Allopathic medicine, or western medicine, is accepted worldwide and has led to significant advances in healthcare, both preventative and curative medicine. It has also led to the development of different vaccines, antibiotics, antivirals, and other drugs that have significantly increased the life expectancy of people all over the world. It is one of the most widely used and accepted forms of medicine, although it is relatively recent in its origin when compared to more traditional forms of medicine.
Why alternative forms of medicine gaining popularity?
Due to various factors, people today are also turning to so-called ‘alternative’ forms of medicine which have earned the trust of people due to their efficacy, safety, and gentleness. An example of one such alternative therapy is homeopathy. This system of medicine was created by Samuel Hahnemann in the year 1796 and it has spread all over the world in this time period.
Principles of Homeopathy
The basic principle of homeopathy is that the same substance that causes disease symptoms in a healthy individual could cure the same symptoms in an unhealthy individual. Homeopathic medicines are highly diluted in distilled water or alcohol. Because of this, there are very few, if any, side effects of homeopathic medicines (unlike for allopathic medicines). These medicines are gentler than the more aggressive allopathic medicines and are safe for children. Homeopathic physicians also approach a patient in a holistic way that takes into account the entire life history and psychological state of the person, unlike in allopathic medicine where the symptoms are broken down and treated separately from the whole.
Homeopathy is seeing a rise in popularity in recent years. This could be due to a backlash of side effects and other aggressive results seen from other forms of medicine. Since homeopathy is gentle, safe, and highly diluted, as well as trusted by millions around the world, it is being used by more and more people nowadays. People are especially trusting of homeopathy for treating children, who they may not want to expose with too many chemical-based drugs. For example, children who suffer frequently from seasonal allergies, coughs, colds, etc., and are prescribed regular allopathic drugs, or those who get infections regularly and are prescribed antibiotics, could develop resistance to these drugs which results in their not getting better even with the strongest drugs after some time. With homeopathy, there is no danger of this happening as it is highly diluted and safe.
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