If you are considering the HCG diet, you probably want to educate yourself as much as possible before “taking the plunge.” You should know how it works, where it comes from and how it is made. Above all, you should assure yourself that homeopathic HCG is safe and reliable.
The History of Homeopathy
Like most medical terms, the word “homeopathy” is derived from Greek; ??????, meaning “similar,” and ?????, which literally translates as “pain” or “suffering.” It is considered “alternative medicine,” but one that has actually been proven.
Although generally attributed to the 19th Century German physician Samuel Hahnemann, the basis of homeopathic medicine was considered by Greek physician Hipokrat?s of Kos (arguably the “Father of Western Medicine”) over 2,500 years ago.
The basis of homeopathy is the idea that “like cures like”; in other words, the symptoms of a specific condition can be relieved by administering traces of a substance that creates similar symptoms. So, if you were suffering from a rash due to poison ivy, you would take or apply a heavily diluted solution containing a derivative of the substance in poison ivy that caused the rash in the first place.
The Preparation of Homeopathic Remedies
These medications are made through a process that homeopathic physicians call “potenization.” The compound from which a homeopathic medicine is extracted is diluted several times by thorough mixing, forcefully striking the container. Eventually, the solution is diluted down to the point that the original substance is virtually gone, yet its effects remain.
What has happened is that the molecules of the original substance leave a biochemical “imprint” on the water molecules. When this is applied or administered to a patient, it stimulates a physiological reaction that leads to self-healing.
HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is produced by pregnant women. According to research by Dr. A. Simeon, who pioneered investigations into HCG back in the 1950s, its function during gestation is to protect the developing fetus should the mother wind up suffering from malnutrition. This water-based hormone prevents the mother’s body from robbing nutrients from the baby in such a situation.
Homeopathic HCG is extracted from the urine of pregnant women. Urine itself is sterile (historically, it has been used as a disinfectant), and the manufacturing process is overseen domestically by the Food and Drug Administration under guidelines specified under the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS).