What Is Homeopathy? The Short Version

father with sick childSince Momma’s Choice goal is to save you time (and money!), I’ll try to explain the science of homeopathy briefly in a nutshell. (at least I’ll try…)

During a historic outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1796, Samuel Hahnemann fathered the concept of homeopathy in hopes of offering a solution to the widespread suffering he witnessed. What he discovered initially was the basic idea behind what we now know as vaccinations.

Homeopathy however differs significantly by the amount of active ingredient(s) in the treatment. It was intended to treat illness and symptoms (even bruises?) by administering a very, very minute amount of whatever substance or remedy that will stimulate your immune system to do what it needs to do to cure or lessen your problem. Hahnemann’s theory was “Like cures like” and “Dilution increases potency”.

If you are interested, you can read more about the history of homeopathy here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy

immunizeHow Homeopathy Works

Hahnemann’s theory of “Like cures like” works sort of like this: If you wanted to treat your poison ivy, you would ingest a tiny pill said to contain an element of the active ingredient poison ivy in a very, very minuscule dose that would (in theory) activate your body’s immune system to do the job of healing. It’s basically  the same  principle that is behind our modern day vaccinations. Ironically, homeopathic supporters are notorious for their anti-vaccination stand.

“Dilution increases potency”

This is where the problem begins with homeopathy in many opinions. The idea of using natural plant products to encourage our bodies to heal themselves is very appealing in a world of all the questionable chemicals we’re faced with. So what’s the problem?

In 1796, homeopathic remedies were thought to be more valuable the higher the numbers on the bottle. You may have a remedy marked 3X, but 200X would be considered more effective. What do these numbers mean?

3X would mean the original material starting at a 10% you would add 1 part of this solution to 10 more parts water. You would then take 1 part of this new solution and add another 10 parts water. Then, one more time, take 1 part of this solution and add 10 more parts water ending up with  .01% of the original solution. This is just one of the least dilutions, most are 30X and more.

chemistOK, I’ll buy into the idea the .01% could possibly have an effect at 3X, but most remedies list as 30X, 100X, 200X and more. Just a 30X or a “C30” potency contains a dilution of 1: 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000. (no kidding…) Even with our most advance equipment cannot detect any trace of the original element at this dilution.

 

The majority of these remedies are so diluted and virtually undetectable that you may wonder how so many people are convinced these remedies work. Hahnemann himself recognized that the many toxic substances he used would intensify a disease even at a high dilution, hence, even more dilution.

The theory then matures into the idea that the water needs only to be in contact in certain ways that it ‘remembers’ the remedy’s power and holds the energy thereof. Hmmmnn…a bit of a stretch, don’t you think?

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since homeopathy began in 1796. We not only have a great deal more understanding of how our bodies work, but possess much more technologically advanced equipment to verify the theories behind that understanding. I’ll leave you with a quote from British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology as listed on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy

NOT to be confused with herbal remedies or other naturopathic treatments, homeopathy has been tested extensively in the last 100 years and has been found scientifically lacking biological plausibility.
“The postulated mechanisms of action of homeopathic remedies are both scientifically implausible[7][14] and not physically possible.[15]Although some clinical trials produce positive results,[16][17] systematic reviews reveal that this is because of chance, flawed research methods, and reporting bias. “

(see references listed at bottom of page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy)

Personally, you may not agree with the above and I welcome your comments. I fully advocate many other methods of natural healing, and many people are surprised when I tell them this – But after doing all this research, I’m more convinced than ever that homeopathy is a sham. 
There, I said it. You don’t have to believe it, because if it’s working for you, then that’s great!
But for the rest of you, please do your own research if this does not convince you before you spend another penny on these sugar pills, uh, I mean a homeopathic remedy.  At the very least, please consider other healing measures along with your homeopathic remedies.

If you’re interested, here’s more on how to read a homeopathic remedy label, are they safe, and more:

Read more: (coming soon!)
Do Homeopathic Remedies Work?
The Difference Between Homeopathy & Natural Remedies
Are Homeopathic Remedies Safe?

 

 

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