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Initial version created by Sarah Carollo- Environmental Geography 2013

Introduction

The area of homeopathy will be viewed through the need for security of bodily self. Homeopathic medicine, for the purpose of this page, is seen in the context of self provisioning and committed practice (a kind of service), to serve the needs of health, without which survival is threatened. Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that the human body can cure itself with a little aid of plant, animal, and mineral based homeopathic remedies.

This page is in no way meant to provide 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 at times create more problems than they cure (so-called iatrogenic or doctor-created disease; see Kohn et al. on its prevalence in the United States).  Homeopathic practitioners and followers recognize the need for medicine in conjuncture with other needs, such as for water, air, psychological wellbeing, and nutrient rich foods, which are integral to a homeopathic regimen for health care. 

Relationships to Organizational Forms 

Because homeopathy has become a widespread option, with around 3.9 million adults and 910,000 children worldwide using homeopathic medicine in 2007, it is common to see over the counter remedies sold in stores and at pharmacies. Sustained doctor patient relationships are a form of committed sales or services. The market for homeopathic medicine consists of individual sales. In both cases, transactions usually employ currencies and market forms. In various countries practitioners must go through licensing processes, which in the case of the United States vary from state to state. Systems of state regulation can be classified in the committed services and sales cluster of organizational forms. However less and less practitioners are becoming certified in the United States (Merrell).

Homeopathy is used in conjuncture with medical degrees around the world. 40% of French doctors are trained to use homeopathy along with other medicine and the cost is half of those who are using orthodox medicine (Australian Homeopathic Association)

Relationship to Resources

While homeopathic medicine is not a resource itself, it depends on various resources. The medicines are made from medicinal plants or animals (living things) or minerals, both of which are grown on or extracted from the land. 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. While modern (allopathic) medicine artificially manufactures their medications, homeopathic medicine is made from natural materials and less resources are used thus reducing waste. 

Shared knowledge resources can be utilized to study homeopathic medicine. 

General Information 

Definitions 

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 alone cannot be used to treat major illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, or cystic fibrosis.

The placebo effect refers to the wellness based upon psychological influences as opposed to biological influences. This spontaneous wellness caused by psychological wellbeing can also be intentionally caused in that practitioners look to better the mind of the patient so that the body is better treated. Some thinking homeopathic healing works through this concept. 

History

At the end of the 18th century in Germany, homeopathy was developed to cure ailments, however in the 16th century  Paracelsus declared that what ails a man also heals him. This sets roots for homeopathic medicine that was named by Christian Friedrich Sameual 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 health, 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 cause 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. The most common chemotherapy today is for cancer treatment in which treating the illness means killing cells in the body, cancerous and healthy ones.  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. One  idea is that homeopathic medicine would not hurt the environment as most remedies are already diluted and come from a natural source originally. 

Treating the whole body is an advantage in homeopathy as modern medicine does not focus as much on this concept. If one area of the body is ignored in the sake of taking care of another part, then more problems are created within the body. In the same boat is treating an ailment without treating the whole body. A neck pain may be caused by the composition of the lower back, however if the neck is treated without aligning  the lower back the problem may come back. As a whole this would reduce costs if practitioners can treat various ailments at once and cut the cost of multiple visits. 

Scarcity within healthcare today could come from the cost of medical treatment in most contries. 

Homeopathy Today

Homeopathic remedies and “solutions” have been regulated by the United States' government since 1938. 

Around 40% of French physicians prescribe homeopathic remedies (Ullman).

42% of British physicians refer to homeopathic medicine (Ullman)

Over 100 4- and 5-year homeopathic schools in India (Ullman).

References

Australian Homeopathic Association. "Facts and Figures" 1996 http://www.homeopathyoz.org/whatisMediaKits.asp  Accessed November 2013

Kohn, K. T., J. M. Corrigan, and M. S. Donaldson. 1999. To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Hershoff AsaHomeopathic Remedies: A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders,    Penguin Putman Inc, NY, 2000 (scholarly source)

Homeopathy: An Introduction. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Published May 2013 http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy

Loudon, Irvine “A Brief History of Homeopathy” Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine. December 2006 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1676328/ Accessed November 2013

Merrell, WC, Shalts, E. “Homeopathy” PubMed. MedClinic North America. 2002. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11795090 accessed November 2013​

Ullman, Dana. "Present Status of Homeopathy Internationally, The" Homeopathic Educational Services. http://www.homeopathic.com/Articles/Introduction_to_Homeopathy/The_Present_Status_of_Homeopathy_Internation.html accessed November 2013​

"What is Homeopathy?" Balance and Health. WebMD.http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/homeopathy-topic-overview Accessed November 2013 

 

 

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