A new trend in America is to use alternative medicine, contrary to traditional therapies, to treat various conditions and illnesses. Alternative medicine generally consists of natural or herbal products, but other alternatives like homeopathic remedies are gaining popularity. Homeopathic remedies are usually mixed in with other over-the-counter medications on the shelf at the local pharmacy. These remedies seemingly fit in with the other products. The packaging is similar to other medications, listing the ingredients and their strength. Advertisements and celebrities praise these products for giving people a natural option for treatment, but what do you really know about homeopathic remedies?
Homeopathy is based upon the “law of similar” or “let like be cured by like.” This method threats patient’s symptoms with dilute preparations of a substance that generally will cause those same symptoms in a healthy person. These products are made by diluting the substance with water or alcohol, then shaking the preparation by striking it against an elastic body ten times. This process is usually repeated several times to reach a specific dilution. The belief is that the more diluted the remedy is, the more potent or “stronger” the preparation is.
The basis of homeopathy contradicts science at its roots. Homeopathic remedies are of ten diluted to such an extent it is impossible for a single molecule to be present in the preparation. Without any active medication present, there is no possible way for it to exert any effects. In other words, the product contains no active ingredients. Homeopathic remedies have been studied in over 200 trials. Results have shown no clear improvements in symptoms after treatment with these remedies. These homeopathic remedies have been shown to be ineffective. Any questions regarding symptoms you may be experiencing, or how to effectively treat them, may be directed toward a pharmacist or another healthcare provider. Furthermore, a pharmacist can answer any questions you may have about homeopathic remedies, natural or herbal supplements, over-the-counter medications, and prescription drugs.