Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Why is Homeopathy Gaining in Popularity?

Homeopathy is a long word for a simple principle: “like cures like.“ First developed over 200 years ago by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, it is now the second most popular medical system used throughout the world, and its popularity has been increasing steadily in recent years.

When a person is suffering from an illness or condition, allopathic medicine dictates that the treatment should counteract the symptoms; for example, for diarrhea, a patient would be given something that slows the bowels. But with homeopathy, the treatment actually mimics the symptoms, which prompts the body's own natural defenses to kick in, allowing the body to heal itself. It's a principle much like conventional allergy treatment, where a minuscule amount of the allergen is introduced in order to bolster the body's tolerance to it.

Homeopathy is effective and safe – even for the most vulnerable groups such as babies, pregnant women and the elderly. It works with the immune system rather than against it, promoting it to heal the way it's naturally designed to. And homeopathy can be used as a complementary therapy, in conjunction with other treatments. It's a versatile, gentle way to treat what ails you.


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