Homeopathy is a medical science which is governed by nature’s laws used in the service of treating the human beings and animals. Homeopathy was founded by a German Physician, Dr.Samuel Hahnemann, regarded as the Father of Homeopathy. The word Homeopathy was derived from Greek word, Homeo meaning Similar and Pathy meaning suffering. The word Homeopathy was chosen by Dr.Hahnemann as this science is based on of the nature’s laws, Law of Similars which states ‘let likes be cured by likes.
Homeopathy was founded by Dr.Hahnemann not to treat diseases or conditions but the whole person who is sick from diseases or conditions. According to Dr.Hahnemann and homeopathic philosophy, a homeopathic doctor should treat the ‘Man in sickness’ rather than the ‘Sickness in Man.’ This principle of homeopathy makes it superior to other medical sciences and is able to give back health to the whole person than a certain part of the body. So to say, Homeopathy has treatment for all kinds of diseases and conditions a person might be suffering from. It is always the best choice of treatment if it considering the whole person as one than treating individual diseases or symptoms.
What are the diseases or conditions treated homeopathically?
Homeopathic is a complete system of medicine with its principles based on nature’s laws to treat every disease condition. In acute diseases, homeopathic medicines act fast and deep by taking into consideration the exciting cause and the most recent events responsible for the sickness. Likewise, homeopathy has gained reputation in treating every chronic disease with its famous Theory of Chronic Miasm as the guiding principle. Homeopathy has the concept of Homeoprophylaxis by which preventive medicines are selected for epidemic and endemic outbreaks such as cholera, chikungunya, dengue, chickenpox etc. These homeopathic preventive medicines help prevent spread of diseases.
What is there in homeopathic medicines? How are they prepared?
Homeopathic medicines are prepared from natural sources such as plants, animals, minerals, and from healthy and diseased parts as well. The medicines are procured from the sources. They are then processed and prepared as per the Pharmacopoeia. Homeopathic medicinal preparation is done as per the Theory of Dynamisation, according to which the material content is to be removed leaving behind the non materialised dynamic medicinal substance. It is done by the methods of potentisation which includes trituration and succussion.
A homeopathic doctor follows the basic principles of Homeopathy , and in them , the selection of remedy is done by following Law of Similars and Law of Single Remedy. Firstly,the effort of homeopathic doctor is always to match the symptoms of the sick person to the symptoms of the homeopathic medicines and arrive at that particular remedy. Secondly, the remedy chosen has to be mostly single in number so as to know its efficacy and bring reaction from the weakned vital force.It is always advised to the patients to provide the complete symptoms to the homeopathic doctor so that they can be matched accurately and comprehensively with the medicine symptoms.
Homeopathy as is known from all sources, follows nature’s laws and has certain principles. One of the principles of homeopathic philosophy is , Law of Minimum dose based on nature’s law , Law of least action. According to this principle, the force or energy of the medicine should be minimum to stimulate the already weakened vital force to bring about the cure. Therefore, when the homeopathic medicines are given in minute dose(s), there are no chances of harmful effects on the body. It is very famously known that homeopathic medicines do not cause side-effects or undesirable effects or adverse effects. All these attributes make Homeopathy the safest medical science to choose from.
Yes, Homeopathic medicines can be taken along with other medicines such as medicines prescribed by allopathic doctors, ayurveda doctors etc., Since, Homeopathy is a complete science in itself, it is always better to trust your homeopathic doctor in asking medicines for all the symptoms or diseases you are suffering from. All the other kinds of medicines other than homeopathic can be removed with the start of homeopathic treatment.
Is homeopathy safe in cases of children and pregnant women?
Homeopathy is the safest mode of medical treatment provided medicines are taken as per doctors advice. The medicines are very effective and do not cause adverse effects. They are safe, non-toxic, gentle and non-addictive. Therefore, homeopathic medicines can be given to children , pregnant women, old-aged people with authority and in fact, there are many homeopathic medicines which cures a large percentage of children diseases and diseases of old-aged people.
How long does it take for homeopathy to work?
Homeopathic medicines start acting as soon as they are taken. They start working by showing signs of improvement particularly in appetite, bowels, urine, sleep, thirst. The changes which are expected after taking homeopathy by the patients depend on the severity of the stage of disease, duration of illness and susceptibility of the individual.
A consultation with a homeopathic doctor differs from any other regular doctor. The patients are advised /suggested to be prepared for a longer duration of stay with the doctor , giving details of the symptoms in complete. The homeopathic doctor needs various kinds of information pertaining to the past history, birth history, any previous surgeries/medications, the mind state, the dreams etc., The consultation is an exhaustive procedure and it is the most important part of the beginning of treatment.
A homeopathic doctor is the judge to decide the frequency of visits for consultations. Normally, your consultations may be scheduled monthly or twice a month. Again, it all depends on the nature of the sufferings and the need of the hour.
What is constitutional homeopathy?
Dr.Hahnemann, founder of Homeopathy, has laid down principles in treating chronic cases. According to the principles, a homeopath has to treat the man in sickness and not the sickness in man and therefore, the individual characteristics of the person, physical make-up, subjective and objective symptoms, the family history and the past history has to be taken which forms the constitution of that particular person who is seeking treatment. All those features are matched with the already proven homeopathic medicines and a suitable remedy is selected as a constitutional remedy for that person to treat him completely and permanently by restoring health. Such a philosophy is called as Constitutional homeopathy.
Homeopathic remedies purchased from over-the-counter /pharmacy/store may work for some but it is going to be temporary relief , simply because , it is the homeopathic doctor who can match your symptoms with medicine symptoms to arrive at a single remedy. There are more than 1000 homeopathic medicines available to select for any individual and the dose /potency selection is an art by itself which a homeopathic doctor is qualified. Therefore, it is always advisable to take homeopathic remedies from a registered homeopathic practioner.
What is the diet to be followed with homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which requires the diet and regimen of the patient to be into consideration while treating any sickness. But, there are no such diet restrictions with homeopathy unless it becomes mandatory in relation to the disease and the constitution of the patient.
What is classical homeopathy ?
Classical homeopathy is like orthodox way of treatment based on concept of repertorisation, single remedy, single dose and following Hering’s law of cure. This is done by making extensive notes of the patients details containing the disease symptoms, physical appearance, past and family history and modalities. The patients language is converted into repertorial language, rubrics. Important rubrics are selected for repertorisation and a remedy is finally decided for prescription.The follow-up is observed according to the Hering’s law of cure. This is what is classical homeopathy.
Does a Homeopathic doctor require Pathologic/Laboratory tests ?
Diagnostic procedures such as pathological/Laboratory tests are mostly for confirmation purpose. They are not attributed to any one system of medical science or conventional medicines. If a homeopathic doctors find it necessary , he/she might advise for urine / blood /stool test or X-rays, MRI, CT-Scan etc.,
How should the patients store homeopathic medicines?
Homeopathic medicines are to kept air-tight, away from direct sun light, should not be touched with hands, should be kept separate and away from strong odours such as perfumes, deodorants, incense sticks, aftershave,etc . The medicines should be kept far from the reach of children and labelled properly.
Do homeopathic medicines contain steroids?
No. Homeopathic medicines do not contain steroids. The method of preparation of homeo remedies does not permit remnant of any material content. Addition of steroids gives peculiar smell which can be distinguished from regular genuinely prepared homeopathic medicines. The medicines prepared are free from steroids, toxins , preservatives and additives. In case of doubt, it is recommended to purchase homeopathic medicines from reliable stores. It is more better if the medicines are collected from Homeopathic doctor.
Why do Homeopathic doctors ask so many personal questions ?
The wholesomeness of Homeopathic science makes it great that Homeopathy considers the whole person as sick and not a part of the body that is sick.
Dr.Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy has perfectly laid down the homeopathic principles based on nature’s laws that a homeopath should treat the “Man in sickness” and not “ Sickness in Man”. In doing so, a homeopathic doctor has to ask the all the details pertaining to the mind, the thoughts, the dreams, the physical attributes, the past history, the birth history, any surgeries, etc.,. Invariably, a lot of questions will arise in such a method of treatment which is ultimately for the restoration of health of the sick person.