Homeopathic (from the ABC's)

Homeopathic Healing

Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) studied the effectiveness of his theory of homeopathic healing through a series of "provings," what we now call clinical trials. The "law of similars," one of the basic principles of homeopathy, is that small amounts of the substances believed to cause illness should be used to treat that illness.

Homeopathic remedies come in various strengths, the more highly diluted (30x) is considered more potent than the less highly diluted (6x). Some homeopathic remedies are so dilute that no molecules of the healing substance actually remain in the solution. However, Hahnemann's theory states that the solutions hold a "trace memory" of the original substance and, therefore, still trigger the body's response.

Homeopathic practitioners generally recommend that a homeopathic remedy be used only for a day or two and discontinued if not working. If a patient is interested in homeopathy, recommend that he or she see a homeopathic practitioner for consultation.

Contact the National Center for Homeopathy at www.homeopathic.org.Safety. The safety of homeopathic remedies during active cancer treatment is not known.

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