Homeopathy and Mental Health
People who have been following my blog for a while know that I have always tried to be as scientific and evidence based as possible. I have been critical of pseudo sciences like homeopathy. I have also accepted that faith healing may help with illnesses like depression or anxiety. Recently I was going through some research papers when I came across something that surprised me a lot. I saw a research that proved the effects of homeopathy on treatment of mental illnesses. I decided to look deeper. Here is what I found,
How Homeopathy ‘Works’
When I was young, I was fascinated by the idea of homeopathy. I always believed that since it is an alternative, natural treatment to illnesses, it is obviously the better one. Slowly I came to learn about the placebo effect. I learned about how the mind convinces itself to get better and how various charlatans misuse this effect to sell their products.
I started looking deeper into the concept of homeopathy and felt a bit embarrassed that I actually had believed it worked. The people who deal in homeopathy claim to have effects mostly off of a mixture of therapy and placebo to show some results. The study I went through was no different.
Homeopathy Copies Psychology
In the study I went through, there was a passage where the authors claim that the researches that disprove homeopathy are faulty. They said that in those studies, the application of homeopathic treatment wasn’t accurate. This led to faulty results. One might think that there aren’t many ways that you could get ‘making people eat sweet pills’ wrong but that is what they believe.
Homeopathy for the homeopaths is something that is holistic and tries to heal the person instead of the symptoms. This sounds drastically similar to the objectives of Rogerian therapy which focuses on the client instead of the diagnosis.
Homeopaths tell people to remove barriers in their life and know about the causes that lead to sustenance of these barriers. This is a principal of the CBT where in a person is asked to introspect and recognize the cognitive processes that serve as barriers to healing.
These were just a couple of occurrences I found in one read. A deep and more thorough read may lead to more hidden revelations being made about the ‘science’ of homeopathy
Like any good article, I must mention the personal biases that I have about the topic as well. There is confirmation bias in my work as I kept a close eye on something that didn’t agree with my view of the world. I was looking for reasons to prove myself right and found them. Whether these reasons I found are valid enough is up to the personal interpretation of the reader.
I feel that I must make it clear that Ayurveda and homeopathy aren’t the same topics. Although they are taught simultaneously in India, it is not necessary that both of them are pseudo-sciences. There needs to be more research when it comes to Ayurveda. We need to look into the complex interactions of organic and inorganic molecules in nature. On the other hand, I can assure you that anyone who tries to sell you sweet pills is being dishonest. There are chances that you will feel better after taking the pills but it could be due to many psychological reasons before being because of highly diluted ‘toxins’.