Homeopathic doctors in Mexico City have discovered that homeopathy can be used to successfully treat and cure swine flu. The pandemic outbreak of the disease that is sweeping the globe, with over 215,000 cases reported and 1,735 people who have died after being infected with the disease.
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Despite homeopathic treatment prescribed by the NHS being at the request of patients, the practice has received criticism due to the total amount spent on the alternative therapy totaling £12 million across the UK over the last three years. The treatment is based on the theory that like treats like, and patients are prescribed minute doses of plant extracts diluted down that aim to treat the underlying cause of illness, rather than simply relieving the symptoms.
Monday night saw the first in a six part series on BB2 at 8.30pm, Grow Your Own Drugs, presented by James Wong. James is a trained ethno-botanist, trained at Kew Gardens, who brings energy and interest to the programme which aims to inform people about the benefits that can be enjoyed from some simple herbal remedies and beauty treatments that you can grow in your own garden.
The first episode, which focused on fruit, saw James creating his own constipation relief fig syrup, a face mask recipe using the properties of kiwi and papaya to create a natural, cheap alternative to shop bought face masks which two students and part time models tried and approved of and felt the benefits of, and a hop and lavender pillow to help relieve insomnia. The recipes for his remedies are available on the Grow Your Own Drugs website.
James stresses during the programme that although herbal remedies and alternative medicines have been around for centuries, often traditional folklore recipes, conventional medical advice should always be sought to diagnose a problem. Following this though, there is no danger to people to try these remedies as long as they follow the recipe and dosing instructions carefully.
If you missed Grow Your Own Drugs, it is available on BBC’s iplayer, and tune in next week for episode 2.
With ever increasing numbers of people switching to a more healthy way of living, and not just where their food is concerned, it only seems natural that the public interest in alternative therapies and medicine is seeing an influx of interest.