Holistic medicine and homeopathic remedies have been around a lot longer than pharmaceutical companies. These remedies are in place with the belief that, in some cases, the human body is capable of helping itself without relying on prescription medications. Homeopathy is not in place of doctors or any professional medical advice.
According to Noël Love, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Longmont, Colorado, “basically it (homeopathic remedies) uses a theory of like-treats-like.” These remedies and ways of healing aren’t that common in the West, she adds.
“Most Western medicine doctors do not believe in holistic or homeopathic medicine,” Love shares about the struggles to get Eastern medicine normalized in the West. “I find that anything they don’t understand, they’re almost afraid of it.”
Jentry Womack is a holistic healer who’s certified in both homeopathic remedies and energy healing, based out of Los Angeles, California. “People hear words like homeopathy or holistic medicine and think that holism might not be as effective as modern medicine,” Womack says, “or even that it’s merely a trendy sort of placebo.”
Contrary to those popular concepts, holistic medicine and homeopathy have their successes. A lot of homeopathic remedies have been proven to work, people just don’t know how they work so they are cast aside and ignored, and gaining backing on research studies has proven to be difficult.
“Homeopathic medicine is very cheap, it actually works, but takes away from profit driven bottom lines,” Love says, “they don’t want that to exist.”
“Holistic medicine is all-encompassing and most healers will encourage you to find a combination of things to work together to improve your well-being,” says Womack. “There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to our bodies.”
Love stresses the importance of professional care in either type of medicine. “I always tell people that they should work with a professional, it’s hard to diagnose and treat yourself,” she explains. “It’s cheaper, it’s less invasive, and can save you time and money from going directly to western medicine.”
For Love, one of her favorite homeopathic remedies is hypericum. St. Johns Wort, or hypericum, is known for remedying and dissolving severe nerve pain. Love also recommends coffea cruda for anxiety, and calm forte for insomnia.
Womack has some favorites like peppermint oil for stomach issues like irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. She also recommends eucalyptus globulus which is a powerful antiseptic and can treat symptoms of a common cold.
This has only been a brief introduction of holistic medicine and homeopathic remedies. We encourage you to explore more on the ancient techniques of health, wellness and healing.