Can homeopathic medicine help kids?
I have written this article for the skeptical yet open-minded parent who is wondering whether homeopathic medicine might help their children’s health.
Many parents worry about having to resort to pharmaceuticals for their children. Frequent use of antibiotics for recurring colds has led to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Long-term use of pain killers for painful conditions like migraines can lead to liver damage or opioid addiction. Chronic use of steroid puffers for asthma can lead to weight gain , mood or behavior changes, bone loss, weakness, eye problems such as glaucoma, and slowing of growth.
Skepticism toward homeopathy
When I suggest homeopathic medicine might be able to help and that it has no harmful side-effects, I’m often met with an awkward silence.
Skeptics argue that the mechanism by which homeopathy works has not been identified, and that there has not been enough research done. They point to the fact that homeopathic medicines are too diluted to have any biological effect, dismissing homeopathy as mere placebo.
All of these can be viewed as valid arguments against using homeopathy for our children. However, just because we don’t know how it works doesn’t mean we should dismiss homeopathy outright.
Challenging the skeptic is the reality that over 200 million people worldwide use homeopathic medicine. Are they all deluded? Why have the national health care systems of Brazil, India, Pakistan, Switzerland, Chile and Mexico included homeopathy, subsidizing its availability to their citizens? Moreover, research into homeopathy and the placebo effect has shown that there is actually more to homeopathy than mere placebo.
The argument that research into homeopathy is inadequate is not a valid argument. There have been numerous studies investigating the effects of homeopathic medicine on various conditions. The following is an incomplete but promising list of research into childhood conditions where homeopathy has shown promising results:
Furthermore, if you are an expectant mother, the following study on homeopathic medicine’s impact on minimizing complications during childbirth is worth the read.
Homeopathy and modern medicine
Most homeopathic remedies are derived from plants, minerals, and animals. These natural substances undergo a process of step-wise dilution and vigorous shaking (succussion), a process called potentization. Often they are diluted to such a degree that not even a single molecule of the original substance is left in the remedy.
Given the fact that modern medicine is biologically based, homeopathy really doesn’t make sense! On the other hand, the concept of bioenergy (familiar as Chi to traditional Chinese medicine, or as Prana in India’s Ayurvedic medicine) has never been explored in the conventional medical model.
Is homeopathic medicine the same as herbal medicine?
Many people confuse homeopathy with herbal or other natural or holistic approaches to health care. I found this easy to read article published by the University Health News to be a good introduction to what homeopathic medicine is about.
Integrating homeopathic medicine into mainstream medicine
In the US, some MD’s have shown an open mind, by including some forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in their clinical practices. This suggests that an unconventional treatment approach might be seen as an integration rather than as an alternative to standard medical practice. Among the various CAMs, homeopathy enjoys growing popularity with the lay population.
From the research above, and from my 35 years experience in homeopathic medicine, homeopathy can indeed help our children improve their health.
My hope is that skeptical but open-minded parents have found this article intriguing and interesting. At least consider homeopathy as a safe and complimentary method to help your children thrive, with no harmful side-effects.
If you would like further information on my Ottawa homeopathic practice, please visit my website at Full Circle Healing. Contact me by email, email@example.com, or by phone, 613.234.5151