Does Homeopathy Work

Homeopathy is one of the principle form of complementary and alternative medicine, that is popular both in western and eastern world. Homeopathy looks at each patient and develops a remedy or treatment plan strictly for him or her. The more one knows about the patient, the symptoms, likes and dislikes, what makes them better or worse, it helps in developing a "symptom picture" of the patient that can lead to a successful treatment.

Homeopathy was founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann who proposed his new approach to medication and treatment in 1796.

Homeopathy Principles

Homeopathy is based on the principle of 'like cure likes'. This is the same principle that is used in vaccination and immunization. Homeopathy believes that substances that are toxic and poisonous in large amounts are very useful in small doses or diluted forms.

In conventional medicine, the symptoms are considered to be a manifestation of the disease. The drugs are given to kill the bacteria causing it or to dampen the symptom of the condition. Homeopaths, on the other hand, see the symptoms as the body's attempt to heal itself. They see the symptom as a positive sign that the body's defense mechanism is trying to fight the underlying cause and by this reasoning, they insist that the symptoms should not be suppressed as we are working against the body's attempt to cure it

Three main homeopathy principles

Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic medicines are diluted to such an extent that it's scientifically impossible for them to have any effect. Yet, according to theory of Homeopathy and the empirical results, the more diluted a medicine is, the more potent is its effect.

Homeopathic Vs Conventional medicine

  Homeopathic Conventional
Illness Is an individual expression of imbalance and has important meaning Occurs in well-defined groups based on pathology, and meaning of illness is irrelevant
Symptoms Are evidence of disharmony and the person's attempt to restore order are analyzed to follow progress of treatment Are bad and successful treatment makes them go away

The understanding of the phenomenon of the illness

The whole person is taken into account
The search for the structural cause

Individualized and based on the entire expression of symptoms

Self-care (what the client does) is emphasized

Based on like cures like and potentized microdoses of medicines

Based on the pathologic diagnosis  

What the doctor does is emphasized

Based on opposing and suppressing symptoms, and high doses of medicine

Homeopathy around the World
There are over 100,000 practitioners of Homeopathy around the world and more than 500 million people getting treatment. In many countries including India it is a regular subject in curriculum of medical institutes.