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Homeopathic care

Exploring alternative treatments

If your parent is sick, you’ve likely spent a lot of time researching potential treatments. One alternative you may have discovered is homeopathy.

Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, uses natural substances – such as plants and minerals – to treat illness and prevent disease. The theory behind homeopathy is that, if a large dose of a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, such as joint pain, a small dose of that same substance may treat the same symptom when it occurs naturally.

Homeopathy is most often used to treat conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Colds
  • Dry skin
  • Flu
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Although most research has found little evidence that homeopathy is effective at treating disease, some studies have reported positive findings. Be sure to tell your parent’s doctor about any alternative practices you are considering to reducing the risk of medication interactions.