Is 'Homeopathic Medicine' safe?Is homeopathy safe? What does it mean?

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Homeopathic medicine has increased in popularity in recent years.  People are seeking a better way to treat conditions without harsh medications, dangerous side effects, or over prescribed antibiotics.  However, many doctors believe that homeopathic medicines actually do little for the patient.  Many believe that the person's condition improves because they think it will improve, much like a placebo effect. 

In general, homeopathic medicine is safe.  The medical substances in these remedies are in such small doses that they are usually safe.  However, there aren't as many regulations on this type of medication.  Sometimes, labels don't list all the ingredients.  There are also little to no regulations on these ingredients.  A person might be taking a pill labeled as a homeopathic herbal supplement, but the herbs themselves may have been treated with pesticides or harmful chemicals.  Consumers should be particularly careful when purchasing and using homeopathic medications.

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Homeopathic remedies work on the same principle as venom antidotes or allergy shots on a more highly processed level. The principle is that symptoms caused by or similar to those caused by a naturally occurring element--for example, Lachesis snake venom or belladonna--can be reversed by administration of a highly refined form of antidote made of the venom or herb etc. Thus it is as much a "nothing" as any snake bite antidote or allergy shot--bear in mind that these "nothings" (with which most are extremely familiar) save lives and improve lives.

Interesting research on homeopathy would entail investigation of its cellular and molecular effects; its molecular structure; its description through quantum physics.

One caution: please do not follow the advice given above and treat homeopathic remedies callously. They can cause sometimes severe adverse effects if misused.

belarafon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, homeopathic remedies (homeopathy is not medicine) are safe. They are safe because they contain nothing that can cause any sort of effect in the body, negative or otherwise. One need not be careful in consuming homeopathic remedies because they consist entirely of water. Water is safe unless you breathe it. Homeopathic sugar pills claim to have the "power" of highly diluted herbs, which I suppose is good if you are thirsty. They are safe, but they are not effective in any legitimate medicinal sense.

Skeptoid provides a good foundation for the actual history and theories behind Homeopathy, while Science-Based Medicine contains numerous articles on the subject.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that a person has to be very careful before trying a homeopathic remedy, especially if using the treatment instead of seeing a doctor or instead of conventional medical care.  Also, the homeopathic treatment may have side effects and may interfere with other medicines the person takes.


enotechris eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Homeopathic medicine may have increased over the last few years as more people have been disenfranchised from the medical "system" by not being able to afford medical insurance.  I wonder if this is a bit of a cultural rebellion against the established medical order.

brent00 | Student

Because the medically active substances in homeopathic medicines occur in minute amounts, homeopathic medicines are considered non-toxic with no known side-effects making them extremely safe for adults and children.  there are no known drug interaction risks between homeopathic medicines and conventional pharmaceutical drugs.

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method using natural substances derived from botanical, animal or mineral sources in micro doses to stimulate the body's natural mechanisms to protect and heal itself.

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method using natural substances derived from botanical, animal or mineral sources in micro doses to stimulate the body's natural mechanisms to protect and heal itself.

Homeopathic medicines based on these minute amounts of medically active substances are generally considered non-toxic with few, if any, known side-effects, making them relatively safe for use. On the other hand, people producing allopathic medicines cannot make that same claim. Just listen the next time a commercial comes on TV advertising the list of side effects that some of these man-made "medicines" can have. You're better off not taking most of them.


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