Ever Wonder What Homeopathy Is and How It Works?
The wisdom and logic of homeopathic medicines are that instead of suppressing symptoms with fever-lowering drugs, a small dose of medicine that might actually cause a fever or flu-like condition will be used to augment your immune and defense system. Or, put another way, it helps to balance your body’s energy, called chi in traditional Chinese medicine. This energy is circulated through your body along specific meridians, and when this circulation gets disrupted, illness can result.
Homeopathy was founded by a German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann based on the theory that “like cures like”. Homeopathic solutions themselves contain minuscule doses of plants, minerals, animal products, or other compounds that cause symptoms similar to what you are already experiencing. The remedies have been diluted many times over, and the idea is that the substance will stimulate your body’s own “anti-inflammatory” response, and this will help you maintain homeostasis. They are commonly administered in pellet form, dissolved under the tongue.
What Does Science Say About Homeopathy?
One study in the British Medical Journal, found that people with allergies who received homeopathy had a 28 percent improvement in their nasal air flow while those in the placebo group had only a 3 percent improvement.
A great resource for those of you looking to learn more about homeopathy is Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy by Amy Lansky, Ph.D. She provides an in-depth study on the history, philosophy, and practice of homeopathy, as well as testimonials on the power of homeopathy in various health problems, including her own son’s autism.
Uses for Homeopathy for Influenza
It is known that living organisms, including the human body, will go to great measures to survive. In doing so, it can and will create symptoms as defenses and as adaptive measure to fight infection or stress. When the human body is exposed to a flu virus, the body inflames into a fever as a defensive effort to fight the virus. During a fever, the body increases its number of T-cell and B-cells that help fight viral infection.
The logic of homeopathic medicines is that instead of suppressing symptoms with fever-lowering drugs, a nano-dose of a medicine that might actually cause a fever or flu-like condition will be used to activate your immune system. For instance, the syndrome of symptoms with the flu may be (fever, body aches and a frontal headache, increased thirst for cold fluids and irritability). You can select a homeopathic medicine for those specific symptoms. While another person my have different symptoms such as (fever, fatigue, a headache in the back part of the head and no thirst) could select another homeopathic medicine that would be effective for those specific symptoms. This allows you to individualize the treatment.
Homeopathy as a Form of Homeo-Immnotherapy
The use of Oscillococcinum is an example of a remedy that can be effective for many people with the flu, (although use within 48 hours of getting flue symptoms is more effective). Although most homeopathic medicines are made from the plant or mineral kingdom, Oscillococcinum is unusual in that it is made from the heart and liver of a duck.
In a study group, the patients treated with Oscillococcinum concluded that the number of days needed to return to work as well as reducing the number of flu and acute respiratory infection episodes.
Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, is one of America’s leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including, “The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy” and bestselling,” Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines,” with Steven Cummings, MD. He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services (www.homeopathic.com),. A leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software and correspondence courses.
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Energy medicine over conventional practices is very interesting. But, it should be used to support your already healthy lifestyle, and not be a substitute for it.