February 11, 2013

Where to buy homeopathic remedies?

This is a question that I'm asked very frequently. In the US, awareness about homeopathy is picking up, but  many people still don't know about it because it is not advertised in the common media, unlike pharmaceutical drugs. If you are from India, I'm sure you know that there is at least one homeopathic pharmacy for every few streets even in the small towns, and the count is larger in the case of big cities.

Homeopathic remedies in the US are available at all health food stores. You can even find some common remedies like Oscillococcinum or Arnica in the pharmacy section of some stores like Target, or at regular pharmacies like CVS.
Chain stores like Whole Foods, Wegmans, GNC, and Vitamin Shoppe all have them, as do most local health food stores and co-ops. You can find your local stores by just searching online.

Remedies are also available at online stores like Amazon,
ABC homeopathy,

as well as directly from the manufacturers websites like
and Washington Homeopathic Products.

All true homeopathic products are safe to take as long as they are taken according to the homeopathic principles. Apart from that, all true homeopathic products are manufactured under strict guidelines. Every region in the world has laws and regulations for this, and there is a government body in every country that controls these regulations. In India, the guidelines for manufacture of homeopathic remedies are outlined in a document called the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (HPI). All homeopathic remedies in India need to conform to the standards in the HPI. In the US, that standard is set by the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). This means that whenever you buy a remedy, look on the package for a HPI or HPUS mark, depending on your location. Similarly, there is a British Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, which is adopted by Australia and Canada as well.

Now that's a lot of talk about 'true' homeopathic remedies, and that is because there are actually products in the market that are sold as 'homeopathic' when they are not. As a consumer, you need to be able to differentiate one from the other. How? That's coming up in the next post!

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