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The area of homeopathy (or use of homeopathic medicine through self provisioning) will be viewed through the need for security of bodily self. This need creates a sub-text of need for health, for without health survival diminishes. The focus on homeopathy will be that of an alternative medicine source in which bases it’s systems off of the theory that the human body can cure itself with little aid of plant, animal, and mineral based homeopathic remedies. This page is in no way providing medical advice or suggestions.
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Relationships to Needs
Homeopathic medicine can aid in the securing of health and provide an alternative to modern medical practices, which create more waste. The use of this type of medicine requires other needs including clean air, water, and nutrient rich foods. Homeopathic remedies require certain plants and minerals to base solutions off of and create various remedies that could improve health. Health and livelihood are the foundation in which all other needs are based upon.
Relationships to Organizational Forums
Because homeopathy has become a larger option, with around 3.9 million adults and 910,000 children using homeopathic medicine in 2007, it is common to see over the counter remedies sold in stores and at pharmacies. This committed sales or services market for trendy homeopathic medicine also creates a relationship with the currencies and market forum. Practitioners of homeopathy are licensed through the United States and vary from state to state. This state regulated system is part of a larger organizational forum.
Relationship to Resources
While homeopathic medicine is not a resource itself, it depends on various resources. Land is a major factor as it provides the the plants in which the remedies are made of. The land also provides a place for the animals to grow. Various types of animals, such as whole bees, are used in making homeopathic remedies. Clean water is an important factor, as homeopathic medicine focuses on using the body to heal itself and water is essential to good health of a human.
Minerals play a large role in homeopathic remedies.
Shared knowledge resources can be unitized to study homeopathic medicine.
Homeopathic medicine refers to the theory of wellness based on self healing principles, "like cures like" principles, and naturalistic remedies made for the individual. Homeopathic medicine is used for minor injuries and minor chronic illnesses, however homeopathic medicine cannot be used to treat major illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, or cystic fibrosis alone.
The placebo affect refers to the wellness based upon psychological influences instead of biological influences.
At the end of the 18th century in Germany, homeopathy was developed to cure ailments, however in the 16th century Paracelus declared that what ails a man also heals him. This sets roots for homeopathic medicine that was named by Hahnemann when he rejected what modern medicine was in the 18th century; bloodletting, opium, laxatives, enemas. The treatment included whole body care such as spiritual, diet, and cleanliness. While studying these concepts Hahnemann ingested tree bark used to treat malaria and experienced symptoms of the disease and then declared that the treatment must caused a slight amount of the diseased symptoms in which they treat. This became later known as the "Law of Similars".
Homeopathic remedies would be given after all of the symptoms were observed and recorded. A small diluted dose of a natural substance would be given to the patient.
Today homeopathic medicine is advised to be used under supervision of a medical professional in cooperation with modern medicine. Mainstreamed homeopathic medicines are sold over the counter and are to aid in modern medicine. Homeopathy is not a cure.
Advantages in Relation to Resources, Abundance, and Scarcity
While homeopathy cannot aid in creating abundance today nor is there a scarcity of health care, it can promote the use of natural renewable resources. Modern medicine focuses on the use of synthetic drugs and various chemo therapies to cure human disease. Homeopathy, however, focuses on the whole self in order to create a healthful person. Synthetic pharmaceuticals enter the environment when passed through the body and into the water system or washed off of clothes. The pharmaceuticals are then getting into the earth which alter the growth of the land and consumed by the animals and humans. The ideas that homeopathic medicine promote would not hurt the environment as most remedies are already diluted and come from a natural source originally.
Homeopathic remedies and “solutions” have been regulated by the United States' government since 1938.
Homeopathy: An Introduction. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Published May 2013 http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy
Hershoff Asa, Homeopathic Remedies: A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders, Penguin Putman Inc, NY, 2000 (scholarly source)