Homeopathic doctors are able to develop therapeutic drugs referred to as homeopathic remedies. They use small doses of medicinal substances prepared from natural, non-synthesized elements for treatment of various diseases.
The effectiveness of homeopathic remedies relies on the Law of Similars. This is a unique rule of nature that essentially means “like cures like”. In other words, a reduced dose of medicine given to someone that actually causes a comparable sickness will eliminate symptoms of the sickness. For example, a common remedy for the common cold is Allium cepa, or red onion.
The Law of Similars governing the efficacy of homeopathic remedies states that the elements comprising an onion causes congestion, a runny nose and sneezing. The same elements given in very small amounts should help a person overcome similar cold symptoms.
Another example of homeopathy is using small amounts of diluted caffeinated coffee to treat someone suffering from insomnia or anxiety. Larger doses of caffeine cause sleeplessness and nervousness in most people. The “like cures like” principle forming the basis of homeopathic principles.
Homeopathic treatments are designed to relieve non-life threatening health conditions.
Some of the conditions include:
However, people suffering serious illnesses such as cancer or malignant tumors who have not benefited from traditional pharmaceuticals often seek help from homeopathic practitioners. The attempt to find an alternative cure, such as homeopathic treatment for osteoarthritis.
Although regulation of homeopathic remedies remain under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FDA is not responsible for evaluating the effectiveness or safety of homeopathic treatments. However, the FDA does enforce policies concerning homeopathic drugs described in Conditions under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed.