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Homeopathic remedies are derived from plant, mineral, and animal products. Homeopathic remedies are environmentally friendly, cruelty free, and derived from natural sources.
Homeopathy is a gentle and natural healing discipline that works with the body’s own capacity to relieve symptoms, restore vitality, and improve overall health.
Although homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances, homeopathy should not be confused with other natural healing modalities like herbalism or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Homeopathy is a unique therapeutic healing system, and the word homeopathy is not an umbrella term that includes other natural therapies.
Homeopathic remedies cost on average $8–$10 for a bottle that contains multiple doses. Sometimes only a single dose of a remedy is needed to help the body restore health. Remedies have an extended shelf life, and each may be used for several different conditions.
Homeopathic remedies are FDA-regulated, non-drowsy, non-habit-forming, and non-toxic. The remedies also have no known side effects and no known drug interactions.
Homeopathic remedies are considered drugs under U.S. Federal law, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the manufacture, marketing, and sale of all homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic remedies are made by homeopathic pharmacies according to standards and processes outlined in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), the official US homeopathic remedy manufacturing manual. The HPUS contains information necessary for proper identification of raw materials, techniques for remedy manufacture, and quality control measures.
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Homeopathy, like other complementary and alternative disciplines that pose no threat of harm, is not licensed in the United States. Individual state laws and licensing boards regulate the practice of homeopathy and each state’s laws and requirements for practice may be different. NCH does not have information about licensure in any particular state and is not able to give legal advice related to obtaining licensure or practicing homeopathy in a particular state. For more information, contact your state Attorney General’s office.
View this page to learn more about homeopathy certification, registration and practice.
Homeopathy is practiced by a wide variety of health-care practitioners including acupuncturists, chiropractors, dentists, medical doctors, naturopathic physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, osteopaths, physician assistants, podiatrists, professional homeopaths, registered nurses, and veterinarians. Individual states regulate the practice of homeopathy, and each state’s laws and requirements for practice are different. Learn more about practicing homeopathy.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from plant, mineral, and animal products. The first step in making a remedy derived from a plant, for example, involves cleaning the plant and preparing it with alcohol and water to make a tincture. Next, one drop of the tincture is mixed with nine drops of alcohol (diluting) to achieve a ratio of 1:10, and the mixture is vigorously shaken (succussing).
The process of diluting and succussing is repeated to increase the potency of the remedy. If a remedy mixture is diluted 1:10 and succussed six times, for example, the resulting remedy is labeled 6X and contains one part of the original substance in 1 million parts of alcohol.
Two of the most common homeopathic remedy forms are pellets and tablets, which are composed of sugar and lactose saturated with the liquid remedy mixture. The most common types of potencies available are X (1:10 ratio), C (1:100 ratio), and LM (1:50,000 ratio). View How to Make a Homeopathic Remedy
Homeopathy is backed by thousands of research studies. View research here.
Health insurance may cover part or all of the cost of homeopathic consultations depending on the practitioner’s healthcare license or certification qualifications and their participation with an insurance plan.