Myths & Facts

Myths and Facts about Homeopathy

1. Homoeopahtic Medicines are very slow to act.

This is a myth .The fact is, relief from Homeopathic medicine can be seen within few minutes to some hours. In acute conditions homoeopathy not only gives instantaneous results but also cuts short the period of illness with a shorter convalescent period, the long lasting weakness or relapses seen after the conventional treatment of acute diseases can be done away with Homoeopathy. Homoeopathy is usually chosen to deal with the chronic and lingering problems and such problems do take longer time to recover from, this at times creates an impression that the drugs are slow in action also many patients do resort to Homeopathic treatment after trying all other systems where their problem already gets older and suppressed, at times grossly mismanaged, where restoring the balance can prove challenging and eventually time-consuming. Most cases where Homoeopathy is blamed to act slowly are usually incurable by any other system of medicine.
Most of the acute conditions like diarrhea, fever, headache, colic, backache recover instantly with well - selected Homeopathic drugs. It can be said that the response with the Homeopathic drugs usually depends upon the duration and intensity of the problem and is not at all slow.
We at Dr. Singla's Satakshi Homoeo Care Clinics, in almost every case, try to start the medication during case taking itself and try to start relief in their acute complaints then and there only. Relief has been recorded as early as within two minutes even in severe headaches, long continued joint pains and also the cases with respiratory distress.

2. Homoeopathy increases (aggravates) the problem first and then cures it.

This is again a myth. A right Homeopathic remedy is supposed to relieve the complaints & not to increase. It does happen that some of the symptoms, previously suppressed with non Homeopathic medicines may come on surface only to be cured properly by the same medicine. Homeopathic aggravation is a term applied for a short rise in intensity of the physical symptom with feeling of general well-being as the vital energy is concentrating on the affected organ while bringing the system at ease. For example if a patient suffering with fever is given the right Homeopathic medicine visibly the fever might rise further briefly but the patient will rather start feeling better almost instantly his throat pain, headache or body ache or any concomitant symptoms will become less intense and he / she descend in deep and refreshing sleep. The logic for the Homeopathic aggravation is that most of the times we take body's reaction to an infection or disease producing agent as disease like a nasal discharge or fever might be our defence mechenism working hard to flush something unhealthy out of our system or to kill some intruding virus but we take the discharge or the fever as a disease and try to suppress these by all means. While in homoeopathy we take these as vital responses towards disease necessary for defending and cleansing our system and a Homeopathic medicine is supposed to strengthen and improve these reactions and help them mature properly to prove productive for our health rather than to abort and or suppress the same like in conventional medicine. Sometimes a patient who is dependent on some other medicines, for example, steroids, stops them, and then he gets the original disease symptoms, and considers that the disease has got aggravated.

3. All medicines in homoeopathy are same.

All Homeopathic medicines are not same though they look alike. As the vehicle used to dispense them is common i.e. white sweet pills, one may get the impression that all Homeopathic medicines are the same. Since the Homeopathic medicines are prepared or diluted in alcohol first and taking it in that form is not only difficult but impractical as well. The founder of homoeopathy devised this most benign and simple method only for the convenience of dispensing the minute doses of Homeopathic medicines with ease and precision. It is these sweet pills that make Homeopathic medicines so popular with children and even infants can be seen willingly taking the medicines and even demanding more once aquainted with the taste of these medicines.

4. Too many diet restrictions.

In olden days, some restrictions in diet like coffee, onion, garlic, asafetida, tobacco, betel etc. used to be advised. Some also used to advise against use of perfumes & strong smelling items in diet or otherwise. Since Homoeopathy is an evolving science and during the last two hundred years or so since it's discovery the ever widening, collective and cumulative clinical experience showed that even those patients who did not follow these dietary restrictions improved with proper Homeopathic treatment equally well as those who did. Hence these rather unpopular dietary restrictions that made Homeopathic treatment rather notoriously difficult gradually became obsolete and find little acceptance with the modern homoeopaths. In certain cases however very few dietary restrictions may be advised which is extremely rare. Dietary restrictions at times are suggested totally on the basis of the disease patient is suffering from & the stage of the disease. Besides, to chew Tobacco or betel, excessive use of alcohol and other narcotics or harmful substances are established health hazards & prohibited not only by homoeopaths but by all systems of medicines. Here too a real homoeopath would rather use these cravings as guiding symptoms and try to fight them at that level only i.e. try and reduce the dependence of the patients on such harmful stimulants as well as motivate the patient to use his her own will and conscience against the addiction.

5. One can’t take them in diabetes as pills are sweet.

The amount of sugar in these pills is almost negligible and, the doses needed are also so small in Homoeopathy. Moreover, they have never caused any harm in any case of Diabetes mellitus till date. Sugar free pills are also available. If necessary, medicines can be given in distilled water also.

6. Homoeopathy is good for the chronic conditions and and has no role for acute ailments.

Homoeopathy is a great alternative medicine for acute diseases. In fact, almost 50%-60% of our routine practice consists of acute ailments varying form pharyngitis to cough-coryza-fever to otitis media, tonsillitis, diarrhoea, sinusitis, etc.

7. When it comes to treating infections, nothing can beat antibiotics.

This misbelief is an example of mass ignorance in the satellite era that we are living in. again and again thousands of homeopathic practitioners world over, have repeatedly and regularly observed that almost all kinds infections including the bacterial and viral , respond beautifully to Homeopathic system of medicines and no antibiotics are required for most of the conditions. but at the same time it is true that when the infection is massive and the body has lost the vitality to recover, probably antibiotics are required in addition to homoeopathy which will be duly informed to patients.

8. Homoeopathy is mere a placebo effect or healing with faith.

Double blind scientific studies have indicated that homoeopathy is far above the placebo effect. The effect of homoeopathy medicine has been observed millions of time by patients and doctors all over the world, which just cannot be labeled as placebo effect. New born babies, infants, plants, animals such as cows, dogs, etc. have shown healing effects of homoeopathy, which goes against the placebo effect. Saying that homoeopathy is placebo, in the light of above facts, is not just a misbelief but a pure prejudice.

9. Homeopathy treats only certain diseases.Homoeopathy can only help functional problems such as pain, weakness, where there are no structural changes in the body.

It is absolutely false. The sphere of action of these remedies is vast and practically covers most of the diseases. Homoeopathy has proved its efficacy for the treatment of those conditions with pathological changes. Numerous documented cases where the reversal of the structural pathology has taken place indicating the depth of homoeopathy action. One such fine example is that of Uterine Fibroid in females.

10. Homoeopathy is a system of medicine full of miracles and it cures every disease under the sun.

Homoeopathy is no panacea. It has its own set of limitations like any other system of medicine. We do fail in many cases, and keep learning to heal the suffering humanity at large. We at Satakshi Homeo Care Clinincs treat patients well with in the scope of Homeopathy and other patients are politely refused.

11. Homeopathic medicines contain steroids.

A good Homeopathic prescription which is geared towards stimulating & helping the body's defense system ( Immune System ) & works as an immuno-modulator, gives very satisfying results in acute cases as well. Homeopathic remedies which are by & large derived from the plant kingdom do have certain alkaloids that are as effective as steroids & these are extracted & made into Homeopathic medicines. These however ARE NOT STEROIDS & DO NOT GIVE RISE TO ANY STEROID LIKE SIDE EFFECTS

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