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Can Christians Use Homeopathy? Not a Sugar Pill. Not Witchcraft. Not a Hoax.

3 vials of homeopathy with letters spelling homeopathy

There has been a lot of buzz in Christian circles about the spiritual dangers of homeopathy.  I’ve seen some women I respect very much share concerns about whether or not Christians should be using homeopathy.  They’ve expressed concerns that other Christian women are being deceived about its legitimacy, and that it might even be un-Biblical.  

We don’t need to dismiss these concerns.  And we don’t need to rely only on personal opinions or experiences to help us reach a solid conclusion.  Instead, we need to dig deep.  Seek wise counsel.  And look at each concern with discernment.  So, let’s do just that…

A Little Background: What Is Homeopathy?

To quote the American Academy of Homeopathic Pharmacists, “Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health. It is extremely safe to use, even with very small children and pets, has none of the side effects of many traditional medications, and is very affordable. (source)”  They go on to say, “[Homeopathy can] relieve many acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, muscle pain and teething. Under the care of a trained health care practitioner, homeopathic medicines are successfully used for both acute illnesses, as well as chronic conditions, like asthma, depression, hypertension, and arthritis.”

How Does Homeopathy Work?

Homeopathy is considered a nanomedicine that is built around nanoparticles.  During the manufacturing process, nanostructures from the original substance are released through the process of dilution and succussion. Dr. Iris Bell (an MD, PhD, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona) offers a thorough explanation of  homeopathy’s mode of action in this article. She says,”[Nanostructures] serve as weak danger signals that interface with the olfactory and immune systems to mobilize the adaptive cellular defense network of the body. Then, the body as a complex adaptive system, amplifies the effects of a given remedy signal and sets into motion a nonlinear, self-similar, self-reorganization process across the overall system as an interconnected network of bodily subsystems.”  She further explains that because cells communicate on the nanoparticle level, all biology of living things occurs on this level.  Dr. Bell goes into much more detail in her article and cites all of her 153 references for further study.

Addressing the Top 8 Concerns about Homeopathy

As I read through the concerns presented regarding Christians using homeopathy, I combined them into 8 concerns. I’ll address each of them below and offer expert opinions, published research, and other documentation to support my rebuttal to these concerns.

One post I read claimed that people relying on homeopathy are simply relying on faith and sugar to cure them. I agree that the extreme dilutions make it hard to understand how homeopathy works.  Still, we should never dismiss a premise simply because our own limited knowledge can’t fully understand it.  

For example, I can’t comprehend how it takes over 4 years for light from the nearest star to reach Earth.  I don’t doubt it as a fact, but I just can’t comprehend the scale of the distance being described in light years. God’s design and His wisdom are magnificent and my brain is finite.  So, I’m content to rest in the fact that astronomers with more knowledge and cooler tools than me understand something I don’t. I’ll just gaze at the stars with child-like wonder, admire their Creator,  and be okay with that.

woman gazing at stars

In the same way, I think understanding the nanoparticle nature of homeopathy is incomprehensible to most of us.  We don’t spend our days looking into high-powered microscopes.  We don’t think on such a tiny, tiny scale.  But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t.

As we debate whether homeopathy is just sugar pills, I’d like us to consider the following sources:

  1. “Basic Science of Homeopathy” by Dr. Bell’s (article mentioned above)– Dr. Bell explains, “The serial dilutions [of homeopathic remedies] appear to remove bulk forms of source material, but carry nanoscale forms of the source from step to step. The sizes of the nanoparticles range from quantum dots (e.g., < 10 nm) to larger nanostructures (up to 100 nm). Quantum dot sized nanoparticles can generate quantum coherence and quantum entanglement types of phenomena.” Hearing a strongly credentialed expert offer such a precise, well-cited explanation of what is in homeopathic remedies should remove concerns that they contain only “sugar and faith”.
  2. Journal of Medicine and Life This research titled “The Spin of Electrons and the Proof for the Action of Homeopathic Remedies” published in 2020 also explains the contents of homeopathic remedies and how they work.  The article describes homeopathy by noting,  “Its building blocks are the specific fields of force of the substance that we use to influence the organism in the level of vital force. After the process of potentization, through constant dilutions and succussions, the remedy arrives in a state of pure energy in the form of a specific field of force idiomorphic to the substance that is diluted and potentized.”
  3. Interview with Dr. Luc Montagnier, who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine– When speaking at a conference on homeopathy, he announced that “The facts cannot be denied.” He went into great detail describing his work and how he discovered that through the process of dilution and succussion of DNA sequences, detectable electromagnetic frequencies can be observed. You can read his full interview here.
  4. Science Direct Article- In this article published in Science Direct, the low-frequency electromagnetic signatures of homeopathic remedies are discussed further.

Time will almost always tell the truth.  Homeopathy has been around for over 200 years.  With that in mind, let’s look at the few statistics.

  1. The global market for homeopathy reached $7.3 billion in 2023 and is growing at a rate of almost 16% per year (source).  
  2. The World Healthy Organization (WHO) has stated that homeopathy is the 2nd largest medical system in the world (source).  And as recently as 2023 has publicly announced that homeopathy is an “integral resource”.
  3. There are currently more than 400,000 certified homeopathic health practitioners in the world (source).

 Now we must ask ourselves, “Why would so many consumers be investing in homeopathy, so many professionals investing their careers in homeopathy, and the WHO promoting homeopathy if it only offered placebo effects?” 

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And if you wonder if money might be involved, I’d remind you how very inexpensive homeopathy is compared to any conventional drugs.  If you follow the money, it won’t lead to homeopathy!

Concern #3:  Homeopathy is created through ritualistic-type ceremonies that involve banging leather straps together.  It resembles witchcraft and other occult practices.

Ummm. No.

Well, perhaps someone/somewhere/sometime has created their version of homeopathy using such crazy methods, but that’s not the standard.  

Likewise, I’d be willing to bet that someone/somewhere/sometime has created some herbal potions and essential oil blends with equally concerning methods. But those aren’t normal practices for those forms of healing either. So let’s not dismiss the whole operation because of the possibility of a bad apple here or there. 

Instead, let’s look at some factual information about the manufacturing of homeopathic remedies:

  1. In the United States, homeopathic remedies fall under the FDA’s Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  This classification means homeopathic products must meet the same requirements for approval, adulteration and misbranding that other drug products must meet. (source)
  2. Homeopathic remedies are manufactured according to the expectations set forth in both the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). (source)
  3. Manufacturing company Boiron offers this very informative tour of their manufacturing facility and explains the process.  No leather strap banging or ritual chanting is happening here!  In fact, it looks very scientific and professional.  Much like I’d hope to see in conventional drug manufacturing facilities!

4. Hahnemann Laboratories, another manufacturing facility in the US, offers an equally helpful tour of their facility. You can note the professional, scientific atmosphere too.

Concern #4:  Governments everywhere have realized homeopathy is a hoax and are doing away with it.

Again, no.  Some fast facts for you to look into regarding what is going on with homeopathy around the world.

  1. “Today, homeopathy is used by millions of patients in more than 80 countries and is recommended by more than 400,000 healthcare providers worldwide.”- AAHP (source)
  2. In India, the number of homeopathic doctors has doubled in recent decades. (source)
  3. In France, 95% of all French general practitioners, dermatologists, and pediatricians use homeopathy in their practices. Furthermore, 75% of all midwives give their patients homeopathic remedies. It should also be noted that the WHO ranks France’s healthcare system at the very top globally – American Academy of Homeopathy
  4. In Switzerland, the government released an official evaluation of homeopathy back in 2011. The government asked a team of 11 medical doctors and PhD’s to make a determination about homeopathy’s effectiveness as a treatment plan for consumers. The team examined all available research and literature and offered their conclusion, “[A]fter analysis of the reviews on homeopathy: in a three-tiered evaluation scale of ‘real world effectiveness’ (effectiveness likely, questionable or unlikely), homeopathy falls within the category: ‘effectiveness likely’. In summary, it can be said that there is sufficient evidence for the preclinical effectiveness and the clinical efficacy of homeopathy (evidence grades I & II) and for its safety and economy compared with conventional treatment.” – American Academy of Homeopathy
  5. In the United States, an article published in 2016 stated, “Federal agencies are interested in understanding public use and perceptions of homeopathic products[…]Recent reports suggest potential public health benefits such as reductions in unnecessary antibiotic use, reductions in costs to treat certain respiratory diseases, improvements in perimenopausal depression, improved health outcomes in chronically ill individuals…”  It concluded by stating that their findings show homeopathy users perceive homeopathic treatments to be helpful.

The best way to address this concern is to show you some of the research. I couldn’t possibly post it all here, so I’m also linking you to resources to find additional research.

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  • Here is a study that found both quality of life and survival time significantly improved in cancer patients using homeopathy compared to the placebo and control groups.
  • This article from the Annals of Internal Medicine shows how homeopathy performed in placebo-based trials.
  • This comparative study compared “the homeopathic strategy” with the “antibiotic strategy” in treating rhinopharyngitis in 500 pediatric patients for 6 months. The homeopathy group had better outcomes in terms of effectiveness, complications, cost, and sick-leave days.
  • This study involved almost 4,000 patients using homeopathy and concluded that there was significant and prolonged improvement in the homeopathy group.  They treated a range of diseases including atopic dermatitis, allergies, and headaches in all age groups.
  • This Pub Med article shows how effective homeopathy was in treating Covid-19 patients.
  • This meta-analysis shows that homeopathy has a statistically significant impact in the pooled clinical data.
  • This study from Harvard found that the people using homeopathy consistently reported its helpfulness
  • This study found that homeopathic patients improved significantly and still showed improvements 8 years later.
  • This article published in The Lancet that document the effectiveness of homeopathic treatments.  The article asserts, “The homeopathically treated patients showed a significant reduction in patient and doctor assessed symptom scores. […] No evidence emerged to support the idea that placebo action fully explains the clinical responses to homoeopathic drugs.”
  • This study from Science Direct looked at the frequency of adverse events compared to the rate of occurrence in both conventional medicines and even herbal medicines, and found homeopathy to be the safest option.
  • Here is a 2021 meta-analysis that published in the Journal of Complementary Medical Research that found that, “Overall, the controlled clinical data available for the material risk assessment of homeopathic remedies support the statement that, if a risk exists, it must be so small that it has not yet been established.”

If you are interested in more research on homeopathy, checkout the Homeopathy Research Institute, the American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine, or the American Institute of Homeopathy.

Concern #6:  Homeopathy claims to be an energy-based medicine that works on vibrations.  Christians shouldn’t be involved with such practices.

I love this quote from Nikola Tesla, one of the most brilliant inventors and engineers to ever live.  He said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

Nikola Tesla in a lab

What did Tesla mean?  He meant that every thing on earth has energy frequency.  

Cara Allison, a board-certified Holistic Practitioner explains, “Frequency is defined as a measurable rate of electrical energy that is constant between two points.  With frequency comes electromagnetic potential.  We are constantly influenced by the magnetic action of the frequencies that surround us each day, and these frequencies affect our health and well-being.  Every living thing has an electrical frequency measured in megahertz – humans, animals, plants (fresh foods, herbs, and essential oils) and even planets.”  (source)   

While it sounds a bit strange to talk about these frequencies, let’s remember that conventional medicine uses EEGs (measures brain waves) and EKGs (measures heart waves) every day to monitor these vibrations.

 These vibrational frequencies can also be measured in other things, like essential oils. For example, Frankincense essential oil measures a 147 MHZ and Lavender measures at 118 MHZ.  And smelling or applying essential oils makes measurable changes on the human body’s MHZ reading.

Many natural health practitioners encourage “grounding”, which simply involves standing barefoot on the ground for periods of time to reset the body’s vibrational frequencies and promote healing.  Favorable published research is steadily emerging, like this article from the Biomedical Journal that shows overall health benefits.

This article from Science Direct summarizes vibrational therapies well.  It says, “The rationale behind vibrational medicine is straightforward: diseases and disorders alter the electromagnetic properties of molecules, cells, tissues and organs. In addition to the familiar regulatory systems studied by physiologists, the human body contains an electromagnetic control network. Ancient methods such as acupuncture recognize, understand and treat via these systems.”

Concern #7: Homeopathy isn’t real medicine.  If you are sick, you need to see a real doctor and get real medicine.

Homeopathy is as real as it gets!  It is a REAL profession with REAL research and REAL manufacturing facilities that make REAL medicine.  And studies show REAL results. Here is a list of professional groups or organizations that focus on homeopathy.  You could explore any of them to gather more information.

  1. American Academy of Homeopathy 
  2. Homeopathy Research Institute
  3. North American Society for Homeopaths 
  4. National Center for Homeopathy 
  5. American Institute of Homeopathy 
  6. The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists
  7. Hahnemann Labs

Concern # 8: Samuel Hahnemann, the inventor of homeopathy, wasn’t a Christian.  Therefore, Christians should stay away from his form of medicine.

Samuel Hahnemann

I have no idea if Samuel Hahnemann was a true Christian.  I also have no idea about the true state of my OBGYN’s soul.  I don’t know if Henry Ford was a true believer. What about Thomas Edison?  But we use their inventions daily.  Why is this okay?  Because of God’s common grace.  

Reverend Dr. R.C. Sproul explains it this way, “We look also to the gifts that God gives and provides for people. We can go to unbelieving medical doctors who practice their trade perhaps with a superior skill than believers. It is not simply the believer who is a gifted physician, a gifted musician, or a gifted accountant. God blesses all sorts of people with gifts and talents, and these gifts all flow from His grace. They are not restricted simply to believers.”

“Every good and perfect gift is from above.” -James 1:17.  It’s all created by God and gifted to us by God.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”- 1 Corinthians 10:31

​It’s a heart issue, not an inventor issue.  If we use homeopathy as a tool to steward our health well and to glorify God, then it is good.  If we treat it as an idol and dishonor God, it becomes sinful.  Hahnemann is irrelevant.

Final Thoughts on Homeopathy and Conventional Medicine

I hope you see that homeopathy is absolutely okay for Christians to use!  

Without going down the rabbit hole, I would lovingly encourage Christians to, instead, be VERY cautious about which conventional medical products they use.  Many pharmaceutical drugs involve aborted fetal cells, which should be of great concern to Christians.  If you are unaware of the fetal cell issue, please see the links below.

Interested in further reading on this topic? Paola Brown has written a great article on Christians & Homeopathy. Check it out here.

For more on natural remedies and homeopathy, visit my Remedy with Diligence page!

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