Homeopathy Explained – Gentle Healing or Reckless Fraud of medicine

Homeopathy is perhaps alternative medicine the most controversial, but also the most popular. While some argue against, others swear by its great power and its high efficiency. How does homeopathy work? How it got there and that modern medicine can she learn from it?

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 The first principle of homeopathy: "The fellow is cared for by the fellow".

Medicines use ingredients causing the symptoms you want to treat. So the remedies for fever can be prepared with belladonna which itself causes fever. We can use a mixture made from bee venom to treat itching, swelling ... et cetera.

 The second principle is a special preparation method: "dilution-dynamization".

Dilution and agitation of the ingredients would activate their healing effects, and would increase their effects. To achieve this, the ingredient is dissolved in alcohol or distilled water. The homeopath takes 1 part of the solution, and mixing with 9 parts of water diluting it to 1/10 of the original concentration and shaking it. We arrive at a “1DH” dilution made up of an ingredient and 9 parts of solvent called "DH" for ten. Now this process is repeated. We take one part, we mix it with 9 parts pure water and shake vigorously. We got "2DH". You repeat until you get the desired power level. The final product is taken orally or sometimes presented in the form of a sugar ball.

 A power of “20DH” would be like dissolving an aspirin tablet in a volume of water equivalent to the Atlantic. But there is even more extreme, like "30C" for example "C" means that the mixture has one part of the ingredient, and 99 parts of water So the mixture "30C", commonly marketed, implies that there is an ingredient part and 1 million billion billion billion billion billion billion parts of water. If we wanted a pill with only one ATOM of the original ingredient, then our pill would have a diameter equivalent to the distance between Earth and the Sun! 150 million kilometers. The pill would be so massive that it would collapse on itself and become a black hole under its own mass!

 This fact, potentiation / dynamization is the subject of one of the biggest criticisms of homeopathy Extreme dilution is supposed to make the ingredients more powerful, but from a physical point of view it doesn't really make sense Most homeopathic remedies are so diluted that there is not a single ATOM of the active ingredient remaining inside. The explanation that would make the mixture still work is that shaking the mixture after each dilution leaves behind a kind of "spiritual essence" of the ingredients. Basically the idea is that the water remembers what was in it. But if it were true, then all the substances that have ever encountered a single drop of water would have left an "essence" behind them and would have unpredictable effects when they would have been ingested. Think of all the things that live and float in the ocean. Each drop of water would be a super-charged homeopathic cocktail!

 how did homeopathy become the most successful alternative medicine? 

18th century medicine was very different from today's treatments. Treatments like bloodletting made patients worse than before. So physicist Samuel Hahnemann wanted a natural, non-invasive method of healing, and he developed homeopathy And indeed, homeopathic hospitals quickly had success, because not to do harm is always better than to do harm. Hahnemann imposed very strict rules on his patients.

First they should not consume coffee, tea, alcohol, spicy food, sweet food. No cheese. No onions, no meat, no clothes made of sheep wool, but also no sedentary work, do not sit in a room with closed air, no heated room, do not ride a horse , No nap, no play ,No masturbation, and of course no reading of pornographic texts, and much more ... And it is only after all these rules that these remedies work according to the creator of homeopathy. Of course, all these instructions are ignored today and we don't talk about them anymore.

 Medicine has changed a lot in the past 150 years. Never before in human history have we enjoyed such a level of health. We have never lived so long and it is largely due to the new tools that we have developed. Modern diagnostics, randomized double-blind study, and scientific assessment to prove what works Thanks to these tools, after countless studies and tests we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that homeopathy has no effect beyond placebo .Still, it doesn't matter why it works if it helps people.

 Maybe you tried and you felt better Or do you know someone who cured a horrible disease using homeopathic remedies. And there is a lot of testimony that it works for children and animals.

 What do we do with these experiences?

The placebo effect is real and not imaginary. No matter how smart you are, no one is immune to that. If people think something is going to help them feel better their confidence alone has the desired effect, and it has been proven that the placebo effect can be transferred. Children and animals depend on their parents or their owners, and listen to their emotions. If a parent is very confident in treatment, it can help a child relax and may help relieve symptoms .This can also be seen in animals that react strongly to cues from the body language of the people who care for them.

The most powerful asset of homeopathy is time.

 Our body is a survival machine. Infections go away on their own after a few days. But if you take a medicine when you are sick, and you feel better You feel like it healed you. So that you would have healed in any case. The homeopathic industry likes to play the soft alternative to the big pharmaceutical industry, but the homeopathic industry is a big pharmaceutical industry. Billions of dollars are generated with extreme profit margins .The homeopathic industry has its own lobbies, and fights its enemies as hard as it can. A lot of money is at stake.

 Globally, market is forecast to reach $ 17 billion in 2024 Some critics even argue that the homeopathic industry is bad for public health because it creates distrust of traditional medicine. Belief in homeopathy is correlated with skepticism about vaccination .This can discourage people from seeking the help they or their children need. But there is a key to the success of homeopathy that one could, and should copy. The first consultation with the homeopath can take hours and it's very personal.

 For a patient who goes from doctor to doctor, this level of attention and empathy can make a big difference to his well-being, even if conversation is not the goal of therapy. Modern medicine works, it saves millions of lives every year, But it is also a strictly organized system. Tight budget forces doctors and nurses to manage many patients. Consultations need to be time-saving diagnoses and treatments done quickly , Which can leave a patient feeling invisible, scared, and abandoned .This is what modern medicine can learn from homeopathy. It fills a human need, which has remained unmet We need to take the time for each individual again, we have to see people, not numbers.But as important as empathy is, it is not a substitute for real treatment. Faith can move mountains, but sugar water cannot cure cancer.

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