Homeopathy is said to be the fastest growing system of medicine in the world, and after conventional medicine, the most widely used. Yet, despite having been used safely for the last 200 years, it remains a controversial topic with sceptics claiming homeopathy to be “quackery” and a “waste of money”. Often confused with herbal medicine, homeopathy is a unique medical system that treats the whole body - not only the symptoms of an illness - by using the "law of similars". According to this practice, a patient is given a minute dose of a substance which would cause the same symptoms in a healthy person, and this action will subsequently trigger the body's immune system to heal itself.
The exact workings of homeopathy, however, remain a mystery and numerous scientific studies have failed to find proof of its efficacy; explaining the positive results seen by homeopathic patients with the so-called placebo-effect – when a belief in a medicine’s healing abilities actually makes the patient feel better.
While this age-old debate rages on, millions of people continue to use homeopathy successfully and many others discover it when the route of conventional medication failed them.
Oscar-winning actress and pop star Cher gives homeopathy the tribute for curing her from a debilitating viral illness which struck her in 1987 and manifested in chronic fatigue and bouts of pneumonia.
“I don't think I'd still be around today if it weren't for homeopathic medicine. I was sick with an Epstein-Barr virus which led to chronic fatigue and I couldn't work effectively for two years,” she told the Scottish Sunday Mail in an exclusive interview.
"I tried regular medicine and it just didn't work. Doctors said any illness was all in my head. People thought I was crazy,” the star recalls. “I then turned to a Sikh homeopathic doctor, almost in desperation. He started doing homeopathic stuff with herbs and vitamin therapy. Many doctors didn't believe in all that back then. Within four months, he'd got me up and back on the road again.” The star pledged her support for the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital in 2004 after seeing TV news reports that the government was slashing the city's health budget by 58 million pounds and threatening to close down the hospital.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford revealed on the Oprah Winfrey Show that homeopathic medicines are must-haves in her life. “I am the doctor of our family and I'm a big fan of homeopathy," the mother of two told Oprah. “If I have the kids, for sure, I always take this with me," she explained, holding up a plastic kit containing small vials of homeopathic first aid medicines. Cindy said she carries these medicines in case of bee stings, mosquito bites, and bruises. "You need like five of those little pellets," she said, adding that they "taste sweet so the kids will take them".
Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, has been a patient of controversial German sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt for many years. He first visited the doctor, who also makes use of homeopathy, at his Munich cinic when he was a teenager. “I've been coming here since I was 16,” the 100m world record holder recently said at a press conference in Munich. “It's been a long relationship. Every time I have a problem, he always gives good advice and treatments. He's the best at what he does. We are very close,” Bolt said, adding that he also receives “vitamin injections and stuff”. Bolt was born with scoliosis, a curvature of the lower spine, which makes him more susceptible to back pain and injuries. Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt is a world leader in the treatment of sports injuries and well-known for his holistic approach. Though conventionally trained in medicine and orthopaedics, his treatment includes manual diagnostics, as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies and cupuncture. The core of his treatments is what he calls "infiltrations", in which homeopathic preparations and other substances are injected into the injury site to take away pain and speed up recovery.
Other famous patients include Paula Radcliffe, Kelly Holmes, Tyson Gay, Ronaldo, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Boris Becker. He is also the team doctor for the German national football team and FC Bayern München.
Model and actress, Pamela Anderson, best known for her role in Baywatch, was infected with hepatitis C in 2002 and credits homeopathic treatment with helping to keep her in good health today. She made her illness public in a media statement, saying she contracted the serious liver disease from sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband, rock musician Tommy Lee. On first sharing the news, she was very worried and even predicted that she would die from the disease within a decade. But then she started seeing a homeopath doctor in Los Angeles. Her health improved greatly and her optimism returned: “It was very, very frightening in the beginning and sapping my strength,” she told a reporter in 2004. “But now I am very healthy. My liver was just tested and I have stayed exactly the same or slightly improved over the last few years. I feel great. I'm convinced my homeopathic remedy is keeping me strong. Her homeopath, Wendy Hewland, told Us Weekly magazine that she “made a signal remedy specifically for Pam” that Anderson is using as an alternative form of medicine.
Former Beatles member and singer-songwriter Paul McCartney is a great fan of homeopathy. "I can't manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. I often make use of them," he says. He was introduced to homeopathy by his wife Linda, who saw the great results of homeopathy when she could not get rid of her tonsillitis. When first diagnosed with tonsillitis she was prescribed a course of antibiotics which only provided temporary relief – her symptoms soon returned. When she consulted a homeopathic doctor, however, her symptoms not only went away rapidly; they never returned.
When soccer superstar David Beckham broke a bone in his foot just before the 2002 World Cup, he was devastated; and so were the English soccer fans. The first World Cup game was only 50 days away and chances of him playing were virtually zero. Beckham was told that his injury, a broken metatarsal bone, would take between four to six weeks to heal, with another two to four weeks needed for rehabilitation. The star received intensive treatment which included homeopathy to speed up his recovery. He was so impressed with the results of the homeopathic treatment that he told the world about it. He reportedly also is a great fan of arnica, which is a well-known remedy to reduce and relieve pain, bruising and inflammation. Beckham’s wife, Victoria, also uses homeopathic meds and is said to have relied on it heavily during her third pregnancy to combat morning sickness.
Multi-award winning artist and “Queen of Rock & Roll” Tina Turner suffered from tuberculosis in the mid 1970s and was only cured when she received homeopathic treatment. She initially sought conventional treatment but continued to suffer until she visited Dr Chandra Sharma, a homeopathic doctor in England. She was cured within six weeks and reportedly was able to maintain the high energy musical performance for which she is now famous, due to this homeopathic treatment. She considered him as her doctor and friend and continued to see him for various homeopathic and natural medicines until his death. In her autobiography, Tina the star recalls how she was forced by her abusive husband Ike Turner, to perform even when she was very ill with tuberculosis. Life in the fast lane wore me down, changes in my diet and homeopathy saved me. Thanks to my homeopathic physician, for bringing me back to health..." Tina is continuing her homeopathic treatment with Dr Sharma’s son Rajandra, who was his protégé and is carrying on his work.
Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is perhaps best known for her role in the movie Chicago, for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2003. Her role as Velma required her to sing and dance – and it’s especially the strenuous dance regimes in the movie that took their toll: "I had six weeks of training that were incredibly tough but I knew that these efforts were going to be on film for the rest of my life,” Zeta-Jones told the Daily Mail. “It took me a long time to get into the swing and I needed many long, hot, salt baths." She also credits homeopathy for treating her pain and bruises. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she mentioned how arnica had become her best friend on the set of Chicago. “The pain wasn't there when I was applying arnica. I had that sticky stuff glued to me for months. It brings out the bruising, darling."
Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci relies on natural remedies to maintain her youthful appearance and says she will use homeopathy first before trying hormone therapies as she approaches menopause. "Menopause? I'm mentally ready, and I'm not afraid," the 47-year-old star recently told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair. "I am a huge supporter of homeopathy. I'll try the natural treatments first of all and only later I'll see if I need the traditional hormone therapies," she said. She added that she was not afraid of the ageing process and would rather mature gracefully than go for cosmetic surgery. “Wrinkles are better than a plastic face.”
Kim Cattrall, who is best known for her award-winning role as Samantha in the hit TV series Sex and the City, was first introduced to homeopathy when she lived in Frankfurt, Germany in the eighties.
Her favourite homeopathic remedy is arnica and a remedy for cold and flu called Oscillococcinum. "Arnica! I love it! I use it all the time because I bruise easily,” she told Los Angeles Daily News. “I use Oscillo too. I love it! I lived in Germany and that's how I know about homeopathic medicines.” Interestingly enough, her Sex and the City character Samantha is also a supporter of homeopathy. In the movie Sex and the City 2 she is seen toting around a satchel full of homeopathic pills and creams to ward off hot flushes and a diminished libido.
# The Roshan Family- Rakesh roshan, Hritik roshan, pinky roshan, suzzane roshan use homeopathy.
# Farhan akthar, daboo malik, zoya akthar, honey Irani, manoj bajpai use homeopathy.
# Singer -"shaan" use homeopathy.
# Actor Govinda's wife and daughter's use homeopathy.
# Actor-wrestler Mr DARA SINGH- use homeopathy.
# Legendry actor, father of indian cinema ASHOK KUMAR appart from being an actor was a practitioner of homeopathy !!!
# Hollywood actress Liz Hurley and Madonna use Bach flower remedies for their emotional well-being.
# Former Indian President Hon. Gyani Zail Singh used to take Homeopathic Medicines from Late. Dr. KPS Bakshi.
# Ms Uma Bharti a renowned Politician and voracious orator uses homeopathy for her throat ailment.
# The British Royal Family has regularly used Homeopathy since the 1830’s. Today, QUEEN ELIZABETH II is a patron to the famed Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and PRINCE CHARLES is known to carry Homeopathic medicines whenever he travels.
# GAY GAER LUCE. Ph.D. (twice winner of The National Science Writer’s Award) said that, "Homeopathy is a highly developed health practice that uses a systematic approach to the totality of a person’s health. Anyone seeking a fuller understanding of health and healing will find Homeopathy extremely important and applicable."
# MARK TWAIN once said: ".... (For) the introduction of Homeopathy, which forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. YOU MAY HONESTLY FEEL GRATEFUL THAT HOMEOPATHY SURVIVED THE ATTEMPTS OF THE ALLOPATHS (THE ORTHODOX PHYSICIANS) TO DESTROY IT." Harper’s Magazine. February 1890.
# WILLIAM JAMES stated that: "An enormous mass of experience, both of Homeopathic doctors and their patients, is invoked in favor of the efficacy of these remedies and doses."
# JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER thought that Homeopathy is a "progressive and aggressive step in medicine."
# David Beckham, English Football Superstar- uses Homeo-medicines
# Paul McCartney -The Famous musician uses Homeo-pills.
# MAHATMA GANDHI declared that, "Homeopathy. . . cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond all doubt safer, more economical, and the most complete medical science.
# INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTERS OF HOMEOPATHY:
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England
Tina Turner, Singer. Actress
Yehudi Menuhin, Master Violinist
Nicholos Von Hoffman, Syndicated Columnist
William Tiller. Ph.D., Stanford Professor
Pat Riley, Coach of the L.A. Lakers
Lindsay Wagner, Actress
Andrew Weil, M.D., Researcher and Author
OJ Simpson, Football Superstar
Jim Bouton, Ex-Yankee Pitcher
Bob MacAdoo, NBA Rookie-Of-The-Year 1972
Sally Little, Pro Golfer
Kate Schmidt, Two Time Olympic Medallist in The Javelin
Here are the names of a few Celebrities that have trusted Homeopathy for their health care: American Clergy; Angelica Houston; Anne Lennox; Antoni Gaudi; Arnie Kander (Strength and Conditioning Coach NBA Detroit Pistons); Ashley Judd; August Bier MD (the “father of spinal anesthesia”); Axl Rose; Benjamin Disraeli (British Prime Minister); Boris Becker (tennis); Brian Josephson PhD; British Royal Family; C. Everett Koop M.D.; Camille Pissarro ; Catherine Zeta- Jones; Charles Darwin; Charles Frederick Menninger MD; Cher; Cindy Crawford; Claude Monet; Clergy Support for Colleges and Hospitals; David & Victoria Beckham; David Moncoutié (cyclist); Diane von Furstenberg; Dizzy Gillespie; Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; Eastern Spiritual Support; Edwin Booth; Elvis Stojko (figure skating); Emanuel Swedenborg; Emil Adolph von Behring MD (“father of immunology”); European Support from Leading Clergymen F. Chopin; George Harrison; Grace Kelly; Grant Selfridge MD; Harvey Williams Cushing MD; Hermann Maier (skiing); Jane Fonda; Jane Seymour; Jewish and Muslim Support; Jhane Barnes; Jon Faddis; Jose Maria Olazabel (golf); Karl Carstens (President of Germany); Karl Lagerfeld; Kelly Slater (surfing); Lauren Bacall; Lesley Ann Warren; Lindsay Wagner; Mahatma Gandhi; Marie-Hélène Prémont (mountain biking); Mark A. Hanna; Marlene Dietrich; Martin Sheen; Martina Navratilova(tennis); Mary Baker Eddy; Misty Hyman (swimming); Mother Theresa; Muhammad Ayub Khan (President of Pakistan); Nancy Lopez (golf); Naomi Judd; Nelly Fertado; Pamela Anderson; Pat Riley (basketball coach Miami Heat); Paul Gauguin; Paul McCartney; Paul O’Neill (New York Yankee); Paul Rodgers; Pierre Renoir; President Arthur; President Clinton & Hillary; President Coolidge; President Garfield; President Harding; President Harrison; President Hayes; President Hoover; President Lincoln; President McKinley; President Tyler; Priscilla & Lisa Marie Presley; Rosie O’Donnell; Royal S. Copeland MD; Sarah Bernhardt; Shirley Verrett; Sir William Osler (“father of modern medicine”); Sir Yehudi Menuhin; Suzanne Somers; Tina Turner; Tony Blair (British Prime Minister); Valentine Mott MD; Vidal Sassoon; Vincent van Gog; Whoopie Goldberg; William J. Mayo MD; Charles H. Mayo MD; William Lloyd Garrison (abolitionist)
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