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Homeopathy is a system of complementary medicine based on the administration of minute doses of drugs which are capable of producing in healthy persons symptoms like those of the disease being treated. The result is believed to trigger and strengthen the body’s natural immune response.
Reading a Homeopathic Label
- The front panel of the label for a homeopathic drug will have a product name, will clearly state ’Homeopathic’ and will have an indication which says what condition or symptoms the product is for and the number of doses in the package.
Homeopathic labels look much like other OTC drug labels except for the active ingredients:
- Homeopathic active ingredients are designated with the Latin name of the material along with numbers followed by either X’s or C’s. The Latin names are used for the ingredients because they are universally understood by homeopaths around the globe, unlike common, local or regional names. The X’s and C’s designate the kind of processing done in making the homeopathic drug. X’s indicate a 1 part to 10 part dilution was made and a C indicates that a 1 part to 100 part dilution was made.
- The inactive ingredients or other ingredients are used as the base or carrier for the homeopahtic ingredients. In traditional homeopathic products, these ingredients consist of water, alcohol and glycerin in liquid products. In solid dose products such as tablets, chewables or capsules the ingredients may include lactose, magnesium stearte, gelatin, dextrose, cellulose and a wide variety of other ingredients. In non-traditional homeopathic products, the inactive or other ingredients may also include dietary supplements, herbs, nutrients or food ingredients.
Homeopathic product labeling must include the following:
- The indications or purpose of the product
- A list of the active ingredients with their homeopathic potency and in some cases their purpose in the product
- Directions for their use in adults and children
- The inactive ingredients in the product
- FDA required warnings and other statements considered prudent for the safe use of the product
- The name and contact information for the manufacture or marketer
- Homeopathic product labels may also contain additional information about homeopathy and the manufacturer or marketer