Luyties Pharmacal Co., Bioron, and Hyland’s are three very reputable companies with a focus on homeopathy. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that originated over 200 years ago by a German doctor. Homeopathic medicine is still practiced today, with the aim of triggering the body's natural system of healing. Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted substances, prepared by a careful process of dilution and agitation. Patients are treated with the theory of "Like Cures Like". This means a substance that has a specific symptom in a person who is well, can be used to treat those same symptoms in someone who is unwell.
Who Oversees Homeopathic Medicine?
Two organizations are involved in the standardization and overseeing of homeopathic production: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the US (HPUS). The HPUS establishes the tests, standards, assays and production methods for each remedy it incorporates. The FDA uses HPUS monographs plus the same rules and regulations it applies to other forms of medicine to oversee and scrutinize homeopathic manufacturing, production and labeling.
History of the Homeopathic Companies
Hyland’s Homeopathic: Founded in 1903 by eight Los Angeles physicians. In 1995, Hyland’s acquired Luyties Pharmacal Co.
Luyties Pharmacal Co.: Established in 1853 by a physician out of St. Louis. 1-800 Homeopathy was founded in 1998, and started as a mail order catalog.
Boiron: Founded in 1932 in Lyon, France, by twin brothers and pharmacists Jean and Henri Boiron. Boiron offers more than 800 homeopathic medicines. It is best known for Oscillococcinum, a top-selling flu medicine, and its Arnicare line of pain relievers.
The products sold by all three companies have many similarities when it comes to treating ailments. They all make single ingredient medicines, specialty combinations with one or several active ingredients, and cell salts. Cell salts are made from the basic mineral compounds critical to cells in the body, such as calcium and potassium compounds.
Arnica Montana for Muscle Pain and Stiffness
Arnica Montana is a popular homeopathic remedy sold by all three companies. It’s used to temporarily relieve muscle pain and stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion and falls. It reduces pain, swelling and discoloration from bruises.
Hyland’s Arnisport Tablets
Boiron Arnicare Gel
Luyties Arnica Montana Tablets
Another common product sold among all three companies is a specialty remedy for cold symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat. There are cold remedies for adults and infant/children, and they’re available as tablets or a syrup.
Boiron Coldcalm Tablets
Boiron Children’s Chestal Honey Cough Syrup: A remedy with a combination of homeopathic ingredients used to relieve chest congestion, a dry cough, nighttime hacking cough, and loosing thick mucus. For children 2 and up.
Boiron Chestal Adult Honey Cough Syrup: A remedy with a combination of homeopathic ingredients used to relieve chest congestion, a dry cough, nighttime hacking cough, and loosing thick mucus.
Hyland’s Defend Cough Syrup
Hyland’s Tiny Cold Tablets for Children and Babies
A homeopathic remedy that temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, and chill. Hyland’s makes a flu remedy for adults and kids.
Boiron Oscillococcinum: The active ingredient in this remedy is to reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms.
Hyland’s Complete Flu Care and Hyland’s Complete Flu Care 4 Kids: This mix of homeopathic ingredients helps with body aches, fever, and chill.
Luyties Cell Salts – Fever Tissue M: This remedy is for anti-inflammatory and fluid balancing. It supports the body’s ability to heal fevers and inflammation.
Sleeplessness and Restless Sleep Remedies
Temporary relief of simple nervous tension and insomnia (sleeplessness). No drug hangover, no sedatives, and non-habit forming. Wake up alert and refreshed.
Hyland’s Calms Forte for Adults
Hyland’s Calms Forte 4 Kids:
Luyties Cell Salts – Insomnia Tissue A
Nervous Tension and Stress Remedies
These remedies are used to support emotional and physical stress such as tension, fatigue, growing pains, cramps, and daily stress.
Luyties Cell Salts - Nervous Tension Tissue P: A combination of remedies specific for supporting relieving emotional and physical stress such as tension, fatigue, growing pains, cramps, and daily stress.
Luyties Cell Salts Tonic Tissue E: A combination of ingredients for those needing a vitality boost or to reduce the effects of stress or fatigue. E is for energy!
Hyland’s Cell Salt #6 (Kali Phos 6x): An individual remedy used to relieve symptoms of stress and nervous tension, feeling worn out following a heavy work or study period, trouble concentrating, occasional sleeplessness and headaches.
Boiron Sedalia Tablets: A specific homeopathic remedy for stress, hypersensitivity, nervousness, or irritability due to stress.
As you can see, you have a lot of options between several companies for treating many different ailments. If you haven't ever explored the art of homeopathy, I encourge you to do so!
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods
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