Homeopathy cures a higher percentage of cases than any other form of treatment." - Mahatma Gandhi

Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness. Treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called remedies that would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given in larger doses. Treatment in homeopathy is individualized or tailored to each person. Homeopathic practitioners select remedies according to a total picture of the patient including symptoms, lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and other factors.

You can buy your own homeopathic products on line according to the type of illness or symptoms you exhibit. My husband treated his own cyst for a year with a cell salt from Swanson’s and even though it didn’t go completely away, it did shrink in size by half. My daughter uses homeopathic remedies for internal and external allergies and itchiness.

Current usage around the world:

Two percent of people in the United Kingdom and the United States using homeopathy in any one to 15 percent in India, where it is considered part of Indian traditional medicine. In the UK, the National Health Service runs five homeopathic hospitals, and in the 1990s, between 5.9 and 7.5 percent of English family doctors are reported to have prescribed homeopathic remedies, a figure rising to at least 12 percent in Scotland. In 2005, around 100,000 physicians used homeopathy worldwide, making it one of the most popular and widely used complementary therapies.

Because of their long use in the United States, the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1938 declaring that homeopathic remedies are to be regulated by the FDA in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, which means that they can be purchased without a physician's prescription. Today, although conventional prescription drugs and new OTC drugs must undergo thorough testing and review by the FDA for safety and effectiveness before they can be sold, this requirement does not apply to homeopathic remedies.

Remedies are required to meet certain legal standards for strength, quality, purity, and packaging. In 1988, the FDA required that all homeopathic remedies list the indications for their use (i.e., the medical problems to be treated) on the label. The FDA also requires the label to list ingredients, dilutions, and instructions for safe use.

The guidelines for homeopathic remedies are found in an official guide, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, which is authored by a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization of industry representatives and homeopathic experts. The Pharmacopoeia also includes provisions for testing new remedies and verifying their clinical effectiveness. Remedies on the market before 1962 have been accepted into the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States based on historical use, rather than scientific evidence from clinical trials. National Institutes of Health, NCCAM. Available [Online] http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy, July 3, 2008.

Homeopathy is beneficial in helping people with a wide variety of problems. Among them are:

ADD or ADHD, allergies, Asperger Syndrome, asthma, autism, bipolar, Candida other yeast problems, children's behavioral problems, colds, chronic fatigue, depression, digestive problems, dyslexia and learning disabilities, ear infections, fears or anxieties, fibromyalgia, flu, grief, headaches and migraines, Irritable Bowel Syndrome or colitis, infertility, insomnia, menstrual problems, mood swings, Multiple Sclerosis, PMS, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, sinus, TMJ problems.

Homeopathic preparations and potencies:

Homeopathic pharmacies operate according to strict guidelines, to ensure that the remedies and potencies are consistent and reliable. The first step in producing a homeopathic remedy is acquiring a pure preparation of the original substance in its natural form (a solution of a mineral salt, a “mother tincture” of a plant, etc.). The original substance is then put through a measured series of dilutions, alternating with successions, until the desired potency is made.

Homeopathic potencies are designated by the combination of a number and a letter (for example, 6X or 30C). The number refers to the number of dilutions the tincture has undergone within a series to prepare that remedy. The letter refers to the proportions used in each dilution of the series (the Roman numeral X means 10, and the Roman numeral C means 100), as well as the number of successions the vial of solution undergoes in each successive stage.

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