Why Homeopathy is So Popular & Why You Should Try It

September 11, 2019 | By More

Mokhtar Akbari, Homeopath and Naturopath

Mokhtar Akbari is a co-founder of the Ottawa Gatineau Homeopathy Clinic. He is passionate about helping patients learn about holistic medicine and its benefits. The original version of this article first appeared on the Ottawa Gatineau Homeopathy Clinic website in September 2019.

Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. More then 200 million people seek out it’s benefits on a regular basis. It’s proponents include Royalty such as Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

It is used by sports stars such as Usain Bolt and David Beckham, singers like Tina Turner and Paul McCarthny, and movie stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Aniston, and Emma Watson.   

So what is the craze all about? Why do so many people turn to homeopathy for their health? Read on to find out why it is so popular and why should you try it.

What is homeopathy?​

Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that is safe, effective and holistic.

A System of Natural Medicine

Homeopathy a system of natural medicine that was discovered in Germany in the early 1800s and that has then spread across the world. Today, it is used regularly by more than 200 million people across the globe. It is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. 

Homeopathy is its own complete system of medicine. It can be used to treat most health conditions, either on its own or in combination with other types of medicine. When used in combination with other types of medicines, including conventional medicines, it is safe and poses no risk of drugs interacting in a negative way. 

Homeopathy is Scientific and Organized Along Well-Defined Principles​

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is highly structured and organized. Here’s how it works:

1. Scientific studies are first carried out on healthy people to discover the properties of the remedies.​

2. These remedies are then selected for patients using strict guidelines and principles. 

3. Very specific patterns of improvement are then expected in these patients, including improvements of the symptoms, improvements in the general health and energy of the patient, and improvements in his or her ability to withstand life stresses on the mental-emotional level. 

4. After a remedy has successfully treated a person with a specific disease, this knowledge is then added back in the homeopathy textbooks about the properties of that remedy. In this way, the knowledge of remedies is being continually refined. ​

As such, homeopathy is a very organized and scientific system of medicine. It has clear principles and methodology.

Homeopathy has 3 essential features: it is safeeffective and holistic.

1. Homeopathy is Safe

Homeopathy is a very safe treatment because of the following reasons:

It’s Natural​

The remedies that homeopaths use are natural. They come from plant, mineral or animal sources.

Homeopath’s Always use the Minimum Dose Needed​

The remedies are produced following the principle of the minimum dose. 

Basically, this principle states that homeopaths should always strive to use the least amount of medicine possible in order to help re-establish health, balance, and order in the patient’s system.

Homeopathy Works with the Body’s Own Healing Mechanism​

Homeopathy works by nurturing and supporting the body’s own healing mechanism. Homeopathy does not work by doing something directly to the body or acting chemically on it. Rather, homeopathy works by nudging the patient’s defense mechanism just enough to trigger a healing response. 

In homeopathy, the goal is to learn to harness the body’s own healing capacity and to gently push it the right way for it to move towards re-establishing health and balance.

For this reason, homeopathy does not require large amounts of medicine. Homeopaths use the least amount of medicine needed in order to trigger healing. This makes homeopathy safe, non-toxic and it means that side effects are rare. 

It also helps you to see how homeopathy respects and nurture’s our body’s own defense mechanism. It tries to help and make it stronger.

The medicines come in the form of small pills or drops that be taken directly into the mouth or mixed in water and ingested.

It Does not Create Addictions​

Homeopathy does not produce any addictions, period.

Everyone Can Take It​

And homeopathy is safe to use for everyone. It is safe for children and the elderly, as well as pregnant women and people suffering from diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

It Does not Need to be Tested on Animals​

Homeopathic remedies do not need to be tested on animals.

2. Homeopathy is Effective

Homeopathy’s Results Speak for Themselves​

Homeopathy has a track record of 200 hundred years with millions of patients receiving successfully treatment for most health conditions. The personal accounts of these people is the strongest proof that homeopathy is effective. You can read many cases of patients we have treated on our website and see how homeopathy has helped them. Case presentations by homeopaths and personal accounts of successful treatment with homeopathy also abound all over the internet. Examples can be viewed at the Interhomeopathy Journal and the Homeopathy Worked For Me Facebook Campaign.

My Own Story

I myself am one of these people. As a young person, I had an over-active thyroid gland. This is a condition called hyperthyroidism. I was treated successfully with homeopathy and my thyroid was back in balance within a few months.

Scientific Evidence for Specific Conditions​

Homeopathy also has the backing of an abundant number of studies. There are studies that show the positive results of homeopathic treatment in a vast array of conditions. Here are just a few:​

  1. Sinusitis
  2. Ear Infections
  3. Hay Fever Allergies
  4. Vertigo
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Respiratory Conditions
  7. Digestive Diseases
  8. Muscle and Joint pains
  9. Sleep, Anxiety and Depression

References for all these can be found in the reference section below.

Large-Scale Meta-Analysis Studies​

There are also very large scale studies that look at the combined effect of other high quality studies. These are called meta-analysis studies and they look at many Randomized Controlled Trials together to measure their overall effect.

Of the last 5 systematic reviews done in homeopathy, 4 of them clearly showed that homeopathy has effects that are different than placebo. You can find links to all of these studies and more in the attached Reference list.​

Although some people are still skeptical about the effectiveness of homeopathy, the large body of scientific evidence at hand as well as the experience of the millions of people that witness its benefits every day cannot be ignored. They will tell you, homeopathy works for me. It is effective.

3. Homeopathy is Holistic

The third essential feature of homeopathy is that it is holistic. It is holistic in 3 major ways:

  • It uses a holistic method of assessment.
  • It offers personalized holistic treatment.
  • It stimulates deep holistic healing.

3. A. Homeopathy Uses a Holistic Assessment

The Different Parts Form a Cohesive Whole​

Homeopathy is based on the fact that all the systems of the body work together in an interconnected way. They form a cohesive whole. When you are sick, it is the imbalance in this whole that need to be treated, not just the specific symptoms that can be seen in one part of your body. 

But how can we identify what kind of imbalance is happening in the whole person?

The Signs and Symptoms Form a Cohesive Whole Too! 

In the same way that all your bodily systems form one cohesive whole, the signs and symptoms that appear in different parts of you also form a cohesive whole. They show to the homeopath a picture of the imbalance that is happening within you as a whole person, and to which your main disease is also connected to. ​

In this way, the different discomforts and symptoms you have in various parts of yourself create a recognizable pattern that the homeopath can identify. ​

This pattern sustains your symptoms and is the basis for them. 

It is the primary thing that needs to be healed if your specific complaint is really to improve in a lasting and sustainable way. 

Investigating the Whole Body and Mind​

So when you go to see a homeopath, they investigate your whole person, even if your pain or problem is only in one spot. They ask you: ​

  • How is your digestion?
  • How is your hunger and thirst?
  • Do you have pain anywhere else?
  • Do you get headaches?
  • How do you react to warm and cold weather or damp or dry weather?
  • How do your symptoms affect your mental state when they get bad?
  • What kind of life stresses affect you the most?

The Disease in One Part Connects to the Imbalance in the Whole Person

In this way, your homeopath paints a picture of the imbalance within you.

They understand both the disease in the specific body part and how it connects to whole person sitting in front of them. ​

They can then find the most suitable remedy to treat this overall imbalance and re-establish harmony and health within you. 

3. B. Homeopathy Provides Personalized Holistic Treatment

This process explains why homeopathy provides such personalized treatment. The natural remedy you get not only depends on the specific disease you have in your body part but on the pattern of overall imbalance that pervades all your symptoms. 

A Unique Pattern of Imbalance

This pattern will be unique to you. Even though many people might be suffering from the same disease in one one body part, say for instance back pain, the overall pattern and expression of this disease will be different for each person. ​

Since your homeopath is prescribing for this overall pattern, the remedy you get will be specifically tailored to you. It is highly personalized medicine.

An Example of Personalized Treatment

Homeopathy personalizes the treatment based on many different factors.

Factor 1: The Body Parts

One factor is which body part is affected. For instance, one person might have back pain and heartburn, while a second person might have back pain and headaches, while a third person might have back pain and knee pain. All of these different combinations lead to different remedies in homeopathy. They form different patterns of imbalance.

Factor 2: The Unique Expression of Disease in Each Person

Another factor that personalizes the treatment is the unique expression of the disease in a single body part.​

Although many people can be suffering from the same disease, the symptoms of this disease will express themselves in particular way in each person.​

So for 2 people that have back pain caused by arthritis, one person might notice their pain gets worse in damp weather while another person notices that the pain gets worse in dry weather.​

One person might feel that their pain is worse when the weather is warm while another person feels that their pain improves when the weather is warm.​

One person’s pain gets better when they get a massage while another person’s pain gets worse. In homeopathy, we call these modalities and they help define the specific way that the disease is expressing itself in one particular patient. Again, each of these modalities will lead to a particular remedy that will be individual to needs of that particular patient.

Factor 3: The Key Features of the Unique Pattern of Imbalance Pervading the Whole Person

A third factor that personalizes treatment in homeopathy the characteristics of the unique pattern of imbalance that is pervading the whole person.​

A simple way to illustrate this is to consider how dryness can affect a person. Let’s say someone called Alice has trouble retaining water in her body. This can lead to problems and signs in different parts of her body. 

  • For instance, she may say that she is very thirsty all the time. This is because her body is dry and is constantly trying to hydrate itself.
  • She might suffer from dry skin that cracks in the winter.
  • She might get arthritis in her knees beginning at an early age, because the cartilage in her joints is dry and will get damaged more easily when she uses them.
  • She might suffer from difficult stools and constipation. Her stools are hard and difficult to pass, because they are dry. Her body could not retain enough water to give a normal consistency to the stool.

We could say that Alice has 3 different health problems: cracking skin, constipation and arthritis in her knees. And then we could give some cream or medication for each one of these.

But for a homeopath, these are not 3 different problems but one unique pattern of imbalance. They identify the problem in Alice as being a dryness imbalance in her and will give a single remedy to correct this imbalance.

This one remedy will solve all 3 of these issues together because it corrects the deeper imbalance that was causing these issues in the first place.

3. C. Homeopathy Creates Truly Holistic Healing

Feeling Well Inside ​

Most people have had moments in their life when they felt well, serene and balanced in both their body and their mind. In these moments we get a taste of what it means to be truly well and healthy. This state of balance, serenity, vitality, strength and happiness is what homeopaths seek to help their patients achieve.

With homeopathic treatment, this level of health is possible for people. 

More Energy and a Boost to your Immune System

Because homeopathic treatment seeks to identify and re-balance you as a whole person, the results are truly holistic. In addition to improvements in their main complaint, patients regularly report that they feel a general sense of well-being and vitality.

Their energy and sleep improves, their immunity is boosted. They get sick less often than they did before. And they also feel that they have a greater capacity to resolve the life challenges and stress that they face. 

Holistic Healing Means you Grow Stronger in the Face of your Life Challenges

It is not uncommon for a patient to say that a relationship or work situation that used to bother them so much is now much less bothersome. The sting of it is gone. The situation might still be there, but they themselves have changed. They have found new strength and that stress just does not hold the same power over them as it once did.

Or it might be that in growing with their remedy, they have learned to remove the stressful factor or resolve the situation entirely. ​​

This type of deep healing might appear as exaggerated or overly optimistic to many people, except if you are a homeopath. Because as homeopaths, we witness it all the time.

If you take a moment to really think about it, is it not logical to expect such improvements when our aim is to heal and recover health. Is it not natural that we should expect improved health to lead to harmony and serenity in both the body and mind? 

Holistic Healing Gives Sustained Improvements

Any treatment that controls a painful symptom in one part of the body will ease the mind temporarily, but true balance on the mental and emotional levels happens only when the treatment is really holistic and addresses this part of the person as part of a holistic treatment. 

Another by product of holistic treatment is that improvements from homeopathic treatment are sustained and long-lasting. You do not need to take homeopathic remedies forever. The body re-establishes a new balance and can sustain it. At some point, the homeopathic remedy will no longer be needed. The length of treatment will depend on the severity of each disease and how long it has been present.

Homeopathy: Why It Is So Popular And Why You Should Use It

So homeopathy is holistic in its assessment of which level needs to be treated in a person and in the personalized treatment is provides. 

Holistic healing brings not only the resolution of the symptoms of the specific disease, but the healing of the whole pattern of imbalance that underlies those symptoms, and the resolution of all the other bodily symptoms that were connected to that pattern. 

It boosts the person’s immune system, brings about strength to deal with life challenges.

It improves energy and vitality, and leads to a long lasting shift towards a greater sense of balance and serenity.

This is why homeopathy is so popular across the world. It has these clear benefits related to the holistic way that it treats people. And it is also proven to be safe and effective.

Homeopathy: It’s safe, effective, and holistic. This is why so many people turn to it for the healthcare needs of their whole family. This is also why you and your family should consult a homeopath if you are not doing so already.

References

Other Videos on What is Homeopathy

Homeopathic Treatment for Good Health | Dr. Batra’s™ Homeopathy, by Dr. Mukesh Batra, from Dr Batra’s Healthcare Youtube Channel

What is Homeopathy, by Mani Norland, from The School of Homeopathy Youtube Channel

Celebrities Who Use Homeopathy

From Beckham to Blanchett – Celebrities that Use Homeopathy, from The School of Homeopathy

Read Homeopathy Cases

From Professional Homeopaths:

Interhomeopathy Journal, Patient Cases Section

Personal Accounts of Healing:

Homeopathy Worked for Me, Facebook Campaign 

Scientific Articles on Homeopathy

Bellavite P.; Homeopathy and integrative medicine: keeping an open mind. J Med Person. 2015;13(1):1–6. doi:10.1007/s12682-014-0198-x

Jürgen Clausen, Sian Moss, Alexander Tournier, Rainer Lüdtke, Henning Albrecht, CORE-Hom: A powerful and exhaustive database of clinical trials in homeopathy, Homeopathy, Elsevier Science, Volume 103, Issue 4, October 2014, Pages 219-223

Summary of Research and Evidence for Homeopathy 

Clinical Trials Overview, Homeopathy Research Institute

Conditions with Overall Positive Evidence for Homeopathy in Clinical Trials, The British Homeopathic Association

Epidemic Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Homeopathy, by Americans for Homeopathy Choice and Dr André Saine, ND, Homeopathy Choice.org

Evidence, by Jan Scholten, Qjure website,

Evidence by Condition, Homeopathy Research Institute

Pursuing the Biological Basis of Homeopathic Remedy Responses – References, Iris R. Bell, MD PhD (Oct 2018) 

Scientific Evidence for Homeopathic Medicine, by Dana Ullman, MPH

Scientific Evidence and Homeopathy, by Dr Peter Fisher, The Faculty of Homeopathy​

The Evidence FOR Homeopathy, The Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy

The Research Evidence Base for Homeopathy, The Faculty of Homeopathy

What do you consider to be the best clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of homeopathy for any indication?, by Dr. André Saine, from the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy Website

Why Homeopathy Matters in America: Compendium of Homeopathic Research, Editors: Ron Whitmont, MD, Tina Quirk, RN, MS, CCH, Peter Gold, BS, Paola Brown, Pres. of Americans for Homeopathy Choice. Compiled by American’s for Homeopathy Choice

About Homeopathy and Homeopathic Terms

What is Homeopathy, from The School of Homeopathy website

Glossary of Homeopathy Terms, Whole Health Now 

About Meta-Analysis in Science

Meta-Analysis, Study Design 101, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

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