An Introduction to Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that is based on the principles of "like treats like." This natural therapeutic method is safe and gentle with no known interactions. Many people around the world use homeopathy to help relieve symptoms of flu, allergies, cough, colds, muscle pain and other common conditions. 

What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is derived from the words homeo which means "similar" and pathos which means "suffering". The principle behind homeopathy means that a patient suffering from symptoms can be treated by micro-doses of a substance that would produce similar symptoms in a healthy individual. Homeopathy stimulates the body's physiological reactions that restore health by helping to rebalance the body and heal. Homeopathic medicines are derived from highly diluted plant, mineral and animal materials. These materials go through a precise and controlled process of dilution in order to produce homeopathic remedies. With each dilution, the solution is deconcentrated and then vigorously shaken (or succussed) which produces a very dilute but therapeutically active remedy. 

 What Are the Benefits of Homeopathy?

Natural — The active ingredients in homeopathic medicines are diluted plants, animals and minerals that relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength (i.e., a micro-dose of coffee bean helps nervousness).

Scope of Use — Similar to other over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, homeopathic medicines can be used to relieve symptoms of a wide range of acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, arthritis pain, muscle pain, and teething.

Efficacy — Homeopathy has been used for more than 200 years, building a remarkable safety record and generating a great body of knowledge.

Quality-controlled — Homeopathic medicines are manufactured according to the highest standards, complying with specifications of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and Drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Safe — Homeopathic medicines are one of the safest choices for self-treatment.
– No known side effects such as drowsiness
– No interactions with conventional medications or herbal remedies
– No contraindications with pre-existing conditions
– No masking of symptoms

Forms — Like other over-the-counter supplements, homeopathic medicines are available in a variety of dosage forms such as gels, ointments, creams, syrups, eye drops, and suppositories.

How Should Homeopathy Be Taken?

Because homeopathy works on an energetic level to restore balance in the body, there are several principles to follow when using homeopathy to help increase its effectiveness. Homeopathy should be taken seperately from food and other supplements or medications. When taking individual homeopathic remedies internally, minimize any skin contact with the pellets by dispensing them into the cap and pouring directly into the mouth. Homeopathic remedies should also not be stored near essential oils as that may interfer with the effectiveness. 

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