FAQ's on Homeopathy
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine which assists the natural tendency of the human body to heal itself. It acknowledges that all symptoms of ill health are a mere manifestation of the disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient that requires treatment and not the disease. It has been in existence worldwide for nearly two hundred years and its popularity is rising in the present day.
What is 'Classical' Homeopathy, and how does it differ from 'Modern' Homeopathy?
Classical homeopathy is the type of homeopathy who claimed that at any given time only one remedy should be given to the patient, the one that has the greatest similarity to his disease. This process of finding the correct remedy is very tedious and requires a lot of search on the part of the physician. But if it is found the therapeutic results are impressive and satisfying.
What is Homeo organo therapy?
Homeo-organotherapy is the homeopathic preparation of organ tissue, to treat dysfunctional organs. The idea of organotherapy was first introduced by Constantine Hering, M.D., the father of American Homeopathy in 1834. There are three proposed ways in which organotherapy is believed to work. It has a direct effect on stimulating the function of the organ by enhancing the selection of enzymes and specific nucleic acids lacking in the organ. The administration of the homeopathic preparation of organ tissue overwhelming the body with organ antigen in effect stopping the production of anti-organ antibodies. The organotherapy remedy may provide antigen to substitute for damaged tissue antigen. Organotherapy remedies are either Sarcodes or Nosodes. Sarcodes are healthy organ tissue prepared according to homeopathic standards whereas Nosodes are potentized homeopathic preparations of diseased organ or organ secretions
What is homeo-detox therapy?
Homeo-detox therapy is the same way of selecting the homeopathic remedies as per symptom similarities but gives more importance to the perticular symptoms than general symptoms and modalities (i.e. aggravations and ammeleoration of symptoms) of the symptoms. Lower potency and mother tinctures are generally considered for homeo detoxification method.
How does a Homeopathic Remedies works?
Many symptoms we experience are results of one under lying cause. For example, pain, swelling, redness could be results of an infection or by some irritation. Homeopathic stimulates the body's own healing power, unlike other systems which interfere in body's process of healing to remove the underlying cause. Examples: Pain killers simply stop the message transmission to brain without removing the real problem which is cause of the pain. cough suppressants stop expulsion of phlegm (but gets accumulated in lungs makes more potential environment for bacteria), Homeopathic remedies completely cure the underlying cause without side effects
Are Homeopathic Remedies addictive?
Not at all.
Is Homeopathy a proved science?
Yes definitely it 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. The principles of Homeopathy have been derived and authenticated by vast clinical experiments and data. The homeopathic medicines are prepared in a standardized manner. The homeopathic pharmacopoeia lists more than 3000 remedies, whose clinical efficiency has been proved in various clinical trials conducted all over the world.
What are the side-effects of the Homeopathic Remedies?
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. In the same way your old symptoms like constipation, warts or any skin rash may reappear, do not take any medicine to treat these reappearing old symptoms, as these old symptoms will go away in short period of time and you are healed completely and permanently.
How fast Homeopathic remedies can act ?
Homeopathic remedies start working immediately after it is taken. Often, people suffering from headache find relief within minutes. It may take a while to get complete cure depending on the condition of the individual. Most individuals with acute conditions like fever and cold find relief in one or two days. In chronic conditions, people start feeling better in few days. As chronic conditions develop over a period of time ( asthma, arthritis, diabetes ), and the cure should be brought by reversing the pathological changes, it may take longer time in certain cases. In case of arthritis, many people get tremendous relief within a couple of weeks.
What are sources of Homeopathic remedies ?
Homeopathic remedies are prepared from vegetables, minerals, chemicals, animal products and nosodes.
Vegetables: Allium cepa (onion), Asparagus.
Animal Products: Lac Cal, Spongia.
Minerals: Natrum mur (common salt), Ferrum met (iron), Kali sulph.
Chemicals: Ars alb, Calcaria carb.
Nosodes: Syphilinum, Medorrhinum.
Why should Homeopathy be first choice for health care ?
Homeopathy should be first choice for health care because it acts quickly without causing any side effects. The homeopathic system which is proved on human beings is very effective in both acute and chronic conditions. It heals the problem from the root and establishes harmony in health. Besides healing the person, it improves the general resistance and avoids frequent visits to physicians for different problems. Homeopathic pills are sweet and every one especially kids love to eat. Homeopathic treatment can be started depending on signs and symptom without waiting for the diagnosing test results there by avoiding the deterioration of health and preventing further complications. Homeopathic remedies offer long lasting health.
Does homeopathy believe in disease diagnosis and the pathological investigation
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. For e.g. If a person is having an attack of asthma, he will be having wheezing and congestion of the chest and he gets relief only if he throws his head backwards. Wheezing and congestion of chest are symptoms of the disease but for the selection of the remedy the important symptom is 'relief by throwing head backwards'. Hence to differentiate the disease symptoms with the individual characteristic symptoms good knowledge of disease is important. The pathological investigations are also important to judge the improvement, know disease diagnosis and the prognosis.
How can it help in surgical disorders ?
Homeopathy is not against surgery when it is really needed. But there are number of diseases which can effectively be treated by homeopathy without surgery. Recurrence of the problem will be there until the tendency to develop such problem is removed. Diseases like septic recurrent tonsillitis, piles, fissures, fistula, appendicitis (except gangrenous), chronic ear discharge, vocal cord nodules, polyp in nose-ear, kidney and gall bladder stones, small size uterine fibroid, ovarian cysts, warts, corns etc. can be cured with Homeopathy. Homeopathic treatment removes the recurring nature of disease while treating the condition They often reappear as described below: After surgery they appear in the same place, e.g.: recurrent kidney stones after repeated surgeries. After surgery they develop in different location e.g.: caries tooth. Infection of another teeth after removal of badly infected teeth in same side or opposite side. This chain may end up the patient with artificial dentures. Some are false surgical conditions like piles or hemorrhoids. Piles are nothing but swollen pyloric veins . the real problem may be pressure on veins from constipation, congested liver or heart problem. Until the root cause is removed, they appear again and again even after they are operated. In case of constrictive sphincter ani, nerve irritability should be treated instead of operating on sphincter the cause. In case of uterine prolepses the medicines which give strength to muscles and ligaments to hold that in proper place save the uterus from removal. The pathological changes are nothing but end products of disease. Just removal is not the solution for many conditions. Homeopathic medicines not only treat the pathology without surgery, they also remove the tendency to develop again.
Does one have to stop other medicines which the patient has been taking?
No. The patient should not stop the medicines which 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. The treatment should be planned and properly implemented.
Should a patient continue Homeopathic treatment indefinitely?
No. Must stop as soon as he feels quite well.
What is the Principle of Individualization?
Each patient is different from another and his reaction to all the internal and external forces or stimuli will therefore be different from another. This is called the principle of individualization.It is for this reason that two patients with apparently the same illness may be treated with different remedies. Let us take the example of common cold. An allopath will prescribe for each patient the same medication- a decongestant, an anti-allergic and an anti-pyretic. A homeopath first looks for the cause. He will ask you how you caught the cold- did you get wet in the rains, were exposed to a draft of air, got overheated or chilled, had cold drinks, etc. Then, he looks for the details of the symptoms- whether you sneeze or not, is there a runny nose, what is the type of discharge, etc. He finds out what factors aggravate or relieve the complaints, what are the associated symptoms, etc. Armed with these details, he selects a remedy similar to the illness and attacks it.
What is a symptom?
In general, symptoms are subjective and expressed by an individual. Symptom is any perceptible change in the body or it's functions that indicate the kind or phases of disease. Symptoms are subjective e.g., pain, burning sensation, weakness, feeling cold. Objective indications are called signs. These signs and symptoms are vital for homeopathic remedy selection. Knowledge of the following listed characters of symptoms makes the person comfortable to give clear picture of their problem. And also it shows how each person is different from similar disease group. Each individual suffering from arthritis have different times of aggravation, different associate symptoms.
General symptom analysis includes the following: Onset of Symptom: Date, manner (gradual or sudden), precipitating factors (awakening the symptom from dormant state to dominant state) like sudden psychological impact by loosing someone, business loss or physiological conditions like excessive exposure to severe cold weather.
Characteristics of Symptoms and Signs:
Nature of pain: Burning, smarting, tingling
Location of pain: Pain in head, heart
Radiation of pain: Pain in heart radiating to hand, back or localized
Severity: Mild or severe pain
Timing: Morning, evening, night or specific time Aggravating or Relieving factors and associated symptoms
Course since onset : Incidence, progress
Homeopathic treatment gives equal importance to person's feelings and expression. As the selection of Homeopathic remedy mostly depends on signs and symptoms, individual who gives the exact description of their signs and symptoms will get suitable remedy and will be cured fast.
Is homeopathic treatment effective for children, adults, woman and elderly?
Homeopathy has no bar for age and sex; it is equally effective for every human being in every stage of their life from birth till death.
Is Homeopathy New?
The Law of Similars has been known since at least the time of Hippocrates (ca. 400 B.C.), but it was Samuel Hahnemann who fully stated the ideas of homeopathy in the early 1800's. He was a doctor and a chemist in Germany who lived from 1755 to 1843. He discovered the truth of the Law of Similars by testing small doses of medicine on himself.
By 1900, about twenty percent of doctors in the United States were homeopaths, but due to various political and social changes, homeopathy became relatively unknown in the USA until recently. There is wider acceptance of homeopathy in such countries as France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India and Great Britain. In fact, the family doctor to England's Queen Elizabeth is a homeopathic physician.
What are Homeopathic Remedies?
Any plant, mineral or animal substance can be used as a remedy. The original substance is diluted in liquid repeatedly, and vigorously shaken with each dilution. Unusual as it sounds, these very small amounts of remedies can act very strongly when used properly. Also, because the remedies are very diluted, they are extremely safe. The clinical experience of homeopathy shows that the micro-dose is effective: It works upon comatose people, infants and animals
Is there evidence that homeopathy works?
There are literally hundreds of high quality, published basic science, pre-clinical and clinical studies showing that homeopathy works. These studies have been published in respected journals like Lancet, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, and Annals of Internal Medicine, among others.
What to expect during a visit to a homeopathic practitioner?
You will be asked to describe all your problems in detail as well as a complete description of everything that characterizes you, especially your feelings, sensations, sensitivity, psyche, and all that concerns your organism in terms of energy, sleep, appetite, digestion, etc. This thorough and initial interview requires approximately two to three hours. The better the homeopath understands the patient and his or her problems, the better they can individualize to find the specific and most similar remedy for the patient's condition.
Which diseases can be treated with homeopathy?
This may sound strange but in homeopathy we do not treat diseases, but treat the person who is sick. Whether a person has a chronic or an acute disease, all of their symptoms, whether physical, mental or emotional form a whole representing a state of imbalance very specific to this individual. The goal of the homeopath is to recognize through the unique expression of symptoms of a patient the pattern of disturbed energy and identify among the great number of remedies available the one most homeopathic, or most similar to, the patient's disease.
Can a pregnant woman or a newborn baby benefit from homeopathy?
Since homeopathic remedies are devoid of all chemical toxicity, homeopathy is the ideal system of medicine for people of all ages, even the most sensitive like an expectant mother or a newborn 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.
How does homeopathy deal with patients affected with mental stress,emotional problems, resulting from emotional trauma, severe grief, or the consequence of mood disorders such as anger,depression or anxiety?
As incredible as it may seem, all such emotional problems normalize with the application of the homeopathic remedy that is the most similar to the state of the patient. Patients who are already under psychotherapy find out as a rule that they recover far more rapidly after they begin homeopathic treatment.
How does homeopathy address patients with infectious diseases?
Homeopathic treatment is ideal to optimize the body's natural defenses against microbes. With the appropriate homeopathic treatment, people recover from infectious diseases, even the most serious ones, gently and rapidly. During past great epidemics such as diphtheria, scarlet fever, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, malaria, etc., homeopathy decreased mortality by 10 to 30 times versus conventional medicine. During the infamous Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19, it has been estimated that 25 to 50 million people died world wide. In the United States alone, 550,000 died, approximately 10% of the people afflicted with the flu. Homeopathic physicians documented then more than 62,000 patients treated with homeopathy resulting in a mortality of 0.7%. For people who were sick enough to be hospitalized, conventional medicine had a mortality of 30% while with 27,000 documented hospitalized cases, homeopathy was reporting a mortality of 1.05% (Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy 1921; 13:1028-43).
Which conditions are outside the scope of homeopathy?
If a patient has a problem that necessitates a surgical intervention, the homeopath will refer this patient to a surgeon. But as surgical interventions are a shock to the organism, homeopathic treatment will be ideal to prepare the patient for surgery and help them recover from the operation. Of course, cases with dislocation or fracture will be dealt with by an orthopedic doctor. For less serious mechanical physical problems, patents will be referred to a chiropractor, osteopath, massotherapist or other appropriate therapist. Generally, people afflicted with genetic, congenital, or fixed metabolic diseases or with very advanced degeneration cannot always expect full recovery, but more often a palliative relief with homeopathy, free of side effects usually expected when palliation is done with modern drugs.
What has been the position of conventional medicine towards homeopathy?
Since the beginning, conventional medicine has tried to halt the progress of homeopathy. At best, it accuses it of giving "placebos" despite double blind studies which demonstrate the absolutely undeniable efficacy of homeopathic treatments. If homeopathy is so extraordinary, why is it not recognized universally? Although homeopathy has been practiced for more than two hundred years, it is still in its early period of growth. It is probably the most difficult medical discipline to master because it is based on the pure observation of nature, and the strict application of a natural law. Until very recently, of all the physicians who had studied homeopathy, only a very small minority had succeeded in mastering this discipline. Today with the general disillusionment in conventional medicine, homeopathy is beginning to bloom again and spread throughout the world. People find in homeopathy a system of medicine that not only displays more common sense by its respect for the whole person, but which is also more efficient in restoring health to the sick since it optimizes the extraordinary innate self-healing powers of the organism. With the advent of modern communication, the teaching of homeopathy has improved and a better comprehension and practice of homeopathy has been observed.