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A 41-year-old member asked:

how exactly does homeopathy claim to work?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Unknown: Homeopathy's exact mechanism for working is unknown. This is also true of many treatments used in conventional medicine. Some research implicates the model of epitaxy: the transfer of information, not material, from the surface of one material (usually solid) to another material (usually liquid) -- with homeopathic remedies. Human bodies contain at least 70% water, so this may be a testable idea.
Dr. Christopher Bojrab
Psychiatry 28 years experience
With respect, homeopathy does not have any scientific basis. At the dilutions achieved in homeopathic preparations, it is unlikely that there is one molecule of the original substance still present. Homeopathy is a form of "sympathetic magic" in which the original substance somehow imprints some type of energy/information onto the water in the preparation. This violates our understanding of physics and chemistry. For more information, visit www.quackwatch.com or www.sciencebasedmedicine.org
Aug 12, 2012
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Provided original answer
Dr. Bojrab, Thank you for sharing your opinions. However, they ignore many published research studies documenting homeopathy's effectiveness. Here's a beginning list: http://tinyurl.com/9aek9du I have found nothing magical in it, but am gratified when the process produces helpful results for patients.
Aug 19, 2012
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Dr. Bojrab, your objections are common among critics of homeopathy but have been proven to be inaccurate. Here is a link to a fascinating debate between a leading advocate and leading critic of homeopathy. If you read it with an open mind I believe you will be impressed: http://www.legatum.sk/en:misc:talk-saine-schwarcz
Dec 29, 2012
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 26 years experience
2 main principles: Homeopathy works by 2 main principles. 1) Like cures like, meaning that large doses of the diluted homeopathic substance will cause the symptoms that are being treated. 2) Dilutions of the homeopathic medication are made, even to the point of not being able to find any of it left in the solution,

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If I am on the conventional treatment, can I still start with homeopathy?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
YES: Homeopathy can be very helpful even for those on conventional treatments. Homeopathy will never interfere with conventional treatment, but certain drugs may interfere with homeopathy, especially steroids, limiting its effectiveness. But there is no harm in trying homeopathy, and sometimes patients respond surprisingly well even when they are on conventional treatments.
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A 53-year-old member asked:

Can homeopathy can help sle?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes!: Many doctors will be skeptical but i believe homeopathy can be of great value in sle. Sle is a complex illness. Western medical treatments may help but are not curative. The homeopathic literature (for example the journal homeopathic links in 1997) contains case reports of sle cases cured by homeopathy. If interested in this approach, seek care from a well-trained professional homeopath.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between homeopathy and natural medicine?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Homeopathy is a specific form of natural medicine, based on the theory that a very tiny dose of a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in a sick person. There are many other forms of "natural medicine, " but many people mistakenly use the term homeopathy to refer all natural medicine. See http://www.Homeopathic.Com/articles/introduction_to_homeopathy.
A 61-year-old member asked:

Does homopathy work?

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Dr. Theodore Cole
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Homeopathy does work, but results depend on the accuracy of prescribing. Using the wrong agent will not produce good results, and with homeopathy the remedy selection is the key.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Very true. And perscribing the right remedy can take time and effort; but when the right remedy is found, the result can be rapid and profound.
Jan 27, 2012
A 61-year-old member asked:

Does hpmeopaty work?

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Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yea: It definitely does. It may not work as immediately as traditional medicines but the way it works is to get your body to actually heal the condition itself.

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