Questions and Myths

 

Is a homeopathic remedy a placebo?
No. Homeopathic remedies have proven efficacy in infants, animals and even plants, therapeutic targets indifferent to the placebo effect by definition.
"Placebo effect" is the psychological effect of any medical treatment, including conventional medicine. Placebo effect is the biological effect on patient’s expectations in relation to a procedure or medication. It has nothing to do with homeopathy.
Read more about the "placebo effect" in scientific literature below this page.

"Homeopathy does not work for me"
If homeopathy does not work with you, it is more than likely because the remedy is wrong. Homeopathy is a complex science, and it is sometimes difficult to find similimum because many factors affect the process of finding the individualised remedy.

"Homeopathy takes a long time to work"

False statement. The time to cure depends on several factors. Below are some of them.
• Type of disease: if the disease is acute (e.g. fever), curing is rapid.
• Chronic disease: associated with a deeper impairment. It is located in internal organs. After years of conventional treatment the health is impaired by excessive conventional drug use and this slows the ultimate cure. Nevertheless, a few days or weeks are normally enough to bring relief to some kind of symptoms which have been causing suffering over the years. A patient has not only taken two days to reach a particular chronic state, but years or even decades .
• Physiological response: the metabolic processes in our body need time. A simple example, the thyroid gland needs iodine to function, and iodine takes 20 days between its intake and its end use.
In short, sometimes the patient needs patience and perseverance to achieve healing.
Homeopathy is supported by extensive scientific literature.
Those who get homeopathic remedies over the counter, those who self-prescribe for chronic health problems, or those who give up on homeopathy after the first consultation can not expect good results from the treatment. Or the problem lies in the professional, that despite their efforts failed to find similimum, or the problem is in the patient himself, who often comes with poor health due to numerous erroneous treatments, numerous suppressions with allopathic (conventional) medication prescribed by the conventional physician or even treatments by other therapies which are viewed as "natural" or less evasive and suppressive.

LITERATURE

Meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal evaluated over 100 tests in humans and pointed to a "positive trend, regardless of the quality of the test or the type of homeopathy used." It also showed efficacy of 76% of homeopathic treatments.

Kleijnen J, Knipschild P, ter Riet G. Clinical trials of homeopathy. Br Med J 1991; 302: 316–23
  
Other meta-analyzes have also reached positive results on the effects of homeopathy:
Linde K, Clausius N, Ramirez G, et al. Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placeboeffects? A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials. Lancet 1997; 350:834–43.
Linde K,Scholz M, Ramirez G, et al. Impact of study quality on outcome in placebocontrolled trials of homeopathy. J Clin Epidemiol 1999; 52: 631–6.
Cucherat M,Haugh MC, Gooch M, Boissel JP. Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy – Ameta-analysis of clinical trials. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2000; 56: 27–33.

Homeopathic remedies caused death of breast cancer cells in culture, but without harming healthy cells, as opposed to what occurs in chemotherapy.
Frenkel M,Mishra BM, Sen S, Yang P, Pawlus A, Vence L, Leblanc A, Cohen L, Banerji P,Banerji P. (2010). Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancercells. Int J Oncol. 2010 Feb;36(2):395-403.

The rate of leptospirosis infection dropped to almost zero after preventive treatment with homeopathy in 2.3 million Cubans
Bracho, Gustavo et al. Large-scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control. Homeopathy, 2010; 99: 156-166.
Fibromyalgia patients treated homeopathically showed significant improvement in overall quality of life, health and lower levels of depression using homeopathy

Bell I.R.et al, Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo. Rheumatology(Oxford). 2004 May;43(5):577-82.
 
40% of patients with brain cancer (glioma) showed complete tumor regression after treatment with homeopathy
Pathak S,Multani AS, Banerji P, Banerji P. “Ruta 6 selectively induces cell death inbrain cancer cells but proliferation in normal peripheral blood lymphocytes: Anovel treatment for human brain cancer.” Int J Oncol. 2003 Oct;23(4):975-82.

 

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Renata Hines MARH, RHom Homoeopath

I am a fully qualified classical homoeopath and my objective is to provide patient centered care and high standard of treatment. 

The successful homoeopathic treatment of several family members and also my personal experience with homoeopathic treatment led me to my vocation to study Homoeopathy after a career as a dental surgeon.

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