FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products #00352

Submission Number:
00352
Commenter:
Mahmood Ali
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I have been using Homeopathy since I was a child in India. I am glad to see that Homeopathic products are now available at retail stores in the US and are no longer limited to specialty websites that used to sell them exclusively. My interest in Homeopathy started in earnest after the birth of our Triplets. I am glad to say that over the last 3 years since they were born, we have rarely given allopathic medicines to our children (except for the cases of infections where we felt that conventional medicine might be a much faster way to resolve the illness) As any consumer of Homeopathic products will tell you, we rarely decide to pick a remedy based on the label on that bottle. The conventional adage of 'One medicine fits all' rarely fits the profile of a Homeopathic remedy. As such, a home user of Homeopathy will primarily depend on books and web sites on Homeopathy to tell them which remedy to use that fits the patient. While most remedies certainly do have an effect on some conditions more than most, in my personal experience, I have never bought a remedy based on what is printed on the bottle. That is not to say that if you purchase a Homeopathic remedy which says "Colds with thick, yellow nasal discharge", it wont work for you. As long as your cold fits that profile, it will work. However the relief might not be as fast or as dramatic than if you had chosen a remedy based on your 'profile'. Consumer attitudes towards Homeopathy is changing and this is in no small part due to the amount of literature that is available to help guide consumers to the correct remedy. I believe there is no such as thing as a bad remedy in Homeopathy. If I am sick and take a Homeopathic remedy which is not indicated for my sickness, I do not expect anything worse to happen. However, I certainly will have a problem if I have a Cold and take a allopathic medicine that is used to treat a different condition. And this difference in the effects of taking the wrong medicine is one of the beauties of Homeopathy and one of the reasons why the current labeling on Homeopathic medicines should be left alone. Sincerely, Mahmood Ali