Which statements about homeopathy is true?

1. High doses of drugs are routinely used in homeopathy.
2. Homeopathic claims that the more dilute the remedy, the more potent it is in treating a health condition.
3. Homeopathic claims are supported by many well-designed clinical studies.
4. Most homeopathic remedies are legal.

4 thoughts on “Which statements about homeopathy is true?

  1. Well, #4 is true in the U.S., but some countries have banned homeopathic remedies.
    #2 is an broad overgeneralisation. It was explained to me that they stimulate the body’s immune system to respond to that the less potency you use, the more of your immune system’s response there is to help the body. So #2 and 4 are both partially true depending on how you’re asking, but both overgeneralised.

    With #3, all fo the clinical studies that have been done were set up by big-pharma, so they were set up to fail… much like the link that the other lady pointed out, studies that were designed to fail to make herbs look bad.
    #1 is just flat out false (which is another reason you don’t need a prescription for them).

    But I’m sure this was intended to attack homeopathy anyway, so you already have an answer in mind, I’m sure.

  2. Hi! I am a board certified homeopath, and naturopath and I will try to answer these questions for you!

    1. Homeopathic remedies are FDA approved “drugs” although we prefer to call them “remedies”. They are manufactured according to US Pharmacopea guidelines. there are “OTC” remedies and remedies that are available by prescription only. I wasn’t sure if you were asking if medications are used in Homeopathy. On occasion, a homeopath may use an ultra diluted medication as a remedy, but that would be pretty rare. Most homeopaths use one remedy at a time, although there are a few that use many remedies at once.
    Some homeopathic research info can be found at the national center for homeopathy. http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org Dana Ullman has also compiled research data… http://www.homeopathic.com/research/ see sources below for research materials. also listed under sources is a website responding to a recent lancet study.

    2. The remedies are very dilute, above avogadro’s number which states that there can only be a limited amount of molecules in a diluted solution. Homeopaths don’t treat disease, but the remedy is a catalyst to help the body heal itself. That being said, any dilution low or high can be used to help a person heal and that is based on the person’s sensitivities and how the disorder is manifesting in the body. Often, the highest doses of remedy are the quickest to act and more effective for long term healing. That seems contradictory to what most people would expect and hasn’t been explained by science yet. We know that Homeopathy is not placebo because it works so well with animals and babies, who are not susceptible to placebo response. if a homeopath gives a remedy that isn’t right, it doesn’t work, but still has no side effects or toxic reactions because of the low dilution. This is one of the things that Samuel Hahnemann (physician and chemist) was trying to do when he started diluting substances… take away the toxic reaction or side effects of crude doses of drugs. (I’m not anti-medicine, but 200 years ago, in his day, medicine was much more toxic!)

    When you are giving remedies, the idea is to start with a potency people can handle (not too strong) and working your way up through the stronger potencies so that at those levels, the person improves more, and the healing becomes more permanent, until the person no longer needs the remedy.

    3. Yes, homeopathy has many studies. Most are not double blind placebo controlled, as these are very difficult to manage with the “gold standard” of medical studies. For instance, 20 people with asthma would probably each need a different remedy, and every person is an individual. It wouldn’t work to give the same 20 people one remedy and expect it to heal everyone. Homeopathy is very individualized and you must get the right remedy for that particular person for it to work effectively.

    4. All Homeopathic remedies are legal, although there are some remedies that are prescription only.

    Hope this helps answer your questions! I can get you more links and research info if you are interested.
    Becky Rupert, ND, CNC, CCH

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