What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is more than 200 years old system of medicine practiced across the world. If you are looking for a safe effective and natural way of treatment homeopathy is the best choice for you. Homeopathy is also termed as the “energy medicine”. Homeopathy is a branch of medical science introduced by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann coined the term homeopathy. He is also known as Father of Homeopathy.
Homeopathy is based on principle that disease can be cured by stimulating the body’s own defense system with substances selected for their energy giving properties. Contrary to the conventional Allopathic system of medicine, the action of homeopathic remedies is much deeper and longer lasting yet safer as it heals by energizing the body’s “internal physician” (immunity system). Homeopathic medicines are prepared from natural substance namely plant, animal and mineral kingdom.
Homeopathy believes in holistic and individualistic approach that means every sick person is different (so should be taken differently) and must be treated as a whole.
What actually holistic means?
Homeopathy is science which treats the patient as a whole not just the disease only. Today medical science after a great research work has found that the mere treatment of symptoms and organ can help temporarily but treating man as whole would lead towards permanent cure.
Benefits of using Homeopathy
Homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine used across world. It is a natural way of treating a person using lesser does of specific remedies. Homeopathy takes into consideration a person’s body, mind and emotions equally. Homeopathic medicines can be taken by all age groups. Some the major benefits of using homeopathy are summarized here:
- Homeopathy is safe, non-toxic, mild and without any side-effect. Toxic side effects are removed form it during potentisation. It is suitable for babies, pregnant women and all age groups. Always take homeopathic medicines from qualified physicians.
- Cure provided is not only permanent but also lasts long.
- Homeopathy enhances the body’s power to fight diseases and direct it towards self defense system. It has been proved that people recover from illness even the most serious ones permanently with homeopathy.
- Homeopathic medicines are non-addictive. One can easily stop consuming them after gaining relief.
- Homeopathic medicines works in harmony with the immune system they never destroy or suppress it.
- Homeopathic medicines are easy to take. White pills easily dissolve in mouth and are good in taste. Granules, powders or drops are available for children and babies.
- Homeopathic medicines are very cost effective.
- Homeopathic medicines are proved and tested on humans.
- Patient involvement is must in homeopathy. Homeopaths ask many questions as doctor and as a psychologist. This help in prescribing the best remedy for the patient.
- Homeopathy is medicine of future. Over the year scientists are busy in discovering breakthroughs in quantum physics that helps in developing a deeper understanding of homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines are never out of date or expire. Homeopaths use the medicines which were discovered 200 years ago new medicines are added to broaden the scope of homeopathy.
Frequently asked questions about homeopathy
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to the myths related to homeopathy. If your question is not answered here please feel free to contact us.
Is Homoeopathy an unproven science?
Homeopathy is a proven science. It is based on experimental pharmacological and clinical data. The homoeopathic medicines have been extensively researched and studied for their efficacy since it was invented. Over the years its results have been successfully tested in variety of indications. Dr. Hahnemann is also regarded as founder of experimental pharmacology by Allopaths. The homeopathic pharmacopeia has more than clinical efficacy proved remedies listed. Which are more 3000 in number and been studied across the globe including India.
Are Homeopathic medicines only sugar pills or have medicinal value?
The white pills as such do not have any medicinal value. But these white pills act as medium to carry the medicines. The actual liquid is prepared from various natural medicinal substances and is alcohol based. Homeopathic medicines can be taken without pills directly or dissolved in water. Homeopathic medicines are not placebos and are effective in wide range of diseases including those which are considered as incurable.
Homeopathy is slow acting and cannot be used in acute cases of diarrhea, fever, cough, cold, etc.
Homeopathic remedies are quick acting and bring fast relief to the patients. It is effective in treating fever, cold, body aches, running nose, hiccups, infection to name a few. It is a myth that homeopathy acts slowly. Mostly people consult homeopathic doctors when the acute problem becomes chronic which takes more time to cure permanently.
Is Homeopathy a ‘magic remedy’ that can treat any disorder?
Though homeopathy can treat the diseases which are otherwise considered as incurable but it has its limitations. For example it cannot treat cases where surgery is unavoidable. Remedies in homeopathy are available which may help you in getting back to normal life quickly after surgery.
Are Homoeopaths qualified doctors ?
Only qualified homeopathic doctors get the license to practice homeopathy. There are more than 200 medical colleges which offer graduate degree and post graduate degree and PhD in homeopathy. In India degree course duration is four and a half years. During these years detailed and through study of human body, homeopathic pharmacy, medicine, gynecology, obstetrics, materia medica, philosophy, total patient management etc are being taught. After it one year internship is compulsory. B.H.M.S. degree is awarded after completion of course. After it doctors can go for specialization and awarded MD degree. Homeopaths interested in research work can opt for PhD.
Does strict dietary restrictions should be followed while on homoeopathic treatment?
Not always. Some patients may be asked to avoid garlic, onions, tea, coffee, tomatoes, alcohol etc. and adhere to strict diet plans. Mint, camphor and menthol can also hinder the effect of homoeopathic medicines so it is best not consume these. Patients are advised to avoid eating or drinking at least 15 minutes before or after taking medicines.
Does Homoeopathy is useful only in chronic cases?
No, Homeopathic remedies give prompt relief in acute cases like fever, cough, cold, headaches, diarrhea, loose motions etc. In chronic cases it is also very effective. People turn to homeopathy when they did not get relief from allopathic treatment till than the illness becomes chronic. It takes longer time to cure it than. Once a person gets healed by homeopathy he/she becomes its follower.
Can diabetic patients take homoeopathic medicines?
Yes, they can! As the quantity consumed is very little even if it is consumed three times a day on daily basis. Comparatively the intake of sugar is much higher from the other food products. It is advisable to consult your doctor in severe cases doctor may suggest you to take medicines over lactose, directly or dissolved in water.
The homeopath gives the same white pills for all types of illness. How can they be really effective?
Pills are same but medicine is different for each patient. Sugar pills are only medium to give the medicine, as it is convenient to take. There are more than 1200 different dilutions available for homeopathic medicines. Homeopaths give medicines based on individual symptoms and problems.
Are there side effects of homoeopathic medicine?
Generally there are no side effects of homeopathic medicines. Sometimes you may cold, skin rashes or little discharge after some time of taking homeopathic medicines. This means that system is being healed by the medicines. In few cases old symptoms reappear, you need not worry about these and should not take any medicine to suppress these as these will gradually disappear and you will be healed completely and permanently. However you should bring it to the notice of your consulting doctor.
Does Homeopathy believe in Surgery?
Yes, it does. Surgery is required in many conditions and cannot be avoided. It is a separate branch of medicine. In some cases surgery can be avoided by homeopathic treatment like kidney stone, warts, piles, tonsillitis. Consult only qualified and experienced homeopaths for such ailments.
Should I stop my other medication whilst taking homeopathy?
No requirement as such. Homeopathic medicines can be safely taken along with other medicines, as it does not interfere with your other medicines. Your consulting doctor will advise you when to reduce or stop other medicines.
How long does it take for homeopathic medicines to be effective?
It depends on your disease condition. Usually in acute conditions homeopathic medicines bring quick and permanent relief. In chronic cases medicines starts working immediately but getting complete cure may take time. It heals the inner power of our body by mobilizing and reinforcing the healing resources, which exists naturally.
How homeopathic medicines are prepared ? Homeopathic medicines are made from various medicinal substances. Homeopathy is based on the principle of Like cures like. Homeopathic remedies are tailor made for the patients as homeopathy heals a person holistically. Homeopathy medicines are given in the form of sweet tasting white pills or directly on tongue in liquid form. As the liquid form of homeopathic medicines taste bitter you may take it with water on the advice of your doctor. Pills easily dissolve in mouth so children can take them easily. Sometimes medicines can also be given in the form of granules and powder.
How to take homeopathic medicines ?
Patients are advised to avoid eating or drinking at least 15 minutes before or after taking medicines. Some patients may be asked to avoid garlic, onions, tea, coffee, tomatoes, alcohol etc. and adhere to strict diet plans. Mint, camphor and menthol can also hinder the effect of homoeopathic medicines so it is best not consume these.
Homeopathic medicines should be kept at the room temperature. They can be comfortably carried while travelling or to your work place. There is no expiry date of homeopathic medicines but if the bottles are not tightly packed the liquid in the medicine may evaporate and the pills may lose their medicinal property. Also avoid storing homeopathic medicines in extreme hot, cold or humid atmosphere.
Children love consuming sweet pills of homeopathic medicines. Extra care should be taken while keeping them away from kids as can accidentally sallow medicated pills. Parents should also ensure that their kids while undergoing the treatment take only the prescribed quantity of pills.
Pregnant women should take homeopathic medicines under the supervision of qualified homeopaths.