Homeopathy (Homeopathic Medicine)
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that bases its treatment on the individual's health status. Homeopathic treatment takes into consideration physical health and lifestyle as well as emotional and mental well-being.
Homeopathy uses micro-doses of natural substances, which helps stimulate and strengthen the body's natural defensive and healing capability. Homeopathy in short: Treat the patient as an individual and not just their disease.
Homeopathy is the first system of medicine to offer personalized care (holistic approach). By treating the individual and not merely the disease, one may receive the best care to help restore health and wellness.
An individualized approach recognizes everyone's uniqueness, especially when it comes to health and disease. Physical issues, emotions, and the environment can influence health. Added factors such as age, gender, ethnic background, past medical history and current health status can determine how a person reacts to different types of treatment.
Clinical homeopathy integrates homeopathy while applying clinical medical sciences and diagnostics to ensure the best outcome for the individual.
What Can Homeopathy Treat?
Homeopathy recognizes that the mind and body can have an impact on health, disease, vitality and well-being. Our individualized approach strengthens an individual's health and healing by providing flexibility in treating acute and chronic ailments.
Homeopathy can treat a wide array of health concerns including women's health, children's health (pediatric), skin ailments (dermatology), heartburn/GERD, stomach aches, migraines and bladder infections.
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What does medical research say about homeopathy?
Homeopathy has a growing body of clinical evidence in which homeopathic treatment provides a positive effect that cannot be explained by the placebo effect.
As of 2014, a total of 104 papers had reported good-quality placebo-controlled RCTs in which 61 different medical conditions were published in peer-reviewed journals. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) is widely accepted as a method to prove whether or not a medical treatment works and is considered as the "gold standard" of clinical Research. When compared to 1016 systematic reviews of RCTs in traditional medicine the data are strikingly similar to the findings published for homeopathy.
Perhaps the best type of evidence for treatment comes from critically assessing more than one RCT in a carefully defined method; this is known as a systematic review. Out of seven major systematic reviews, six of these studies concluded that homeopathy has an effect greater than placebo.
Systematic reviews of RCTs in six areas: childhood diarrhea, hay fever, postoperative ileus, respiratory tract infection, rheumatic diseases, and vertigo.
+ Scientific & Medical Research on Homeopathy
As with all branches of medicines, the need to evaluate various therapies and their effectiveness is essential. There has been much scientific and clinical research published on homeopathy. These published research papers have shown a statistical difference between homeopathy and placebo.
Evidence from clinical trials has shown promising results in acute and chronic diseases. Individuals who receive homeopathic treatment report improvements in their overall quality of life, both emotionally and physically, and report fewer sick days. Those who believe that placebo adequately explains the effects of homeopathy have the enormous task of explaining away scientific and clinical data.
A Sample of Scientific and Medical Research on Homeopathy
Scientific, medical, as well as clinical research has shown that homeopathy works and is helpful for many health conditions. Another area where homeopathy has shown potential in helping with health and well-being is with environmental health.
Homeopathic treatment can improve the quality of life in patients. A study had a total of 3,981 patients; 1,130 were children and 2,851 adults (2). Patients had suffered from various health concerns ranging from allergies, headaches, skin ailments, etc. The study conclusion was "disease severity and quality of life demonstrated marked and sustained improvements following homeopathic treatment period" (2).
Homeopathic medicines, when used by trained and qualified homeopathic doctors, can be useful for health, wellness and disease management.
Below is a breakdown of testing for acute and chronic ailments as well as research on the role of homeopathy in reducing the severity and pain associated with chemotherapy.
With flu-Like conditions, several research journals have shown a homeopathic medicine called "Oscillococcinum" helps relieve flu symptoms and provides a faster recovery rate from the flu (3, 4, 5), compared to placebos.
Three studies (6, 7) on children suffering from acute diarrhea showed a decrease in duration and intensity of diarrhea after receiving homeopathic medicines best adapted to their case. As a bonus, the studies had found that other digestive problems had also improved after homeopathic treatment (7).
Chronic Ailments, Allergies and Hay Fever
Several studies have shown that homeopathy is helpful for allergy sufferers. Randomized control trials of homeopathic medicines compared to placebos have shown that a decrease in the intensity of the symptoms (8) and an increase in the ability to inhale air was significant (9, 10).
M. G. Weiser in 1999 ran a comparative trial on the use of homeopathic nasal spray versus traditional nasal sprays. The author's conclusion was: "homeopathic nasal spray is as efficient and well tolerated as conventional therapy" (11), with one major advantage; the homeopathic nasal spray was free from side effects.
In 2004, "The homeopathic treatment of corticosteroid-dependent asthma. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study", compared two groups. The first groups were corticosteroid-dependent (dependent on their asthma medications), and the second group received homeopathic treatment.
The group receiving homeopathic treatment presented significantly fewer intense symptoms than the group that received inhaled corticosteroid treatment (12).
In the USA, a study was conducted from 2002 to 2003 with sixty-two fibromyalgia patients (13). Personalized homeopathic treatment was effective for pain management as well as a decrease in depression. The author concluded, "that personalized homeopathy performs significantly better than placebo for patients suffering from fibromyalgia" (13).
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
In 1999, Dr. D. S. Rastogi had shown that patients in the symptomatic phase receiving treatment had increased levels of CD4 cells at the end of the trial while the placebo subgroup did not (14).
Cancer, Breast Cancer and the Benefits of Homeopathy
Female patients who receive radiation therapy (radiotherapy) may experience acute radiodermatitis (a painful inflammation of the skin). Radiodermatitis is common after receiving radiation therapy.
Studies have shown that homeopathy can provide relief, prevention and improve healing in radiodermatitis. A two-year study (15) conducted in France on 254 patients from July 1999 to June 2001, compared Calendula ointment (homeopathic medicine) to Trolamine (traditional medicine).
The homeopathic ointment (Calendula ointment) had lowered acute dermatitis by 59% compared to 37% with the conventional ointment (Trolamine) (15). Calendula ointment also showed better results in decreasing pain levels. The authors concluded: "Calendula is very effective in preventing acute radiodermatitis of second degree or higher and should be offered to patients following postoperative radiotherapy for breast cancer" (15).
Chemotherapy and the Role of Homeopathy in Children
Children undergoing bone marrow transplantation can develop painful inflammation inside the mouth after chemotherapy. In 2001, a study using Traumeel S (16), a homeopathic cream, showed the ability to significantly reduce the severity and duration of the pain and inflammation.
Homeopathy and Environmental Toxins
Arsenic trioxide poisoning in developing countries is common. Setting up water treatment facilities, because of location or feasibility, often results in cases of Arsenic trioxide poisoning.
In India, a study was carried out to determine if homeopathic treatment could help reduce the degree of arsenic poisoning in humans (17). The study had showed Arsenic levels in the blood were reduced after one month of treatment and were within the acceptable range of Arsenic (17).
Another study followed in which the results were better than the previous study. The study had shown significant improvements after administering Arsenic Album 30ch and had concluded that homeopathy can effectively treat arsenic trioxide poisoning (17).
+ Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be referred by my family doctor?
No, you do not. We accept new patients without a doctor's referral.
When do I need to see a qualified homeopathic doctor?
You may see your homeopathic doctor anytime you have a problem with your health.
However, you should make sure you consult with a Nielsen Clinic doctor anytime you have a long-standing or more serious illness. If you have a child below the age of 2 years who is ill or has a fever or cough please make sure you see or contact your homeopathic doctor.
Who may use homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an excellent fit for everyone irrespective of their age and sex. Homeopathic medicine is safe and effective for babies, expectant mothers, women, men, seniors and even animals!
Also, homeopathy can be used with traditional medications and/or other forms of health therapies without the risk of drug interactions or complications.
Does homeopathy work?
Homeopathy does work. Throughout the U.S.A., England, France, Germany, Holland, Australia, India and Africa homeopathy is very popular and widely used. In England, a survey done in 2001 showed 80% of individuals who had received homeopathic treatment were satisfied. Research has shown that homeopathy is effective.
How fast do homeopathic medicines work?
Homeopathic medicines are not slow in helping individuals.
For example, if you have an acute condition such as cold sores, pneumonia, food poisoning, or flu-like symptoms, homeopathic medicines may provide relief and successfully treat acute ailments.
In chronic conditions, most patients will see us after suffering for many years with their health ailment and bring in files, reports and prescriptions that they have been taking for years. Patients typically see results within 1-3 months of treatments. Most of our patients see a vast improvement after their first appointment.
Will my diet be restricted while I am receiving homeopathic treatment?
Food helps an individual's body repair tissues, cells, and strengthens the immune system. When an individual is healthy, the body has a natural ability to be able to obtain the nutrients it needs to function optimally.
However, should you have any sensitivities towards any foods, or cravings for specific foods (i.e. salt, sweets, fatty foods) you should mention this to your homeopathic doctor as your doctor may be able to help you with this.
If you would like more specific ideas on how to eat healthier and have a well-balanced diet, please feel free to discuss this with your homeopathic doctor.
What are the areas in which homeopathy is ineffective?
Like all systems of medicine, there are limitations to what can be cured. In advanced cases of cancer, homeopathy cannot cure these cases.
Can homeopathy help with surgical disorders?
Homeopathy is not against surgery. There are some conditions in which homeopathic treatment can be effective. Recurrent problems such as tonsillitis, hemorrhoids, kidney and gallbladder stones, small uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts, may be treated with homeopathic medicine.
Can homeopathy treat viral infections?
Yes. Homeopathic medicines are excellent at treating viral infections. Beating a viral infection depends on your immune system's ability to cope with the infection. Homeopathic medicines may help you recover quicker from the common cold, flu, mumps, chicken pox and viral pneumonia.
Can homeopathic medicines cure everything?
Homeopathy can reduce the length and severity of acute diseases. In chronic conditions, it can treat a wide range of conditions.
However, like any other system of medicine and like science, homeopathy also has limitations. Cases such as advanced stages of cancer, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's cannot be cured.
Are laboratory tests useful?
Medical diagnostic tests are helpful as they are useful in discovering other health concerns. With these tests, we can also help an individual with the prevention of any future re-occurrence, such as with cysts, tumors or hernias.
One must always remember laboratory tests provide useful information. However, this still does not provide the full picture of a person's health and wellness. This is why Nielsen Clinic's homeopathic doctors do an in-depth case taking, as well as a routine physical examination.
What are homeopathic medicines?
Homeopathic medicines are therapeutically active micro-doses of mineral, botanical and biological substances. Sources are cultivated in their native regions, ensuring the exposure of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides are minimal which in turn helps ensure purity.
Homeopathic medicines are natural, environmentally conscious and effective. Over 200 years of homeopathic medicine use have shown an outstanding safety record.
All of our homeopathic medicines follow strict guidelines set by Health Canada and FDA guidelines. Homeopathic medicines are reliable, safe and have no side effects. They do not interact with other medications and are nontoxic.
Is homeopathy safe?
Single homeopathic medicines are safe for everyone when prescribed by a homeopathic doctor. Homeopathic medications do not interact with other treatment therapies.
Are homeopathic medicines regulated in Canada and United States of America?
Homeopathic medicines are regulated in Canada and the U.S. Since 1938, the FDA in the United States has regulated the use and sale of homeopathic medicines.
Health Canada is responsible for regulating homeopathic medicines within Canada; homeopathic medicines or products sold in Canada contain a DIN or DIN-HM. A DIN or DIN-HM is a number that stands for Drug Identification Number - Homeopathic Medicine.
Canada and the United States both use the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and Drug Good Manufacturing Practices in manufacturing homeopathic medicines.
Can I use homeopathic medicines if I am on prescription medications?
Our treatment approach considers any prescription medication you are taking. Oftentimes, patients and their physicians will notice that an individual's tolerance of prescription medications are better (reduced side effect symptoms) or notice that they need fewer medications while they are receiving homeopathic treatment.
Can I use homeopathic medicines if I am on supplements (vitamins or herbs)?
Yes, homeopathic medicines are safe to use with supplements
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Dr. Vijay Nielsen, DMS HD Homeopathy & Functional Medicine