FAQs – Homoeopathy

What is Homoeopathy?

Homoeopathy is a scientific system of medicine based on the principle “Similia Similibus Curentur”.  This is a word in Latin which means “let similar things take care of similar things”. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician articulated its basic principles and organized Homeopathy as a new medical system in early 18th century. The similia principle is based on the ancient wisdom that the substances that could produce a set of symptoms in health could also cure the same set of symptoms.

How do Homoeopathic medicines work?

Homeopathic medicines are prepared through a process called drug dynamisation wherein the innate property of the crude substance is activated to a dynamic stage. The drug dynamisation also reduce the toxicological properties of the crude drug and enhance its dynamic properties. Homoeopathy postulates that the dynamic properties of the Homeopathic medicines act on the life force of the individual  and  the help healing process of the sick individual.

 Is Homoeopathic medicine act slow

It is a false notion that homoeopathic medicines act slow. One of the reasons for such a mis conception could be due to the fact that inspite of its tremendous potential to cure common acute aliments, Homoeopathy is being widely used for treatment of long term ailments. The long term diseases take more time to recover than acute diseases.
A well selected Homeopathic remedy act very fast in acute diseases also
Commonly people resort to Homeopathic treatment when their ailment becomes more and chronic, or when there is a difficult condition, which defies conventional treatment or there is a proposed surgical treatment which is unavoidable. Naturally, these conditions will take some time to be cured. Even then, by its effectiveness and successes, it has earned good reputation and patronage. The use of these medicines in Government dispensaries in various localities has proved their quick effect where majority of patients come only for acute problems like diarrhea, fever, cough, cold and pains.

Can Homoeopathy treat anything and everything?

Homoeopathy has its own scope and limitations. Through Homoeopathy, acute or chronic, local or general ailments can be treated excerpt diseases where surgery is unavoidable. Some of the so called surgical problems like enlarged tonsils, sinusitis, piles, fistula, kidney stone etc, in its early stages could be treated with Homoeopathic medicines to a large extent.

Is  it a fact that  Homoeopathic medicines first aggravates the disease and then improves?

It does not happen in all cases and always, if the chosen remedy matches the patient’s need. But if repeated more than the need, it often increases the complaints, but it would subside on its own as soon as medicine is withdrawn.

Is there any diet restrictions while taking Homeopathic medicines?

As a general rule there is no restriction of items like onion, garlic, perfume, paan and tobacco.  However, while treating diseases, the physician may ask to restrict certain diet or items that may hinder the cure of the diseases or aggravates the condition.   Similarly, there may be certain substance   which my lessen the action of medicines.  Your doctor is the best person to advise you the restrictions required while taking medicine. Asking not to use paan, cigarette, tobacco are on the other hand healthy restrictions.

Is it a fact that Homoeopathic medicines have no side effects?

It is a fact that homoeopathic medicines do not have any known side effects. The term ‘side affects’ of a medicine comes from modern pharmacology. These drugs are aimed at one area of the body such as the cardiovascular system, the gut, the kidneys, etc. Though they have a primary area of action, they also affect other areas of the body. If these effects are undesirable, they are known as adverse side effects. Homoeopathic medicines are not employed against one particular area or organ of the body. The homoeopathic remedy is chosen because it matches as closely as possible with the totality of symptoms of the patient. Side effects, such as tissue destruction, do not occur under Homoeopathy.

Why should anyone go to a Homoeopathic doctor?

Homeopathic treatment is suitable for most people and has the advantage of being safe when used correctly. A Homoeopath makes efforts to see the disease holistically and that is the main reason why this system is getting more acceptability.

Is Homoeopathy getting more popular and if so why?

Many people prefer to be benefited through natural treatments rather than by conventional drugs or surgery. Public is also anxious about side effects of drugs, or about its long continued use, especially where children are involved. In case of0 Homoeopathy, these problems do not occur. Studies shows an increasing number of people are turning towards Homoeopathy every year as sales of Homoeopathic medicines have more than doubled in the recent years. Homoeopathy may be the most appropriate treatment for you.

Is Homoeopathy safe?

Homoeopathic medicines are not harmful because the crude substances used for preparation of medicines are processed through a process called drug dynamisation, where in the toxicological effects are removed and the dynamic properties are enhanced. They are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive. They are prepared in laboratories licensed by the Department of Health, to stringent standards of quality.

Is Homoeopathy effective?

Since the early nineteenth century homeopathy has proved effective for a verity of clinical conditions; it has often been successful where other forms of treatment have less to offer.

Can homoeopathic medicine be taken with ordinary drugs?

Always follow your doctor’s advice as stopping some medicine that you are already taking may be harmful.

If the symptoms become worse after taking a homoeopathic medicine, what should I do.?

Homoeopathic medicines seek to stimulate the diseased system so that the body will overcome the disease naturally. In that case at times there may be a brief aggravation of the symptoms. This usually means that the medicine is acting. Some time if the medicine taken is wrong, then there will be an increase of the suffering due to natural progress of the disease. Your doctor shall be the best person to decide whether the aggravation is due to medicine or diseases. Please consult him at the earliest.

Can the medicines be taken safely during pregnancy?

The safety of homoeopathic medicines is well known. Still it is advised to take the opinion of a qualified Homoeopathic doctor where ever needed.

Are homoeopathic medicines safe for children?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines are safe to even to infants.