Myths and Facts about Homoeopathy

Myths and Facts about Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. In other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if taken in large amounts.

How Does it work

Wondering why it would be beneficial to use Homoeopathic substances to help treat an illness or health problem if the same substance seems to also contribute to illness? The idea is that this practice helps stimulate the immune system and the body’s natural ability to heal.

One of the most important principles of Homoeopathic medicine is that treatments must be “individualized” and tailored to each person’s specific symptoms, history, body and needs. Even if two people are battling the same illness, they can receive completely different commendations from their Homoeopathic doctors based on their unique situation and how their body would be expected to respond.

It’s common for a Homoeopathic doctor to talk in depth with a patient about their stress levels, relationships, personal characteristics, family and so on. Patients respond differently to a range of doses of Homoeopathic medicines, some needing much higher doses than others based on their current situation. Homoeopathic remedies are diluted to a certain potency depending on the patient’s needs, and the goal is to always use the minimum dose possible that will still offer benefits.

In addition to interviewing the patient, lab tests are also commonly carried out to help the Homoeopathic doctor learn about the patient’s viewed in light of the patient’s symptoms. Thus, Homoeopathic doctor’s goal is to learn about the patient’s entire experience and expectations in order to help the patients.

Myths and Facts about Homoeopathy

According to reports, number of people using homoeopathy is increasing year after year. Apart from the people regularly seeing homoeopaths as the first choice of doctor, or using homoeopathy as first line of therapy, and there are people who use homoeopathy only occasionally. Many more think to use homoeopathy. Many of them are reluctant because of certain unrealistic myths. Here we have tried to clear some of the myths surrounding homoeopathy explaining the facts behind them.

Myth 1:

Homoeopathy is an unproven science.

Fact:

Homoeopathy is based on experimental pharmacological and clinical data. Over the years, homoeopathic medicines have been extensively studied for their efficacy in a variety of indications. Clinical studies have been conducted in India as well as other countries. In fact, the term 'Allopathy' was coined by the founder of homoeopathy whom the allopaths regard as the founder of experimental pharmacology.

Myth 2:

Homoeopathic medicines are only sugar pills which act more as placebos and have no medicinal value as such.

Fact:

Yes, the white sugar pills, as such do not have any medicinal value. But these act as vehicles or carriers for the medicines, which are alcohol based. Otherwise the medicine can be taken directly or dissolved in water. Homoeopathic medicines have been scientifically studied over the world and found to be effective in a wide range of diseases. Thus they are not placebos.

Myth 3:

Homoeopathy is slow acting and cannot be used in acute cases of diarrhea, fever, cough, cold, etc.

Fact:

Homoeopathy is fast acting in acute cases and can be effectively used in treating infections, fever, cold etc. Unfortunately, people tend to go to a homoeopath only when the acute problem becomes chronic. Naturally, these cases take longer to treat. Also, most people take recourse in homoeopathy in cases of arthritis, allergic asthma or skin conditions etc., which take a longer time to treat with any other system.

Myth 4:

Homoeopathy is a 'magic remedy' that can treat any disorder.

Fact:

Homoeopathy, like any other field of medicine, has its limitations. For example, it cannot treat cases where surgery is unavoidable, dental cases, etc

Myth 5:

Homoeopathic doctors are quacks who do not have formal training in the field of medicine.

Fact:

One has to follow strict dietary restrictions while on homoeopathic treatment.

Qualified doctors practice Homoeopathy, in most parts of the world. In India, there are over 180 medical colleges, which offer degree and post-graduate studies in Homoeopathy. At present, there are over 2,00,000 trained homoeopaths in the country.

Myth 6:

One has to follow strict dietary restrictions while on homoeopathic treatment.

Fact:

Some patients are asked to abstain from onions, garlic, coffee, tea, alcohol etc. as these substances interfere with the action of certain homoeopathic medicines. But then, restricting alcohol and tobacco is also safe and healthy.

Myth 7:

Homoeopathy is only useful in chronic cases.

Fact:

Very often it is true where everything else has failed. But the true reason for this perception is because people turn to homoeopathy so late when everything else has failed. After years of allopathic treatment often an illness becomes chronic. The treatment will now naturally take longer than in case of using homoeopathy right from the beginning.

Myth 8:

Homoeopathy cannot be used in diabetic patients.

Fact:

Homoeopathy can definitely be used in diabetic patients. The minute amount of sugar globules (the little round pills) taken daily does not matter. Sugar intake in the daily diet is significantly higher than that taken by a few globules. In very severe cases, the dilution may be taken as drops in water or over lactose.

Myth 9:

The homoeopath gives the same white pills for all types of illness. How can they be really effective?

Fact:

Depending on the illness, homoeopaths medicate the sugar pills with different medicines. The sugar pills serve only as a vehicle for transfer of the medicine. The selected medicine, out of a range of more than 1200 different dilutions, is targeted to the individual problems.

Myth 10:

Are there really no side effects of homoeopathic medicine?

Fact:

Generally there are no side effects of homoeopathic medicine if prescribed in potencies of 3CH and above. However, some tinctures and triturations in very low potencies like 1x, 2x have some side effects of minor nature .

Do’s And Don’ts While Taking Homoeopathic Medicines

If you are going to take Homoeopathic treatment then please do consider the points stated in this article as guidelines to take Homoeopathic medicines.

  • Touching Homoeopathic Medicines: Do not touch the Homoeopathic medicines; do not take on to your palm before taking it, as handling of medicines reduces the potency of the medicines. It also spoils the medicines by exposing it to unhygienic conditions. Always take the medicines by using the cap of the medicine bottle or a plain paper. If you are going to use a paper then see to it that it does not contain any print. As ink can also spoil the medicine.
  • The half an hour rule: Do not eat or drink anything half an hour before and after taking the medicines. That means if you wish to take medicine at 10 o'clock then do not consume anything from 9.30 to 10; take the medicine on 10 o' clock and then till 10.30 do not consume anything. The only exception to this rule is water. Drinking water is permissible after or before five minutes of taking the medicines.
  • Addictions: Do not smoke, chew tobacco, and drink alcohol while you are taking Homoeopathic medicines, as it may have nullifying effects on the medicines.
  • Coffee: A debatable topic when it comes to Homoeopathy. With recent research studies it has been explained that if you follow: not to have anything half an hour before and after the medicine rule then coffee does no harm even if you are taking Homoeopathic medicines, but for some Homoeopathic medicines coffee acts as an antidote; as there are medicines prepared by using coffee in the crude as well as in the roasted form. That is why your homeopath will be a right person to guide you whether coffee will do or not along with the Homoeopathic medicines you are taking.
  • Onion, garlic, ginger and other strong smelling substances: Once you are following the half an hour rule then you can eat raw onion, garlic, ginger, and other strong smelling substances along with the Homoeopathic medicines.
  • Other dietary restrictions: It is not mandatory for Homoeopathic treatment to follow certain dietary restrictions exceptionally for Homoeopathic medicines. But for diseases like bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, gout, or the disease which increases in intensity after taking a certain food items you need to follow the dietary restrictions for some period till you start responding to the Homoeopathic line of treatment. Once you respond curatively to Homoeopathic line of treatment there is no need to keep on the dietetic restrictions. That is the actual cure what Homoeopathy gives.
  • Other medications:
    Allopathic: if you are a blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy patient and if you are taking certain medicines for longer period of time then it is not advisable to stop the medicines abruptly as you may encounter problems if you do that. Once you start responding positively to Homoeopathic treatment then your homeopath will advise curtail down of your medicines. Ayurvedic: Most of the Ayurvedic medicines and Homoeopathic medicines have the same source only the preparation differs. Because of that it is better to confront your doctor which Ayurvedic medicine (along with the contents of it) you are taking. If the medicines have adverse reactions to each other than your homeopath will advise you to stop the Ayurvedic medicines.


Madhav University provide all types of Homoeopathic Courses like-
B.H.M.S.
Anatomy
Physiology
Homoeopathic Pharmacy
Homoeopathic Materia Medica
Organon of Medicine with Homoeopathic Philosophy
Pathology

Courtesy:
Dr. Sunil Singh
Dean, Faculty of Homoeopathy
Dr. Prarthana Devda
Medical Officer
Madhav University