Homeopathy is the medical philosophy based on the concept that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathy takes a non-traditional approach in regards to healing and treatment. Homeopathy teaches that if an individual is to consume certain substances which cause symptoms of a disease in healthy people, it will in kind cure similar symptoms in people afflicted with illness.
Homeopathy is a pseudoscience. In regards to modern standards, homeopathic medicine has no basis for validity. Numerous clinical trials have taken place with most commonly the same result: homeopathic medicines are placebos. At the very best, homeopathic trials have fared no better than that of placebo based trials. Homeopathic medicines are based on the dilution of ingredients in the idea that it will encourage the body to heal itself using the resulting substance as a form of, more or less, inspiration. This is believed to help weed out the negative effects of the drugs administered. According to homeopathy, when an illness is treated directly with drugs in higher doses, the illness will retract deeper into the body.
Many remedies and treatment styles exist in the field of homeopathy, some even delving nearly into complete reliance upon superstition. One of the greatest examples of this is the use of "paper remedies" which is performed by writing the names of the "healing" substances on a piece of paper and given to the patient to carry on their person. Now in homeopathy's defense, such remedies are not considered well grounded and labeled as entirely ineffective by many practicing homeopaths. However, "paper remedies" are still categorized in the field of homeopathic medicine.
The key concept of homeopathy is dilution. Taking elements and reducing them to very small concentrations and placed in a base of lactose(sugar). In some cases, concentrations are so insignificant that the original elements(whether containing any proven medicinal qualities or not)will reach a dilution of one part per million. If you purchase a homeopathic remedy with any concentration level, you are merely purchasing lactose. Dilutions in homeopathic remedies more often than not leave none of the believed effective substances in the resulting formula. Chemically, there is a limitation to how diluted a formula can be made without losing the original substance(s).
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