Homeopathic Remedies For Wisdom Teath

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Although most physicians reject homeopathy, they readily embrace a similar approach in their use of vaccines, which operate on similar “like cures like” principles.

Scientific evidence that homeopathy works is mixed, but this does not deter practitioners or their patients who insist that their own experiences and those of countless others is proof enough. Part of the difficulty, says Darin Ingels, a naturopath with New England Family Health Associates in Southport, Connecticut, is that homeopathic treatments are so highly individualized that their effectiveness cannot be established in clinical research settings that, by their very nature, seek to eliminate the influence of individuality.

The most recent research, conducted by the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in England, was not encouraging. Reported by BMJ on February 8, 2003, the study found arnica no more effective than placebos in preventing pain and bruising after carpal tunnel surgery. But this finding, advocates say, proves nothing. “In some cases, it works in some people, and in some cases, it doesn’t,” Ingels says.

Critics who cannot explain such results often respond with ridicule. John Stossel, in an ABC News “Commentary” on January 30, 2004, for example, linked homeopathy with “paranormal or supernatural phenomenon,” like astral projection or talking to dead people. “It’s nonsense. Total nonsense. It’s mythology,” the Amazing Randi told Stossel, who reports that the magician-turned-professional-debunker is offering $1,000,000 to anyone who can prove that homeopathy works.

In fairness to skeptics, homeopathy’s reliance on dosages that are highly diluted can be difficult to fathom. Many homeopathic medicines “are diluted to such a degree that not even a single molecule of the original solute is likely to be present,” BMJ reports. “Many scientists suggest that the clinical effects of homeopathic medicine are solely due to the placebo effect. However, there have been rigorous, replicated, double-blind, randomized trials showing significant differences between homeopathic and placebo tablets.” Skeptics claim “that there must be another explanation, such as methodological bias, for the results.” Others “argue that homeopathic medicines must work by some as yet undefined biophysical mechanism.”



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