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Homeopathy - Skeptics and Believers

Updated on November 10, 2012

Does Homeopathy actually work?

I have no intention of entering into the raging debate on whether homeopathy works and would rather leave it to the experts and practitioners. But as somebody who has relied upon conventional medicine as well as various types of alternative medicine I provide the perspective of a patient who accepts the efficacy of the system without ignoring the doubts of the skeptics.

I will summarize what I have learned, to hopefully find answers to a few questions. What is homeopathy? Does it work? Can we explain how it works? Why is something that is so unscientific, surviving? Of course my understanding flows purely from my reading, interactions with serious practitioners and my experiences through my transition from a skeptic to a believer.

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Science and Homeopathy

Lest I convey an impression of being an anarchist let loose to work against the medical and healthcare system, or worse still, a reactionary wanting to start an anti-science movement, let me clarify that I have made use of the conventional healthcare system in many situations and do respect it. I also love science and respect the profound impact that science has had on our way of thinking and our quest to understand the universe and all aspects of life on earth. Therefore my attempt is only to bridge the gap between the sceptic and the believer.

How do we deal with the arguments against homeopathy that it's claims are not scientifically validated? The answer, according to me is simple. We have become dogmatic about science and made science into the new religion, which has answers for all questions. And therefore, by extension, if something cannot be explained or validated by scientific methods, then it does not exist! This is really unfortunate because science is a process of enquiry and the openness to explore the inexplicable is what defines the great strides that science made in adding to our understanding of everything around and inside of us. That is where the problem lies.

I believe that the working of homeopathy is not as yet explained by modern science but in the not too distant future, we will see an explanation emerge that could also alter the way science looks at everything else. There were a few unsuccessful attempts to explain how highly diluted homeopathic medicines that do not contain even a single molecule of the original substance could have beneficial effects on the human body. The first idea was to suggest that water has a memory. The other idea was to extend the concept of molecular imprinting in polymers to water. None of these are proven but illustrate the kind of out-of the-box thinking that may be needed to explain how homeopathy works.

My journey from skeptic to believer

My first exposure to homeopathy was courtesy a common friend who introduced me to his close friend who was a homeopath with a flourishing practice. I went to him for the usual cough, cold and fever, not so much out of any faith in homeopathy but to give it a try and also because I could not ignore an insistent friend and well wisher's strong recommendations.

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After a few months, I discovered that my health was actually improving and I was falling ill less frequently - a vague feeling that the small white globules were after all doing something. But this was only a vague feeling - I was definitely not convinced - and so, when I moved away from that town, I reverted back to the trusted allopathic system for treatment.

A few years later, when my son was born I had to look around for a good doctor. Friends tried to dissuade me - most of them took their children to homeopaths - but I did not want to experiment. I searched and ultimately discovered a very good pediatrician who took good care of my son whenever he was unwell. Later, when I shifted from that town to another and yet another on job transfers I kept doing the rounds of the best hospitals and clinics in those towns, meeting the best pediatricians at regular intervals to find medicines for my son's respiratory problems. Finally, when my son’s respiratory illnesses became too frequent and labeled as “chronic,” one of my friends suggested an alternative.

"Why don't you try homeopathy?"

I thought about it and decided to give it a try. I would go to the same doctor who was treating his daughter. The doctor examined my son and gave the medicines - small vials containing white globules.

Over the next few months, my son showed dramatic improvement. Naturally, others in the family too started switching to this system of healthcare. The conversion from sceptic to believer was complete.

Homeopathy Poll

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      I always believe in alternative medicine like the homeopathy. By the way, I ever use this form of homeopathy for my insomnia problem. Great lens on the topic on Homeopathy!

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      Very informative lens.Great job.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      I don't have much experience with this but, from what I've heard, it can be effective in certain cases. It's definitely something I'd keep an open mind about.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great lens on homeopathy!

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      sailor_man 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I am definitely an believer. Take care.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Homeopathy really works, thanks for sharing.

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      I think natural remedies can really help with the healing process.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens Vinod. Homeopathy was a big part of my family's medical arsenal while I was growing up... I wouldn't say I could prove it worked, but at the very least I think it does help with the natural healing process.

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      Madonaa 5 years ago

      Homeopathic is a good way to make you comfort

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I think we need to be open-minded to all types of therapy in both the prevention and treatment of illness.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never tryed it, but the older I get the more I believe in alternative medicine ... I suffer from a shoulder pain for a few years now and in last months the alternative medicine (manual therapy) did what the offical medicine couldn't - so why not homeotheraphy.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I am a firm believer of homeopathy. So much to the point where yes, I would use it to treat any illness or disease I come across. I have no problem if someone doesn't believe it. Whatever helps them best to recover is what counts. I guess not everything whether it is homeopathy or traditional medicine will always work either.

      Alternative medicine can work, but nothing is perfect at the same time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am new to squidoo and I learn.

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      We have our family homeopath for years and all four of us enjoy the benefits most people wouldn't believe. Once you see things like improved EEG on a small child you realize it's not a placebo effect but an efficient healing. One has to approach alternative medicine open minded though, like with everything else in life. Great lens.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      This is a nice lens with a lot of thought provoking information, thank you for sharing. ~Blessed by a Squid-Angel~

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I think homeopathy is likely the placebo effect. This is a good, thoughtful lens about your personal experience. I appreciate it. "Squid Angel blessed."

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      I've never tried it myself but I'm glad to know that some people get relief from it. Maybe one day I'll try it.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I first learn about Homeopathy was 2 years ago, to me, it work more on the energy that a homeopathic believe that with the extremely diluted amount of substance will have better healing effect. It is hard to believe but it does works since it has been there for over few decades. .

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      it works. my grandpa was a quack doctor who knew how to cure some illnesses. he knew about the homeophatic medicines. i did not get to know him better, he was too old when i was a teen.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Interesting read - thanks kindly for sharing. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I think in certain cases that it can work.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Natural products are better than chemicals from drug companies. Nicely done lens featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      Nayana LM 5 years ago

      Homeopathy works! That is my experience. My father used to take us to his homeopath friend when we were kids. Now my first choice is homeopathy for my daughter.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Homeopathy works and I was cured of chronic migraine a long time ago... Now I am living free... Thanks for the nice highlight!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      This is a really fine lens. I wish I was in a position to crown is Lens of the Day or award it a Purple Star. I can only do what I can do...and that is to place a link to it on my Homeopathic Medicine Quiz lens. I also plan to tweet about it. Are you on Pinterest? If so, I have a Squidoo community board there which you can pin it to. If you give me your Pinterest name, I can add you to the list of board contributors so you can add it yourself.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      It has worked for me and my family.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I've seen remarkable effects of homeopathic treatments, but I just can't wrap my head around it... I guess I'm filing it under the heading of "more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in [our] philosophy," as it were. :)

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      I've read a lot of positive and interesting things about homeopathy.

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this thought provoking lens. My personal view is that if natural medicines didn't work humans wouldn't have been using them for centuries. Just because we have learned the world isn't flat doesn't mens the ancients were wrong about everything.

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      I'm glad you took a stand on such a controversial topic. I am a herb person myself, and whenever I can I make my own stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      for me and my family homeopathy works effectively. for us allopahy is only a alternative medical system. love your wonderful article. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My family has used homeopathic as an alternative to allopathy, in many cases, ever since I can remember. Personally, I prefer looking at natural ways of treating a particular ailment as a first measure. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Great topic, thumbs up!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Great topic, thumbs up!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      I agree that the placebo effect certainly does not apply to animals! My dog does so much better with MSM. I do think some of these things are helpful Thanks.

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Great article! My sister used homeopathy years ago with success, there are times when alternative therapies could be considered if it doesn't hurt to try.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I certainly think it can be effective.

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      katemiya 6 years ago

      Great information on this topic. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      That is quite facinating! I love this sort of topic.