Vermont Homeopathy

Facts about Homeopathy

Homeopathy is safe, effective, economical, non-habit forming and comprehensive. It can be applied to both acute and chronic health problems with mental, emotional and physical symptoms. It is easily adaptable for self-care.

Homeopathic medical remedies are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and prepared by licensed companies like Washington Homeopathic Products using strict guidelines of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States.

Most of the more than 2000 homeopathic remedies are available over the counter without prescription. Because they have no side effects, they are considered safe. Homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted natural substances -- animal, mineral, botanical, chemical -- that correctly apply the laws of nature to stimulate the vital force and healing energies of human beings and animals. Homeopathy captures the healing properties of even toxic substances without danger by potentizing (make powerful through diluting and shaking.)

Homeopathy analyzes and treats a patient’s whole symptom complex rather than treating a disease name. Homeopathy deals effectively with many common ailments including hay fever, arthritis, colds, flu, herpes, sinus, indigestion, burns, accidents and shock. Although it is entirely distinct in both theory and practice from both allopathic and other alternative systems, homeopathy can be fully integrated into these systems.

Homeopathy is a system of medical treatment developed empirically by German physician Samuel Hahnemann from 1794 to his death in 1843. He published his first compilation of its principles in 1810. By 1825, some European educated physicians brought homeopathy to America. The first American homeopathic medical college was established in Allentown, PA in 1835. By the turn of the 20th century, 8% of all medical practitioners in the US were homeopaths (approximately 15,000) and there were 22 homeopathic medical colleges. All were gone by the 1940s.

Homeopathy began a renaissance in the late 1980s that continues today. In 1990, 2.5 million Americans sought out some form of homeopathic care,. By 1999, that number rose to more than 6 million. Retail sales continue to increase at about 25% per year, a growth rate unrivaled in the U.S. in a century. The growth is more notable by the fact that it comes without the backing of a medical establishment.

Homeopathy has a global popularity that far exceeds its use in the U.S. Almost every pharmacy in Germany and France stocks homeopathic remedies. The most popular medicines in Europe for cold, flu, and hay fever are homeopathic. In Europe, approximately 40% of all physicians use or refer patients to practitioners of homeopathy. It is integrated into the national health care systems of Germany, the United Kingdom, Greece, Israel, India, Pakistan and Mexico.

Some physicians claim that up to 95% of all problems seen by general practice doctors can be treated safely by homeopathy. A 1997 survey of US primary care physicians showed that 16% use homeopathy and another 49% want training in its use.

Double blind studies have been conducted in recent years that indicate the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is one of the systems being studied by the National Institute of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine.

Classes are available for professionals and lay folk: National Center for Homeopathy, more than 100 study groups in the US, and homeopathy academies. Naturopaths include homeopathy in their course of study and more medical schools each year are adding classes.

British Royal Family members have been faithful homeopathic patients since the 1830s. Prince Charles reportedly carries homeopathic remedies with him when he travels.

Other noted supporters include Mahatma Gandhi, Tina Turner, John D. Rockefeller (who used homeopathy throughout his long -- 98 year -- life) and Andrew Weil. Jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie said, “there have been two revelations in my life -- the first was be-bop and second was homeopathy.”

Mother Teresa added homeopathic care to the services of her missions. Mikhail Gorbachev awarded a Soviet physician a medal for his work in homeopathy. Vincent Van Gogh’s painting of his homeopathic physician, Dr. Gachet sold for $82.5 million, one of the highest prices ever paid.

The World Health Organization states that homeopathic medicine is the second most popular medicine in use - and the first is NOT orthodox, allopathic medicine as practiced in the U.S.

Regular hospitals had 26,000 admissions with a fatality rate of almost 30% during the flu pandemic of 1918. The homeopathic hospitals had 24,000 admissions with a fatality rate of 1.5%