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  • Homeopathy, beloved by The Royal Family and millions around the world. But does it actually

  • work?

  • Hey guys Julia here for DNews

  • Homeopathy. A very.. contentious form of alternative medicine practiced by millions all over the

  • world. The National Health Service in the UK spends about 4 million pounds a year on

  • these kind of treatments. And some estimates place that number as high as 11 million pounds.

  • So it’s more than just a fringe movement.

  • In fact even the Royal Family seems to be fans. The Queen’s Physician, Peter Fisher,

  • recently called for more people to use it. He says that it’s “Safe, popular with

  • patients, improves clinical outcomes without increasing costs, and reduces the use of potentially

  • hazardous drugs, including antimicrobials.”

  • Although in the US, the National Institute of Health says thatThere is little evidence

  • to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition.”

  • So what is it? Homeopathy isn’t a new idea. It was introduced by the German Physician

  • Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. Homeopathy’s premise is based on a few interesting ideas.

  • According to The National Center for Homeopathy, the first idea is thatlike cures like

  • and that’s what homeopathy means in Greek, same suffering. Or that something that produces

  • symptoms in a healthy person, makes a sick person healthy. So like caffeine, a molecule

  • that keeps people awake, might be used to treat people with insomnia. But only if caffeine

  • is diluted to very small amounts.

  • And that’s the second premise. The more dilute the remedy, the more potent it is.

  • And thirdly, that the illness is specific to the person. Homeopaths take into account

  • a holistic view of a person.

  • So how is the medicine made? Well let’s go back to that caffeine example. A bit of

  • caffeine goes through the process of 'potentizationwhich involves dilution and succussion (vigorous

  • shaking), so all the toxic effects of the extract or compound are removed.

  • And when I say dilution, I mean a lot of dilution. Something might be diluted 1 in a hundred

  • 30 times in a solution of water or sugar. Medicine doses are based on the centesimal

  • or C scale. A 2C dilution requires a substance to be diluted to one part in one hundred,

  • and then some of that mixture being diluted AGAIN to one part in a hundred. So basically

  • you wind up with one part of the original substance in 10,000 parts of the solution.

  • And so on and so forth. This process can be repeated. Basically the plant or animal extract

  • is so diluted that there’s almost no molecules of it left. But according to homeopathic theory

  • the more diluted it is, the morepotencyit has. Homeopaths believe that water retains

  • thememoryof that extract. The idea is that after each dilution the extract and

  • water, sugar, or what ever the dilution is, goes through succussion, which activates the

  • vital energyof the extract. Alright so that’s the processbut what

  • does the science say about it?

  • Well one study published in the journal Rheumatology found that homeopathy helped arthritis patients

  • over the course of six months, when added alongside conventional medicine. Buuuuuuut

  • it was because ofits unique consultation process,". Basically homeopathy treats the

  • patient, not just the symptoms. So it was really the one on one, patient focused appointments

  • that helped, not the homeopathic medicine.

  • Well the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia foundno evidence

  • that homeopathy is effective. In a report published last year, the NHMRC looked at 57

  • systematic reviews of the treatment. They found there were no health conditions for

  • which homeopathy was effective, that no good large scale studies found that homeopathy

  • was better than placebo.

  • And Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor, at the University of Exeter wrote in an opposing

  • letter to the Queen’s physician, that homeopathy isimplausibleand that itflies

  • in the face of science”.

  • So it looks like science isn’t on the side of homeopathy. But you know what science

  • DOES support? Meditation.

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