Homeopathic Medicine

Of Power, Politics and Alternatives

Homeopathic medicine is the leading alternative medicinal treatment used by physicians in Europe today. The World Health Organization estimates that complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), such as homeopathy, are used by over 500 million people annually worldwide. England, France, Germany, and the Netherlands include homeopathy in their National Health Service.

Homeopathy is a medical science based on the concept of “like cures like.” It uses natural substances that mimic illness to stimulate a healing response in the body. Substances that can produce symptoms in a healthy person are used to treat conditions expressing those same symptoms.

For example:

  • Bee stings cause a burning, stinging pain and the tissues surrounding the sting swell. Applying cold to the area brings some relief. Homeopathic bee sting can remedy the condition of swollen tonsils that have symptoms of burning and stinging pain relieved by cold.

  • An onion is a substance that makes eyes water and burns your nose. Homeopathic onion is used to relieve hay fever with watering eyes.

  • Poison Ivy causes redness, small blisters, itching and stiff muscles. It is used homeopathically to treat numerous conditions including burns, eczema and arthritis.

Over 2000 substances are now used homeopathically as remedies for first aid, treating acute conditions and even as preventative medicines.

A Proven Track Record

Historical data shows us that homeopathy has proven itself a reliable alternative medicine for treating serious diseases – and is often much more effective than conventional treatment. A brief glimpse reveals that:

  • During the cholera epidemic of 1849 in Cincinnati, local newspapers reported survival rates of 40-52% in the general population, with a 97% survival rate for those treated with homeopathy.
  • 1862-1864 records from Broome County, New York show a diphtheria mortality rate of 83.6%, but only 16.4% for those treated homeopathically.
  • People treated with homeopathic medicine during the cholera and typhus epidemics of the 1860’s to early 1900’s in Europe had a 50% greater survival rate than those treated with just conventional medicine.
  • In 1878, the mortality rate for yellow fever in New Orleans was 50% for conventional care, but only 5.6% with homeopathic care.
  • The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed over 22 million people worldwide and more than 500,000 in the United States. 70% of those treated with conventional medicine survived, while the survival rate for those treated homeopathically was more than 98%.

From the numbers alone, it’s easy to understand the popularity of homeopathic treatments during the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, The U.S. had over 100 homeopathic hospitals and one-third of its medical practitioners were homeopaths.

Power, Politics and Alternatives

By following a few basic rules, the average person can safely use homeopathy for treating many of their own injuries, acute ailments and for preventative measures without a professional practitioner’s expertise.

Combine this fact with the success rates of homeopathic treatments and that the remedies are inexpensive, and you’ll realize why the American Medical Association campaigned to discredit the science of homeopathy along with most other complementary and alternative medicines and treatments in the medical schools of America - there’s minimal monetary profit to be made with them.

As a result, many people in the U.S. today are simply unaware that they have other options for medical treatment besides the conventional methods. And of those people who have heard of homeopathy, most are confused about what it is and isn’t. There is a lot of mis- and disinformation floating around out there.

Worldwide Popularity of CAM Treatment Options

While mainstream health care institutions in the U.S. resist promoting homeopathic and natural therapies, three-fourths of the European population knows about homeopathy. 29% of Europeans - 100 million individuals – use homeopathic medicines for their own health care. A few statistics will give you an indication of the widespread use of homeopathy and other forms of CAM:

England

The Royal Family of Great Britain has used homeopathy for three generations and has been its strongest advocate. A 1986 survey in the British Medical Journal showed 42% of physicians referred CAM treatment options to their patients with the field gaining more support in the 1990s. A survey of pharmacists in 1990 indicated 55% of pharmacists found alternative medicine useful.

In 1993, The British Medical Association published a book, Complimentary Medicine: New Approaches to Good Practice. The following year, Britain’s Health Minister, Dr. Brian Mawhinney, stated “Complementary medicine has generally proved popular with patients, and a recent survey found that 81 percent of patients are satisfied with the treatment they received.” Still another Health Minister said 80% of general practitioners want training in CAM; 75% now refer patients to complimentary therapists.

France

In France, all 23,000 pharmacies carry alternative medicines. A 2004 survey showed that 94.5% of pharmacists advised pregnant women to use homeopathic medicine. At least 70% of physicians consider alternative therapies to be effective with at least 25,000 prescribing homeopathic medicine to their patients. Seven medical schools offer postgraduate degrees in homeopathy, while courses are offered at 21 out of 24 pharmacy schools, two veterinary medical schools, and three midwifery schools.

Germany

The German people are so in favor of CAM treatments that the government directed all medical school curricula to include information regarding natural medicines. A 2002 British Medical Journa report showed that 75% of Germans have used complimentary medicine and over 10,000 physicians received specialized training in natural medicine. As of 2006, over 7,000 medical doctors were formally trained specifically in homeopathy. 98% of pharmacies sell homeopathic remedies.

A survey of German’s with Multiple Sclerosis found that over 70% reported a lifetime use of either complimentary or alternative medicine and over 69% of respondents were pleased with the effects. Compared with conventional medicine alone, CAM users rarely reported side effects.

India

In India, over 100 million people use homeopathy as their only form of medical care. According to an A.C. Neilsen survey in India, 62% of current homeopathy users have never tried conventional medicines and 82% of users would not switch to conventional treatments.

Some of these statistics were gathered from an article in the Huffington Post, Homeopathic Medicine: Europe's #1 Alternative for Doctors, which lists many more statistics and additional countries.

The Principle of Resonance

Skeptics of homeopathic medicines turn a blind eye toward the wealth of statistics supporting the effectiveness of homeopathy; even ignoring evidence documented by scientific research.



There are more than 150 placebo controlled clinical studies, most of which have shown positive results, either compared with a placebo or compared with a conventional drug. If that were not enough, studies testing the effects of homeopathic medicines on cell cultures, plants, animals, physics experiments, and chemistry trials have shown statistically significant effects. Needless to say, the placebo effect in these basic science studies is virtually non-existent, while the effects from homeopathic doses are significant and sometimes substantial.

-The Case FOR Homeopathic Medicine: Historical and Scientific Evidence

Their ability to promulgate misinformation about homeopathy in large part is because “the pharmacological process of making homeopathic medicines is often misunderstood or inadequately understood.” – The Case for Homeopathic Medicine. The confusion is compounded by traditional medical science claiming homeopathy to be a system of drug therapy. It is not. It is a vibrational science and functions via the “principle of resonance.”



When a specific fundamental frequency is created by any other object in the neighborhood of the original object, the original object responds to that frequency and that response is called resonance.

. – The Resonance Project



In other words, homeopathy works by mimicking specific symptoms, rather than suppressing them as does allopathic medicines. Using the principle of “like cures like,” also known as the Law of Similars, homeopathic remedies activate the body’s own healing response facilitating its return to a state of harmony and balance – to one of harmonic resonance.

Forthcoming articles will expand on the principle of resonance as a key component of a biospiritual healing practice.

                                                   The Art of Homeopathy in Practice by Dr. Brandie Gowey, NMD


References:

Homeopathic Medicine: Europe's #1 Alternative for Doctors

The Case FOR Homeopathic Medicine: The Historical and Scientific Evidence

Hardy B.A., Ph.D., Rev. Mary, and Dotty Nonman, Ph.D. The Alchemist’s Handbook to Homeopathy, 1994 Delta K Trust.

Schmukler, Alan V. Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook, 2006 Llewellyn Publications




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