The Homoeopathy system of medicine is built around the natural healing laws of nature, and believes if you have a disease you have an imbalance to the Vital Healing Force of your body. This Vital Healing Force is an energy force which is connected through meridians (channels) in the body. When this energy force goes out of balance, you then get "disease", in all their various forms, Genetic, Psychological, Emotional, Functional (Metabolic) and Clinical (Bacterial & Viral).
Thus, in recent times there has even been a gratifying change in the prescribing habits of doctors in favour of natural, homoeopathic drugs. This may even be described as a world-wide renaissance of homoeopathic remedies , allowing prophylactic and therapeutic intervention in relation to the human organism in the form of holistic drug treatment , without having to take side effects into account.
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, there are people who use homoeopathy only occasionally. Many of them are constraints himself because of certain unrealistic myths. Here we have tried to clear some of the myths surrounding homoeopathy explaining the real facts behind them.
The Myths are :
1. Homoeopathy is an not a science.
Homoeopathy (some times also spelled homeopathy) 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.
2. Homoeopathic medicines are only sugar pills and it have no medicinal value
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 the world over and found to be effective in a wide range of diseases. Thus they are not placebos.
3. Homoeopathy is slow acting and cannot be used in acute cases of diarrheoa, fever, cough, cold, etc.
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 of medicines.
4. One has to follow strict dietary restrictions while on homoeopathic treatment.
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.
5. Homoeopathy is only useful in chronic cases.
Very often it is - 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.
6. Homoeopathy cannot be used in diabetic patients.
It can! The minute amount of sugar globuli (the little round pills) taken daily does not matter. Sugar intake in the daily diet is significantly higher than that taken by a few globuli. In very severe cases, the dilution may be taken as drops in water or over lactose.
7. Are there really no side effects of homoeopathic medicine?
Generally there are no side effects of homoeopathic medicine if prescribed in potencies of 3CH and above. However, some tinctures and triturates in very low potencies like 1x, 2x have some side effects of minor nature.
Benefits of Homeopathy
The benefits of homeopathy are numerous. Apart from its ability to resolve many illnesses, it is also able to balance our underlying state of health, bringing with it greater emotional and mental clarity. A new found sense of well being is commonly experienced on taking a well prescribed homeopathic medicine. Homeopathy can address a wide range of complaints from the minor to the serious. It can be prescribed alongside conventional treatment and there are also times when it can substitute for conventional medicines providing all relevant parties are in agreement. Other benefits of homeopathic treatment include its ability to antidote some of the side effects of conventional medicines and vaccinations, and to be able to addresss various conditions which appear to be inherited.