As a chronic allergy sufferer, I try to keep up to date with the latest equipment, medication and trends that will help me alleviate my allergy symptoms. Is there a new medication on the market? A different type of air purifier I should be using? That type of thing. From time to time I’ve stumbled across homeopathic remedies that claim to help. But does homeopathy work for allergies? Or is it one big scam.
First and foremost, I’m not a doctor. I have no training or formal education on the matter, besides what I find, read and research for myself.
I go in to these matters with an open mind and, quite frankly I’d be willing to balance upside down on my head singing the National Anthem twice a week if you could guarantee it helped my sinuses and alleviated my allergies.
I have indeed bought, and used homeopathy in the desperate help it would help me, so it’s not a case of neysaying before I’ve even given it chance.
So with that in mind, let’s have a look at what homeopathy actually is.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a type of ‘alternative’ medicine. The phrase alternative medicine should set alarm bells ringing straight away. What’s ‘alternative’ about it? If it works, then surely it will be regularly prescribed and will indeed be mainstream medicine.
Well, quite. And that’s the point. Because there is no credible clinical evidence that homeopathy works, or that it actually improves people’s conditions beyond the placebo affect, it goes in the alternative category. And that’s where it should stay as far as I’m concerned.
Homeopathy itself is based on the premise that the more you dilute an active ingredient, the greater it’s power to treat an illness.
For example, if you find that a certain herb is great for treating depression, homeopathy states that the LESS off it you dilute in water the MORE it will heal the ailment.
By this definition if you buy a bottle of homeopathy pills that are many, many times greater sugar and one billionth part of the active herb, then they claim this will be a super powerful treatment. You don’t really need me to go on as to why this is obviously bollocks, do you?
The worst part is though, there’s a huge and growing market for this stuff being sold to unsuspecting consumers. If you look up any serious, empirical study of the field such are the NHS you’ll find it’s discouraged as it has no clear benefits. And yet the industry continues to make a fortune off unsuspecting patients.
So does homeopathy work for allergies? No. It doesn’t. It can’t
The downfalls of giving it a try aren’t grave for allergy sufferers. You may feel you benefit, you might not. It’s not as bad as those with a serious or terminal disease turning to homeopathy when they should be seeking clinically proven treatment.
It’s probably just a waste of money though. A waste of time and money, tricking you into exploring an avenue that isn’t helping when you should be concentrating on getting the right medicine that works, totally eradicating your allergen and finding a routine and way of living that really elevates your quality of life.
So homeopathy? Ditch it. Steer clear. It’s nonsense.