Homeopathic medicinal product
A homeopathic medicine is a preparation that contains a single substance, which is highly diluted. These medicines on the packaging do not indicate the disease they can cure, as is the case with traditional medicines. This is because homeopathic medicines are not used to treat a symptom or a disease, but to stimulate our body to naturally defend itself from the symptoms and diseases that afflict it. Homeopathic medicines have the name of the substances used to produce them, expressed in Latin; being one-component products, obviously the name is unique and cannot be fictitious or deriving from a patent. A homeopathic drug consisting of high dilutions of chamomile, will be called Chamomilla vulgaris, and beside the name we will read the dilutions. There are complex homeopathic medicines, consisting of several substances, but these do not strictly fall within the homeopathic practice.
The principles of homeopathy
Homeopathy is a science that is based on the theories of a doctor who lived between the late 1700s and early 1800s, a Samuel Hahnemann. He built the theoretical structure on which homeopathy is still based. The main principle is that the like treats the like (similia similibus curantur): a substance that produces a symptom in a healthy person, can cure a sick person who manifests this symptom. Instead of treating symptoms with a drug, homeopathy stimulates the body to respond to the disease and to eradicate it independently. In practice, homeopathy works more like a vaccine than a traditional cure. To date there are no scientific studies proving the validity of these assumptions, and in general it seems that homeopathic medicines give similar results to those of placebo products.
Produce a homeopathic medicine
The homeopathic medicine is produced from animal, vegetable or mineral substances; these substances are ground, extracted from plants, ground or otherwise treated so that they can be diluted. The dilution takes place in water, and therefore the insoluble substances in water can be treated with alcohol or other solvent. The more the substance is diluted, the more the homeopathic medicine is strengthened, even if the dilutions of homeopathic medicines are so high that often the result is a product that does not even contain a molecule of the starting substance. During dilution the water is stirred, with a process called dynamization the properties of the starting substance should pass to water. At the end of the dilution the preparation is then inserted into granules of sugar or in water or in alcohol.
How homeopathic medicines work
The dilutions of these medicines are therefore very high, so much so that in many cases we are faced with pure water or sugar, and that's it. But according to homeopathy, medicines must not cure a symptom, but a person, of whom they go to stimulate the vital energy, to better respond to the symptoms manifested. The homeopath is therefore a holistic doctor, who must understand the patient's physical, mental and psychological problems before implementing a personalized therapy to overcome the problems that afflict him. it is a complementary medicine, which aims to assist the action of traditional medicine, identifying the various problems of each individual patient in a very precise and punctual manner. It is therefore not a question of treating a disease, but of helping a patient to deal with it.