Figuring Out If Homeopathic Medicine Is Right For You

by Kathryn Ross

On Z Living’s show Desperate For A Miracle, individuals face life-threatening illnesses and diagnoses before turning to alternative methods of treatment. Many of these miraculous, mind-blowing survival stories come from people seeking homeopathic and naturopathic doctors. To understand if one of these doctors is right for you, take a minute to learn about the practices. 

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What Is Homeopathic Medicine?

According to WebMD, “Homeopath, or homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself.” The definition continues saying, “If a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a homeopathic dose enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory process.” 

Homeopathic medicine has been around since the late 1700's, and has a history of effectively treating allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. It is not widely considered an appropriate treatment for major illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and stroke. There was a woman on Desperate For A Miracle who worked through her advanced lyme disease through the homeopathic bee-venom therapy, in addition to prescribed antibiotics. She’s an example of how you can always explore homeopathic treatment, but should never rely solely on it. 

And Then, There’s Naturopathic Medicine

According to, “Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies.” Many natural therapies fall under the homeopathic umbrella, but some also fall outside. Naturopathic doctors, some of which appear on our show Desperate For A Miracle, specialize in using natural methods to create holistic, proactive prevention, as well as diagnoses and treatments. 

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And How Do I Know If Any Of This Is Right For Me?

One of the main rules of going into naturopathic or homeopathic treatments is to realize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. This means that people effectively use naturopathic and homeopathic medicines to deal with a number of issues ranging from digestive problems, to chronic pain, to side-effects of cancer. These are not fields you go to for cures, but instead answers and perspective.

Just because someone on Desperate For A Miracle used bee-stings and antibiotics to overcome her advanced lyme disease, doesn’t meant that will be the answer for you. At the same time, if you’ve been struggling with an ailment for an extended period of time, and your regular doctors can't get to the root of it, then it’s probably worth consulting them as well as a homeopathic, or naturopathic doctor. 

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