Homeopathy, a recognized alternative medicine for more than 200 years, is an all-natural healing approach that believes symptoms are outward signs of more fundamental underlying imbalances within the body.. Homeopathic therapies directly stimulate the healing capacities of the body to bring back balance. They are part of a comprehensive wellness plan designed to restore integrity and optimal functioning to the body. Because many people don’t understand how these therapies work, there is a lot of misinformation and many homeopathic myths surrounding these remedies.
Here are the top 5 homeopathic myths and the truths behind this safe, all-natural healing approach.
1. You Can Treat Yourself with Homeopathic Remedies
With so many products on the market, it’s easy to imagine you can simply purchase homeopathic remedies and treat yourself. The truth countering this homeopathic myth is that effective therapies require medical direction.
Homeopathy looks at the body as a complete entity, not a series of random symptoms. For instance, choosing a therapy that addresses fatigue does nothing to alleviate the reasons behind your symptoms, nor will it address other related health concerns.
In a way, medicating yourself with homeopathic remedies is similar to choosing a conventional approach. You look for relief from a specific symptom without looking at the bigger picture, and you will take many expensive remedies to address each of your concerns individually.
To complicate the matter, you may be taking homeopathic remedies that interact with other natural therapies you are taking or that only mask your symptoms without relieving their root causes.
By contrast, seeking the guidance of someone who is skilled in homeopathy ensures that you receive only the most effective therapies recommended explicitly for your underlying condition.
2. It Takes a Long Time to See Results from Homeopathy
Contrary to the popular homeopathic myth that natural therapies take a long time to work, many patients begin to see relief within a week to ten days of starting treatment.
How quickly your therapies work will depend on several factors, which include the following:
- How closely you follow your wellness plan
- How long you’ve had the condition
- Whether you properly store and use the remedies
- Whether you avoid substances that may interfere with the efficacy of your therapy
3. Homeopathy is a One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Therapy
This homeopathic myth suggests that every patient takes the same therapies and remedies, regardless of their condition. Believing this myth is why many patients think they can treat themselves with store-bought homeopathic remedies.
Naturopathic medicine providers use a thorough examination-based approach before recommending any homeopathic therapy. This examination includes a comprehensive physical, lab work, lifestyle evaluation, environmental assessments, a detailed medical history, and a look at each patient’s nutritional habits.
Once this evaluation is complete, your naturopathic provider will explore the best homeopathic approach for your unique situation.
It’s important to understand that while your symptoms may seem similar to someone else’s, the underlying cause can be completely different.
4. There’s No Place in Conventional Medicine for Homeopathic Therapies
It may surprise you that, in many ways, naturopathic medicine is more “traditional” than what we now call traditional medicine. In fact, the practice of homeopathy dates back more than 200 years.
Because homeopathic remedies are completely natural, they seldom interfere with pharmaceuticals. Contrary to the widely believed homeopathic myth, naturopathic medicine complements conventional medicine in many ways.
Patients frequently seek additional care for their conventional treatment plans, especially since many commonly prescribed medications have unwelcome side effects. When appropriately used, homeopathy can help reduce a patient’s reliance on risky medicines, such as opioid pain relievers, by targeting and addressing the source of their symptoms.
5. Homeopathic Therapies Are Limited in Scope
People may understand the therapeutic value of homeopathy to address some complaints, such as drinking chamomile tea for relaxation and using lavender to aid in restorative sleep. However, contrary to homeopathic myth, the scope of homeopathic remedies reaches far beyond these commonly accepted therapies.
Because homeopathic therapies boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself, they are an effective remedy for various illnesses and conditions. Some of these conditions include the following:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Skin conditions (such as acne, eczema, hives, etc.)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Chronic pain
- Ear infections
- High blood pressure
Homeopathic therapies are effective as complementary therapies for more conventional treatment plans and stand-alone treatments for many conditions.
Thrive Naturopathic Puts Homeopathic Myths to Rest
It’s time to learn more about the healing power of nature and discover the truth behind common homeopathic myths.
Thrive Naturopathic in Alexandria, Virginia, uses the power of homeopathic therapy to restore health and balance to patients in the office across Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, and we provide virtual services throughout the US. Discover the benefits of the homeopathic approach by booking your free, no-obligation discovery call. Your journey to health starts here.