Sunday, 20 October 2013

What is the difference between homeopathy and herbal medicine?

There are 3 distinct differences:

  1. Homeopathic medicines are potentised and do not come in the form of herbal tinctures and capsules. Homeopathic medicines are uniquely prepared by a process of progressive dilution (diluted many times over in water) and vigorous succussion (shaking/friction of the solution). Herbs are prepared by preserving them in order to preserve their active ingredient but the ingredients are not diluted. Many homeopathic medicines are prepared from plants and herbs but many are not, and homeopathic medicines can originate from different types of substances other than plants. Although homeopaths may use herbal tinctures to give extra physiological support to a person's body and support their health, herbs are not often or always prescribed by homeopaths.
  2. Homeopathy does not merely refer to the fact that medicines are natural and are not drugs or man-made substances. Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine with guiding principles of how exactly to approach the cure of illness in its entirety and permanently. Homeopathic philosophy has an underlying theory of illness and many instructions on how exactly to overcome it. 
  3. The most important difference is that homeopathy is based on the principle of 'Like cures Like' whereas herbalism is more similar to allopathic medicine, in that herbs are prescribed to oppose or counterbalance certain physical symptoms.
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