The Greek words homeos (similar) and pathos (disease) combine to explain homeopathy: to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to the disease or suffering. In Homeopathy, the Law of Similars is observed, or “like cures like”. Which focuses on treating the person as a whole with diluted doses. An example I found is this…
“For instance, onions make your eyes water when you cut them. If you have a cold or allergies and your symptoms include a runny nose, the likely remedy to treat your runny nose would be Allium Cepa, which is made from onions.” www.hylands.com
In Homeopathy any plant, mineral or animal substance can be used as a remedy, but it shouldn’t be confused with herbal medicine. The original substances are diluted with liquid repeatedly and vigorously shaken (succussed). Homeopathy is based on three central tenets
- Like Cures Like
- Individualized medication
The tenets of Homeopathy originated from Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor and chemist from the late 1800’s. Hahnemann composed the Law of Similars by testing small doses of medicine on himself. By the 1900’s a small group of doctors in America practice homeopathy, but this faded due to the political and social climate. Homeopathy is more accepted in France, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Argentina and India. It has been said that the Queen of England’s family doctor is a homeopathic physician. Homeopathy is no stranger to debate. Many who oppose it call it a placebo and quack science, meanwhile peer-reviewed journals and clinical studies show it to be effective in a variety of ways.
When my first born was an infant, I wanted something safe and natural to give her to ease her teething aches and pain. I discovered Hyland’s Teething Tablets and loved how it was able to calm her and allow her the rest she needed. Since, I’ve used Hyland’s for all (seven) of my children’s teething phases with repeated success. Often, we’ve made “midnight” runs for the teething tablets when we ran out! They’ve dedicated a whole site to their teething tablets! If you clip coupons, you’ll be able to get some for Hyland’s here.
A bit of history on Hyland’s…Hyland’s was founded in 1903 as a pharmacy lead by George Hyland, one of the pharmacists at that time.
Recently I was able to try some of their products for other conditions. The Hyland’s Sniffles ‘N Sneezes arrived just in time as my family came down with colds in April. I gave the children a dose every 15 minutes for eight doses and then hourly until the symptoms disappeared. The tablets seemed to cut the duration of the cold drastically, while they still had the cough and sniffles it was much milder than before.
I also received:
- Allergy Relief 4 Kids
- Complete Flu Care 4 Kids
- Calms Forte` 4 Kids
- Liquid Cold ‘n Cough Day and Nighttime formulas
It’s difficult to review the tablets above. We haven’t had the conditions needed by the tablets in order to see if they worked. Prior to using the Sniffles ‘n Sneezes, I’ve only used their teething tablets, which I found very effective as I mentioned earlier. Their product line for children has doses for toddlers as young as two. There is one issue I have with their liquid formulas. They use sodium benzoate to preserve them. Sodium benzoate is a commonly used preservative found in soft drinks, condiments and the like, many claim or even believe that sodium benzoate is naturally-occurring. It is a result of a chemical reaction of benzoic acid (naturally-occurring in fruit) and sodium hydrogen synthesized in a lab and in my opinion is not a natural occurrence. Because of this, I did not review their liquid formulas. That aside, I would recommend their tablets. Following their instructions (for the tablets) to the letter should show some results.
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Disclaimer: All information and products mentioned in the post are presented in an informative and opinion format and have not been evaluated by the FDA, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases.