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Homeopathy: what é, what it is for and how it works

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Homeopathy: what é, what it is for and how it works
Homeopathy: what é, what it is for and how it works

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses the same substances that cause the symptoms, to treat or relieve various types of diseases, such as anxiety, asthma or depression, for example, following the general principle that "like cures like ". These substances are used diluted in water or alcohol and shaken or dynamized, producing the homeopathic remedy that may be able to alleviate symptoms instead of worsening them.

This type of therapy is considered a form of alternative or complementary treatment, as there are not enough scientific studies on its effectiveness. However, homeopathy is recognized by the Federal Council of Medicine and offered by the SUS, as part of the National Program for Integrative and Complementary Practices (PNPIC).

Homeopathic treatment should always be indicated by a homeopathic doctor, who is the professional best able to adapt treatment to individual physical and emotional conditions, and should never replace conventional medical treatment with allopathic remedies.

What is it for

Homeopathy can be used to help treat many types of ailments, the most common of which include:

Problem to be addressed

Some homeopathic remedies available

Asthma or bronchitis

Tossemed or Almeida Prado nº10


Sinumed or Almeida Prado nº 3


Gripemed; Almeida Prado nº5 or Oscillococcinum


Tossemed or Stodal





Depression or anxiety

Homeopax; Nervomed or Almeida Prado nº 35



These homeopathic remedies should always be used to complement conventional medical treatment and therefore should not replace the remedies prescribed by the doctor, also known as allopathic remedies.

Furthermore, although most homeopathic remedies are safe, some contain substances that can prevent the absorption of other remedies, and it is always necessary to inform the doctor when using any type of homeopathic remedy.

How it works

Homeopathy was created by the German doctor trained in conventional medicine, Samuel Hahnemann, with the aim of restoring physical, emotional and mental he alth, individually, without the need to use chemical medicines that can cause side effects, because it has as a fundamental principle that he alth depends on the balance of vital energy, and its disharmony can lead to illness. In this way, homeopathy focuses on the whole person and not the disease.

Thus, homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like”, so small amounts of substances of animal, vegetable or mineral origin are used, which are capable of causing the same symptoms of a certain disease, stimulating the defenses natural remedies, self-healing and restoring the balance of the body.

In addition, the substances used in homeopathy are ultra diluted and dynamized or agitated, as this therapy also has as its principle the “law of infinitesimals”, in which the more diluted the substance, the more potent its effect.

The World He alth Organization allows the use of homeopathy for almost all diseases, but disapproves its use for serious diseases, such as childhood diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, cancer and AIDS, for example, and in these cases it must be used preferably the clinical treatment indicated by the doctor.

How is the consultation with the homeopath

Consultation with a homeopath is very similar to that of a conventional medicine doctor, as an assessment of symptoms, family history, as well as tests that help identify a diagnosis.

However, in the case of the homeopath, the doctor will also assess how the symptoms are affecting the day-to-day, what are the complaints, sensations and emotional reactions, remarkable facts of life and how they affected the person.

This way, the consultation with the homeopath is longer, lasting at least 30 minutes, since this professional can ask several types of questions to learn more about the personal life of each one.

After this evaluation, and after reaching a diagnosis, the homeopath is able to indicate which homeopathic remedy should be used individually, as well as the strength of its dilution, creating a therapeutic plan with doses, schedules and treatment duration.

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