This article is from the Alternative
Medicine Therapies guide.
- Because the
practice of homeopathy is only minimally regulated in the U.S.,
a homeopathic practitioner may be a self-educated person with
minimal training. Be sure to check into the practitioner's credentials.
- Some unlicensed
practitioners "diagnose" the need for remedies by the use of electrical
diagnostic devices. This method, even when practiced by trained
M.D.s, is controversial within the homeopathic community. Do not
accept such diagnostic advice from a person who is not otherwise
licensed as an M.D., D.O., D.C., or N.D.
the manufacture of homeopathic remedies is regulated under the
Food and Drug Administration for safety and purity, the effectiveness
of homeopathic remedies has not been tested the same way pharmaceutical
drugs are before coming to the market.
- If you are
pregnant, consult your doctor before taking drugs, homeopathic
remedies, or supplements for self-care.
- Even though
the doses of alcohol are very small, it is wise to avoid taking
homeopathic remedies in an alcohol base if you are pregnant, a
recovering alcoholic, or otherwise need to avoid alcohol.
- Don't rely
solely on homeopathic remedies to treat a serious illness such
as cancer, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart