We use a variety of integrative medical approaches here at Holistic Women and Families Natural Health Center. One approach that we find highly effective is the use of homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is a system of treating disease with diluted amounts of substances, that in larger doses, would produce illness in a healthy person.
Homeopathic medicine is a natural approach to healing but it should not be mistaken as herbal medicine. Homeopathic remedies are similar to herbal formulas due to the fact that they are often both made from plant or mineral sources but differ greatly in the process involved in preparing the remedies. Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted in water and “potentiated” so that the end product contains the “memory” of the original substance. The body recognizes the substance and reacts to it with a healing response.
Science has not been able to explain the mechanism of action involved with homeopathic medicine, but both lab experiments and clinical trials are able to demonstrate a biological effect. Homeopathy has a long history of use in Europe and was first used in Germany in the late 1700’s. It has been regulated in the US since 1938. It has proven to be an effective means of helping the body heal itself without side effects. Homeopathic remedies are a very safe alternative for young children and pregnant women. The remedies are in ultra high dilutions which makes them non- toxic.
An example of how ” like cures like” in homeopathy, is the remedy called Apis Mellifica. This remedy is made from the stinger of the honey bee. When stung by a bee, one would expect pain, redness, and swelling. The remedy is used to treat allergic reactions, swelling of mucus membranes, edema, pain and inflammation. There are hundreds of remedies in different potencies. Always check with your health care provider for the best remedy for your specific presentation of symptoms.