Some people want to find cures or treatment for their physical ailments that don’t rely on prescription medication or more traditional forms of medicine. For people looking for an alternative route of care, homeopathy can be an option.
Homeopathy is a form of medicine that uses “like cures like” and the “law of the minimum dose” to treat or cure common health concerns. The first principle means that homeopathy focuses on using natural substances to cure a disease or symptom that produce similar symptoms in a healthy person. The second principle means that the smallest amount possible of a substance is what’s used—never too much. Essentially, the lower the dosage, the more effective the treatment.
It’s important to note that there is no science-backed evidence supporting the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment and it’s a something that should be incorporated into your plan of care with a licensed physician. That being said, there are some key benefits to homeopathy that you may experience.
1. Homeopathy is holistic healing
One of the biggest benefits that people enjoy about homeopathy is that it’s a holistic approach to healing. It considers all aspects of your health in response to symptoms you may be experiencing.
For example, if a patient is experiencing regular aches or pains, a homeopathic doctor won’t simply give them a painkiller and send them on their way. They’ll look at the whole view of that person’s health to see what could be causing the regular aches, whether any of those causes are emotional or mental, and how to address the context and connections that tie into those symptoms.
2. Homeopathic remedies can be more cost effective
Because these types of remedies use all-natural substances, they generally cost less than prescription medications—with or without insurance. This means a person can treat symptoms or issues they may be facing for a fraction of the cost they would otherwise. Homeopathic care can make healthcare more accessible in some cases to those in low-income situations.
For example, instead of having to pay for a prescription sleep aid, patients can buy small amounts of lavender or melatonin. Lavender especially is cost effective as it’s a dried flower and can generally be bought in bulk.
3. Low doses of natural products are used
Concerns around getting sick from taking too much of a treatment don’t necessarily apply in the same way to homeopathic remedies. Remember: homeopathy follows the “less is more” principle so only tiny amounts of substances are used at a time. This makes it considerably more difficult for a patient to experience adverse side effects using natural substances.