It is worth noting that sometimes the homeopathic remedy has been diluted so many times that nothing of the original substance remains leading some skeptics to say it cannot work. Homeopathic supporters however believe an understanding of physics and subtle energy is not yet sufficiently developed to explain the phenomenon or why it works. One theory is that the dilution process triggers an electromagnetic imprint that affects our own electromagnetic field. Others propose that it creates and stores an electrochemical pattern in the solution which then spreads through the patient when taken.
Homeopathy is a healing art and is recognized as the most popular “alternative treatment” used by physicians in Europe where many of the public and private insurance companies include homeopathy in their coverage unlike in America. In England, Prince Charles of the Royal family is one of the strongest advocates of homeopathy and there are five homeopathic hospitals working within the British National Health Service. In Germany, the government has mandated that all medical school curricula include information about natural medicines and 10% of German doctors specialize in homeopathy. This is a very different situation from the United States where according to the National Center for Homeopathy, there are only nine educational institutions offering diplomas in homeopathy. For more detailed information on homeopathy, please go to the National Center for Homeopathy, www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org.
The alternative medical system of homeopathy was developed in Germany at the end of the 18th century and is based on two unconventional theories: “like cures like”—the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people; and “law of minimum dose”—the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic remedies are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals, such as red onion, arnica (mountain herb), crushed whole bees, white arsenic, poison ivy, belladonna (deadly nightshade), and stinging nettle. Homeopathic remedies are often formulated as sugar pellets to be placed under the tongue; they may also be in other forms, such as ointments, gels, drops, creams, and tablets. Treatments are “individualized” or tailored to each person—it is not uncommon for different people with the same condition to receive different treatments
Homeopathic practioners in northern Vermont