Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine, characterised by the use of remedies lacking ingredients chemically active and considered by a large part of the medical and scientific community a pseudoscience, since they have no experimental or scientific basis.
However homeopathy has registered significant growth in recent years, also applied to children, and is becoming more accepted in some countries. Even it is funded or covered by some public health or social security systems.
Many parents perceive as safe and without toxicity, homeopathy since it uses natural ingredients, and are frequent consultations and homeopathic treatments for respiratory and skin problems.
But, according to my opinion, also increases the demand for homeopathy to the search for solutions to specific problems such as infant colic have no choice but clear in traditional medicine (although there are other means to calm them down), is “ try your luck ” with homeopathy.
With the fortune that the same placebo effect You can give positive results on occasions. Precisely because homeopathy has not been able to demonstrate by objective means a specific effectiveness, i.e., greater than the placebo effect, the dominant position in the scientific literature is consider homeopathy as a pseudoscience.
Evidence-based medicine or in tests (“Evidence based medicine”) was a term coined in Canada in the 1980s to describe the learning strategy that stresses the importance of the review of evidence from the investigation, and the cautious interpretation of clinical information derived from non-systematic observations.
The concept was unveiled in 1991 through an editorial in the magazine (American College of Physicians) ACP Journal Club, first magazine, which began publishing structured abstracts of relevant studies from other magazines. Its diffusion was expanded and was defined in 1996 by Dr. David Sackett as the conscious, explicit and critical use of the best available evidence for medical decisions.
It integrates both professional experience and the available evidence by reviewing the medical literature (i.e. scientifically proven facts). There are different degrees of scientific evidence, and it seems that homeopathy does not meet any.
There are even some campaigns seeking to alert the deceptions that may occur through some solutions “ magic ” to certain diseases, do not forget, There are also business behind homeopathy. In the United Kingdom there are protests of the medical community that are not intended for public resources to homeopathy.
However, at the same time there are University courses postgraduate on homeopathy and many doctors have prescribed once some homeopathic treatment.
All this boom is part of a movement of “ medicalization ” general of our society, which seeks medical (or homeopathic) solutions to issues which in principle do not require such treatment. In an environment in which the lack of time that makes the fastest solution is provided by a pill, or some herbs & #8230;
WHO defends the use of the “ traditional, complementary and alternative medicine ” (which includes as diverse as acupuncture practice, Arabic unani, indigenous medicine medicine …) but only when they have proven useful for the patient and represent a minimal risk and especially in countries with scarce resources, although it warns of misuse that can be alternative medicines and possible reactions adverse. The term “ homeopathy ” is not used in the documents that talk about these traditional medicines, as they are different concepts.
I think that most can “ save ” homeopathy is one of its premises which should be accepted and applied more in medical consultations “ use ”: the importance of the emotional side of the patient, the unification of the physical and mental state of the person.
Personally I have never used homeopathic remedies or for my ailments or to the one of my babies, and although it is often argued that it does not hurt, does a glass of water, which is cheaper, and if you have the same effectiveness (as tested), as it is to think & #8230;
As I’m reading and informing me about these methods, does not increase my confidence in them. What is your experience with homeopathy?