FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I have been using homeopathic remedies for years, before I really understood how they worked. I purchased a book, looked up my symptoms and it told me what remedy to buy. I have treated my asthma for 30 years using the same remedy that book told me to buy. It worked and continues to work. I really don't rely much on advertising now that I have studied homeopathy and understand that 1 remedy can help many many conditions. It is about the person. Homeopathy does not use one remedy for a particular condition. It is specific to the person and their specific symptoms. There are some remedies that we call specifics that can be used for a particular disease or ailment - like Arnica if you have a blunt force trauma. Hurt your ankle - it is a given that you will take Arnica. Since I have studied homeopathy for 4 years I have my own remedy supply in my home and use it to give to family members when they are sick. It is our first line of defense. So it is a big part of our life. If the remedy or remedies do not work for the condition then sure we go to the doctor. Many times it is not necessary as the remedy will work. The public needs to be educated as to how homeopathy works. We go to school for at least 4 years and then take cases under the tutelage of certified Homeopaths before we even can sit for the certification exam. So when a person buys a remedy over the counter with no homeopathic experience and it says it is good for a cold, they are purchasing the most selected remedy for colds. It may work and it may not depending on whether it is the right remedy for that person. But the beauty of homeopathy is that we rarely experience side effects. I say the worst that can happen is nothing. It just does nothing. If a person is interested in learning about homeopathy they need to pick up a basic book or go online and read about how a remedy is made, what the different potencies mean and how a homeopath comes to select a remedy for a person. Homeopathy address the WHOLE person and seeks to cure not just treat symptoms. We don't care what the name of a disease is, we care about the specific symptoms of the person and what makes them worse or better. I believe that Homeopathy should become an allowed method of practice given that the person has the proper training and experience and certification. Homeopathy has had incredible successes over the years and should be considered a legitimate medical genre. If a person would like to learn more about homeopathy I would send them to http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/. There is all sorts of information and definitions and even help to select a remedy. Homeopathy is not hocus pocus. If has real merit and I will continue to use it for myself and family.