Women's Health: Healing with Homeopathy

Homeopathy as an alternative to traditional Western medicine is gaining in popularity. As women age and try to manage their way through the changes in their bodies, more are turning to holistic healing approaches when traditional medicine isn't meeting their needs. Women's health and healing with homeopathy is moving into mainstream conversation.

Celebrity doctors like Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dr. Andrew Weil have brought a level of respect to this field. Both are skilled medical doctors who also understand the power of homeopathy and how using it can work with traditional medical protocols. Through television, books and the Internet, they have gained an army of women disciples.

What is Homeopathy?

The basic concept is based on a belief that the human body has a vital, healing energy force often referred to in Chinese culture as "chi." If you become sick, your chi force is out of balance. Homeopathy treats the patient with diluted natural substances with the goal of triggering the body's natural healing system. A practicing homeopath believes that this system, when applied to specific symptoms, can match the appropriate holistic remedy to the needs of each patient.

Based on the principle that you can treat "like with like," homeopathy states that when a substance taken in large doses causes symptoms, it can be used in small doses to treat the same symptom when it occurs naturally. Because homeopathic medicines are mixed with extremely high dilutions, they are non-toxic-unlike chemically based drugs.

Healing with Homeopathy

Many believe that homeopathy is well suited for treating women's health issues because it can be tailored to individual needs. Women experience menstrual cycles, pregnancy, morning sickness, menopause and other gender-based issues. Even though symptoms vary with each woman, traditional medicine has a "general symptom"-based approach that often doesn't suit every woman. Homeopathy treats the individual woman and her specific symptoms without the fear of drug-based side effects.

Another encouraging part of women's health and healing with homeopathy is that it can be used in conjunction with traditional medicine. More doctors today, like Oz and Weil, are becoming versed in how to effectively combine the two protocols. They have discovered that they can lower conventional drug doses when they combine them with homeopathic treatments.

"Traditional medicines are so strong that they sometimes have side effects on the body and throw the whole system off," says Dr. Barry Rose, co-author of the book "Homeopathy for Women." "Homeopathy is a more gentle approach that assists the body's own healing power without the side effects." He also states that while homeopathy alone will not cure all illness, it is a good place to begin when dealing with women's health.

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