The greatest thing we can have is our health. They say money can’t buy love, it also cannot buy health. You ask the richest person in the world that is ill and they would gladly give all their wealth for their health. So staying healthy is important, but the fact is we are all going to get sick at some point in our lives. It is inevitable we will fall ill, of course how we handle that illness depends on many factors, one being our beliefs such as confidence in the medical community and also certain avoidance factors to avoid becoming ill; things like washing our hands regularly during the cold and flu season.
One alternative system of medicine is homeopathy, which originated in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann. The history of homeopathy is quite detailed and is worth researching, it also has come under scrutiny and criticism from the medical community.
Homeopathic remedies have been the subject of many clinical trials and many of these trails have shown that the remedies themselves are no better than someone taking a placebo, or fake medicine. But it still is an interesting alternative to mainstream medicine.
The NHS has a page on their web site regarding homeopathy. The definition they give is that homeopathy is a “treatment” based on the use of highly diluted substances, which practitioners claim can cause the body to heal itself.
The NHS also cites regulation and safety issues regarding homeopathy. Currently there is no legal regulation of homeopathic practitioners here in the UK. This means that anyone can practice or state they are a homeopathic practitioner. They do not need any qualifications or experience. The NHS also states that most homeopathic remedies are safe and any side effects or risk of side effects are thought to be small.
Of course if you are taking any other medications, you should consult your GP prior to beginning any homeopathic or other types of alternative medicine.
So what are some homeopathic cures or remedies and what are they good for, below is a very brief list, and I do mean brief. If you do some research on homeopathic cures, you will find that there are hundreds and hundreds of various cures or substances you can take.
Colds, flu, food poisoning
Healing of wounds
Heart conditions, angina
Nausea, hangovers, substance abuse
Wild indigo/horsefly weed
St. John’s Wort
If you research this further you will find that for just about every ailment out there, a homeopathic cure or medicine can be found for it.
But as with all medicines, how they work on each person and if they work at all, can vary from person-to-person, and as always before taking any medicine or treatments, consult your GP.