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What do you know about Homeopathic medicine?

  1. thebookmom profile image75
    thebookmomposted 6 years ago

    What do you know about Homeopathic medicine?

    Where did it come from? How does it work? Is it successful? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of medicine?

  2. Max Dalton profile image90
    Max Daltonposted 6 years ago

    Hi thebookmom,

    A woman at work swore by homeopathic teething pills you can get at Walgreen's to help resolve teething pain in small children. I bought a bottle and we gave her a few, but I don't know that they did anything special.

    I just thought I'd throw that out there.



  3. mackyi profile image63
    mackyiposted 6 years ago

    Homeopathic form of medicine first started by the Greeks. It's a form of alternative medicine. Very small amount of natural substances(lower than the amount that would cause a disease or an unpleasant side effect) is usually used. Homeopathic remedies are believed to stimulate the body's own healing process. One disadvantage of this form of treatment according to critiques, is that the dosage given is often too highly diluted that it loses its efficacy. However, because the portion used is so small and heavily diluted, the side effects are minimal - an advantage. Many people, especially from Europe and other parts of the world find this form of treatment very effective in terms of the rate of success seen and have been using this form of treatment a lot.

  4. BlissfulWriter profile image66
    BlissfulWriterposted 6 years ago

    Oh, I wrote a Hub to answer this question here....
    http://blissfulwriter.hubpages.com/hub/ … pathy-Work

    But I forgot to link it to this question.  Sorry.   Basically, homeopathic medicine contain such diluted amounts that it is not effective.  For the same reason, they are not dangerous as well.

  5. scottcgruber profile image80
    scottcgruberposted 5 years ago

    Homeopathic "medicine" is nothing but a placebo. It appears to work only because the act of taking the remedy psychologically influences the patient to feel better. Or they just get better on their own and attribute the healing to the homeopathic remedy.

    Homeopathic remedies can not have a physical effect on the patient due to the way they are prepared. One of the basic principles of homeopathy is that substances become more potent the more they are diluted.  Homeopathic dilution, or "potentization" is measured by the C scale - 1C is a dilution of one part substance to 100 parts water. 2C is a second dilution of the 1C solution by 100 parts water, making it a concentration of 1/10,000. Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies are sometimes sold at 6C dilutions - a one part per trillion concentration of the original substance, but are considered most effective at 30C or more - even up to 200C.

    At any dilution greater than 12C, it is nearly impossible that any molecules of the mother tincture are left, and unlikely that any of the water molecules even came into contact with it. At 200C, you'd need a glass of water the size of the observable universe in order to ensure that you were drinking just one molecule of the substance.

    Since homeopathic remedies cannot possibly work chemically, homeopathsa claim that the water somehow "remembers" the mother tincture, even though there are no molecules left. How the water remembers that it once touched a drop of milk thistle but forgets all the times it has been cat urine is a convenient mystery.

    You can read more in my hub on this topic:
    http://scottcgruber.hubpages.com/hub/Ho … pathy-Work