For people new to homeopathic preparations: a homeopathic remedy is made by taking a substance and diluting it in water many hundreds or thousands of times. Before each dilution, the substance is vigorously shaken (succussed), which is thought to strengthen the power of the medicine. Unfortunately we don't understand much about how/why this process works, so research like this is of vital importance.
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In homeopathy, a symptom is cured by a medicine that creates that same symptom. For example Poison Ivy creates a raised, itchy rash with vesicles. If someone comes into a homeopath's office and has a raised, itchy rash with vesicles, the homeopath will give them Poison Ivy (note that if someone gets a rash from Poison Ivy, the homeopath will not give the person more Poison Ivy. That method of treatment is called Isopathy). This law of cure is termed "like cures like".
"Like cures like" is hard to wrap your head around. The way I like to think about it is that your body is telling you what it needs. If you get abnormally hot, your body is saying it wants something that makes it hot. If you get muscle aches, your body is telling you it wants something that gives you muscle aches.
Therefore homeopathy is personal and simple; all that is needed for cure is careful observation of yourself.
Homeopathy is not using diluted medicines. Homeopathy can be practiced with non-diluted medicines. Therefore, homeopathy is not energy medicine. If you believe diluted medicines work because of energetic qualities (for me the jury is still out on that point), then homeopathy is the utilization of this energy medicine according to clearly defined principles.
Homeopathy is a law of cure; in other words, the word "homeopathy" means cure is accomplished by using medicines in a specific manner.
A homeopathic remedy from arnica, marigold, St. John's wort and comfrey accelerates in vitro wound scratch closure of NIH 3T3 fibroblasts
Hostanska K1, Rostock M, Melzer J, Baumgartner S, Saller R.
BACKGROUND:Drugs of plant origin such as Arnica montana, Calendula officinalis or Hypericum perforatum have been frequently used to promote wound healing. While their effect on wound healing using preparations at pharmacological concentrations was supported by several in vitro and clinical studies, investigations of herbal homeopathic remedies on wound healing process are rare. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of a commercial low potency homeopathic remedy Similasan® Arnica plus Spray on wound closure in a controlled, blind trial in vitro.
METHODS:We investigated the effect of an ethanolic preparation composed of equal parts of Arnica montana 4x, Calendula officinalis 4x, Hypericum perforatum 4x and Symphytum officinale 6x (0712-2), its succussed hydroalcoholic solvent (0712-1) and unsuccussed solvent (0712-3) on NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. Cell viability was determined by WST-1 assay, cell growth using BrdU uptake, cell migration by chemotaxis assay and wound closure by CytoSelect ™Wound Healing Assay Kit which generated a defined "wound field". All assays were performed in three independent controlled experiments.
RESULTS:None of the three substances affected cell viability and none showed a stimulating effect on cell proliferation. Preparation (0712-2) exerted a stimulating effect on fibroblast migration (31.9%) vs 14.7% with succussed solvent (0712-1) at 1:100 dilutions (p < 0.001). Unsuccussed solvent (0712-3) had no influence on cell migration (6.3%; p > 0.05). Preparation (0712-2) at a dilution of 1:100 promoted in vitro wound closure by 59.5% and differed significantly (p < 0.001) from succussed solvent (0712-1), which caused 22.1% wound closure.
CONCLUSION:Results of this study showed that the low potency homeopathic remedy (0712-2) exerted in vitro wound closure potential in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. This effect resulted from stimulation of fibroblasts motility rather than of their mitosis.