Of the many treatment modalities I’ve incorporated into my practice, I probably get the most questions about homeopathic remedies. The unfortunate truth is that there are many people demonizing homeopathy in conventional medicine, simply because they do not understand how it works and the underlying theories that guide its principles.
In over 20 years of clinical practice, I have witnessed homeopathy work as both a standalone form of medicine and as a complementary approach to a larger protocol (that might incorporate herbs, supplementation, hormonal precursors, etc.). I’m certainly not the only physician with experience in this practice: 500 million people use homeopathy worldwide! In this post, I will detail the history, philosophy, and clinical application of homeopathic medicine, including an argument for how it may be working at the level of our individual cells.
When we examine the history of homeopathy and combine it with our modern understanding, the result is something amazing; homeopathy blends medical philosophy with cutting-edge science: nanoparticles! Before we get to the exciting new scientific theories, we need to examine the history of homeopathy, which has informed its traditional practice into modern times.
Homeopathy as a formal practice of medicine was started by a prominent physician, Samuel Hahnemann, MD, in the United States about two hundred years ago, but the guiding principles of homeopathy are based in ancient teachings. Homeopathy quickly grew in popularity throughout the United States, because it was a cost-effective and seemed to elicit quick recovery without the risk associated with other medical procedures in the 1800s. Here are the basic principles that have definhas advanced with time, scientists are able to generate dilutions of magnanimous proportions; preparations are now available as small as 10-60, which is the equivalent of one drop in a pool the size of a football field. Those doses are believed to be the most potent of all, as the remaining substance is limited to remaining nanoparticles.
Taking all of this into account, thousands of homeopathic remedies in various dosage concentrations have been developed and clinically studied over the years. It’s very difficult to study homeopathy from a clinical trial perspective, because individual homeopathic dosages and remedies varies so greatly.
However, there is emerging evidence that homeopathic remedies act on a nanoparticular level. This model of homeopathy makes sense on a couple levels. Nanoparticles act on our cells in a different way than larger molecules (like the building blocks of cells: vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) do; rather than providing material for new growth or for change within our cells, nanoparticles influence what already exists within the cells. This explains why homeopathy may or may not be effective, depending on the person. This also explains why the effects of homeopathy are gentle and without side effects yet sometimes life-changingly powerful. Examples include curing rare and otherwise incurable diseases, having changes in constitution/personality, and impacting the behavior of children and animals (who would not be influenced by, say, a placebo effect).
I’ve presented a lot of information here that is in direct conflict with the conventional medical thinking. It can be a lot to process, and I am still occasionally amazed by the power of this medicine! Yet, I do not often rely on homeopathy exclusively, as I want to utilize all of my resources as a naturopathic physician _ and that includes herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, and specialized integrative testing. I am planning to write more about homeopathy to increase awareness around it, but I want to make sure that I also discuss these other modalities. Stay tuned for more information about this topic and others!