I know that this may come as a shock to some, but homeopathic remedies do not have a lot of proven scientific research to back up that they work or that they are even safe. I have never been a fan of homeopathics, but I out of desperation, I grabbed some of their teething tablets a couple of weeks ago.
My son started teething at the crazy age of two months and my teething tincture wasn't ready yet! Yikes! So I grabbed some at the store and they seemed to work fine, but after a warning from a friend and reading some startling news, I threw them away.
After doing even more research, I came up with a list of why homeopathic remedies are not effective and not the best choice for your home medicine cabinet.
Homeopathy is not based upon safe herbs. In the above story, the teething tablets that I bought were homeopathic and natural, but what I failed to do was to actually look at the back to see what was in them. In all honesty, I am responsible for the health of my family, and it is up to me to know exactly what I am giving them. I should have looked on the back, read the ingredients, and looked up the ones I didn't know.
In this case, I actually did know the herb being used, and if I had taken two seconds to glance at it, I wouldn't have wasted my money. The infant teething tablets I purchased had Belladonna in them as the active ingredient. If you are not familiar with this name, it is also known as a deadly nightshade. You can read more about it in this article.
Not only was this a problem to be using toxic herbs, there was a problem with the manufacturing of these herbs and they were recalled. You can read about the recall here. Somewhere there was an imbalance of the teething tablets in the manufacturing process, resulting in some tablets having no belladonna and others having too much.
The tablets that had too much Belladonna were causing seizures in the children that were taking them as well as death in the cases of ten children. I'm sorry, but this is not a risk I want to take, especially when there are so many other safe remedies for teething babies.
Outside of teething tablets, Belladonna is also used in homeopathic remedies to treat colds, flu, and fever. Instead of using something that can potentially be toxic, you can try this Elderberry Cold/ Flu tincture, which is extremely effective and only made with safe herbs.
Other toxic plants are homeopathics use are the following: Mokshood also know as Aconitum and Anacardium as known as Nux Vomica. Not to mention that they also include a couple of poisonous fungi that has been known to cause hallucination and other side effects. These fungi are Anhalonium = mescal and Secale = a fungus of grain.
Amongst those to concern you, poisonous and radioactive minerals are also used in this process. These are the poisonous minerals to be aware of Arsenicum = Arsenic and Plumbum = Lead and these are the radioactive minerals to watch for: Granite, Plutonium, and Uranium. Just as a side note, when radioactive minerals are mined, if the miner is not wearing a special suit and glasses to protect him from the mineral, he will get severely sick and in most cases die.
So if I don't convince you to steer clear of homeopathics, at lease write down the names of these plants and use the remedies you chose with extreme caution! You never know when another manufacturing process might go haywire.
Not only do homeopathic remedies use herbs that are not completely safe, they use a lot of other things that are not natural either. They are made out of herbs, plants, minerals, fungus, lab derived chemicals, and several different parts of animals.
For example, these are the lab derived chemicals: CausticumNitric Acid, Kali Phosphoricum – potassium phosphate, and Aspartame - a sweetener.
These venom from toads as vipers are used as well in these formulas. The venom are called Bufo(toad) and Lachesis(viper). Using venom is not a really big deal for me, because obviously anti- venom's are made from that as well. If they stopped here, maybe it would be fine on the animal part, but it doesn't. Below is a list I obtained from this website
Haliaeetus = blood sample from injured American bald eagle
Lac Felinum = cat’s milk
Oleum Jecoris = cod liver oil
Lion Hair Deer antler velvet
Calcarea Carbonica = calcium from oyster shell
Hepar sulph. = sulphur but contains oyster shell
Entire animals or meat
Tarentula Cubensis = a spider Formica Rufa = an ant Apis = bee
Pyrogen = decomposed meat Felix Mas = tapeworm
If that wasn't the worst of it, they also include the human hormone known as Melatonin, human bowel flora as known as Dys.Co, breastmilk( Lac Humanum), and part of the human thyroid gland also know as Thyroidinum.
Not exactly what I would consider natural.
Not Scientifically Proven
I know here I can get into some rough water, because someone somewhere is going to vouch for the effectiveness of these medicines, but in all the studies that have been done, they have never been proven to be effective.
One of the more recent studies was the study done in Australia. This study encompassed two hundred and twenty-five research papers on the topic. An independent company also appraised all the information to make sure that there was no bias in the outcome.
I can really add much to this point because I have not used homeopathic remedies and have not done mine own tests to vouch for or against them. I just know that according to everything I have read, there has not been a study done that gave sufficient evidence that they actually work.
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Not A Builder
I know that this may seem like an odd point, but please bear with me. It is important to use herbs that not only take of the disease or illness itself, but also build your body back up. This is one reason why I do not use Colloidal Silver or laxatives.
Yes, Colloidal Silver does work and it will kill viruses and other bacteria. Laxatives also work in making you have a bowel movement. The problem here is that neither of these remedies keeps the same thing from happening again. This is why some people live on laxatives because they work, but they do not fix the problem.
In Herbology, we do not put band aids on problems, we find the core problem and go about fixing it. Constipation is a problem, but why are you constipated is what we need to figure out. When we figure out the why, we then seek to fix the core issue and prescribe herbs that build your organs and body back to its vibrant self. Always using laxatives will never help your body do what it is supposed to do on it's own, it actually makes it weaker.
Using the right herbs, strengthens the muscles of your colon so that the problem never comes around again.
The same thing with Colloidal Silver. It will kill the virus, but it does nothing to prevent it from happening again. In this case, you want to use an herbal combination that will raise your immunity and help your immune system to fight off the disease or illness. You can see this example is my homemade Elderberry Cold/Flu Tincture.
It is important to chose herbs that fight, build, and strengthen and that are 100% safe to use and non addicting. This is the herb criteria I use in choosing what herbs I will or will not use in my herbal preparations. Homeopathic remedies do none of the above.
Not a Whole Plant
If you look back to the list that I gave you earlier of the parts of animals and plants that are used to make homeopathics, you will understand this point. Homeopathic remedies do not use the entire plant, and this is another reason why they are not safe.
In studying herbs through Dr. Christopher's school, I learned the importance of using the entire plant in my herbal preperations. When you take a plant and begin to chemically extract certain chemicals and leave others behind, you take out the balance that God created.
For example, the herb Yarrow that I love to use has a certain chemical strain, I believe it is called thujone, that is by itself not safe and messes with the nervous system. Because I use Yarrow as a whole herb, I do not need to concern myself about the separate chemicals of the herbs I use because God in his wisdom provided the perfect balance in the plant itself.
All the chemicals of an herb keep the others in check and make for a healing plant, but when you begin to scientifically separate the herbs and just use the chemical strains by themselves, you begin to have harmful side effects.
This is the reason that most medicine is harmful for your body and produces some many ill effects. Most of the medicines are derived from plants, but they are not using the plant as a whole just the chemical strain that does what they want it to do.
If you use herbs in their whole form, it would take an impossible amount to make the herb harmful because everything is in balance. God knew what He was doing when He made the herbs. He put the perfect amount of each chemical to make it incredibly useful, but not harmful, which I think is amazing! We definitely serve an Almighty God who really cares about us!
This all being said, homeopathic remedies do not use whole plants, but certain chemical strains derived from plants. This is one of the main reasons why you cannot understand what is written on the back of a homeopathic label, well unless you are a Science professor.
This is yet another reason I lover herbal remedies. I can look on the back of the label, and I know exactly what whole plants are in contained in the tincture or syrup.
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So in conclusion, homeopathic remedies are not the best choice for your medicine cabinet because they are:
- Not Natural
- Not Safe
- Not Proven to be Effective
- Not a Whole Plant
- Not a Builder
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