Homeopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine – or CAM – that is largely different from conventional, Westernised medical practice. The holistic nature of homeopathy means that the practice assumes the perspective that all mind and body ailments are related. For that reason, few remedies focus on the treatment of one organ or even one specific symptom, rather, they aim to heal the whole body.
Many homeopaths claim that the practice can help heal any condition, but despite the extensive research, there is no strong or good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective in solidarity.
Asthma is one of the most common conditions that people seek homeopathic treatment for. Though homeopathy should not be the only treatment for a patient managing asthma, there is clinical evidence to support homeopathy as an effective secondary treatment for asthma. This treatment aims to reduce the intensity of asthma and make it more manageable for sufferers by controlling frequency and duration of attacks. Additionally, the holistic practice aims to understand and control the triggers of asthma – which differ from person to person – before suggesting a remedy.
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There is no one size fits all for quitting smoking, but if you decide to try homeopathy to help you kick the habit, you’ll find that the approach focuses largely on treating your nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The placebo effect is a phenomenon closely associated with homeopathic practice, though with regards to smoking cessation, the phenomenon itself may be effective in helping smokers quit and detoxify their body from the effects of nicotine and tobacco.
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As well as ongoing research, there has been multiple, large scale assessments of homeopathy by national and international boards. Though some remedies are available from pharmacies, homeopathy is largely a private practice that is seldom available on the NHS. As of 2017, GPs were strongly advised by NHS England to refrain from providing it, due to the lack of evidence to support the effectiveness of these alternative treatments and therapies.
Though there’s no evidence to support the notion that homeopathy is an effective treatment for any health condition, the favoured use of this practice as a secondary or complementary treatment is personal preference – particularly when it comes to things like smoking cessation or migraines. However, those managing long-term health conditions should stick to conventional medicine and home health monitoring devices. Additionally, by opting for an alternative treatment frequently associated with the placebo effect, homeopathy patients may be excluding themselves from other treatments that have been proven to be more effective.
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