Zicam is considered by many to be a homeopathic product because it contains zincum gluconicum. In reality, Zicam’s labeling is misleading and it is definitely not a homeopathic remedy.
Homeopathy is not a product, but a process of selecting the correct remedy specifically indicated for a given person’s health concerns. Zicam is a product supposedly indicated for the common cold – ALL cases of the common cold. Therefore it is not homeopathy.
Zicam is also not prepared like a true homeopathic remedy. Zicam contains zinc gluconate in a 2X solution as well as many other ingredients including benzalkonium chloride, sodium hydroxide, hydroxycellulose, glycerol, and a couple of other “solvents,” preservatives, and suspending agents.
Zicam is put directly into the nose. The administration of homeopathic remedies in Classical Homeopathy is not through the nose. Homeopathic remedies are typically taken orally.
Homeopathic remedies are sometimes administered by olfaction. The olfaction method of taking homeopathic remedies exposes the inner membranes of the nose to the effervescence of a particular remedy that has been prepared in a specific way for the purpose of olfaction. Olfaction is not spraying up the nose a large dose of a crude substance in combination with other ingredients.
Zicam is often used repeatedly in high doses. Homeopathic remedies from a professional Homeopath will be administered in the smallest dose to elicit the maximum healing response with minimal/or no aggravation. Homeopathic remedies are not to be administered routinely over along period of time. Sometimes a Homeopathic remedy may be repeated routinely over a short period of time, when it is indicated. However, this should be done only under the guidance of a professional Homeopath.
Homeopathy is a 200 year-old medicinal science based on the observation that “like cures like.” To choose the proper remedy for a given patient, one must thoroughly understand his or her condition, and then choose the remedy that best matches it homeopathically. Imagine what happens when you chop onions, your eyes and nose burn may burn and water. If you can imagine having a case of hay fever that feels just like that, a tiny dose of a remedy made from raw onion may help that hay fever.
Remember homeopathic remedies are powerful substances and less is best. In general, you can safely take a homeopathic remedy on your own if the potency is low (no higher than 12C), taken infrequently, and only when indicated. Discontinue a homeopathic remedy if there’s no relief of symptoms after one or two doses, or if the symptoms are chronic and recurring. If a homeopathic remedy does not act, discontinue its use. Taking more remedy will not make an improvement. If you DO receive a positive response to a remedy, discontinue its use. The remedy has done it’s job by stimulating the body’s capacity to heal itself. The remedy is no longer needed. Homeopathic remedies are best taken under the advisement of a professional Homeopath.
A comment about the allegation that Zicam is a homeopathic product by Murray Feldman, MCH, RSHom, (NA) CCH, Founder and Director of the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy (blog post) HERE.
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