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What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a whole medical system under the umbrella of holistic medicine and is a popular practice that claims to address a variety of conditions. It is a medical approach practice that is based on the concept that the body has the capability to heal itself. People often think that homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine works alike herbal medicine. But in this medical scope of medicine, it’s quite different. Discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in the later parts of the 18th century, this medical practice is based on the philosophy that the human body has the ability to cure itself naturally. In homeopathic medicine, systems of ailments, are viewed as typical human responses that the body tries to regain its health.

Principals Of Homeopathy:

Law Of Similars – Homeopathic medicine is based on Hippocrates ‘like cures like’ principal. For example, if a substance is causing an issue or a problem in a healthy individual, giving a small dose of  such substance to the person may help treat the ailment.

Single Remedie – This means that one remedie is used for treating all the symptoms that the person is experiencing, this embodies mental, physical and emotional elements as well.

Minimum Dose – Firstly, a person is prescribed a small dose to evaluate the effect. Secondly, the person is given increased doses.

Holistic Remedies:

Remedies are often made from earth-bound plants, minerals, and sometimes animals (bees). Some of these are including, stinging nettle, belladonna, poison ivy, white arsenic, apis (crushed bee stingers or whole bees), arnica, and red onion.

Specific Uses:

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Rheumatoid arthritis
Atopic dermatitis
Bed wetting
Sleep disorders
Migraines and headaches
Minor cuts and scrapes
Burns and bruises
Muscle strains


The FDA has warned consumers about different products labeled as homeopathic. For example, in 2015, it warned consumers not to rely on asthma products labeled as homeopathic that are sold over-the-counter. These products have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. (1)


Homeopathic remedies are regulated as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). However, under current Agency policy, FDA does not evaluate the remedies for safety or effectiveness. FDA enforcement policies for homeopathic drugs are described in FDA’s Compliance Policy Guide entitled Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed (CPG 7132.15). (2)


Laws regulating the practice of homeopathy in the United States vary from state to state. Usually, individuals who are licensed to practice medicine or another health care profession can legally practice homeopathy. In some states, non-licensed professionals may practice homeopathy. (3)


(1), (2), (3) “Homeopathy.” 13 Apr. 2017. National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 04 Apr. 2016. Web.


“Homeopathy.” 13 Apr. 2017. National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 04 Apr. 2016. Web.

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Jaclyn Rae

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