Homeopathic medicine stirs up a lot of confusion for many people. It is a treatment developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the 1700’s. The basic principles include the concept of like treats like and using the smallest amount of a substance possible to treat someone. The idea of an infinitesimally small dose is how substances such as arsenic and deadly nightshade (Belladonna) have found their way onto grocery store shelves. Many are familiar with the little blue tubes full of sugar pills with lists of conditions they treat found in most health food stores. The most common remedy is Arnica montana – used for bruising and sore muscles.
Homeopathy is a bit more complicated than this. In most remedies, the dilution is so high that there is not even a single molecule of the original substance left. This puts us into the esoteric world of energy medicine.
I must admit, when I first entered medical school, I was dead set against the idea of using homeopathy as it cannot be explained in biochemical terms. However, after witnessing the incredible results this form of medicine can deliver, I started using it for my family and myself. I have seen it clear warts that would return after being burned off, resolve strep throat over night, resolve ganglion cysts that returned after surgical removal, stop migraines in their tracks and prevent reoccurrence, clear ear infections within hours, help with anxiety attacks, and many other effects. I do not see them work in every case or with such dramatic results each time, but I am glad this is one of the tools in my toolbox especially for patients who have not been responsive to other treatments.
If homeopathy is a treatment that interests you, please be sure to work with a trained homeopath as the descriptions on those little blue vials barely scratch the surface and can be very misleading. Proper prescribing involves looking at the whole picture of your symptoms and matching that with the right remedy. There are hundreds of substances that can treat a headache; this means that there are hundreds of different ways to experience head pain.