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Homeopathy

Postby pilgrim » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:25 am

I am aware that there is no medically recognised basis for homeopathy. But I was recently intrigued by the testimonials of an acquiantance. It is not big in my country but I am aware that it is popular in Australia, Europe and UK. So I'd like to ask if anyone here uses it, your experiences and what you think of it particularly in respect of treating migraine. :thinking:

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Re: Homeopathy

Postby Viscid » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:32 am

Why even bother asking on this forum? Does the opinion of Dhammawheel members mean more to you than controlled studies? You may as well give it a try, if at least for a potential placebo effect (which is still something.) The only thing you risk is wasting your money-- but since you're just paying for shaken water, I can't imagine that being very much.
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Re: Homeopathy

Postby pilgrim » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:43 am

Yes I do place value on anecdotal evidence. Going by clinical evidence alone, I wouldn't be Buddhist.
Mention could also be made of acupuncture which as far as I am aware is a field that has no medical basis. Yet people pay to have tiny needles inserted in them. :tongue:

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Re: Homeopathy

Postby Viscid » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:00 pm

Acutally, there's a surprisingly significant amount of research which suggests acupuncture to be effective-- relatively moreso, at least, than homeopathy.
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Re: Homeopathy

Postby danieLion » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:32 pm

Hi Pilgrim,
If by homeopathy you mean serially diluted concoctions (like UNDAs), then you are wasting your money. There are no such things as "essences" via serial dilutions.
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Re: Homeopathy

Postby marc108 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:02 am

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Homeopathy

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Re: Homeopathy

Postby Ben » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:22 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Re: Homeopathy

Postby pilgrim » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:38 am

Thanks Ben,
There is both a Australian Homoeopathic Association as well as an Australian Register of Homoeopaths Ltd, so I figured....

Anyway, there is no cure for migraines, only drugs to prevent attacks, abort an attack or reduce the pain of an attack. A Neurologist I consulted prescribed a daily dose of a drug more commonly used for epilepsy as a preventive, which I am not inclined to use. I use an abortive drug which works by constricting the blood vessels and is taken only when an attack starts but as I've been using this for the past 20+ years you'll understand why I'm still keen to explore possible cures. I've even gone for Goenka's courses following his example. It is interesting that during meditation retreats. I experience sensations ( tightening, pain etc) which are clearly related to my migraine but not the migraine itself. But the cure remains elusive.

Anyway thanks for all suggestions

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Re: Homeopathy

Postby Ben » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:47 am

Hi Pilgrim

I understand your reluctance to take drugs unnecessarily.
I am wondering whether there are any lifestyle changes that would have a positive impact on your condition? Such as diet, exercise, sleep, etc?
I found that changing my lifestyle I was able to reduce my blood pressure and thus eliminate the need for medication.
Its just a thought.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Homeopathy

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Re: Homeopathy

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Re: Homeopathy

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Re: Homeopathy

Postby Leon-nl » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:48 am

How is your migraine now? Did you try a homeopath?
If modern medicine fails, or can only offer life-long medication, homeopathy is certainly worth trying.
I don't believe in a so called placebo effect of homeopathy - at least it is not less in modern medicine.
I tried homeopathy for bad allergies I've been suffering all my life - didn't work at all.
For my parents who were much more sceptc, especially my father, it did work. My father had a bad inflammation in his arm, confirmed with x-rays. The doctor gave him antibiotics. I asked my father to first try homeopathy, he did, and he never needed antibiotics for it.
Of course, this is anecdotal and not hardcore scientific proof, but there are too many such experiences of people all over the world to bluntly say that homeopathy does not work.
Homeopathy certainly is not a cure-all for everything, but it certainly is worth trying. Just my opinion.
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When looking on the world in this way the king of Death does not see one.” - Sn 5.15

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Re: Homeopathy

Postby pilgrim » Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:19 am

Hi Leon-ni, Thanks for asking but no, i didn;t try homeopathy. I guess my initial interest withered.
Regarding food triggers, in my case, I would put it down to citrus fruits and their products such as marmalade and orange juice.


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