Never heard of homeopathy or not sure what it is? Many confuse homeopathy with herbal medicine or other alternative therapies. Homeopathy is a unique, stand-alone system of medicine used by millions of people around the world for over 250 years. And for a good reason!
1) Non-toxic: no nasty side effects
Homeopathic remedies don’t come with a sheet of paper listing possible side effects like pharmaceutical drugs do. The preparation method makes homeopathic medicines non-toxic making them safe and gentle to use.
2) Non-addictive and temporary use of remedies only
The aim of homeopathic treatment is to make the patient so healthy that they won’t need remedies or consultations on a regular basis. The homeopathic remedies also do not contain any addictive substances making them suitable for those who have suffered with drug addiction in the past.
3) Not tested on animals, only on healthy humans
The knowledge of remedies is gained from “provings” which consist of giving a homeopathic remedy to a sensitive, healthy human subject and recording their experience. This is an ethical process compared to many other ways of testing medicines.
4) 2nd most used system of medicine in the world
According to the World Health Organization, homeopathy is the second biggest medicine in the world. It’s estimated that over 200 million people worldwide use homeopathy. In many countries it’s also part of the national health service.
5) Safe for everyone from babies to the elderly
The safe, gentle, non-toxic quality of homeopathy makes it suitable for virtually anyone. It is perfectly safe to use in pregnancy when many conventional drugs are not recommended. Hence many women come across homeopathy while searching for solutions for morning sickness or other pregnancy complaints.
6) Individualised medicine: custom-made for you
Everyone is an individual and your health issues are never exactly the same as the in next person. So why should healthcare be same for everyone? A homeopath will take your unique symptoms and circumstances into account to come up with the best possible treatment plan, for YOU.
7) No suppression of symptoms: taps into natural healing
Homeostasis (natural equilibrium) is your body’s natural state. It always reaches for wellbeing. Our bodies come with a self-healing mechanism that most of the time keeps you healthy without any effort from your part. For hundreds of thousands of years humans have survived because we have this ability to heal ourselves.
When the self-healing process gets disrupted for any reason, it needs a nudge for you to get better again. Homeopathy can stimulate this mechanism in the most natural way and start the healing process. Homeopathic remedies do not mask or suppress symptoms.
8) Affordable: no life-long dependency on expensive drugs
On average, a bottle of homeopathic medicine cost around £5 ($10) and it can last for months depending on dosage. Treatments are usually needed once a month for a period of time but some only require 4 sessions per year. Most patients only require seeing a homeopath for a limited period and compared to the cost of conventional medicine, the savings can be thousands.
9) Inclusive: works with other therapies or medications
Homeopathy can be used together with conventional treatment or alternative therapies such as acupuncture or osteopathy. It doesn’t interact negatively with other treatments and it can be used to minimise side effects from pharmaceutical drugs.
10) The medicine of the future
I believe the use and popularity of complementary medicine will increase hugely in the future because pharmaceutical medicine is lacking answers and solutions for many chronic diseases. Many people are now doing their own research and finding alternative solutions as they are desperate to get better. Homeopathy can provide an alternative to antibiotics, for example, and it’s a useful tool in the management of chronic autoimmune, endocrine and neurological diseases.