Homeopathic hCG Diet – Good or Bad?

Hello readers,

I’ve recently seen a couple of clients who have used homeopathic hCG to lose weight. It’s a big fad and there are diverse opinions about it. I believe the use of hCG in homeopathic form is not a good idea.

Here are some thoughts to chew on:

Homeopathic hCG is made in homeopathic fashion, but it is not used homeopathically. In other words, the hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is highly diluted and potentized according to homeopathic pharmaceutical practices. However, it is not used in the manner in which homeopathy is meant to be used, i.e. to address the totality of client symptoms.

Classical homeopaths, like myself, are trained to gather as many symptoms from the client as possible and then come up with one homeopathic remedy that addresses as much of the totality of those symptoms as possible. I don’t know what the clinical provings (trials) of hCG have shown its symptom picture to be, but I know that using it just for weight loss and not taking into account all the other aspects of the case is inadvisable due to possible side effects.

HCG Structure

One side effect I’ve personally seen is skin eruption. In fact, this website lists the following possible side effects:

  • Headache
  • Mild dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Rash
  • Leg cramps

This site states that rash and leg cramps are both rare. Two of my clients presented with a rash: one was shingles, which can be very uncomfortable and potentially serious; the other was a dry, scaly raised rash on the face. ­The client with shingles had also seen an acupuncturist and was told that her liver might be cleansing which may have caused the shingles. This client continued on the hCG diet until the conclusion a few days later. She suffered with shingles for roughly two weeks. The other client ceased using hCG immediately though the practitioner who suggested the diet stated the rash was innocuous and was caused by cleansing fat from the system.

What I know to be true is that homeopathic remedies, when used inappropriately, can cause “provings” of the remedy. This is when a symptom picture appears as a result of taking the remedy rather than the remedy helping to cure the symptoms. I don’t know if my two clients had “side effects” or a “proving” of the hCG remedy, but I do know that either is highly possible. For this reason, I do not endorse the use of hCG for dieting.


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