Unfortunately, however, when someone proposes homeopathy as an alternative approach, many may well frown or even argue against its use, as this farmer experienced. The reason for this is usually that they lack any knowledge or experience of using homeopathy. In some cases it may even be that they just prefer homeopathy to be ineffective because it would otherwise challenge their vision of medicine, and perhaps even their worldview.
The fact that the international scientific community is waking up to the issue of anti-microbial resistance is a strong justification for asking whether there are any ‘other and better options’ for practising medicine. Whereas many believe that the solution to anti-microbial resistance is to develop new anti-microbial drugs, or even vaccines, there is also a realisation that we should search for better alternatives rather than simply pursuing the same short-term solutions. And as homeopathic medicines work by strengthening immune responses in sick individuals, they do not depend upon anti-microbials, and there is no possibility of resistance, no possibility of creating “superbugs.”
Still, there are many who argue that homeopathy does not work, even cannot work because current theories do not always explain its effects. There is a lot of scientifically sound evidence, however, that homeopathy does indeed work. The real scientist looks at the data, and the data is there: homeopathy makes a difference more than placebo (see the research tab in this website). And millions of patients through two centuries provide even stronger evidence.
Besides the scientific debate, those who investigate homeopathy as practised by qualified homeopathic practitioners soon realise the potential of this type of medicine. It is often their personal experience with homeopathy that convinces them about the possibilities and power of the 'little drops or pills'. And it is not only the efficacy of a well prescribed homeopathic remedy that is convincing—it is also the respectful attention given to the patient's individuality. In homeopathy, the patient is not simply a statistic—each patient is seen as a unique being and therefore given the individual attention required for a return to health: homeopathic medicine comes with an ethos where the patient is absolutely central to therapy.
Homeopathy is very much a modern medicine, in fact ahead of its time—the first scientifically based studies of medicines were carried out on homeopathic medicines. And homeopathy has the ability to touch the patient's deepest self, helping them to return to good health. This is medicine of the future, available now! It can do this not only for one individual, but also for a group of animals suffering from the same disease—and it does this in a non-toxic way without depleting natural resources. Homeopathy is scientific, natural, effective, and environmentally friendly. What can be better than this?
The possibilities of homeopathic medicine are endless: we are only just discovering what is possible.
Welcome to the future! Welcome to homeopathy!