FAQ&A on Homeopathy

25 most Frequently Asked Questions and Answers



Classical homoeopathy, constitutional medicine, Preventive Medicine, Sources of Homeopathic remedies, What medical conditions homeopathy treat?, Role of Symptoms, Homeopathic Consultation, Why patients choose homeopathy over conmed?, Limitations
Keywords: Science, Health, Homeopath, holistic, pharmacy
Key Persons: Samuel Hahnemann, Clemens von Boenninghausen, Hering, Count Korsakoff

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Q1. Can homeopathic medicine & conventional medicine be taken together?

Homeopathy is not exclusive and can be used along with conventional and complementary medical treatments. Certain drugs such as anti-hyper-tensive, drugs for cardiac or diabetic disorders, schizophrenia, epilepsyor life-saving drugs need to be continued even with Homeopathic medicines. Others, such as anti-biotics should not be discontinued before completing the course and resorting to homeopathy medicine. This is why it is so important to consult a homeopath physician as they will be able to advise you on how to gradually reduce your conventional medicine in a sage way. If during your homeopathy treatment, you may come down with some acute problem like throat infection, diarrhoea, vomiting, etc., at this time we advice that you should preferably take homeopathic treatment to handle this acute crisis.

The reason is that our body at the time of such acute crisis throws up certain peculiar symptoms which may not be felt so intensely otherwise. It is very likely that the remedy will cover these peculiar symptoms and thereby help you out of that acute crisis which will also relieve your other long-standing ailments. The research says that when an acute infection is handled with homeopathy the frequency of occurrence of such acute attacks reduces.

But if you take two together, it’s difficult to evaluate your progress because no one will came to know with which system of medicine you get better. The conventional medicine change the symptoms to such an extent that their original presentation of the symptom is lost, making it difficult to gather enough accurate information to prescribe the correct homeopathic remedy.

Q2. What is homeopathy?

Principles of Homeopathy Explained

Q3. What is the role of symptoms in homeopathy medicine?

Symptoms are the language of a disease [4]. Many (not all) conventional drugs inhibits and suppress symptoms because they are viewed as disturbance, sometimes leading to even more serious symptoms. Conventional (allopathic) physicians do not usually recognize the new series of symptoms as being related to the old. Thus, they treat them as new and unrelated problems. In physiological doses of conventional medicine, first there is palliation followed by suppression and then by aggravation of the original condition. A disease label is a combination of specific/particular set of morbid signs and symptoms. Different combination of symptoms can be given a new disease name. We focus on symptoms directly, or you can say by the disease name indirectly.

Homeopathy does not seek to palliate or suppress (altered) symptoms, Symptoms of illness are seen as attempts by the body to heal/balance or to signal distress. The language of symptoms is the best language that asks for the remedy. The symptoms are the compass that a homeopath uses to find his way to the right remedy. A homeopath respects the natural tendency of body to heal itself, and attempts to work with it rather than against it. Homeopathy does not seek to suppress symptoms. Its goal is to recognize and remove the underlying cause of these symptoms.

Homeopathy is based on the science that the body, mind and emotions are not really separate and distinct, but are actually fully integrated. Based on this perspective, a homeopath will work towards understanding the whole person and seeks a remedy that fits all of a patient’s physical and psychological symptoms not just isolated illness.

1. Physical symptoms: Structure/built/looks, thermals such as tolerance to external factors like heat, cold, sun, wind, sound, light, peculiar symptoms such as inflammation without pain, etc

2. Mental symptoms: state of mind, likes, dislikes, preferences, cravings, desires, aversions/dislikes, thirst, appetite, temperament (reactions of mind to various external stimuli or circumstances), Fear delusions, suspicion, hatred, compassion

3. Emotional Symptoms: Nature, behaviour, mood, emotions, sensitivity, reactions

‘I have a headache’ is not a symptom to a homeopath. ‘I have a boring pain in the right temple extending to my right eye that gets worse when I bend down and is better after a hot bath’ is more useful.

Symptoms are facts [1, p.94]. A single symptom is more than a single fact, it is a fact with its history, its origin, its location, its progress or direction or its conditions [1, p.99]. A symptom can be broken down into its constituent parts such as location, sensation, modality (circumstances modifying the qualities of symptoms in the direction of either better (amelioration) or worse (aggravation) and concomitant (symptoms that appear along with the chief complaint). Dr. Clemens von Boenninghausen (1785–1864) was the first to recognise this.

Symptom 278 of Mag-m in Chronic Diseases reads: ‘Violent shooting pain in the left hypochondrium, like splenetic stitches, in the afternoon, when walking; worse when taking a breath; it ceases in sitting (during the menses).’

If we wanted to match this whole symptom with a patient’s report, we would have to wait a long time for a precise match in a case of disease. However, if we break the complete symptom down into its constituent parts, the situation looks very different.

The various elements contained in this symptom are:

Location: hypochondrium sub-location: left

Sensation: Shooting closer description: violent

Time modality: afternoon

Modality according to circumstance: when walking, when taking a breath.

Amelioration: when sitting.

These are the possible combinations of signs and symptoms:

Shooting, left

Shooting, violent

Shooting, afternoon

Shooting, worse when walking

Shooting, worse when breathing in

Shooting, better when sitting

[2] Symptoms are essential to the healing response and are an integral part of the process of defense the body uses to fight the influence of the disease. Patients with low vitality exhibits few or weak symptoms and it was this lack of vitality which resulted in the inability to have a final healing.

There are sometimes no visible symptoms of a disease. However, it depends on who is doing the looking. Some symptoms are only visible to a trained physician, not to a lay person, but that doesn’t mean these symptoms don’t exist. Although some people’s symptoms may be complex, a well-trained homeopath will know which symptoms should be specially noted, and can choose an effective, individualized remedy. Sometimes, it takes medical interventions or diagnostic tests to confirm a condition.

There have been many cancer patients who reported that they had not any cancer symptoms in years prior to their diagnosis. The explanation was probably not that they did not have infections during this period, but more likely that their bodies were unable to fight these infections by producing necessary symptom indications.

Q4. What a homeopathic physician asks during the consultation?

Homeopathy system of medicine treats the disease as well as the person who is diseased. When visiting a homeopathic physician, the patient is asked a lot of questions regarding his background and history. This is because he/she is equally interested in the character and mental and emotional background of the patient and not just on physical symptoms. This is because Homeopaths is of the view that the patient is central theme and he truly knows what he experiences and only he can communicate these experiences.

The homeopath physician needs a detailed understanding of who you are, along with details of any complaints and how you experience them. The physician identifies those features of the illness, which are most peculiarly belonging only to that person, so as to be able to identify the required medicine for the patient. As a result, a detailed enquiry of the patient’s complaints including his physical & mental symptoms is absolutely necessary. This process is called the case study. The more your homeopath knows about you, the more easily will he or she be able to treat you effectively.

Do mention about your temperament, desires, sleep, dreams and appetite. In mental sphere, we need to know if anything had happened to upset you at home or at your work place, like any quarrel, or some bad news etc. All these symptoms when told in detail help us to know you and treat you better.

Therefore, it is important for a homeopath to conduct an in-depth interview of a patient to ensure a proper, all encompassing remedy.

Q5. What is the constitutional treatment in homeopathy?

Constitution in homeopathy means a person’s state of health, including their temperament and any inherited and acquired characteristics. Environment (stress, shock, traumas producing changes in glands) modifies the constitution. According to homeopathy, mind and body are very much linked and physical problems cannot be effectively cured without understanding and putting right the person’s constitution and character. A constitutional remedy covers the general bodily disturbances/imbalances (different complaints) of the whole (same) person.

Genetic code genome is responsible for what’s going to constitute the make-up of a resulting individual. This code map is responsible for physical, mental and emotional symptoms, which are a result of both functional disorders and structural changes in the body

1. Physical symptoms: Structure/built/looks, thermals such as tolerance to external factors like heat, cold, sun, wind, sound, light; peculiar symptoms such as inflammation without pain, etc; physical generals such as thirst, appetite, etc.

2. Mental symptoms: state of mind, likes, dislikes, preferences, cravings, desires, aversions, temperament (reactions of mind to various external stimuli or circumstances)

3. Emotional Symptoms: Nature, behaviour, mood, emotions, sensitivity, reactions When a homeopath physician during case taking takes all these above along with family history for prescribing a medicine, it becomes a genetic constitutional simillimum [3]

Q6. What is classical homeopathy?

Most homeopath physicians practice classical homeopathy (the actual homeopathy) (“single medicine at a time, single dose”). Homeopath ‘learns’ about the individual. They conduct a thorough and complete understanding of the patient during ‘case receiving [5] and is therefore sure that a single medicine or a series of medicine (but only one medicine at a time) in right potency will bring curative results in a patient. A homeopath looks for PQRS (peculiar, queer, rare, strange) symptoms in ‘case receiving’ to establish individuality. The importance of PQRS symptoms is in the following order: peculiar, rare.

After noting down all the symptoms of a case, homeopaths create a table in which they list the symptoms alongside the remedies that cover those symptoms. This process gives a list of remedies that cover the most symptoms. Homeopaths then use their knowledge of Materia Medica to differentiate among these remedies to select the most appropriate one. This saves the patient from taking unnecessary more medicines. Moreover, the doctor is aware of the action of a particular medicine and has a feedback from the patient and will act accordingly.

Q7. Where do homeopathic medicines come from?

The homeopathic medicines are derived from following sources:

Plant Kingdom: Herbs and plants are from plant kingdom such as Belladonna atropa(Deadly Nightshade) ,Calendula Off (Marigold), Arnica Montana (Leopards bane), Crocus Sativa (Meadow saffron), Drosera,Rumex, Opium (poppy), Carbo Veg (charcoal). Plants constitute more than 60% of homeopathic remedies.

Mineral Kingdom:Most of the elements and compounds like metals, salts, alkali, and acids are from mineral kingdom such as Sulphur, Calcarea Carbonica(Calcium Carbonate), Nitric-Acid,Natrum-Muriaticum(Common Salt)

Animal Kingdom:Lac Defloratum,Lac Caninum, Oleum Jecrosis,Lachesis, Aranea diadema,Apis Mellificia (honey bee), Sepia (cuttle fish), Lachesis (Snake), Tarentula (Spider), etc. Animal products constitute 20% of homeopathic remedies.

Farrington was the first one to arrange the remedies in three grand divisions: Vegetable, Mineral and Animal Kingdom in his book, “Lectures on Clinical Materia Medica in Family Order”.

Diseased Products:Medicines prepared from causative agent (agent which causes the pathology) i.e. identical disease products are known asNosodesuch asPsorinum, Tuberculinum, Carcinosinum (breast cancer tumour),Pyrogenium, etc.

Healthy Specimen: Medicine prepared from healthy spicemen such as extracts of fresh tissue, organ or gland are called Sarcodes (Hering, 1834) ex.Thyroidinum,Cortisone, Cholesterninum, Lecithin

Energy Sources: Medicine prepared from energy sources are called Imponderabilia such as X-Rays,Sol (sun rays). Imponderables are potentised water (1 l) or sugar or milk (1 kg) which have been exposed to X-rays (1000 rad) and then diluted to 1/100 and the product is equivalent to 2X. The electrical energy of the X-rays brings a change in orientation of dipoles of water molecules present in the water/sugar of milk.

Allersodes:Potentised antigens such as histamine

Q8.What is Isopathy and Tautopathy?

Both of them are based on ‘Principle of Sameness’. They are not based on ‘Principle of Similars, so in the strict sense they are not Homeopathy but pretty close to it.

Treatment of disease by use of nosodes is known asIsopathy.

Example of isopathy in Homeopathy: Tuberculinum for treatment of tuberculosis, Syphilinum for treatment of syphilis.

Example of isopathy in conventional medicine is the use of anti snake venom to treat snake bite.

Treatment of disease by auto-nosodes is known as auto-isopathy.

Example of Tautopathy

1. Arsenicum album to antidote arsenic poisoning, mercurius solubilis to antidote mercuric chloride poisoning, Cadmium Sulphuricum to antidote cadmium chloride toxicity

2. Potentised Penicillin to remove the bad-effects of penicillin, potentised Roaccutane to remove the bad effects of pencillin (hair fall)

Q9. What medical conditions homeopathy medicine can treat?

Homeopathic medicine is ideal for people of all ages, even the most sensitive like an expectant mother or a new born because it is devoid of chemical toxicity.

Homeopathic medicines works effectively and curatively in treating people with wide range of conditions, from acute (indisposition and infectious disease like viral and bacterial) to chronic (longstanding) to lifestyle such as obesity to genetic diseases to epidemics regardless of whether the cause of the illness is mental/emotional or physical.

Infants: Homeopathic medicines and treatments are successfully used by parents for common infant ailments such as colic, teething pain and some infections.

The effects of homeopathic medicines have been observed repeatedly on neonates, unconscious patients.

Children:Homeopathy is also effective in behavioral problems and temperament seen commonly in children like irritability, obstinacy, temper-tantrums, fears, phobias, thumb-sucking, nail biting, destructiveness, bed-wetting; as well as mentally and physically backward children. Most of the children’s ailments like cold, cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, colic, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, chicken pox, mumps can be treated very effectively with homeopathic medicines without any side effects. Homeopathy removes allergic tendencies in kids to most food items.

Dosage is same for children since the activity of homeopathy medicines is independent of body weight.

Animals: For more than 150 yrs, many veterinarians using homeopathic medicines to treat domestic pets such as cats, dogs and birds, as well as barnyard animals like goats, horses and cows.

Q10. How long does treatment by homeopathic medicines take?

The action of homeopathic medicine is dependent on various factors like sensitivity of the diseased person, the nature of illness of the person, the pathology of the disease, various other treatment measures taken before resorting to homeopathy and patient’s vitality. On consideration of the above factors, if the most appropriate homeopathic medicine is selected and administered, the action is fast and beneficial.

As we are all so very different in our mental and physical makeup it is reasonable to expect that our reaction to an illness will also be different and individual. Illnesses which occurred many years previously, sometimes in childhood or even in our parents, can often lead to areas of weakness in our constitution and a skilled homeopath physician may spend some time in tracing and removing these defects by the use of the correct homeopathic medicine. In general, a slowly developing or long-standing complaint takes longer to cure than an acute one.

If a patient comes to a homeopath with long history of chronic illness, by that time the original disease picture has been distorted to a large extent. Remember that homeopathy aims to cure both the cause of you illness as well as its symptoms. Therefore the treatment may take time.

Homeopathy is in fact fast acting in acute conditions such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Homeopathy can give quick effective results within 5 to 10 minutes in severe pains of gallstone, renal and abdominal colic. It can bring down temperatures in just 10 minutes in case of high fevers, viral fever of 1 week cured in a day followed by no after effects like tiredness, fatigue etc., and works effectively in malaria, typhoid etc.

To remove a small plant you need few seconds and to remove a tree you need a day. Similarly say a chronic disease like asthma of 10 years if cured in 6 months don’t you think cure is rapid

Once your symptoms start to lessen you should increase the time between doses according to the directions given by the physician.

The length of homeopathic treatment

Q11. How homeopathy medicine provides a strong and stable foundation for your health?

Picture a house with windows, doors, roof, plumbing, all sitting on a solid foundation. An earthquake occurs. The house shifts on its foundation; windows break; pipes rupture; ceilings come crashing down. You engage a plumber to fix the pipes, a carpenter to mend the doors, and a roofer to replace the tiles.

But really it’s the foundation that needs to be stabilized so that the rest of the house can be balanced, in its right place, and strong enough to resist future earthquakes.

Conventional medicine is like the plumber, the carpenter, and the roofer. It looks at the individual parts and makes them work. Homeopathy fixes the foundation. Homeopathy creates a stable foundation for your health. Stable foundation means your immune system will be stronger and better able to resist sickness. Homeopathy goes beyond providing relief for immediate symptoms. It seeks to provide long-term solutions to your health problems.

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Q12. While on homeopathic treatment, is there any necessity to have the pathological tests done?

If the case demands so, the homeopath physician will mandate the patient to undergo blood, urine or radiation tests/medical imaging. The tests decide the state of the patient’s immunity, how the patient is going to respond to treatment, and what diet he / she should take while on the treatment.

Q13. Homeopathy advises restrictions in diet when taking medicines, is it necessary?

Certain strong tasting and strong smelling foodstuffs such as onion and garlic, and stimulants like coffee are advised to be restricted for 15 minutes before and after every dose of homeopathic medicine only for the reason that these substances leave a strong odour / taste in the mouth which is also the route through which the homeopathic medicine is going to act. Total abstinence from certain foods is not at all necessary.

Dietetic restrictions are must whenever it is necessary. Usually the things that aggravate the condition are restricted but only until the person responds to homeopathic line of treatment. The patient can restart consuming the same item once he responds to homeopathic treatment curatively.

You have to keep the medicine on the tongue so that it comes in contact with the nerves. That is the reason why we say not to eat anything at least 15 minutes before or after taking the medicine. So that the tongue has nothing else that will interfere with the absorption of the medicine.

Q14. How do I store homeopathic medicines?

Poor handling may reduce its effect. The dose is so minute that it can be easily contaminated, so tip the pill(s) into the cap of the container and avoid touching with your fingers.

Being potentised the medicines are sensitive and should therefore be stored in a dry place below 25′C, in their original container and away from strong smells such as perfume, aftershave, coffee and moth repellents, and away from direct sunlight. Although they are perfectly safe, as a general rule all medicines should be kept out of reach of small children.

Mother tincture: Preserved at 15.6′C (Lawrence Ashwell)

Heating homeopathic medicines at 55 degrees C for 30 minutes renders them useless

Q15. What reactions should I expect after taking homeopathic medicine?

Most of the time patients experience exceptional well-being and optimism while on the homeopathic treatment. Rarely (and that too only in few chronic cases) after taking a homeopathic medicine there may be slight and short worsening of your symptoms i.e. there’s an increase in your complaints. This is a reaction/detoxification/cleansing of the body while the curative action is taking place. Your body throws out any junk out of your system. It is a good sign that the body’s natural healing energies have started to counteract the illness. This effect will be small and brief in time and is followed by rapid relief. After the detox, you will feel regain your health rapidly and usually your symptoms will have disappeared or be greatly subside.

One must know that not all cases aggravate. Aggravation is not a characteristic of a remedy – it is the characteristic of the disease.Sulfurwhen given for insomnia would never aggravate it. But when given for skin would almost always aggravate the itching or the gravity of disease.

Q16. What do we need to tell a doctor in a follow-up?

First and foremost, you need to tell the doctor how you feel in your chief complaint and associated complaint as well as the new problems if any. As the patient progress, there might be a change in presenting symptoms (new set of symptoms). So there might be a call for a change in medicine/potency.

Q17. How Homeopathy treatment helps during pregnancy?

Homeopathic treatment during pregnancy is safe for the mother as well as the baby. Difficulties during pregnancy and the delivery or its aftermath as well as all the problems experienced by the newborn can be dealt with very efficiently and without side effects with homeopathy

Homeopathic treatment during last three months of pregnancy will aid safe and smooth normal delivery. At times homeopathic medicines help where caesarean delivery is indicated because of lack of labor pains. The treatment has potential to block early onset of possible inherited diseases.

Q18. How homeopathic and bio-chemical medicines are related to each other?

Bio-chemical medicines were discovered and prepared by Dr. Shussler. These are triturated up to the potency 12 X or 6C and not more than that. It is based on the principle that diseases strike the human body only when there is an imbalance in the essential salts of the Human body such as calcium chloride or sodium chloride etc. Treatment with these medicines furnishes the salts that are imbalanced and rejuvenates health.

Homeopathic medicines on the other hand, can be potentized up to 12C, 30C, 200C, 1M, 10M and even 50M.

Q19. What are the preventive medicines in Homeopathy?

The early symptoms of a disease are not detectable by modern machines such as X-rays, Ultrasound, CT scan, etc. Suppose you have a 1mm tumor in your liver. There is no way that an ultra sound or CT scan will pick it up. The detectable mass can be 2 mm in diameter. There can be millions of cancer cells in this 1 mm mass.

Cancer does not develop in a short time. It starts with unregulated mutations. If the person does not cure the problem it develops intohyperplasia. If the excesses with the body keep on it develops intodysplasia. If still no corrective measures are taken it develops into in-situcancer. This in-situ cancer is detectable when it reaches the size of 2 mm or more. Since machines were unable to detect this life-threatening problem, the patient ended up with cancer. All this time the patient has been complaining of different problems by exhibiting symptoms. Headaches, menstrual problems, constipation, insomnia, fatigue, cough etc.

Preventive use of homeopathy (called homeo-prophylaxis) was first applied in 1799 during an epidemic of scarlet fever in Königslütter, Germany, when Dr. Hahnemann prescribed a single dose of Belladonna, as the remedy of the epidemic genius to susceptible children in the town with 95% success.

Homeopaths do not wait for a disease to progress to an observable level by machines. They observe the objective and subjective symptoms. We can feel quantum changes in our bodies which simply are not possible to be picked up by machines. Our brain contains 95-100 billion neurons. It can detect signals which are not detectable by any other media.

Constitutional medicine and Nosodes (increases specific immunity regarding definite etiological agents) are among the best preventive medicine in Homeopathy.

Intervention for Prevention

Prophylactic: At times it has been seen that a specific medicine for example Euphrasia taken for conjunctivitis precipitates the illness rather than stimulating the illness. More examples of prophylactics are Belladonna for Scarlet fever, Pulsitilla for Measles.

Genus Epidemics: During epidemic disease, the homeopathy medicine prescribed for majority of patients (minimum 6) in the same geographical area is known as Genus Epidemic. Eupatorium Perfoliatum is one specific medicine for prevention of chiken-gunya fever when taken during epidemic.

Q20. How homeopathic medicines are prepared?

There are two recognized methods of preparing potencies:

1) The traditional Hahnemann method, where each potency is prepared in a new vial. This method is not used now-a -days, except for preparing small quantities and for “plussing” a potency (raising it one or a few steps).

2) The Korsakoff method, named after Count Karsakoff (1788-1853, Russia) who is credited with the use of the same sterilised vial (20 ml), and the earlier step is simply poured out, so the remedy carried on is that which sticks to the inner surface of the vial. This is now the only method widely used by pharmacies worldwide. Dr. Benoit Jules Mur (1809 France-1858) in 1838 built the first potentisation machine based on karsakoff method. Automatic potentizer ensures that each succussion is performed with the same number of strokes and with the same force on each stroke. Quinn potentiser is a variation of Karsakoff machine.The most popular Karsakoff machine used now-a-days is Labotic’s K-TRONIC. Quinn potentiser is a variation of Karsakoff machine. Mathematically, the final dilution of a Korsakovian potentization using single-vial-method is identical to that of the Hahnemannian multi-vial-method, provided that one hundredth of the remedy solution keeps adhering to the glass wall.Automatic potentizer ensures that each succussion is performed with the same number of strokes and with the same force on each stroke.

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Q21. What is the status of Homeopathy around the World?


Q22. How super-Avogadro dilutions in Homeopathy work?

Scientific plausiblemechanism of biological action of ‘potentised high dilutions’in homeopathy

Q23. What are those 14 good reasons that patients choose Homeopathic medicine over Allopathy as the choice of medical treatment?

1.Wholistic Medicine: Homeopathy evaluates the whole person (synthesis); allopathy its sum parts (analytical). So homeopathy encompasses allopathy as spherical earth encompasses the flat earth view. Thus homeopathy is a super set of allopathy.In terms of fuzzy logic, Homeopathy is ‘universe of discourse’ and conventional medicine is its subset.

2.Gentler (non-violent/non-abusive) system of medicine with no side effects: Most patients of allopathy tend to have been over-medicated, repeated frequently and for long term, making them dependent/addictive/habit-forming, resulting in side effects

Super-avogadro dilutions (this makes them non-toxic, safe and free from side effects)in Homeopathy are administered in minute quantity (1 dose is in Picogram range), yet enables the body to restore the balance in the shortest span (PicoDoses Mega Results).

3.Excellent for Psycho-somatic ailments: A homeopathic medicine cures mind-body disorders, and mental and emotional disturbed states. Therefore they are excellent for psychosomatic diseases such as Migraine, Asthma, Peptic ulcer, Allergy, Ulcerative colitis, etc.

4.Better substitute to Antibiotics/ Strengthens immune system: Antibiotics weakens the immune system because they kill healthy bacteria along with the bad bacteria.

Homeopathy strengthens the immune system by building resistance to sickness and enhancing the disease fighting ability of our system because it works with the body’s natural defenses and doesn’t suppress symptoms. Moreover, they do not disturb or hamper digestive system.

5.Tried and Tested Medicines: Homeopathic medicines (prepared from many natural substances such as herbs and minerals) used in the times of Dr. S. Hahnemann (200 yrs back) are used even today because of their efficacy. They have been tried and tested on healthy human beings not on animals. They are known, trusted, and reliable.

6.Long lasting to permanent cure: When the disease is considered separate from the whole person who is treated to alleviate/eliminate the symptom of the disease as is the case in allopathy, the disease is suppressed not cured, the disease comes back and back after some time, this time with much greater force/intensity. By contrast, when the patient is treated as a whole by focusing on the root cause of disease as is the case in homeopathy, the recurrences become milder each time until finally the whole person is free of disease. Energy abounds and there is a state of ease and harmony [6].You have a long lasting to permanent cure

Allopathy: If you dry up a runny nose, is your cold gone and are you healthy?

Homeopathy: If you get rid of the source of the runny nose in the process of dealing with the source, the runny nose will disappear on its own.

7. Rapid Recovery: Homeopathic treatment stimulates body’s own defense system and optimises the body’s natural defenses against microbes/toxins. This makes people recover from infectious diseases, gently and rapidly.

8. Often avoids Surgery: There are number of diseases which are labeled as ‘surgical’, where homoeopathy works curatively and can avoid surgery

9. Preventive Medicine:Except vaccines there is no preventive medicines in allopathy. The cure starts only when you get diseased. There are needle-free vaccines available in homeopathy.

Homeopathy allows avoiding diseases before they start by removing the biological tendency to develop the disease

10.Treatment of new diseases: In allopathy, if the disease cannot be diagnosed, there can be no treatment. That’s why many times patient says he is not feeling well despite of all his laboratory tests indicates he is in perfect health. He is told to use one drug or the other until finally a definite disease is diagnosed. Homeopathy offers an infinite capability to deal with diseases not yet encountered.

11.Less cost of treatment: Homeopathic treatment costs less, so its more economical than allopathic treatment. Homeopathy may prevent future hospitalizations by keeping you in good health, resulting in substantial long-term savings.

12. Homeopathy is evidence-based modern medicine: Homeopathy is supported by worldwide clinical research with more than 298 human studies published in 114 peer-reviewed international medical journals upto the end of year 2010 demonstrating its efficacy in variety of diseases. Some major medical schools, including Yale, and Salford now include homeopathy as part of their medical curriculum.

13.Highly popular: Homeopathy’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds. Homeopathy is the fastest growing medicine (at 20% a year) in the world. It is recommended by Nobel laureates and used by sports persons.

14.Right to choose homeopathy: A patient has every right to choose homeopathy medicine like other system of medicines such as conventional, ayurveda, unani, siddha, herbal, Chinese and anthroposophical.

Q24. What are the limitations of homeopathic medicine?

Like any other system of medicine homeopathy medicine also has its’ own limitations.

1. A surgical problem which has progressed far beyond its initial stages might not respond to homoeopathy medicine.

2. Surgical correction of the disorders has to be undertaken, e.g. aligning the fractured ends of the bone, stitching the broken ends of the skin, structural problems such as hole in heart, etc. Homeopathic medicines can then be administered as an antiseptic for faster healing.

Dr. Dewan Harish Chand on having no surgery in homeopathy said, “Neither have allopathy, ayurveda or unani systems strictly speaking. These are systems of therapeutics-treatment by medicine. Surgery is common to all-to use when neccessary.” Every allopath does not practice surgery. Homeopath do succeed in curing some threatening surgical conditions.

3. Some sudden life threatening situations like heart attacks, paralytic strokes, diabetic comas etc. have to be initially treated with conventional, till the patient is out of danger.

4. It is relatively slow acting as compared to the steroids.

5. The exact mechanism of action of high dilutions in homeopathy is still not completely understood.

6. It does not guarantee 100% success rate.

Q25. Where can I learn more about Homeopathy?

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  1. Dr. Nancy Malik

    Thank You sir for adding into interesting knols. As per your suggestion, I have added the categories.

  2. Dr. Anand dharsenda

    great article -this gives almost all answers to questions which people commonly asks about homeopathy.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Hello Dr. Aanand
      I have tried to answer the basic questions asked by people and patients alike. If any thing is left out, kindly let me know.

  3. swapnil jain

    thats a good article but i dont think onion ar garlic affect homoeopathic medication anyway the important restriction would be avoiding any medicated things to be applied on skin and to be taken

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank you for your encouragement.The reason for avoiding strong odour food just prior and post medication is to play safe as there’s not enough research showing the effect or no-effect of strong odour foods

  4. Plasma Engineer

    That’s an interesting reply because it suggests that stong evidence for the effectiveness of the treatment actually does exist i the absence of these foods.

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    Ask for Evidence http://lnkd.in/JFmJaH
    QED:’Quality Evidence Demonstrated’ http://wp.me/p20P7m-5t

    You can listen to mp3 audio/podcast of this blogpost (25 minutes,8 MB) online at https://soundcloud.com/drnancymalik/faq-on-homeopathy

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