FAQ for Homeopathy

Homeopathy – FAQ’s

Majority of the population has been using homeopathic products occasionally. Many more have heard about it. Only a tiny percentage of the public is regularly seeing a homeopath as the first doctor of choice or using homeopathic medicines as a first line therapy of choice.
Dr. Singhal Homeo Clinic addresses the myths surrounding Homeopathy and the facts behind them.

Homeopathy – a science or fiction?

Fact: Homeopathy is based on experimental pharmacological and clinical data. Over the years, the effectiveness of homeopathic medicines in various indications has been extensively studied. Clinical studies have been conducted in India and other countries. The term "allopathy" was coined by the founder of homeopathy, which allopaths regard as the founder of experimental pharmacology. Homeopathy is proven science.
Fact: Yes, white sugar tablets, as such, have no medicinal value. But these act as vehicles or carriers for drugs, which are alcohol-based. Otherwise, the drug can be taken directly or dissolved in water. Homeopathic medicines have been scientifically researched around the world and have proven effective in a wide range of diseases. So, they are not placebos.
Fact: Homeopathy works quickly in acute cases and can be used effectively to treat infections, fever, colds, etc. Unfortunately, people tend to consult a homeopath only when the critical problem has become chronic. Naturally, these cases take longer to treat. Also, most people use homeopathy for cases of arthritis, allergic asthma or skin conditions, etc., which also require prolonged intervention with other medications.
Fact: Homeopathy, like any other field of medicine, has its limitations. For example, he cannot treat cases where surgery is certain, dental cases, etc.
Fact: Qualified doctors practice homeopathy in most parts of the world. In India, there are more than 178 medical schools offering university degrees and 33 colleges offering postgraduate studies in homeopathy. At present, there are more than 2,100 homeopaths trained in the country.
Fact: Some patients are asked to abstain from onions, garlic, coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol, etc. These substances disrupt the action of some homeopathic medicines. But then, restricting alcohol and tobacco is also safe and sound.
Fact: Very often, this is where everything else has failed! But the real reason for this perception is that people are turning to homeopathy so late when all else has failed! After years of allopathic treatment, a disease often becomes chronic. Naturally, the procedure will usually take longer than using homeopathy from the beginning.
Fact: Depending on the disease, homeopaths take sugar pills with different medications. The sugar pills serve only as a vehicle for the transfer of the drug. The chosen remedy, among a range of more than 1100 different dilutions, is focused on the problems of each.
Fact: Well qualified & expert homeopathic physicians understand the importance of diet in every disease condition and prescribe required vitamins & mineral [e.g.-iron, calcium, magnesium, etc.] as per deficiency in the case. And doctors understand that majority [60%] of the disease conditions are just because of lack of one or more group of vitamins & minerals. And now-days just because of wrong food habits peoples are deficient of the majority of vitamins & minerals and amino acids.
Fact: As a general rule, homeopathic medicines do not cause any side effects if they are prescribed at doses of 30 and above. However, some tinctures and triturates in deficient concentrations such as 1x, 2 xs have minor side effects.
Fact: Yes, white sugar tablets, as such, have no medicinal value. But these act as vehicles or carriers for drugs, which are alcohol-based. Otherwise, the drug can be taken directly or dissolved in water. Homeopathic medicines have been scientifically researched around the world and have proven effective in a wide range of diseases. So, they are not placebos.
Fact: Homeopathy works quickly in acute cases and can be effectively used to treat infections, fever, colds, etc. Naturally, these cases take longer to heal. Also, most people use homeopathy for arthritis, allergic asthma or skin conditions, and so on.
Fact: It can! The minute amount of sugar globules (small round pills) taken daily does not matter. Sugar consumption in the daily diet is much higher than that of some consumers in the world. In very severe cases, dilution may be considered as drops in water or lactose.
Fact: Another widespread misconception is that allopathic or other medicines cannot be taken with homeopathic medicine. But if a person is on extended continued allopathic treatment, especially steroids or “life-saving drugs,” discontinuing the medication abruptly might cause a sudden increase in the intensity of his symptoms. The best way is to gradually reduce the dosage of the allopathic drug as the improvement and then stop under the supervision of the doctor.
Fact: Few doctors limit the consumption of onions, garlic, tea, coffee, etc with homeopathic medicines. But research has shown that such things do not affect the effectiveness of the drug if taken in moderation and a large gap is maintained between them and the drug. Homeopathic medicines work well on patients accustomed to coffee and betel. Take the example of the southern states, where people drink mostly coffee, but homeopathy is the most popular and works very well in these states. But with certain drugs, such restrictions are indispensable; otherwise, their action is the antidote.
Fact: It’s not that Homeopathy is suitable for children only; it is just that children love to take homeopathic medicines due to their sweet taste. It is ideal for children because if we give them a homeopathic treatment from the beginning, it will give birth to a healthy generation because homeopathic medicines not only remove the disease from its root, but they also increase the power of resistance of the body and they prevent the progression of the disease or prevent the disease from becoming chronic. But homeopathy is also useful in adults.
Fact: Very often, this is where everything else has failed! But the real reason for this perception is that people are turning to homeopathy so late when all else has failed! After years of allopathic treatment, a disease often becomes chronic. Naturally, the procedure will usually take longer than in the case of homeopathy from the beginning.
Fact: Homeopathic medicines are given based on symptom similarity. The medication which is given to cure a set of symptoms is capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy human being. The primary action of the medicine may be observed by the patient as an aggravation of his disease, but in a real sense, it is only homeopathic aggravation which is a part of the healing process. If the indicated drug is repeated more than necessary, it often increases the symptoms, which subside on their own after weaning. Sometimes, if the patient takes steroids or other allopathic medicines and stops them abruptly, the initial illness can get worse.
Fact: As a general rule, for a homeopathic prescription, it is not necessary to conduct the investigations. But for the diagnosis, the prognosis and the appropriate management of the case, the homeopaths advise investigations.
Reality: A single drug should be the first choice according to homeopathic principles, but the complex array of symptoms presented by the patient makes it difficult to prescribe the similimum. Therefore, drug combinations have become commonplace and are also safe.
Fact: It seems that all homeopathic medicines are identical because they are dispensed in globules. In fact, in all preparations, the vehicle remains the same, but different homeopathic dilutions mediatize it. Depending on the disease, homeopaths treat with different drugs. The sugar pills serve only as a vehicle for the transfer of the drug. The selected drug, over a range of over 1200 different dilutions, is targeted at individual problems.
Fact: It is said that one should not touch homeopathic medicines with one’s hands. But as such, there is no restriction. One can always take the medication on hand provided they are clean.
Fact: Qualified doctors practice homeopathy in most parts of the world. In India, there are more than 200 medical schools offering degrees and postgraduate studies in homeopathy. At present, there are more than two homeopathic lakes formed in the country.
Fact: Homeopathy is a scientific system and is not something that can be learned from books. To obtain a homeopathic diploma, you must follow a 51/2 year course in homeopathy, including a year of internship. During the course, students learn subjects related to homeopathy as well as anatomy, physiology, pathology, jurisprudence, surgery, medicine and obstetrics. Practicing homeopathy without a recognized diploma is an offense punishable by law. Many Indian colleges also offer a postgraduate program in homeopathy, M.D. (Hon.), in various disciplines. There are many other myths that people have in mind. We tried to dispel some of the most common ones.