Homeopathy is a form of alternative treatment for disease and health. It focuses on the natural healing properties of the body by stimulating the immune system from small doses of disease-specific compounds. The main mantra of homeopathic medicine is “like cures like.” Some scientific research shows promise in homeopathic use. However, more severe diseases and conditions need medical assistance, and homeopathic treatment is not recommended.
Homeopathy has been around for centuries. It was developed in the 1700s by the Germans, and it wasn’t until the 19th century that it became a practice in the United States.
Immune System Stimulation
The treatments given by homeopaths use tiny antigenic properties to stimulate the immune system. The idea of “like cures like” is a homeopath’s technique of introducing compounds that are similar to the disease present in a patient. The patient is given a treatment that is tailored to the symptoms, and it’s believed that this causes an immune response that destroys the illness.
Education of Practitioners
Practitioners in the United States have a range of education. Some medical students pursue homeopathic remedy education along with medical studies. Other educational backgrounds are certificates and technical diplomas.
The remedies created by homeopaths are tailored to the patient. The homeopath creates treatments from plants, animals, vitamins and minerals. Homeopathic treatment avoids chemicals and traditional medicine.
Homeopathic treatments are regulated by the FDA. Treatments are scheduled as over-the-counter, so no prescription is needed to obtain them.