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July 1, 2011 at 12:52 PMComments: 0 Faves: 1

About Homeopathy (Part 2) - Allopathic Vs. Homeopathic Process

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This Author

Both allopathic and homeopathic medicine are developed following precise scientific procedures, tested and proven at each step of the formulation process, recognized and accepted for symptom relief by the FDA, and GMP monitored. However, below you’ll see just exactly how the differences between allopathic and homeopathic process will ultimately result into two unique approaches to condition relief.

Origin – Natural Sources

Today, we can thank nature for most of the knowledge and resources we use in medicine - as well as the early homeopathic doctors.   In their researching and development of the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia - a book documenting medicinal knowledge for hundreds of natural species and substances - early homeopaths created an evolving tome which, despite its release over a hundred years ago, is still an authoritative source in medicine today. And, though homeopathic medicine is nearly synonymous with “natural”, most people don’t realize that allopathy is actually rooted in the Homeopathic Phamacopeia as well!

The pharmacopeia has provided modern doctors with range of natural ingredients from which to base their medicine - and in the world of medicine, the process of ingredient selection is rigorous. A plant may have several specifications it must meet before it is deemed “medical quality”. It may need to be a highly specific strain of the species, cultivated in a particular climate and in a particular soil type, and be harvested at a precise point in its growth cycle.

So in medicine, a flower is not just a flower.  It’s a Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima grown in tropical Asia and harvested in mid spring when the bloom is at its highest potency. A cananga odorata, unona odoratissima grown in tropical Asia and harvested in late summer will not make the cut. In medicine, and particularly in homeopathic medicine, only the finest ingredients will be used.

Process

Once the perfect medical quality resources have been selected, it is time to transform them from raw materials to usable medicine and in the beginning, this process is nearly identical between allopathic and homeopathic procedures.  It is the processing that begins afterpurification that will determine whether these ingredients will become either allopathic or homeopathic medicine.

1. Extraction

Typically it is not the whole plant that acts on the body, but rather the nutrient compounds within. Rather than using the whole plant, both allopathic and homeopathic researchers extract these compounds as the basis of their medicine.

2. Purification

Ensuring the purity of the extracted nutrient compounds is absolutely essential to both allopathic and homeopathic formulas. Contaminates - even those that are naturally occurring - can affect the stability, quality, even the effect of the resulting formulation.  Therefore, great care is taken to ensure purity before the next step in the processing occurs.

It is at this point, after extraction and purification have occurred, that allopathic and homeopathic processes diverge:

3. Isolating or Potentizing

Isolation: For allopaths, this is the time for the isolation process.  A single element within the nutrient compound will be isolated for use; the rest of the original sources nutrients will be discarded.

Potentization: Homeopaths however prefer to use the extracted nutrient compound in its entirety. Rather than isolating an element within it, homeopathic medicine uses potentization to increase the therapeutic properties of the source nutrient. 

4. Synthesizing or Energizing

Synthesizing: Once a single element has been isolated, allopaths will next synthesize it chemically. After this point in the process, there is no more need for natural sources within allopathic practice. Chemical duplicates are used in their stead.

Energizing: The potentized nutrient compound is now ready for the homeopathic process of energizing.  Recently, a link has been found between a person’s vibrational frequency and their overall well-being. Higher frequencies are associated with good health, while lower frequencies may imply imbalance. Homeopaths use cutting-edge vibrational frequency technology to imprint the potent nutrient compound with healthful vibrational frequency – furthering its beneficial qualities.

5. Compounding or Fortifying

Compounding: Synthesized chemicals may be compounded with other active chemical ingredients or just the filler ingredients required for delivery as pills, capsules, liquids, topical creams or more by allopaths.

Fortifying: Homeopaths fortify, or prepare, their potentized, energized nutrient compound for delivery with the use of a base ingredient. In liquid formulations compounds are most often fortified with alcohol. However, HelloLife homeopathics go another route.  

HelloLife fortifies their active homeopathic ingredients with an oligotherapeutic base comprised of 70+ ionic and trace minerals elements – doing much more than aiding in delivery. Rather than risk the potentially irritating effects of an alcohol base, our mineral complex supplements nutrients, improves bio-availability, increases oxygenation and detox and supports overall health and cell functioning!

Study

Once a formulation has made it through either allopathic or homeopathic procedures, it is time to test the product. Both allopathic and homeopathic practioners rely on a range of vigorous clinical studies before the formulation goes to market. However, priorities for their final product differ and accordingly, so do the focus of their studies.

        Allopathic Study Priorities

1. Designation.

The first priority within allopathic medicine and studies is designation or, in other words, who will this work for? Can we use this for gout or is it better suited for IBS? Who will the product actually benefit?

2. Efficacy

Once a designation is made, let’s say for gout, the next priority within allopathic study is “efficacy”, or how WELL does this product work for the specified designation? Does it relieve both pain AND inflammation while it balances uric acid within the body? Does it do one better than the others? Is this a stand-alone treatment?

3. Safety

Only after both designation and efficacy of the test product have been determined, is safety considered in allopathic study.  Allopathic medicine comes with risk of side effects almost as a rule, but allopathic research will now try to determine what the side effects actually are. How commonly do they occur? Who do they affect? How serious are they? Is the risk justified by the benefit? Are there some groups that should NOT take this product because of the risk of side effects? More often than not, the safety of allopathic medicine will limit the population of people that can use it.

      Homeopathic Study Priorities

1. Safety

Homeopathic medicine lists their priorities in the reverse order of those allopathic concerns. The first, most important question of homeopathic researchers is whether a product is safe.  In keeping with homeopathic philosophy, products that are found to be unsafe or produce negative side-effects in ANY group, will go no further than this point.

2. Efficacy

If a product makes it past the safety tests, homeopathic researchers will move on to determine the efficacy of the product.  What affect does it have on the user? How potent is this product? This information will determine the “indications” or condition/s for which this product will be targeted.

3. Designation

Unlike allopathic designations, homeopathics are not limited by safety. Because homeopathics are safe for everyone, this part of the study simply determines who this product will work BEST for.

A homeopathic ingredient’s effectiveness relies heavily on the body type, duration and severity of the patient’s condition. For example, while one plant may work excellently for a middle-aged, mild gout sufferer, another plant may be recommended for a senior, advanced gout sufferer. While this may limit the usefulness of some homeopathics which rely on only one active ingredient, HelloLife homeopathics overcome this problem with the use of multiple sources, all known to help with a certain condition, but recommended for a variety of body types.   And unlike, allopathic medicines, homeopathics serve a dual purpose of both condition treatment AND condition prevention. So in the end, though homeopathic designations suggest who the medicine may be best suited for, most anyone will benefit from its use!

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