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Homéopathie 101 : tout sur cette médecine douce et naturelle

Homeopathy 101: everything about this gentle and natural medicine

What is homeopathy? How did it come about? What are its principles? What are its side effects?

Although more than 70% of Canadians have already used natural products and 38% of them consume them on a regular basis , several myths still circulate about homeopathy, an alternative medicine used almost everywhere. in the world. However, this complementary medicine can be very effective, both for the prevention and for the relief of various symptoms.

Marie-Lise Pelletier , homeopath and speaker, demystifies for us what homeopathy is.

Where does homeopathy come from?

Samuel Hahnemann, German doctor and chemist, founded homeopathy in the 18th century . Dissatisfied with traditional medical practices, he explored the idea that the body has the capacity to self-heal and formulated the law of similarities. Hahnemann then experimented with various substances by testing them on himself and other people, and then recorded the effects of their use. It is also developing dilution techniques to minimize the toxicity of these substances.

In 1799, he successfully used a homeopathic remedy to prevent and treat an epidemic of scarlet fever in Germany, thus cementing his reputation. Homeopathy grew in popularity throughout Europe and North America during the 19th century and early 20th century . However, the rise of modern medicine reduced its importance, particularly due to the discovery of antibiotics. However, a renewed interest in homeopathy has been felt in recent decades.

What are the principles of homeopathy?

“Homeopathy is based on three major fundamental principles , explains Marie-Lise Pelletier.

The principle of similarity

According to the principle of similarity, the treatment of a disease is done “by administering to the patient extremely diluted doses of one or more substances which, in higher doses, would have caused in this patient the same symptoms as those of the disease » . The word “homeopathy” is also composed of two Greek words, “homois”, which means similar and “pathos”, which means disease .

The principle of individualization

In addition to the symptoms of his or her patient, the homeopath develops his or her treatment based on numerous parameters, such as the preferences of the person being treated and their pace of life. The homeopath's approach is therefore multidimensional, because he or she takes into account the physical, mental, emotional, family and cultural aspects of his patients. So much for the principle of individualization.

“Given that we consider the person in their entirety, the same problem can be treated by different homeopathic remedies meeting the specific needs of the patient , explains Marie-Lise Pelletier.

The principle of infinitesimal dilution

The principle of infinitesimal dilution refers to the method used to produce a homeopathic medicine from an active substance.

Have you ever wondered what the letters “CH mean on homeopathic remedy packaging? “These letters are the abbreviation of “Hahnemannian centesimal”. To obtain 1 CH, we dilute a strain in 99 times its volume of liquid or powder , explains Marie-Lise Pelletier. By repeating the operation, we obtain a dilution of 2 CH, and so on.

Dilution is essential since it ensures the safety of the product, the diluted substance losing all toxicity.

Is homeopathy effective?

“Yes, homeopathy works , replies Marie-Lise Pelletier without hesitation.

Since its invention, homeopathy has occupied a special place in the world of health, its action being difficult to explain and prove through scientific studies. Some of them reveal its effectiveness, while others refute it. Complementary to modern medicine, homeopathy does not replace it, but just like it, its products are regulated by Health Canada .

As our homeopath explains, “homeopathy is not a substitute for medicine or conventional medications. Medical follow-up with your doctor is important, but homeopathy can be taken in addition without any worries. »

What health conditions does homeopathy help relieve?

You can use homeopathy to help relieve the symptoms of small occasional disorders (colds, teething, muscle pain, minor injuries, etc.) as well as those of chronic illnesses (asthma, anxiety, arthritis, etc.). ) ”, confirms Marie-Lise Pelletier .

Homeopathy is also known to boost the immune system and alleviate allergy symptoms, stress and anxiety. Homeopathy also helps prevent and relieve digestive disorders and skin problems. In short, each symptom has its own homeopathic treatment.

Who can use homeopathy?

Children , adults (including pregnant women), the elderly and even animals can take homeopathic medicines. In the form of a liquid solution, granules or tablets, they are suitable for everyone. Still, be sure to read the label on your remedies to see if they meet your needs.

Are there any side effects caused by homeopathy?

Since these are natural health products sold directly to the consumer, without a prescription or supervision by a health professional, Health Canada ensures that homeopathic remedies on the market are safe.

“In general, homeopathic treatments do not cause any known side effects and have no chemical toxicity ,” reassures Marie-Lise Pelletier. Additionally, there are usually no contraindications or interactions with other medications. “The only risk is to take the wrong medication and get no benefit!” », summarizes Marie-Lise Pelletier.

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