FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products #00416

Submission Number:
00416
Commenter:
Aaron DeForest
State:
California
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I have used Homeopathy on myself and kids for the last few years. My experience is that it is pretty effective, but how to select a Homeopathic remedy is quite different than selecting an OTC drug. I usually use a reference book for remedy selection. As far as labeling goes, I think it could be more like the Bach flower remedies where the very most common symptom(s) are listed in the bottle and a very small book is available that has a more expanded symptom list along with a guide on how to go from a specific condition to a remedy. I seems to me that people who experience success with Homeopathy are those that try to find the remedy that most closely matches their symptoms. It is a different paradigm than standard, Western medicine. The combination remedies are interesting because they pack in several remedies that are common for a condition. I used these mostly when my kids had colic and with teething. They are nice because a baby can't tell you all about what is going on; they just have colic and at going to scream! So when I was choosing between two or three remedies, I would get a multi with at least two of the remedies, if possible. This seemed to work well in those cases. In my humble opinion, it would be nice if one or two of the most common symptoms related to each of the remedies related to the condition list, was also on the box. So a sleep combination remedy with nux-v and coffea might say sleeplessness from a rush of ideas; nervous sleeplessness; awaking to early and can't go back to bed. These symptoms are the combination of the two remedies and actually the first symptom applies to both remedies.