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Is Homeopathy Really Effective? Homeopathy has no scientific prove that it truly works. Besides, homeopathy does not really work in state hospitals and there is a little interaction between doctors and homeopaths.

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Is Homeopathy Really Effective? The word 'homeopathic' is from the Greek words 'homeo' which means "similar" and the word 'pathos' which means "disease" or "suffering". Homoeopathy has been in popular use in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States of America and many other countries for over 200 year and some of homoeopathy were also in use by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians (What is Homeopathy?, 2009). Homeopathy was discovered by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in 1769 ,which he started the theory "law of similar" or what it is normally known as "like cures like" treatment or the treatment that can cure sick people by using what causes the similar illness to the healthy ones (Natural treatment (homeopathy), 2009). Thus, homeopathy is "a system of therapy based on the concept that disease can be treated with drugs (in minute doses) thought capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy people as the disease itself" (Definition of Homeopathy, 2009). It is a system of medical therapy that uses very small amounts of medicines, or remedies and most of the remedies are prepared from substances found in nature. Moreover, homeopathy is not similar to herbal medicine, so people should not be confused with them because these two systems are very different. Herbal medicine uses simple quantities of substances in the same way that allopathic medicine uses pharmaceutical drugs. On the other hand, homeopaths use micro-doses made from plants, minerals or any other substance found in nature (What is Homeopathy?, 2009). ...read more.


About 207 of adults and 53 of children withdrew their approval to participate in the studies and another 9 adults and 3 children had simply gone missing (Homeopathic Study, 2009). To support the previous study, the study by the BMC (BioMed central) Public Health, states that "Our findings demonstrate that patients who seek homeopathic treatment are likely to improve considerably, although this effect must not be attributed to homeopathic treatment alone. These effects persisted for 8 years" (BMC Public Health, 2009). And Donnis also said that "Based on the evidence provided in the report, I've formed my own conclusion: some patients who receive homeopathic treatments are likely to die or go missing" (Homeopathic Study, 2009). Here is another example of bad homeopathy. According to the article 'Healer Russell Jenkins Dies after Treating Simple Foot Injury with Honey!' by a health reporter, Clare Semke, a 52-year-old healing therapist, Russell Jenkins, who refused to see a doctor died after developing gangrene in his leg. He injured his left foot by accidentally stepping on an electrical plug at his home and the wound later became infected. However, the Jenkins rejected a conventional treatment and said that his 'inner being' or his body told him not to go to hospital. Instead of going to the hospital Jenkins tried treating his foot with honey which believes to be an ancient remedy for the treatment of infected wounds. Unfortunately, the gangrene spread to his leg and then he later died. ...read more.


In addition, when I am sick, I would rather drive myself to the hospital than wasting my time on something that does not even have proof or something that nobody really sure that it is real. Reference list Arguments against homeopathy (2009). Arguments against homeopathy filled with gaping Holes [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://www.selfmed.co.za/full_story.aspx?nid=9771 BMC Public Health (2009). BMC Public Health [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-8-413.pdf Boots the chemists (2009). Boots the chemists says homeopathy doesn't work [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://www.toytowngermany.com/lofi/index.php/t157516-15.html Definition of Homeopathy (2009). Definition of Homeopathy [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=3775 Healer Russell Jenkins (2008). Healer Russell Jenkins Dies after Treating Simple Foot Injury With Honey! [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://jonn.co.uk/badhomeopathy/modules/news/article.php?storyid=48 Homeopathy kills (2009). Homeopathy kills [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/06/05/homeopathy-kills Homeopathic Study (2009). Homeopathic Study Finds 32 People Dead! [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://jonn.co.uk/badhomeopathy/modules/news/article.php?storyid=53 INTRODUCTION: What is homoeopathy? (2009). INTRODUCTION: What is homoeopathy? [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://www.thailabonline.com/aromatherapy16homeopathy.htm Natural treatments (Homeopathy) (2009). Natural treatments (Homeopathy) [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://www.amcclinic.com/whatishomeo.php Proof against Homeopathy (2009). Proof against Homeopathy does in fact support Homeopathy [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://www.dokterrutten.nl/collega/critique%20Lancet.pdf Professor Edzard Ernst (2008). Professor Edzard Ernst Offers �10,000 To First Person to Prove Homeopathy Works [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://jonn.co.uk/badhomeopathy/modules/news/article.php?storyid=34 What is Homeopathy? (2009). What is Homeopathy? [Website] Retrieved on December 4th, 2009 from http://www.homeopathic.org/ ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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