Homeopathic medicines may seem intimidating to the novice. They often have unusual names, and are administered in unfamiliar forms like pellets. Although they may appear different at first glance, these medicines are clearly labeled and easy to read making them a first choice for many. But how are they different from conventional medicines? And when are they most appropriate to use?
In the simplest of terms, homeopathic medicines are based on the principle that “like cures like.” In homeopathy, a substance that can produce symptoms of an illness at full strength can help relieve it when microdosed. For example, when a person drinks too much coffee, he or she may become jittery and have difficulty sleeping. Coffea cruda, a homeopathic form of a coffee bean, can help relieve sleeplessness due to hypersensitivity.*
Many opt for homeopathic medicines because their active ingredients are derived from diluted plants, minerals and animals. The diluted nature of homeopathic medicines makes the risk of side effects very low. Because of this, homeopathic medicines can be taken in combination with other medicines and treatments. They are generally used for acute, self-diagnosable illnesses like colds and coughs.
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* These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.