Frequently Asked Questions About Homoeopathy
Over the years most patients old and new have had similar questions about Homoeopathic treatment. Each question extremely valid and important, I’ve listed the most common queries and their answers. This is an updated reprint of my article published 14 years ago. If you have questions that are not listed below you are comment below and I will answer them
What is Homeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a natural holistic system of medicine, discovered in 1796 by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician. In his efforts to find a more systematic and gentle form of healing than which existed at his time, he discovered that Nature had herself provided everything that was necessary to heal.
Homoeopathy is based on a set of laws derived from the Laws of Nature. These laws govern homoeopathic treatment, prescription, dosage, and repetition of dose and further plan of treatment.
What are Homeopathic Remedies made from?
There are around two thousand homoeopathic medicines derived from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms.
Do you make the Homeopathic Remedies yourself?
Homoeopathic Medicines are scientifically processed in Licensed Laboratories. and go through a process called Potentisation (a process of systematic dilution and succusion) by which the therapeutic power of the substance is enhanced while the material dose is reduced. The power of the processed medicines are termed as potencies.
The most commonly available potencies are Decimal ( 1:10) shown by the suffix ‘X’ Centisimal (1: 100) shown by suffix ‘C’ Millesimal ( 1:1000) shown by suffix ‘M’. These dilutions are supplied to the practitioner through various Licensed Pharmacies.
How does Homeopathy work? How is it different from Conventional Medicine?
Homoeopathy works by giving strength to the body’s own defense mechanism to bring itself back to a state of health. This approach has long term benefits and can prevent recurrence. Homoeopathic prescribing takes into consideration the person’s complete individualizing signs and symptoms, holistically bringing back health. Homoeopathic medicines are effective in helping a person re-establish health after exposure to toxins in the environment.
Which conditions can Homeopathy treat?
Asthma, skin complaints, migraines, hay-fever, stress, depression and digestive problems are treated safely and effectively. Restlessness and Concentration Issues esp in young Children yield wonderfully to Homoeopathy. It is of great value in reducing healing time after surgery and fractures. It also reduces the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Can be given to reduce pain and other discomfort in terminal illness and old age.
In which part of the world is Homeopathy popular?
Homoeopathy is extremely popular in many parts of Europe, esp Greece and France. In U.K it is part of the National Health Care system and also receives royal patronage . It is now gaining popularity in Canada, U.S.A; Australia and Hong Kong
Isn’t Homoeopathy Slow acting?
There is unfortunately a false impression that homoeopathy is slow acting. When the correct medicine is given in the correct potency in acute diseases( e.g- common cold, flu) homoeopathy is fast acting , sometimes almost instantaneous. If the disease is a long standing chronic disease which has been complicated by long term suppressive medicines- treatment will take time.
All the medicines appear to be small white pills. So aren’t they all the same? The white sucrose pills are the inert vehicles that Homoeopaths use to dispense the actual medicines. Homoeopathic medicine of different potencies are added to these inert sucrose pills.
Homoeopathic Medicines do not have any side effects therefore they do not have any effect. True or False?
Judicious homeopathic treatment has proved its positive effect on the human body innumerable number of times over the last 2 centuries. Irrational and repeated use of non-indicated medicines in incorrect potencies can cause harm to the patient. It is therefore advisable to consult a Homoeopathic Physician.
Are Homoeopathic medicines safe for Diabetics and children on Sugar-free diet? Because homoeopathic medicines are made with very small amounts of lactose (milk sugar) or sucrose, it poses no real problem for diabetics. For persons on strict diets, dilutions without Sucrose or lactose are given.
What is the difference between Homoeopathic Medicines and Biochemic Tissue remedies? Homoeopathic remedies are from plant, mineral and animal sources and are prescribed on the basis of ‘ ” Law of Similars’. On the other hand Tissue remedies are Biochemic salts. Biochemic therapeutics is based on the physiological fact that both the structure and vitality of the organs of the body are dependent upon certain necessary quantities of mineral salts. The disorders resulting from these deficiencies are treated by replenishing the body with potentized salts.
Is Homoeopathy useful only in minor health problems?
Homoeopathy today is primarily used to treat a range of chronic ailments ( e.g.- rheumatism, gout, osteoarthritis etc.) and also in acute illness that it is so well known for.
Is Homoeopathy safe for infants, children and in pregnancy?
Homoeopathy is “God-sent” for infants, children and parents as well. Homoeopathic medicines are quick and effective in treating infant teething or colic. They reduce the pain and discomfort of a child’s earache, which sharply reduces the need for antibiotics. Homoeopathy strengthens the child’s own defense system therefore prevent recurrent infections. It also calms children with behavioural and emotional issues. Homoeopathy treats many prenatal discomforts safe and effectively and also enhances the wellbeing of the foetus
What are the Limitations of Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy like every kind of healing has it’s limitations. Some conditions do not respond to micro-doses such as surgical intervention or other life threatening conditions when immediate relief is sought. Homoeopaths like other medical professionals, recognize the special value of surgery. Homoeopathic medicines can be of great value in reducing the need for surgery and at other times the medicines are invaluable in helping the person heal after surgery. Homoeopathic medicines are effective in helping a person re-establish health after exposure to toxins in the environment.
Is there any medical research being done on Homeopathy?
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