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Does homeopathy work?

In times of modern technology, people are increasingly looking for natural products, drugs etc. Therefore, many unscrupulous charlatans take advantage of this. Read the article to accept or deny the opinion.

Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine

A huge number of people around the world experience a dramatic change in opinion to their own existence. Mankind does not want to simply extend, but also improve the quality of life. However, residents of large towns and cities are increasingly experiencing the daily negative impact of artificial chemical compounds in the form of food supplements, medicines and household chemicals. Therefore, when choosing medicines for themselves and their families more and more consumers begin to prefer drugs of natural origin.

Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine involving the use of highly divorced drugs that are expected to cause healthy people symptoms similar to the symptoms of the patient. The concept for the treatment of pseudoscientific principle of "like with like" (lat. - similia similibus curantur) is opposed to the principles of rational pharmacotherapy by homeopaths. The founder and the author of the term is a German physician Samuel Hahnemann.

Does homeopathy work?

In the XIX century disciple of Hahnemann Constantine - Hering summarized contained in the writings of a teacher laws and perhaps his own observations. He set out the criteria on the basis of which, according to homeopaths, with high reliability can be judged on the correct therapeutic measures. The homeopathic literature, these principles have become known as the principles (or laws) Hering. According to these principles, in the recovery process pathological sources of disease and the corresponding symptoms must be shifted:

  • from more important vital organs and systems to less important;
  • from the deeper organs to a more superficially located;
  • from the upper parts of the human body to the lower;
  • from more recent to oldest (the principle of "reverse film")

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against the homeopathic treatment

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against the homeopathic treatment during infectious and any other serious illness. According to experts of the organization, "the use of homeopathy has no evidence base, and when used as an alternative to the basic treatment, it carries a real threat to the health and lives of people." The scientific community considers homeopathy is pseudoscience, quackery and fraud.

Committee on Science and Technology of the British Parliament in February 2010 published a 275-page document on the verification of evidence base of homeopathy. According to the findings of the Committee, the state medical insurance does not cover homeopathic treatment, because "the systematic assessment and meta-analysis conclusively demonstrate that homeopathic products work not better than a placebo." Placebo is a substance with no apparent therapeutic properties, is used as a drug, and the therapeutic effect which is associated with the patient's belief in the effectiveness of the drug. The Committee also pointed to the Agency for the control of medicines and health care, it is not necessary to license homeopathic medicines, as this creates the public illusion that it's really medicines.

Types of homeopathy

Consider the types of alternative medicine to understand does homeopathy really work?

Classical homeopathy

The majority of homeopaths deny the possibility of industrial production of homeopathic remedies and they often prefer to prepare their own medicines. In some cases, they use the services of homeopathic pharmacy in which the formulations are prepared by prescription.

Types of homeopathy

Homeopathy ultrahigh dilutions

There are a number of schools, suggesting that extremely high dilution (200c etc..) can have a very dramatic effect. Some manufacturers also use drugs extremely high, "intangible" breeding, but without the accent on the ultra-efficient.

Herbal homeopathy

Some companies consider homeopathy as an alternative herbal medicine. In these preparations combine relatively high concentrations of the individual ingredients with other substances homeopathic dilutions.

Homotoxicology

One of the companies uses the concept of homotoxicology, a firm "Heel". These preparations have substances derived from infected organs, their secretions. Preparations by firms Heel deserve a separate article, but it is worth noting that personally, I love this company. In general, these drugs are used for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of various diseases. I note that the Heel is not a classical homeopathy. It is a kind of symbiosis a kind of homeopathic remedies to allopathic doctor

How does (not) homeopathy work?

How does (not) homeopathy work?

All homeopathic practice is contrary to what we know about chemistry.

Homeopaths recognize that it is not clear or they offer all sorts of pseudo-scientific theory. In any case, the logical difficulties arise. Yes, homeopathy uses preparations in very small doses or dilutions. For example, to obtain funds at a dilution of 30C (the most extended ones breeding), it is diluted to 30 times hundredfold, and before each dilution the test tube is shaked - these processes is called potentiation (gain). Homeopaths believe that the strength of the drug increases with each dilution. In Hahnemann era atomic theory of matter has not yet been accepted, so it seemed only natural that the substance can be diluted arbitrarily strongly. Now it is clear that at a dilution of 30C (ie in 10⁶⁰ time) in a test tube does not remain a single molecule of the original substance.

So, if we diluted a substance 30 times and there is not a single molecule of the active ingredient in this substance, how to make sure that we have received the original facility, rather than what was contained in one of the test tubes with the solvent? There aren't absolutely pure substances exist in homeopathy. And also it contained some impurity in a solvent among homeopathic medicine. The idea, that dilution only increases the effects of drugs, creates yet another problem: what will happen to the medicine product if we thrown it into the river? All the water will soon become a homeopathic agent in a strong dilution, but rather a mixture of all substances ever got there. More accurate to say, "a mixture of substances that there are into a water in the whole world". It turns out that any water we consume has a huge amount of homeopathic remedies.

No clinical studies until now that have shown the effectiveness of homeopathy.

Passion for homeopathy can be dangerous.

Defenders of homeopathy can tell you too plenty that the "classical clinical studies are not suitable for homeopathy", "in these studies participated bad homeopathy products" and even just that "no matter how, more importantly, it helps". But if you want just the facts, here they are: There is no convincing evidence that homeopathy works, at all. In the world over.

"Memory of Water" - does not exist.

This is a term the ideologues of homeopathy came up, to explain why alternative medicine still supposedly working, despite the fact that the original molecules of the active substance is completely absent. If the water really had a memory, we would have taken all the information along with the active ingredient, which water has accumulated in itself for billions of years of its transformation on the planet. Why is it, at least, "forgot" contact with metal pipes and cranes, plastic bottles and glass vials - with all that else recently a water was in contact, before it becomes "medicine"? We really are not talking about all the things with which it comes into contact in the rivers (in which merged sewage), in the land ... In short, alas.

Passion for homeopathy can be dangerous.

Yes, some scientists often ignore homeopathy - the main thing is not harmful. However, there is always the risk of neglect ailment and then you can have bad results for your health. You are taking a homeopathic remedy and you think that it heals, but in the meantime the disease progresses rapidly, but the long-awaited treatment does not occur.

How does homeopathic medicine work and whether it can harm?

How does homeopathic medicine work and whether it can harm?

According to modern concepts, homeopathic treatment is information influence, under the influence of which the body's self-regulation system restores the disturbed equilibrium. Let us remember that the disease is information. Information that you something is missing. This means that you need to give the person the right, missing information, and he shall be healed. This is a rather dubious theory.

Homeopathic preparations do not contain significant amounts of an active ingredient, and substantially neutrally contain water, ethanol or sugar. Thus, the safety of homeopathic medicines for the human body to many seems obvious and does not require additional verification. However, the safety of homeopathic medicines has never been subjected to systematic scientific review. The question of the safety of the homeopathic method in general can not be reduced only to the properties of the drugs themselves. As I previously said, the potential harm of homeopathic treatment is possible in cases when the patient refuses to effective health care in favor of homeopathic treatment. Patient potentially increases the risk of adverse outcome of the disease, which would otherwise be prevented by timely traditional medical intervention.

Homeopathic preparations do not contain significant amounts of an active ingredient

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At the same time, there are drugs called homeopathic but containing the active ingredients in significant amounts (at low dilution). These drugs can cause side effects and it interacts with drugs. 

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