What Is homeopathy and How Does It Work?
The term “Homeopathy” was coined in the late 1700’s as a system of alternative medicine. In 1796, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) discovered the basic principle that “like cures like”, often referred to as the similarity principle or the Law of Similars.
His doctrine, similia similibus curentur, claimed that a natural substance that causes certain symptoms could also heal the same symptoms in individuals of ill health. This medical philosophy is based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself.
References to the basic principles of homeopathy are found in the ancient writings and have been systematically developed into a science of alternative care, which has been used widely throughout the world until the 20th century, until the invent of pharmaceuticals and other modern therapies. However, the number of people using homeopathic remedies has steadily increased over the years, as people are looking for a reprieve from the side-effects of conventional treatment options.
Homeopathy is thought to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself by providing dilute amounts of the same substance that causes the illness to the patient. These highly diluted or “potentiated” substances only have a minute amount of the substance used. Homeopathic remedies have been regulated in the United States by the FDA since 1938. Many argue there is so little of the active substance, that the solution results in a placebo effect.
To this effect, all objects have a natural frequency. The dilution of said substance still retains the frequency of said substance, which in turn can still effect healing. The Ulan Nutritional Response Testing takes this into account by using Applied Kinesiology and manual muscle testing (MMT) alongside conventional diagnostic methods to help heal patients. By connecting the dots, one can develop an understanding into how the placebo effect works.
To this extent, there are many scientific publications indicating that homeopathy indeed does have merit:
- Reviews evidence from controlled trials for the use of homeopathy in respiratory allergies. (1)
- Clear Tinnitus, middle-ear pressure, and tinnitus relief: a prospective trial, through the use of homeopathic treatment. (2)
- “Clear, significant, and clinically relevant improvement in nasal inspiratory peak flow, similar to that found with topical steroids.” has been shown through the use of homeopathic treatment. (3)
- Homeopathic treatment significantly reduced stringy tracheal secretions in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (4)
- Homeopathic treatment improved quality of life in individuals with fibromyalgia through lessened tender point pain. (5)
- Homeopathic medicine was effective in treating acute childhood diarrhea, decreasing both the duration of the diarrhea and the number of stools per day. (6,7)
- Homeopathy significantly reduced the severity and duration of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis (swelling and sores in the mouth) in children. (8)
- Positive effects in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), particularly in the areas of behavioral and cognitive functions, have been shown from the use of homeopathic treatment. (9)
(1) Ullman D1, Frass M. Altern Med Rev. 2010 Apr;15(1):48-58.
(2) Goldstein B1, Shulman A, Avitable MJ. Int Tinnitus J. 2007;13(1):29-39.
(3) Morag A Taylor, David Reilly, Robert H Llewellyn-Jones, Charles McSharry, and Tom C Aitchison. BMJ. 2000 Aug 19; 321(7259): 471–476.
(4) Frass M, Dielacher C, Linkesch M, Endler C, Muchitsch I, Schuster E, Kaye A. Chest. 2005;127(3):936-941.
(5) Bell IR, Lewis DA, Brooks AJ, Schwartz GE, Lewis SE, Walsh BT, Baldwin CM. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2004 May;43(5):577-82.
(6) Jacobs J, Jiménez LM, Gloyd SS, Gale JL, Crothers D. Pediatrics. 1994 May;93(5):719-25.
(7) Jacobs J, Jonas WB, Jiménez-Pérez M, Crothers D. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2003 Mar;22(3):229-34.
(8)Menachem Oberbaum M.D., Isaac Yaniv M.D., Yael Ben-Gal R.N., Jerry Stein M.D., Nurit Ben-Zvi R.N., Laurence S. Freedman Ph.D., David Branski M.D. Cancer August 1, 2001
(9) Frei 1, Everts R, von Ammon K, Kaufmann F, Walther D, Hsu-Schmitz SF, Collenberg M, Fuhrer K, Hassink R, Steinlin M, Thurneysen A. Eur J Pediatr. 2005 Dec;164(12):758-67.