Homeopathy of yesterday and today will it be tomorrow?

Reality and place of homeopathy in today’s medical practice

How to define homeopathy?

The homeopathy is a medical discipline, that is to say prescribed by health professionals (doctors, dentists, midwives, veterinary) and recommended by pharmacists.
The homeopathic products are medicines (granules, drops, tablets, ointment, single dose) delivered exclusively in pharmacies, accessible without prescription but also, at the request of patients.


Established for how long; according to what principles?

The homeopathy was established there over two centuries by a German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Disappointed by the therapeutic methods and in particular by the undesirable effects of the treatments of his time leading to numerous deaths of patients, he sets out to determine the dose of a substance sufficient to treat, without being toxic. He then experiments on himself the effect of numerous substances and establishes the “law of similarity”: any substance capable of giving symptoms in a healthy subject can suppress these same symptoms in a sick subject.


This law, which founds homeopathic doctrine, led to the development

drugs with active products.

The homeopathy is based on three interrelated principles: similarity ,

infinitesimal dose and dynamization .


At the time Hahnemann empirically gradually reduced the doses by diluting successively and shaking his tube a large number of times to ensure sufficient mixing. This phase of shaking after dilutions, called dynamization, is intended as essential to the result.


How to situate homeopathy in relation to conventional medicine?

First of all, there is no question of comparing them, nor of opposing them. A homeopathic doctor is above all a doctor with the sole objective of providing the best possible treatment, with the most effective means and the most respectful of the patient. The homeopathy is also referred to as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), as well as the herbal medicine , acupuncture, naturopathy , hypnosis, … .. All share a more natural approach possible. The particularity of homeopathy is to take into account all the symptoms (physical,
psychological) of the patient so that a comprehensive care and individualization of his treatments emerge.


Interest of homeopathy in the modern medical approach?

The modern medical approach is however based on the concept of integrative medicine, which designates the joint use of conventional medicine and complementary alternative medicines for the care and monitoring of patients. Integrative medicine promotes more personalized medicine for the treatment of the same pathology and gives meaning to the caregiver-patient relationship.

Homeopathy, by its intrinsic characteristics :

  • Naturalness,
  • Safety: homeopathy is a treatment that respects physiopathology, without adverse effects or risk of drug interactions. The homeopathy is suitable for treatment of fragile populations (infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, elderly and polymedicated)
  • The global approach to the patient: homeopathy makes it possible to adapt the treatment to the clinical symptoms and the psychological context of the patient (individualization and personalization of the treatment)

has its place in the practice of integrative medicine and meets many patient expectations.


Homeopathy in practice?

The homeopathy can prescribe for both acute diseases, which occur suddenly and in exceptional cases, for chronic disease:

  • In acute , repeat the catches very often then space according to improvement (remember to consult if there is no noticeable improvement in your symptoms within 48 hours)
  • In chronic conditions , the doctor will give priority to long-term treatment in order to reduce the intensity and frequency of the patient’s seizures.

It is possible to take the granules of different medicines at the same time in the mouth. The prescribed medication may vary depending on the patient, his profile, his medical history, the symptoms he manifests: for the same disease, two patients may therefore have different treatment. On the other hand, the quantity of granules to be taken is the same regardless of the weight and age, whether it is a child or an adult. For pediatric use, dissolve the granules in a little water (glass, bottle) without heating.
The homeopathic treatments can be combined with conventional treatments. They combine more and more often in a complementary way (see Supra . The definition of integrative medicine).


Did you know ?

What is the difference between 30CH and 9CH for granules (in tubes) or globules (in doses)?

This is the number of dilutions carried out. Thus, for a drug in 9CH, the starting solution (called Mother Tincture ) was diluted and energized 9 times to the hundredth. The choice of the dilution is
important: it is related to your particular situation and not to your weight or your age. Your doctor has carefully determined it in relation to the expected effect on your organism.


Some key figures

  • 61% of general practitioners use homeopathic medicines (1)
  • 50% of oncologists are interested in the use of homeopathic medicines in supportive care (2)
  • 40% of veterinary clinics integrate homeopathic medicines into their practice (3)


(1) Study carried out by IPSOS with 3,032 independent general practitioners representative of the population surveyed. Survey carried out between March 4 and 13, 2019
(2) “Oncology, supportive care and homeopathy” study carried out among 150 oncology professionals (70 oncologists, 40 hematologists, 40 radiotherapists) by the A + A institute of June 24 to August 01, 2014.
(3) https://www.veterinaire.fr/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/acceuil/atlas-demographique.pd In France, 8,000 veterinary clinics listed by the order.



Arnaud C. (Doctor of Pharmacy)

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