Homeopathy comes from two Greek words. “Homoios” means similar and “pathos” means disease or suffering. It is based on the law of “likes cure likes” and has been practiced officially since 1789. Homeopathic products are all natural and derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources. They work by using a very dilute dose (called a homeopathic dose) to effect a cure. An example of homeopathic medicine is when people take a homeopathic dose of poison ivy plant to treat their allergic reaction to poison ivy.
Homeopathy has been practiced for thousands of years and used globally. If you are looking for a all natural remedy, homeopathy may be a good avenue for you to explore.
Is Homeopathy Safe?
Homeopathic products are usually safe. They are very dilute and rarely produce side effects or drug interactions. They act by stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms. They are an excellent choice for mothers and children, as well as adults and animals.
Homeopathic products can be used with other drugs. However, a homeopathic practitioner should be consulted before combining homeopathic products with conventional western drugs as some interactions have been described. Talk with your integrative practitioner before combining medications.
What is Anti-doting?
Some strong odors such as camphor, coffee and mint are antidotes which render homeopathic products ineffective. The best way to avoid antidoting is if you notice a return of your symptoms after being exposed to a strong odor, re-administer the remedy and avoid exposure to the offending odor in the future. Also, make sure to mention this to your doctor if you are using homeopathic products under the supervision of an integrative practitioner.