Herbs and other naturally occurring substances are also used in treating headaches with homeopathic medicines. As more and more Americans lose confidence in conventional medical care, they are assuming responsibility for their own health and are turning to new and alternative healing options. The most popular alternative to drug therapy is homeopathic medicine.
Homeopathy uses a number of natural medicines. When given in large doses, these medicines tend to produce side effects. The side effects, or symptoms, of all homeopathic medicines have been carefully observed and catalogued over many years. The principle behind homeopathy is to treat a patient’s symptoms with a homeopathic medicine that produces the same symptoms. The rationale is that when given in very small doses, a well-chosen medication can cure illnesses that have similar symptoms.
Homeopathic medicines are best prescribed by a homeopathic physician. In determining a patient’s symptom profile, a homeopathic physician will consider not only physical but psychological and even spiritual symptoms. Thus homeopathy is clearly holistic. Symptoms are regarded as evidence of the body-mind’s attempts to heal itself. The right homeopathic medicine will stimulate those symptoms and speed the healing process.