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You Asked: Is Homeopathic Medicine Regulated by the FDA?

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Dear Fit,
I recently went to see a naturopath about my eczema and she gave me some homeopathic medicine. I'm a little nervous about taking these weird little pills. Are they regulated by the FDA?
—Skeptical Stacey

This is a great question since many people are trying alternative and complementary forms of medicine when the Western medicine route doesn't work. To see my answer, just


The FDA does in fact regulate homeopathic medicine, but not in the same way or to the same degree as prescription drugs. In 1938, the US Congress passed a law declaring that homeopathic remedies must be regulated by the FDA in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Nowadays though, new OTC drugs are subjected to thorough testing and review by the FDA for both safety and effectiveness before they can hit the shelves, but oddly enough this requirement doesn't apply to homeopathic drugs. These medications are, however, required to meet certain legal standards for strength, quality, purity, and packaging. In 1988, the FDA began requiring all homeopathic medicines to be labeled as "homeopathic." Their labels must also list the ingredients, dilutions, instructions for use, and what specific medical problems the medicine is intended to treat. In the FDA's opinion, homeopathic medications contain little or no pharmacologically active ingredients, so there's no real safety concern and that's why the FDA isn't as strict about the regulations. I'm not sure how you'll take this info, but I'd talk to your regular doctor if you have any concerns.


runaway177 runaway177 9 years
I agree with foxie, the FDA hasn't exactly been regulating for the consumer over the last couple of years. FDA regulating mainly depends on much a company is willing to pay them to "buy" the FDA approval. The issue of safety isn't much of a priority to them anymore. Most of the time, you get more damage from chemical drugs than you do with homeopathic remedies and that's why pharmaceuticals need to be examined more thoroughly than herbal or homeopathic products.
beautiful-disaster beautiful-disaster 9 years
ive been using homeopathic medicine since i was like... 1 day old lol. its great and doesnt harm your body with any chemicals which is great!
kaaa kaaa 9 years
i'd def. be careful with homeopathic drugs. those little pills are mainly water and SUGAR. per dosis 15-25pilss and that three times a day are more often... well, every calorie counts imho :P
Allytta Allytta 9 years
homeopathic drugs aren't all natural. and this question is kinda stupid :))) of course they regulate.
Marlovestar Marlovestar 9 years
I take several holistic supliments and have always tried the natural approach before the traditional medical one. I agree that if you are on any medication you need to check with your physician on weather or not there are any concerns for drug interactions. On the good side is that these are all Natural herbs and if your following the directions, the worse that can happen is Nothing! Maybe it won't work. There is no evidence of someone overdosing on black cohosh for example. Unlike prescription drugs that have a long history side effects and even death. What was that blood pressure medication they took off the market last year?????
azuresugar azuresugar 9 years
As foxie said, take what the FDA says with a grain of salt. Also, remember to research whatever type of health practitioner you see. Never be afraid to ask questions, especially when it comes to a treatment area you don't know much about. A good practitioner will always take the time to answer you. My MD just started me one some homeopathic remedies for my allergies. So far so good :)
nobodymuch nobodymuch 9 years
Also, please check with your regular doctor if you take other medications. There are some nasty drug interactions between some homeopathic remedies and other medications, so it's safest to check in.
Sage-Eyes Sage-Eyes 9 years
I see a naturopathic physician and she's the best thing since sliced bread. I never felt cared about by a doctor until I made the switch. Do a little research on both homeopathic medicine, and naturopathy, so you can understand where both fields are coming from. Being informed is your best weapon. Since not all states license naturopaths, make sure your doctor graduated from a good school in a state with a licensing board. Also, ask your naturopath about what she asking you to take. You can say no if you're uncomfortable with certain kinds of therapies. I'm sure she'd be more than happy to explain things to you in layman's terms.
jessicookie jessicookie 9 years
i take this all the time (for my sinus allergies and for farangitis) it works and you have nothing to wory about :)
foxie foxie 9 years
Better advice would be to take FDA regulations with a grain of salt. They're one step up from being completely useless.
radmama27 radmama27 9 years
Good to know!
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