What is Homeopathy?

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a medicine used by more than 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like treatment’. In other words, a small amount of substance will cure the same symptoms as a large amount.

The holistic nature of homeopathy means that each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind, soul, and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of disease. Keeping all these factors in mind, a homeopath will choose the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and individual level of health to enhance their healing capacity.

Homeopathic medicines are safe to use as they rarely cause side effects. This means that when used appropriately under the guidance of a qualified homeopath they can be taken by people of all ages, including infants, children, and pregnant or lactating women.

What does homeopathic treatment include?

Homeopathic doctors work in the same way as any other traditional doctors. History setting, examination, and examination are all important in establishing the diagnosis. However, along with asking about your symptoms, a homeopathic doctor will be interested in you as a person and how your symptoms affect you.

Homeopathic counseling

Questions about your lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, temperament, personality, sleep patterns, and medical history help the doctor creates your complete picture. This picture will match the symptoms of your disease so that a particular type and strength of homeopathic medicine can be told.

Your first appointment as a guide can be anything up to an hour, with follow-up appointments usually lasting 30 minutes. This varies depending on the practitioner and the setting in which they work (for example NHS appointments may be lower).

Preparing for your appointment

To get the most out of a consultation, it helps to make some notes in advance and think through all the issues that are affecting your health. Some homeopathic physicians ask new patients to complete a questionnaire before their first appointment. This is a helpful way to save time and to your advantage to do so when requested.

Medicine

Randomized controlled trial

As of the end of 2014, a total of 104 papers reporting good-quality placebo-controlled randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in homeopathy (61 on various medical conditions) have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Of these RCTs, 41% reported positive evidence balance, 5% a negative evidence balance, and 54% a positive or not negative one.

2-Summary of evidence with full context

Medical conditions for which a positive RCT of homeopathy has been reported include the following: allergies and upper respiratory tract infections; Childhood diarrhea; hay fever; Influenza; Insomnia; Rheumatic disease; Sinusitis; Vertigo.

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