthered their training with the study of homeopathy. Some of its practitioners are other types of health professionals, including dentists, podiatrists, psychologists, physicians assistants, nurses, naturopaths, chiropractors, and even veterinarians.

     

    There are also some lay people who have seriously studied homeopathy and are very good practitioners, though the legal issues surrounding their practice remains unclear. Because homeopathic remedies are legally considered "drugs," some authorities assume that anyone who prescribes or recommends them needs to be a physician or have the license to prescribe drugs. However, because the vast majority of homeopathic remedies are consider "over-the-counter drugs" which means that consumers do not need a prescription to purchase them, some authorities assume that one does not need a license to use them. Homeopathic practice by unlicensed individuals may be legal if they practiced under the supervision of a physician, but this physician would subsume all legal responsibilities for patient care.

     

  • Are homeopathic remedies safe?

    The small doses used in homeopathic remedies make them extremely safe. Of course, it is important to know how to use the remedies. The book I co-authored with Dr. Stephen Cummings, Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Remedies (J.P. Tarcher, new edition-1997) provides the step-by-step information on how to use the remedies and when it is necessary to seek medical care.

     

    Homeopathic remedies are officially recognized by the F.D.A. as "over-the-counter drugs" and thus any person can order them without a prescription. Because they are recognized as drugs, their manufacture is regulated by the F.D.A. to assure consumers that they are getting what they ordered.

     

  • If a person is using homeopathic remedies, is it possible for them to use conventional drugs at the same time?

    It is possible to take them together, though the homeopathic remedies often work fast and well enough that the person does not need to take conventional drugs. Some conventional remedies, however, are so strong that they inhibit any action of the homeopathic remedy. In such situations the individual must decide if he or she wishes to use the conventional or homeopathic remedy.

     

  • There are homeopathic remedies sold in health food stores that are supposedly for specific diseases. If homeopathy is based on finding a remedy individually suited to the person, are these remedies really homeopathic?

    The homeopathic remedies found in most health food stores are called "combination remedies" or "formulas," since they have between three to eight different homeopathic remedies mixed together in them. The various manufacturers choose the remedies most commonly recommended for specific symptoms and assume that one of them will help cure the ailment that the consumer has. These combination remedies are popular in the U.S. and in Europe because they are so easy to recommend and because they work. Because of this, the homeopathic combination remedies are "user friendly." Also, since these remedies are much safer than conventional drugs, they are generally preferable to a growing number of consumers.

     

    Combination remedies are invaluable, but most professional homeopaths have found that the remedy individually chosen for the person tends to work more often and more deeply. Still, if a person does not know how to choose the individual homeopathic remedy or if it isn't readily available, the various homeopathic combination remedies are invaluable. It is, however, generally believed that combination remedies should not be recommended for chronic or serious acute health problems. Such conditions require the supervision of health care providers trained in homeopathy.

     

 

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