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What is Homeopathy?

A good friend of Honestly Healthy recently sent us this message:

‘Went to see a homeopath yesterday and I looked up the remedy they prescribed to find out that it is made from breast cancer tissue! And I thought homeopathy was all plant based and natural! X’

You can understand her shock/revulsion at the idea of taking something - albeit diluted thousands of times - that originates from cancer, especially considering she doesn’t have the disease. However the substance, Carcinosin, is also prescribed for insomnia, anxiety, hayfever and IBS.

In writing and researching my book Mum’s Not Having Chemo, I developed a renewed respect for homeopathy. A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Oncology, found the cancer killing effects of four homeopathic substances, including Carcinosin, showed similar activity to a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug, but without the harsh side effects.

The study authors, from MD Anderson, were so shocked at the results, they repeated the study again at a different lab – and got the same results.

So what exactly is homeopathy?

‘It is based on the idea of ‘like cures like,’ says homeopath Lee Pollack from the Organic Pharmacy. ‘The symptoms caused by a particular substance will cure those symptoms when given in a small dose.’

For instance Apis Mellifica is a homeopathic remedy derived from honey bees. It’s used to treat redness, swelling and itching – all the symptoms that an actual bee sting would trigger. Studies show that this remedy has a curative effect on X-ray induced redness of the skin.

Sugar pills?

Since homeopathic remedies are diluted thousands of times, critics claim they have no value. Indeed its mechanics may defy the law of [current] physics, but somehow it works – at least that’s the conclusion many people the world over have come too. 

As with any therapy, it’s vital to do your research and find a practitioner who is not only experienced in their field but also knowledgeable about your condition.


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