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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredMost homeopathic treatments are designed to treat common, household ailments like headaches, coughs, stress, or insomnia. Homeopathic treatments should not be used to treat complicated medical illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions, or cancer. Plus, it should never be used in place of a prescribed treatment plan from your physician or other healthcare provider.
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredHomeopathy should not be used to treat serious illnesses like heart disease and cancer. For these more serious illnesses, you should seek traditional medicine. However, many common, minor ailments are said to have been treated effectively with homeopathy. These include:
- colds and coughs;
- fever and influenza;
- childhood maladies;
- digestive problems;
- sore throats;
- skin problems;
- emotional distress and sleep problems.
Burke Lennihan RN CCH, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
Homeopathy can treat a wide variety of illnesses – physical, psychological and behavioral – from a simple cut to serious illnesses like cancer.
Simple home care conditions (like colds and sore throats) can be treated by anyone with remedies from the health food store.Chronic illnesses (long term ones that aren’t getting better on their own) require professional help. Most can be treated by a professional homeopath, such as asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress syndrome, autism, ADHD and learning problems.
However, serious illnesses like cancer should only be treated by medical doctors trained in homeopathy, or by a homeopath under the supervision of a medical doctor who is monitoring the patient and taking responsibility for the case.
The main types of conditions for which homeopathy would not be the first choice would be structural problems requiring surgery or chiropractic, and problems like obesity and constipation in clients who first need to exercise and change their diet.
However, even in these situations, homeopathy can provide good adjunctive support:
- the pre- and post-surgery remedies described in my book, A Healer In Every Home, can hasten healing and reduce pain and scarring
- remedies for the musculoskeletal system can help hold chiropractic adjustments
- remedies can heal an emotional-eating problem in someone who is overweight
- remedies can heal emotional tension held in the colon leading to constipation.
For more information about more than 100 conditions that can be treated with homeopathy, and the research about its effectiveness, please see Homeopathic Family Medicine by Dana Ullman (available as an ebook from www.homeopathic.com).
Other helpful books:
Help! and Homeopathy: What to Do In an Emergency Before 911 Arrives by Eileen Nauman
Whole Woman Homeopathy by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman.
Prozac-Free, Ritalin-Free Kids and Rage-Free Kids by Drs. Robert Ullman and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman
Autism Beyond Despair by Dr. Tinus Smits and A Drug-Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism by Drs. Ullman, Ullman and Luepker.
The Homeopathic Treatment of Cancer by Dr. A.U.Ramakrishnan and Catherine Coulter. Dr. Ramakrishnan provides his success rate in each type of cancer, with some types being more amenable to homeopathic treatment than others.
Find out more about this book:Your Natural Medicine Cabinet: A Practical Guide to Drug-Free Remedies for Common Ailments
Lisa Samet, ND, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
Homeopathy can be used to address a wide variety of illnesses and conditions; there is almost nothing it can't help to treat. In this video, naturopathic doctor Lisa Samet, ND, discusses how homeopathy can address both chronic and acute illnesses.