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Homeopathy FAQ

What Is Homeopathy ?
Homeopathy is a branch of medicine developed by Dr.Hahnemann in 1794. It is based on the principle of “Similia Similibus Curenture”. Dr. Hahnemann wondering why quinine was useful in malaria, he took the medicine himself and found that, given to a healthy person, it temporarily produced the symptoms found in malaria. When given to a malaria patient, however, it was curative. Homeopathy means literally to “treat with a similar disease.” Its central principle, “Likes cures likes,” contrasts with other medical approaches. The term allopathic means to “treat with other than the disease” and is used to denote the standard medical approach of today, which attempts to counteract symptoms. For example, a patient with diarrhea may be given a drug that slows intestinal motility. Contrary to the conventional medicine, the action of homeopathy is much safer, deep acting, somewhat slower, and results much long lasting improvement in health by stimulating the body’s curative powers.
 
How does it work?
To better understand how homeopathy works, consider two aspects of a disease. First, there is the immediate cause, such as a bacteria, virus, toxin, or internal immunological disturbance. Second, there is the patient’s response — their reaction and defenses, such as anxiety, fever, inflammation and discharge. These are the body’s attempts to eliminate pathogens and toxins and to heal the tissues. While homeopaths do not ignore immediate causes, such as infection, their primary focus is on the human body’s attempts to respond and heal. The aim is to strengthen the patient’s defenses and shift the balance in favor of body’s natural healing mechanism.
 
What can it do?
Homeopathy stimulates the healing process through temporarily establishing an artificial disturbance of health with medicines. This disturbance, when similar to the disturbance caused by the disease, makes the body work harder to get well. The healing changes that follow are the results of this stimulation. In case of chronic, long standing and recurring diseases like Eczema, Psoriasis, Migraine, Tonsillitis, Sinusitis, Chronic Catarrh, Gastritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Diabetes, Renal Calculus, UTI, Hypertension, Asthma, etc, Homeopathy can produce results which can change the life of patients. Remember no two persons are alike, everybody responds to disease and treatment differently.


Common Questions and Comparisons

Why should homeopathy be the choice of therapy?
Homeopathy is highly scientific, logical, safe, quick and extremely effective method of healing. It offers long lasting to permanent cure, treating the disease from its roots, for most of the ailments. Homeopathy is the most rational science with respect to its concepts of health, disease and cure. Homeopathy does not treat superficially by just driving away the symptoms but heals the patient from within. Undoubtedly, homeopathy is the medicine of future.

Why Homeopathy is called Holistic Medicine?
Homeopathic system of treatment considers person as a whole entity with his mental, physical and emotional symptoms. It does not put a diagnostic label on the person. When the Homeopathic case taking is done, it contains complete details of every symptom regarding its causation, location, duration, sensation, extension, modalities & concomitants including any peculiar or keynote symptom. Past ailments and family history are also considered while prescribing. The treatment is aimed to heal the person as a whole.

Why everybody gets the same kind of sweet white pills in Homeopathy?
Homeopathy has a unique method of preparation of the drugs in which the end result will contain only the ‘dynamic curative power’ of the drug substance devoid of any original crude substance. By a special mode of preparation called ‘potentiating’. More than 3000 homeopathic remedies are prepared from sources such as vegetables, animal, minerals, etc. Most of the medicines have a base of 90% alcohol or more. Homeopathic medicines prepared in this manner do not have any expiry date. This liquid form of medicine contains too much of alcohol therefore the dispensing is done on the sweet white sucrose pills.

Is it safe to take Homeopathic remedies during Allopathic treatment?
Most of the time it is safe to take Homeopathic remedies during other treatments. Your individual situation should be discussed with your Homeopathic Doctor. Remember no two people are alike and no patients respond to disease and medication the same way.

Is Homeopathy safe and effective for Infants and Children?
Homeopathic remedies are safe for infants and children. As per the clinical experience children respond to the Homeopathic treatment much faster than the adults. The reason is that, most of the time children come under Homeopathic treatment without diseases getting too chronic or complicated. Children have a very strong tendency to grow out of the problem all they need is stimulation for the immune system, which Homeopathy does quiet effectively. Most of the children ailments like Cold, Cough, Tonsillitis, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Urinary tract infections, Bed wetting, Dentition, Recurrent Pneumonia, Eczema etc., could be very effectively and quickly treated with Homeopathy without any side effects whatsoever. Recurrent use of antibiotics may cause indigestion/ diarrhea/ hives/ ulcerations/ drug resistance or lower the immune system. Children like the sweet taste of the Homeopathic pills and it is very convenient for the parents to dispense the medicine. Homeopathy is also effective in temperament and behavioral problems seen commonly in children like anger, irritability, fear, weak memory/concentration/confidence, timidity, destructiveness etc…. Children behind in milestones both physically or mentally can improve with Homeopathic treatment

Is Homeopathy effective like Antibiotics?
Homeopathy is not a replacement for antibiotics in acute cases where the patient is too young or too old and the immune system is compromised. In rest of the cases Homeopathic remedies are quiet effective. In most of the infectious diseases such as Tonsillitis, Laryngitis, Pneumonia, Gastroenteritis, Colitis, Urinary tract infection, Dysentery, Abscess/Boils, Fistula, Leucorrhoea, Sinusitis etc. Homeopathic remedies can be very effective in bringing out rapid recovery without producing any side effects. Homeopathic treatment will be most effective if it is a case of recurrent infection.

Is Homeopathy effective for viral infections?
Yes, Viral infections are basically taken care of by our immune system alone that’s why in spite of a prescription of antibiotics it takes some time before the body recovers from the diseases like Flu, Chickenpox, Measles, Moll scum, Hepatitis etc. Here the antibiotics are prescribed under the pretext of preventing secondary infections. Where as Homeopathy directly helps to pull up the immune system, which ultimately is the role player in getting rid of the viral infections. Remember if the patient is too young or too old and the immune system is compromised, it will take much longer for the healing process to complete.

Is Homeopathy effective in surgical cases?
Surgery is a medical technology consisting of a physical intervention on tissues. Medicines have its own limitations therefore Homeopathy is not a replacement of Surgery. Surgical procedure helps in the conditions where medicines have limited or no role, and where surgical aid/ operation can cure or improve the condition. There are number of diseases which are labeled as ‘surgical’, where homeopathy works curatively and can avoid surgery. Some such ailments are: Recurrent Tonsillitis, Anal warts, Hemorrhoids, Fistula, Chronic ear infection, Adenoids/Nasal polyp, Warts, Corns, Kidney stones, Ovarian Cysts, Bony spur, Ingrown nails, etc.

Is Homeopathy effective in Allergic diseases?
In developed countries infections have reduced due to increased awareness and better hygiene. Due to multiple factors like drugs, stress, hormones etc. immune system is compromised and people of all age groups start getting allergic to certain food item, dust, pollens, pets, weather changes or medicines. Allergies can affect Respiratory tract, Digestive system or Skin. Homeopathy is effective in Allergic diseases like Hives, Eczema, Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, Lactose or gluten intolerance etc. Remember if the patient is too young or too old and the immune system is compromised, it will take much longer for the healing process to complete.

Perhaps no other system of medicine has such a superb approach of tackling the mind-body disorders with definite therapeutic agents. Homeopathic remedies are capable of influencing the state of mind. They can specifically act to alleviate emotional disturbance such as excessive anxiety, irritability, insecurity, obsessive traits, undue jealousy, suspicion (paranoid) fears, depression, neurosis etc. By relieving the emotions such as above, homeopathic remedies bring about harmonious state of health. Thus homeopathy demonstrates the possibility of the highest goal of medicine, the therapy for the person rather than for the disease alone. Homeopathic remedies can cure mental & emotional disturbed states.

Is Homeopathy good for psychosomatic problems?
In this stressful world of diseases and overmedication some physical complaints may have a psychological cause. Sufferers of psychosomatic illness are indeed experiencing real pain, real nausea, or other real physically felt symptoms, but with no cause that can be diagnosed. The natural aging and extreme stressful periods in life time has a notable influence in the development of psychosomatic disorders. Homeopathic principals of prescribing emphasize on treating person as a whole and considers his/her physical, mental and emotional symptoms together. For this reason Homeopathy is very effective in conditions like but not limited to Migraine, Asthma, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Peptic Ulcer, Ulcerative Colitis etc.

When is it a good time to seek Homeopathic treatment?
Often patients seek treatment for a long time going from one specialist to another helplessly, without permanent relief, and approach Homeopathy only when other medicines fail. One must take a homeopathic consultation immediately for any disease, which does not respond to any particular line of treatment for few months. Also otherwise termed chronic and incurable disease, which needs regular medications through the rest of life should at least be given a chance in Homeopathy in early stages/years.
Homeopathy should not be considered as a last resort to try achieving health. To obtain the best results and full benefits of Homeopathic system of medicine, one should seek homeopathic treatment in the early phase of sickness. As the disease progress it becomes chronic and irreversible changes in the tissues takes place. By this time the disease process advances to an incurable stage and Homeopathy can offer little then, to the otherwise curable disorders.

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HOMEOPATHY
What is Homeopathy
How does it work
What it can do
Choice of therapy
Holistic medicine
Homeopathy for infants
Homeopathy Vs Antibiotics
Homeopathy in Viral infections
Homeopathy Vs Surgery
Homeopathy in Allergies