"Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical and the most complete medical science"
- Mahatma Ghandi
Homeopathy is a healing modality in which specially prepared natural substances are used to stimulate the body's innate healing capacity. It is extremely safe and gentle and yet can produce dramatic results.
People are routinely amazed at the powers of homeopathy - it seems like magic. At the SCNM medical center where Dr. Johnson trained, numerous patients were inspired to enroll as students after having conditions thought to be "incurable" reversed with homeopathic treatment. Homeopathic remedies can work wonders with nearly any type of condition - physical, mental, and/or emotional.
Many people are familiar with the word "homeopathy" but don't know exactly what it means, often thinking it synonymous with natural or herbal medicine. Homeopathy however, is distinct from herbal medicine and other holistic therapies. It is a formal and complete system of medicine unto itself, developed in collaboration by some of the best and brightest medical doctors of the last 200 years.
Homeopathic remedies are made from plant, mineral, and animal substances that have been prepared in a very specific process involving dilution and succusion (vigorous shaking/agitation). This process creates products which are much gentler than the crude substance and yet can have profound healing effects on the human body.
Homeopathy was created in the early 19th century by German medical doctor/pharmacist Samuel Hahnemann. It's popularity amongst both physicians and the public grew rapidly around the globe. By the end of the 19th century in the US, there were 22 Homeopathic medical schools, 100 homeopathic hospitals, over 1,000 homeopathic pharmacies, and 15,000 homeopathic practitioners. Some say even these numbers greatly under-estimate homeopathy's stature at the time.
Due primarily to political pressure exerted by the conventional medical profession, but also influenced by disagreement within the homeopathic community, homeopathy dwindled to near insignificance in the US by the mid 20th century. This decline was unique to the economic and political climate of the US, whereas internationally homeopathy continued to grow.
Outside of the US homeopathy has remained popular since it's inception and is currently experiencing a further resurgence with the public's renewed interest in holistic healing. It is the second most widely used form of medicine in the world, utilized in over 80 countries.
Homeopathy is practiced extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia. It is integrated into the national health services of the U.K., Germany, France, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Mexico. In many countries homeopathy is a regulated medical specialty (like cardiology, oncology, etc), practiced only by board-certified medical doctors.
The following are a few studies showing homeopathy's efficacy. All of them are published in peer-reviewed journals indexed on the NIH database of medical literature, PubMed:
- A 2009 study on treatment of seasonal allergies, published in the journal Homeopathy found, "After homeopathic treatment, patients reported an alleviation of their symptoms of allergic rhinitis."
- A 2008 study looking at homeopathic treatment of menopausal hot flashes, published in the journal Homeopathy found, "Ninety percent of the women reported disappearance or lessening of their symptoms, these changes mostly taking place within 15 days of starting homeopathic treatment."
- A 2005 randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled crossover study on treatment of ADHD published in the European Journal of Pediatrics found, "The trial suggests scientific evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, particularly in the areas of behavioural and cognitive functions."
- A 2008 study published in BMC Public Health looked at both short and long-term benefits of homeopathic treatment in 3,709 patients. It found, "Disease severity decreased significantly between baseline, 2 and 8 years... Physical and mental quality of life scores also increased considerably... Patients who seek homeopathic treatment are likely to improve considerably. These effects maintain for as long as 8 years."
- A 2006 study done on behalf of the Swiss government, published in the German medical journal Forsch Komplementmed found, "effectiveness of homeopathy can be supported by clinical evidence and professional and adequate application be regarded as safe."
- A 2004 double-blind, randomized, parallel group, placebo-controlled study taking place at the University of Arizona, and published in the journal Rheumatology found, "individualized homeopathy is significantly better than placebo in lessening tender point pain and improving the quality of life and global health of persons with fibromyalgia."
- A 2009 randomized, double-blind trial comparing homeopathy to Prozac (Fluoxetine) in treatment of moderate to severe depression took place at a state medical school in Brazil. It found homeopathic treatment comparable to Prozac on all measured parameters (actually, homeopathic treatment was superior on all parameters, though not in a degree rising to "statistical significance"). Additionally, "a higher percentage of patients treated with Fluoxetine reported troublesome side effects".
- A 2007 German prospective study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found a specific homeopathic product to be comparable (actually, slightly more effective) when compared to Ativan (Lorazepam) for treatment of various nervous conditions (insomnia, distress, anxiety, restless, burnout, etc).
- A 1995 meta-analysis (a review of a large number of studies), published in The Lancet found homeopathy to be 2.45 times more effective than placebo - "The combined odds ratio for the 89 studies entered into the main meta-analysis was 2.45."
- A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at Harvard University School of Medicine, published in 1999, found homeopathy to be effective in treating mild traumatic brain injury: "results indicate a significant improvement from the homeopathic treatment versus the control and translate into clinically significant outcomes."
- A 1999 study concerning homeopathy in obstetrics and gynecology, published in Forsch Komplementarmed, found that "In the homeopathic group the frequency of situations requiring a Cesarean was remarkably low"
- A 2007 study conducted at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Eastern Tennessee Children's Hospital found, "Several randomized, controlled trials have demonstrated the efficacy of homeopathic agents for use in childhood diarrhea."
- A 1994 study published in the journal Professional Care of Mother and Child found, "A correctly prescribed constitutional homoeopathic remedy can increase well-being in the pre-conceptual period. For infertility, orthodox investigations are essential but where tests are normal then homoeopathic treatment of both partners can maximize their health and may improve the chances of conception."
- A 2009 study on psoriasis, published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology found, "Diagnoses and complaints severity improved markedly...In addition, Quality of Life (QoL) improved...Under classical homeopathic treatment, patients with psoriasis improved in symptoms and QoL."
Famous people who have used and/or advocated for homeopathy include:
- Political figures: US presidents (Lincoln, Tyler, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Clinton), British Prime Ministers (Benjamin Disraeli and Tony Blair), Mahatma Gandhi
- Physicians and scientists: Charles Darwin, Sir William Osler ("father of modern medicine"), Emil Adolph von Behring, MD ("father of immunology"), August Bier, MD (the "father of spinal anesthesia"), Royal S. Copeland, MD, William J. Mayo, MD, Charles H. Mayo, MD, Brian Josephson, PhD (Nobel Prize winner in Physics, 1973)
- Sports stars: David Beckham, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Arnie Kander (Strength and Conditioning Coach, Detroit Pistons), Pat Riley (NBA coach, Miami Heat), Nancy Lopez (golf), Hermann Maier (skiing)
- Celebrities: Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Catherine Zeta- Jones, Jane Seymour, Ben Vereen, Ashley Judd, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Aniston, Tobey Maguire
- Musicians: Nicollo Pagainini, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, Samuel Barber, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Pete Townshend, Sting, Annie Lennox, Dizzy Gillespie
- Corporate supporters: General Motors, Montgomery Ward, General Electric, John D. Rockefeller, Hiram Sibley (Western Union), George Eastman (Kodak), Charles F. Kettering (General Motors)
- Others: British Royal Family, Mother Theresa, Florence Nightengale, Susan B. Anthony, Corretta Scott King.