Medicine or magic?

Here's some important information about homeopathy

replace traditional medicine. You still need a diagnosis from your regular physician.”

  • Closely evaluate the practitioner’s claims. Barrett, who is also a retired psychiatrist, gives tips on how to spot a quack on his Website. He suggests that you be wary of practitioners who claim that homeopathic medicine is a cure-all for any and everything. Also, beware of those who promise instant, dramatic results; tell you not to trust your traditional medical doctor; say they have a “secret cure” for any ailment; and use fancy, nonspecific words or phrases to describe your treatment, like “detoxifying” your body or “harmonizing you with nature.” It will take longer to see results from homeopathic remedies than traditional approaches, advises Smithford. He says the practitioner shouldn’t promise you a fast remedy.
  • Get a referral. Talk to other patients for feedback. Also, contact various homeopathic organizations, such as the North American Society of Homeopaths (206-720-7000; to find a practitioner in your area.
  • Trust your instincts. After you’ve done all of your personal research and assessed the pros and cons of each practice (homeopathic vs. traditional), it still boils down to preference. Remember, nonpharmaceutical medicines and practices can fail and be wrongly administered, and the same can be said of traditional medicines and practices. Healing or hocus-pocus? You decide.
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