What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a complementary medical science that deduces and treats the root cause of an ailment with the help of remedies composed of natural substances. According to homeopathy, the body has the ability to heal itself. It was conceived by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, in 1796.

The core belief behind Homeopathy is “like cures like”. Suppose a healthy individual experiences certain symptoms due to a particular substance. In that case, the same substance in smaller proportions might be able to cure the affliction in a person exhibiting similar symptoms. For instance, red onion inflicts watery eyes. That is one of the reasons why red onion or allium cepa is used in homeopathy for the treatment of a few particular allergies. Even certain traditional vaccines are based on this principle. A vaccine is formulated with inactive viruses that aid our body in defending against the development and spread of the disease caused by those viruses.

Homeopathic medications are made with the help of a method called potentization. First, a tiny proportion of a natural substance is diluted in water or alcohol. Dilution provides the medication with potency or efficacy. So the more dilution, the higher the potency. After the ingredient is diluted, the solution is shaken vigorously in a glass bottle or test tube, due to which a few silicon particles break off and dilute with the solution. It also creates pressure inside the container, similar to the pressure on the water’s surface on a mountain. The bubbles created during shaking ensure that there is no loss of potency of the medicine in water or alcohol that helps preserve the unique nature of homeopathic medicines and their efficacy. 

There are two types of homeopathic solutions based on the dilution process: X type and C type. X type solution is formulated with one part of the selected ingredient diluted in 9 parts of water or alcohol. C type solution is prepared with one part of the chosen ingredient diluted in 99 parts of water or alcohol. 

Homeopathic practitioner takes a wide range of factors regarding the patient including weight, prior illness, ongoing medications or supplements, etc. into account at the time of consultation. It helps them formulate the most suitable remedy for the patient. 

Homeopathy is considered quite beneficial as it can treat a wide range of medical conditions (both physical and psychological). In addition, most insurance policies cover homeopathy if a licenced homeopathic practitioner is providing the treatment.

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