What is homoeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats diseased individuals on the basis of using medicinal substances capable of producing similar changes in the health of a person as that of the diseased person.
Literally speaking "Homoeos" means "similar" and "pathos" means "suffering".
Who discovered Homeopathy and where lies its origin?
A German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in1790, discovered homeopathy. Its origin was in Germany.
Is Homeopathy a proved science?
It definitely is. Homeopathy is a science based on sound logic and vast experimental data. Homeopathy is the only medicinal science where data has been collected by proving on human beings and not on animals because human beings can communicate their actual feelings during the testing while animals cannot.
How does Homoeopathy work?
Homoeopathy is the only medical science that works on the principle that our body constantly makes effort to maintain and re-establish the internal stability. So when the body is in a state of sickness, Homoeopathic medicines gently provide stimulation to the immune system of our body and help to fight the disease out of our body. This reversal to the healthy state is known as cure.
What is the relationship between symptoms and homeopathy?
Symptoms are the language of a disease - the body's attempt to balance itself. Without symptoms, a person could have a potentially life threatening illness with no way of identifying it. Homeopathy does not seek to remove or suppress symptoms. Its goal is to recognize and remove the underlying cause of these symptoms. This is why a homeopath will work toward understanding the whole person - including their body, mind and emotional state - before prescribing a remedy.
Can such small doses be effective?
Homeopathic remedies are indeed very small doses. However, they are specially prepared doses that undergo a specific process - including dilution of ingredients (called potentization), as well as a vigorous shaking (succussion). In homoeopathy, it is believed that the substance has left its imprint or "essence", which stimulates the body to heal itself. Specially formulated homeopathic remedies are thought to resonate with the body, triggering a positive healing response.
Is it true that Homeopathic medicines are only placebos (sugar pills)?
The pills of Homeopathic medicines are made from sugar but they work only as vehicles. Actual liquid medicine prepared from various natural medicinal substances, is poured over the pills and dispensed as medications.
Does the Homeopath give the same white pills for all illnesses / patients?
As stated above, the white pills that are dispensed from a homeopath are only neutral vehicles or carriers of actual medicines that is poured on them, hence they look the same.
Does one have to take the medicines for a long time?
Usually not. The duration of the treatment depends upon the nature of the disease and the fighting capacity of the patient's body. The treatment is required for a certain time period so as to improve the resistance of the body to fight diseases.
How can the correct homeopathic remedy be found?
Finding the appropriate homeopathic remedy depends upon gaining a complete understanding of the patient as a whole person. This means that the homeopath must take note of the physical, mental and emotional levels of each person before deciding on a correct remedy. The remedies are specially "designed" for individuals based upon their unique, and sometimes complex, state of being.
What is the difference between homeopathy and conventional medicine?
Homeopathy is based on a "whole person" approach. In homeopathy, the remedy or treatment program is customized and individualized to the patient, with the intent of removing the underlying cause.
Conventional Medicine's Approach
Conventional (allopathic) medicine usually relies on treating a patient's physical symptoms. This treatment might also assume a person's symptoms need to be controlled, suppressed or eliminated.
Is homeopathy merely psychological?
If you think you must "believe in" homeopathy for it to work, you need to know that it is not a placebo effect. Here are some powerful examples:
Infants: Homeopathic remedies and treatments are successfully used by parents for common infant ailments such as colic, teething pain and some infections.
Animals: There are many veterinarians homeopaths using medicines to treat domestic pets such as cats, dogs and birds, as well as barnyard animals like goats, horses and cows. Is it possible to have a placebo effect with animals?
Do homeopathic medicines have steroids?
No. It is a misconception that has been developing in the recent times. Due in many cases after seeing the improvement in a very short time people think that homeopaths give steroids. All Homoeopathic medicines are prepared by using scientific predefined methods of extracting the medicinal properties from source substances. Also if steroid is added the medicines will taste bitter.
Why do homeopaths do not tell the name of the medicines that has been given?
The name of the medicine is not disclosed for the benefit of the patient. If the patient after knowing the name of the medicines starts taking it according to his or her whims and fancies; it will distort the disease picture and in the future treatment of the patient will be much more difficult.
Does homeopathy believe in disease diagnosis and the pathological investigations?
Yes. It is very essential to diagnose a disease, but for the selection of the remedy we require to know the characteristic symptoms of the patient and not the disease symptoms. The pathological investigations are also important to judge the improvement, know disease diagnosis and the prognosis.
Can patients suffering from Diabetes take Homeopathic medicines?
Yes why not? As the daily dietary intake of sugar by a person would normally far exceed the minuscule quantity consumed in the form of homeopathic pills. Besides this, homeopathic pills are composed of lactose that is not harmful even for diabetes.
Does one have to stop allopathy or other medicines that the patient has been taking?
No. The patient should not stop the medicines that he has been taking. It should be tapered gradually once the patient is improving but this should be done in consultation with the treating physician. In some cases where the other medicine cannot be discontinued, both the medicines have to be continued for the benefit of the patient.
Do homeopathic medicines bring about aggravation initially?
In some cases there is an initial aggravation of the symptoms but it is a good sign that shows the medicine is right and has started acting. But this happens in a few cases; most of the patients have simple long lasting amelioration.
Is it safe to take Homeopathic medicines during Pregnancy?
Yes, if the treatment is planned in a proper way it will have lots of benefits to the mother and the child. The child will be much healthier and the medicines will help to fight the hereditary diseases that are carried from generation to generation. In fact if homeopathy is given during pregnancy, the delivery would be normal and easier.
Does Homeopathy work for infants and children?
Homeopathic remedies are safe and very effective for children. As Homeopathic remedies will bring the balance in the system to strengthen the resistance, one can start it as early as possible to let them grow healthy from the beginning. Homeopathic remedies are loved by kids because as the pills are sweet.
Does Homeopathy work in acute cases?
Yes. Homeopathy has wonderful remedies that give prompt relief in acute cases like fever, cough, cold, diarrhea, headaches etc. when the person opts for homeopathy at the onset of the ailment.
Does Homeopathy believe in Surgery?
Yes, it does. Surgery is a separate branch of medicine. It has to be resorted to in conditions that are beyond the domain of medicine. But one can avoid surgery in certain cases such as tonsillitis, piles, warts, kidney stones etc.
Is cure possible with Homeopathic medicines?
Homeopathy is curative. The symptoms are only used as an indication to select the right remedy for the individual. It treats the person as a whole and not his individual body parts. Homeopathy takes into account the expressions of an illness characteristic to the individual and a curative remedy chosen.
Are there any side effects of homeopathic medicines?
No, there are no side effects of homeopathic medicines. Some times the symptoms may get aggravated for short period of time, but this is a good sign that the homeopathic medicine is right and has started acting. Sometimes you may get cold, skin rash or little discharge after taking homeopathic medicine that means the system is getting cleared.
What are sources of Homeopathic remedies?
Homeopathic remedies are prepared from vegetables, minerals, chemicals, animal products and nosodes.
Why shouldn't one treat him / herself with homoeopathy medicines available form the medical store?
It is next to impossible to understand one's own deepest energetic imbalance. We seem to be blind to our own states. In addition, professionals have sound knowledge of disease & its prognosis that is not known to lay people.
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