What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is based on the theory that "like cures like". The process of devising a homeopathic remedy is based on the theory that the method of dilution and agitation or secussion, causes a reaction between the ingredient, which can come from animal, plant, mineral or other source, and the water and alcohol that it is diluted in. Although it is diluted many times, homeopaths consider that the homeopathic remedy retains properties of the original ingredient.
What is the evidence?
Homeopathy has had a lot of bad press throughout it's history. There has been a lot of research done on the effectiveness of homeopathy Click here for information on research on the Faculty of Homeopathy website. There are a lot of sceptics who's main critism is that Homeopathy is implausible. Their point is that we are diluting substances beyond the point where there should not be any molecule of the original substance left in the solution ie. beyond Avogadro's number. So far science has had difficulty in explaining this extreme dilution effect so, mathematically, this is a viable argument. However, there has been some recent published research showing that there is possibly formation of nanoparticles and nanobubbles during extreme dilution and secussion (vigorous shaking during the traditional preparation of homeopathic remedies)(Demangeat 2015). This looks as though it may go some way to explain why homeopathic dilutions may work or that they are different from plain water but this is in very early stages of the research and still does not suggest how these nanoparticles may work in the body though there is a possible theory that these nanoparticles could possibly pass through cell membranes and the blood/brain barrier. This is just a theory.
There are a lot of studies that look at clinical outcomes from the use of homeopathic treatment. At the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital there was an observational study looking at 6500 patients over a 6 year period. 70% of these patients reported improved health with 50% reporting major improvement.
In dentistry there is limited research though studies have shown improved bone healing around implants with Symphytum and reduced discomfort and improved healing time with ulcers and beneficial in oral lichen planus. These studies have small numbers and are not generally acepted as stong evidence.
How about amalgam and mercury?
A number of our members are mercury free though not all of them. Please contact the indivdual dentists for more information on this or contact the British Society for Mercury Free Dentistry for more information.
I am very nervous about visiting a dentist is there anything I can take beforehand?
Please contact individual dentists for their recommendations.
Symphytum (Comfrey, Knit bone)
Traditionally used as a herbal remedy to aid bone healing.