Homeopathy Treatments of Today
Learn How Homeopathy Has Become an Alternative in Health Care
Since the practice of homeopathy was introduced in the early 18th century, it has experienced both ups and downs. This gentle, natural healing approach went from outshining conventional medicine in the early 19th century to virtual extinction thirty years later, and has now returned to widespread popularity as both a supplement to Western medicine and an alternative medicine treatment option. Today, homeopathic remedies are widely embraced as safe and gentle alternatives to mainstream medications for pain, disease and stress.
Homeopathy as an Alternative to Western Health Care
The German physician Samuel Hahnemann invented homeopathy in 1876. Hahnemann developed the basic concept of "like cures like", using highly diluted versions of disease-causing substances to remedy the same diseases. When it first rose to popularity, homeopathy was a welcome alternative to the ineffective and often dangerous treatments of mainstream medicine at the time, such as bloodletting and purging. However it faded into obscurity with the rise of effective conventional medical treatments, such as antibiotics.
In the 1970s, homeopathy began making a comeback, and in the 1990s, mainstream pharmacy chains recognized the tremendous profit potential of selling homeopathic remedies. Today, homeopathic products sell extremely well, especially in natural food and health stores. Well-known examples include branded products to treat stress, insomnia and teething pain.
Although scientific research on the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies is still inconclusive, many mainstream health care providers now utilize the principles of homeopathy in their treatment of patients.
There are currently over 100 homeopathy schools offering training in this intriguing healing modality. Some homeopaths work within the medical profession as physicians, nurse practitioners or physician's assistants. Other homeopathy providers work in more of a counseling role, recommending over-the-counter remedies and providing guidance, but not medical advice.
With the rapidly growing market for all forms of alternative medicine, recent years have seen a surge in shops and websites dedicated to homeopathic remedies. Since over 3,000 different remedies are commonly used in homeopathy, it makes sense to dedicate an entire store to homeopathy. Consumers, and even homeopaths, also benefit from expert sellers who can help them understand and choose between homeopathic options.
As Americans seek out every possible tool to attain fitness and well-being in our overworked, overstressed, overweight world, homeopathy has again become a popular alternative to mainstream medicine. And with growing educational opportunities and increasing interest in natural health therapies, chances are very good that it will continue to thrive for many years to come.
National Institute of Health, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services, 2009
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