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Is Homeopathy A Safe And Natural Way To Healing?

Updated on October 25, 2012

Doctor Hahnemann.

You may not have heard of Doctor Samuel Hahnemann before, however if you talk to people who advocate, use or are practitioners of homeopathy, most of them will be able to tell you exactly who he is and his relevance to homeopathy.

Doctor Samuel Hahnemann, was a German physician and he developed the homeopathic practice as we use it today. His work and ideas on homeopathy have been around since the late 18th century and are still the widely accepted view on how homeopathy should continue to be practiced.

Although Doctor Samuel Hehnemann, greatly influenced how we use homeopathy today and greatly contributed to it's reemergence in the medical realm, he was by no means the founder or inventor of this alternative health practice.

The foundations of homeopathy dates back hundreds of years, even the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who was born as far back as 460BC and lived to 377BC, was an advocate of homeopathic treatment. Which is an acolade indeed, especially as he has been dubbed as the father of western medicine.

Same suffering.

The origins of Homeopathy are themselves Greek as the word Homeopathy, derives from two Greek words homoios, which means similar and pathos, which means suffering.

This is not actually as unusual idea as it first appears, many of the treatments in conventional medicine use this concept with very impressive rates of success. Vaccinations are one example, by effectively giving a small child or baby, an injection containing a small amount of the properties that cause illnesses such as measles, mumps and rubella. The body then builds up a resistance to the virus, infection or disease and is then able to fight it, if encountering it later on in life.   

In the practice of homeopathy you would give the patient, something sourced from nature that would usually cause the symptoms that they are experiencing. This is believed to help aid the body's natural defences and healing abilities.

For instance eyebright is used to help heal sore eyes, even though its an irritant herb.

Scepticism.

Many people have claimed success in the treatment of illness through homeopathy and use homeopathic treatments regularly.

However there is still some dispute from scientists and those in the conventional medical field, that this is the case because they fail to be able to explain scientifically, how or why they would be effective. The general conclusion among these people is that it is nothing more then the result of a placebo effect.

However homeopathic practitioners and advocates would argue that it is indeed an effective form of treatment. With the opinion that it is just a matter of time and continued research before it can be adequately explained and supported by the appropriate scientific data.

Some of the basis of scepticism surrounding homeopathy also arises, because of the fact that solutions are so dilute, in most cases the dilution ratio is often less than 1:1000, some even comparing it to a pinch of salt in the sea, arguing that this is far to minute, to be effective.

Yet homeopathic practitioners defend this view by stating that this is in fact, a major part of the reason why it does work.


What to be aware of.

Homeopathic remedies are sourced naturally and are usually safe to take for most people, if you do experience any adverse side effects you should stop taking it immediately and see your doctor.

Homeopathy is also advised to be taken as a complementary therapy, not as an exclusive form of medical treatment.

It is also advised that you seek advice from professionals and source homeopathic remedies from reputable sources.

Would you use homeopathy to heal?

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      Esther 2 years ago

      Most help articles on the web are inaccurate or inroneceht. Not this!

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      Irene 2 years ago

      I'm so glad I found my sotuoiln online.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Many orthrodox doctors are skeptical about homeopathy and I quote, "If reducing a substance's concentration increases its strength, then it should be possible to get roaring drunk on a teaspoonful of whisky!"

      In fairness, thank you for bringing to our attention this form of treatment, so that we may know why it evokes such comment. Good hub, Wren!

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for your comment Moulik, I very much enjoy your poetry. :)

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      I can't understand why some people are dead against it - natural remedy is always welcome...

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for commenting Teresa. :)

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      I am a believer of natural remedies and I support your declaration totally. I look forward to read more of your helpful tips. Thanks for a great sharing.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for your comment Property-invest, I also think diet is very important for health.

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      Property-Invest 7 years ago from London

      Hey Wren

      Thanks for the hub. It's so important that we view ourselves holistically and opt for natural remedies rather than temporary fix drugs. I've recently realised how powerfully natural compounds and even foods can heal!

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Good to see you again entertainmentplus, thank you. :)

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub.Going to look into in more.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for your comment galew, I was going on official guidlines and advice, however you have a very valid point. :)

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      galew 7 years ago

      I have used homeopathy in the pass, the warning about side efects is valid but don't see your doctor see your homeopath. He/she will know what to do, but if you stop taking the homeopathic remendy the side efects will stop. You many times will have a old illness raise it ugly head for a short time as you go through the healing process, this is acually good as you are healing something that has been in your body for a long time. Not all side effects are bad when it comes to natural medicine and homeopathy is a great natural healing method.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thanks Amber, you know I think you have a point there. :)

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      Hi Wren

      Homeopathy is a very interesting subject and you've done an excellent job with this hub. Many doctors and scientists are so sceptical but as sharks can detect the smallest amount of blood in the sea from a long way away it seems to have a basis in nature to me!

      Amber:)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you andromida, just read your hub on most popular websites, good job on the research. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you artrush73, just read your hub on how to draw feet, it was very useful, thanks.:)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you Keira, good to see you again, my friend. :)

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Though many are skeptic about homeopathy,I used to take it a lot when I was very young-it really works.Unlike other medication, its very attractive to kids,specially for its natural taste,:).

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      artrush73 7 years ago

      Great hub, thanks for sharing. thumbs up :)

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      Keira  7 years ago

      Hi my dear friend, I love medical hubs, and yours is brilliant. Thank you very much for all the info. I am a big fan. Tanks for sharing. Bless you my lovely friend.:)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Hey BC, I read some of your hubs as health tip, they were really useful and well written. Thanks again, I'll let you know how it goes on the earnings. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you katie, I really liked your ego hub and I am slowly getting through the rest. :)

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      Bad_Company 7 years ago

      Yer deff really into this health stuff, I hope it pays well for ya, it didn't for me wen I was HealthTip !

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I've read his story and it is amazing. I love your work, it is very important and I believe the way we should consider caring for our minds, bodies and spirits. Peace :)