If you are considering homeopathic treatment, you should consider some of the key differences between homeopathy and mainstream ‘Western medicine’.
- Homeopathic treatments consist solely of natural ingredients derived from plants or minerals.
- The practice of homeopathy is centered around the philosophy that ‘like cures like’, so a small dose of an active natural substance that might cause symptoms of the illness the patient has in a healthy person would help combat those symptoms in someone who was ill with those symptoms. Practitioners claim that this method enables to body to strengthen its immune system and self-heal.
- Any active ingredients in homeopathic remedies are diluted over and over again, to the point that there may no longer be any trace of the ingredient in the finished homeopathic product. It is claimed that there is still an imprint of the original substance left in the medicine.
- Homeopathic treatments can be tailored for an individual’s specific needs, taking into consideration their lifestyle and their mental and emotional wellbeing.
- Although there are a number of regulatory bodies which homeopaths can join, these are voluntary, and anyone can set themselves up as a homeopathic practitioner.
- Numerous scientific studies have shown that beyond a placebo effect, homeopathic treatments are ineffective against any medical condition. They are not recommended by the British government medical body NICE or the NHS.
- Western medical treatments are created using carefully balanced chemical compounds. Some active agents are synthesised to imitate the effects of natural ingredients and processes.
- Medication actively combats the symptoms and causes of the illness by creating the opposite effects of the condition in the human body so it can heal.
- Treatments contain a carefully measured amount of the active ingredient which can be used accordingly in different strengths according to the severity of the symptoms or taking into account the circumstances of the patient.
- Mainstream medical treatments are mass produced by established international pharmacy companies under strict government regulation.
- Doctors, nurses, surgeons and other medical professionals are required to undergo years of education and training before being allowed to look after patients. All NHS and private medical practices are rigorously monitored.
- Before any form of medication can be prescribed, it must first undergo years of development and meticulous testing, to ensure that it is effective and safe.