Homeopathic Medicine, is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. Homeopathy is holistic because it treats the person as a whole, rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labeled sickness.
First let me say, there is a time for pharmaceuticals. I have taken them myself. That said, my first protocol is to fix what’s causing the issue. For example, in the winter months in Indiana, I tend to get SAD (seasonal affective disorder ) and rather than going on an anti-depressant, I bump up my DHEA and Omega-3 fatty acids, take St. John’s Wart, and when I feel stressed, I take L-theanine.
Two things I find out of balance with pharmaceuticals:
- Rx’s are handed out like candy from Western doctors. In their defense, their education is partially funded by pharmaceutical companies and learn nothing of homeopathic medicine.
- The majority of the time, western doctors treat the symptom and not the cause. Again, because that is how they are educated and trained.
I’m going to share another personal experience. Several months ago, I had foot surgery. Just a few days later, I developed a small blood clot in my lower leg. (First time ever having one.) I went to the ER and the Dr. put me on a blood thinner (Eliquis) and said I would be on it for at lease 4 months. (I found this very odd because he had no idea how long it would take to dissolve.) I was re-checked just 3 weeks later, because I was having pain in my upper leg, same leg. Good news was, I didn’t have another clot, and the clot in my lower leg was gone. Guess what the doctor did…. Gave me a new Rx to remain on Eliquis for 6 more months!! I was up and moving around and there was no need to do this. Of course I stopped taking it that day.
All that said, we have to be our own health care advocates. I live in the realm of homeopathy, so I was very comfortable with my decision to stop Eliquis.
The principle underlying holistic and integrative medicine is that it is necessary to look beyond symptoms of an illness, and determine the inherent causes. It’s also necessary to treat based on a persons mental and emotional level. By treating causes rather than symptoms, the body can be gently and safely be restored to balance.
My PCP is a ND (naturopathic doctor) and has been for over 13 years. The unfortunate thing is, most insurance companies don’t cover NDs. My hope is they will, sooner than later, realize they will fork out less money if they do.
In order to be a licensed Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD), students must complete a 4-year, graduate-level program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. The first two years of a naturopathic medical degree are the same as for traditional medical students.
Homeopathic medicines/supplements do not have to go through traditional FDA drug approval. However, with pressure from big pharmaceutical companies, who compete with homeopathic medicine, there is a possibility this may change.
We truly do not need the FDA/Big Pharma telling us homeopathic medicines, that have been used for many years, are safe to use. Consider all the side affects of pharmaceuticals. Homeopathic side affects aren’t even on the same spectrum to those from pharmaceuticals.
For several years now, there has been not only speculation, but accusations that Big Pharma makes payments to FDA Advisers. There are no checks and balances in that situation.
With increasing demand from consumers looking for alternatives from pharmaceuticals, the The global Homeopathy Product market was valued at 4850 million US$ in 2018 and will reach 12900 million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 13.0% during 2019-2025.
….. And this is why the FDA/Big Pharma want their hands in homeopathic medicine.
Let us hope and pray the FDA is not going to pull homeopathic products from the market!