Understanding the Distinction between Homeopathy and Herbalism

Understanding the Distinction between Homeopathy and Herbalism

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Herbal and homeopathic treatments are actually quite different, but there seems to be some confusion among people about these two different methods. 

Using herbs differs from using plant derived drugs such as Aspirin (which is derived from Willow bark) because in the case of plant derived drugs, the one active chemical is isolated and often synthesized, and that is all that is used. When using herbs you are dealing with all the chemical compounds of the plant and this is why science can not always explain why or how a medicinal herb works.

Herbs can be taken in a number of ways but the most popular are tinctures, teas and capsules. Capsules are typically an empty capsule filled with a dried or freeze dried herb crushed up inside.

Teas are made by steeping the herb in hot water and a tincture is an alcohol distilled liquid concentrate of the herb. It is important to remember that herbs and supplements can interact with conditions, drugs or even other herbs and supplements so always let your healthcare practitioner know what drugs you are on and what conditions you have.

A homeopathic remedy is made by taking the ingredient and diluting it hundreds or thousands of times until there are actually no molecules of that ingredient left. 

Adapted from an article in Full Circle Women's Health

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