About homeopathy and allopathic medicine
First of all, before digging into these two different yet complementary terms, we need to know that homeopathy is not a competition and should not be compared to allopathic medicine. We must keep in mind that homeopathic treatment is strictly individualized and takes into account the particular aspects of a person.
Therefore, we are here to present these two terms so that we all know better what they’re about.
What is homeopathy?
The term homeopathy defines a scientific medical therapeutic method, which is based on some very clearly defined principles and laws of healing.
In homeopathy, there are no diseases, only the sick. The scientific value of homeopathy stems from the fact that it is based on and observes a series of clear, well-defined principles and laws that have been verified over time, being the same for over 200 years. This is a great advantage if we consider that in the last 10 years some allopathic medicines have changed their indications and others have even been taken off the market.
As far as we know, homeopathic medicine contains over 2000 remedies verified on people, even though the placebo effect or self-suggestion have been shown to be effective in animals as well. But the coincidence of healing after a homeopathic treatment is far too high to be attributed only to the placebo effect.
The advantages of homeopathy are many, starting with the fact that homeopathic medicines, correctly administered, do not cause side effects, because they are made from natural substances, after a well-developed procedure and have no degree of toxicity, as they contain a very small amount. and infinitely diluted enzymes from the base substance.
Another advantage is that homeopathic remedies are available in pharmacies at an affordable price and significantly lower than most allopathic medicines. In addition, if the remedy is prescribed correctly, it provides quick and gentle healing, which differs from the allopathic approach, which can sometimes be more sudden or more brutal for the body, in the sense that it can overload or inhibit the body’s defense mechanisms.
We must not exaggerate the virtues of homeopathy, in case of very advanced diseases. The more advanced a disease, the longer it lasts, the lower the body’s ability to respond to homeopathic treatment, due to its exhaustion. Age is also taken into account. With age, there may be some changes in the ability to respond to the therapeutic remedy, in the sense that children have the best reactivity and the older the body and affected by multiple chronic diseases, they decrease the ability to respond. to the remedy, but it does not mean that it cannot be tried.
Homeopathic medicines have been called remedies. They are made of natural substances, which are found in nature in the three kingdoms: vegetable, mineral, and animal. Practically, from any substance existing in nature, a homeopathic remedy can be prepared by a corresponding dilution and potentiation.
As we mentioned in the beginning, homeopathy is complementary to allopathy.
What is allopathic medicine?
Basically, allopathic medicine, or allopathy, is an archaic term used to define science-based, modern medicine.
Classical medicine, which is applied in hospitals today, known as allopathic medicine, defines health as the absence of disease, this definition is based on a negative statement. The name allopathy comes from the Greek allos (different) and pathos (suffering) and is related to the name of the well-known German physician Samuel Hahnemann who, at the beginning of the 19th century, laid the foundations of homeopathy. By this term, he tries to define the medicine that is practiced in all hospitals of the time, in order to distinguish it from the new method of treatment developed by him which was based on the principle of similarity and whose name comes from the Greek homeos (similar) and pathos (suffering).
Allopathy is a medicine of the opposite and most of the medicines it uses for treatments have the prefix “anti”, for example, fever is treated with antipyretics, pain with painkillers, cough with antitussives, etc. It is a type of medicine familiar to Western societies and is a biological approach to healing.
Allopathic medicine flourished after 1848 when the American Medical Association (AMA) was formed in the United States. In those days many American clinics relied on homeopathic and naturopathic treatments, allopathic medicine gained momentum, and its success was largely due to advances in science in vaccine production and the development of specific drugs that could treat diseases. At the same time, the discovery of antibiotics led to the rapid growth of the pharmaceutical industry.
In classical medicine, mental illness and emotional disorders are usually seen as a brain disease, or as a character defect, and physicians seek to treat these disorders by altering the physiology of the brain with medication or behavioral changes.
In allopathic medicine, the impact the mind can have on health and healing is not taken into account. Because the early allopaths followed in the footsteps of Descartes, they had a ‘mechanistic’ view of the body and were separating it into component parts, looking for physical causes of disease, trying to name it and define it. They also tried to be more specific in treating certain diseases specific to a certain organ.
As for the spiritual side, it is completely separate from all that means health and healing and is usually seen as a non-scientific approach. Although allopathic medicine recognizes that many symptoms have a mental component (for example, emotional stress can lead to ulcers or chronic headaches), its general approach is to suppress symptoms, both physical and psychological. For example, if the patient has high blood pressure, an allopathic doctor will give him blood pressure pills, pills that will not actually treat the cause of this disorder in the body. In allopathic medicine, the main cause of the disease is considered to be the action of pathogenic bacteria and viruses or biochemical disorders; Scientific tests are used in diagnosing diseases, medicines, and surgery and radiation are among the key tools in treating health problems.
In many cases, where the methods of allopathic medicine fail to discover the cause and completely cure the patient, other “unconventional” methods give indisputable results, being able to quickly restore a lasting state of health. We’ll talk about other “unconventional” methods such as holistic medicine in future articles so stay tuned on Quantum Medical blog.