25 Most Pressing Questions About Homoeopathy Answered!

Posted by Pradeep Maurya on

    The popularity of homoeopathic has been on a constant rise but there are many of us who don’t completely understand what it is and how it works. To solve this issue, we asked 25 most frequently asked questions to our experts and made them explain the basics of homoeopathy.

    1. What is Homoeopathy?

    Homoeopathy is a holistic medicine which is a natural, safe and gentle system of healing that works with your body to help relieve the symptoms and cure a number of diseases.

    2. Who created homoeopathy and why?

    Samuel Hahnemann, a German physicist, created homoeopathy in 1796. He created homoeopathy as an alternative to horrific mainstream medicines such as bloodletting and purging of those times. The word ‘homoeopathy’ first appeared in print in 1807.

    3. What are the physical, mental and emotional aspects of homoeopathy?

    Homoeopaths believe that the physical, mental and emotional aspects of humans are interconnected and not to be viewed as separate. Based on this theory, homoeopaths prescribe medicines that fit a patient’s all physical and psychological aspects. The practice of using individualized medicine is what sets homoeopathy apart from conventional medicine.

    4. Is Homoeopathy effective as first aid?

    Homoeopathy can be safely used as first aid treatment in various problems such as burns, sprains, bruises, skin reactions such as rashes and insect bites, etc.

    5. What is acute homoeopathy?

    Temporary health issues such as cold, flu, fever, etc are called acute health problems. These illnesses usually go away on their own but homoeopathy can be used to aid the healing process.

    6. What is constitutional homoeopathy?

    Constitutional homoeopathy comprises of all the ailments from the past along with those at present. A thorough study of various habits, symptoms, schedule, etc are taken into consideration in this type of treatment. It is usually recommended for treating chronic and recurrent illnesses.

    7. What is the relationship between symptoms and homoeopathy?

    Homoeopaths prescribe remedies on the basis of totality of symptoms. The most appropriate remedy for the patient is decided after a comprehensive study of various factors. Factors like innate predisposition, physical activity level, daily schedule, etc tend to be included in the study.

    8. Can such small doses be effective?

    Homoeopathic remedies undergo specific processes of potentization and succussion to make the doses more effective. The more diluted a medicine is, the stronger it will be. However, strong is a relative term. Hahnemann wanted to create a medicine that was both effective as well as gentle, and homoeopathy is just that.

    9. How do I find the correct homoeopathy treatment?

    In homoeopathy, there is no particular ‘correct treatment’. There are many medicines with varying levels of potency, and the medicine prescribed for one individual may not be effective for another. This is because homoeopathy looks beyond the symptoms and studies the underlying psychological reasons too.

    10. What is the difference in the approach used in homoeopathy and conventional?

    In conventional treatment, medicines are used to suppress the symptoms instead of curing the disease or infection that is causing the symptoms.
    On the other hand, the homoeopathic remedies work to cure the disease and the symptoms go away on their own. Another important aspect of the homoeopathic medicine is that it focuses on the individual as a whole instead of just the symptoms or illnesses.

    11. Is it psychological?

    Homoeopathy isn’t a placebo effect and you don’t need to ‘believe’ in it to work for you. It works even on infants who don’t know the difference between allopathy and Homoeopathy. It has also been tried on animals and the results showed success. Millions of people across the world use and rely on this treatment, hence, it isn’t something that is only psychological.

    12. What are the patients supposed to do?

    The patients need to make sure that they are being completely open and honest with all the symptoms and other related factors. This ensures that the remedy prescribed is exactly the one that the patient needs. Apart from this, the patients have to avoid touching the medicine with bare hands as well as take only the dosage prescribed, not more and not less.

    13. Why am I prescribed the same white pills for all illnesses?

    People see the globulis and assume that homoeopaths only give sugar pills to everyone for every illness. But the truth is that the diluted medicine is mixed with pure sucrose or lactose and sucrose. Hence, whatever the medicine may be, if it is given as pills, then the outward appearance will remain unchanged.

    14. Will I have to take them for a long time?

    People tend to wrongly believe that if you start homoeopathic treatment, you have to continue it for lifetime. You only have to take the medicines as long as you are ill. Once you are healthy again, the homoeopath won’t ask you to continue with the medicines.

    15. Does it take too long to act?

    Another myth is that homoeopathy medicines take too long to work. However, in acute illnesses, the medicines are fast acting and very effective within a short time. In the more severe illnesses, it can take some time but the cure is so powerful that the person will not face the same problem again for years, or maybe forever.

    16. Why do homoeopaths require a detailed history of the patient?

    A detailed history of the patient is required in classical homoeopathy because that is the method Hahnemann used to follow. If 5 people have migraine but each person has varying symptoms then it indicates varying underlying causes in each individual. Homoeopathy believes that everyone is unique and so is their illness. Because of this reason, each individual is required to be treated separately rather than just working to solve the illness. This is why a detailed history of the patient is required.

    17. Can I self-medicate homoeopathic treatment?

    Homoeopaths are trained professionals who possess the right knowledge required to prescribe the proper medicines. You can research online or read books about homoeopathy to find out which is the right medicine for you. However, you won’t be able to decide the correct dosage and the potency level. Thus, it is advised that you visit a registered homoeopath for treatment.

    18. Can I use it alongside conventional medicine?

    Often, people use conventional as well as homoeopathy medicines side by side. There is no need to stop other forms of medicines with homoeopathy. If you want to switch to homoeopathy completely then you can stop the conventional by reducing it slowly as per the doctor’s instructions.

    19. Are there any side effects of homoeopathic medicines?

    Homoeopathy medicines are prepared from naturally available substances. On top of that, the remedies are diluted many times during the process of potentization. Hence, the only properties that remain in the remedy are those that help in the healing process. There are no side-effects caused due to homoeopathic remedies.

    20. Is homoeopathy safe to use?

    The best part about using homoeopathic medicines is that they have no side effects and are completely safe to use. They are prepared from natural ingredients found in plants, animals or minerals. Hence, they are safe enough and can even be used by pregnant women as well babies.

    21. Does homoeopathy believe in surgery?

    Yes, it does. Surgery is a separate medical speciality altogether. It becomes necessary in cases where medicines cannot reach. However, if surgery can be avoided with the help of medicines, then homoeopathy believes that we should try to avoid it as far as possible.

    22. Is homoeopathy too costly?

    Homoeopathic treatment costs lesser than conventional treatment. Side-effects from conventional medicines causes people to seek additional medical attention for those side-effects, increases the cost. Since there are no side-effects in homoeopathy, that is another benefit. On top of that, homoeopathy works in order to strengthen the immune system, thus preventing further illnesses.

    23. How are homoeopathic medicines prepared?

    Homoeopathic medicines are prepared by mixing the ingredients with alcohol or distilled water. One part of this mixture is then taken and mixed with 9 parts water: this solution is called 1X potency. The process of potentization and succussion continues until one reaches the desired potency level.

    24. Is homoeopathy a proven science?

    Yes, there are many experiments showing its effectiveness on children, animals and adults. Homoeopathy was created more than 200 years ago and its use has only increased since then. Millions of people around the world have been using homoeopathy as a primary method of healthcare, proving its effectiveness.

    25. Are there any food restrictions while taking homoeopathy?

    Hahnemann had a long list of restrictions imposed on his patients. You weren’t supposed to eat meat, drink tea or coffee, live a sedentary lifestyle or go for horse riding among other restrictions. However, most of that is ignored nowadays but homoeopaths usually tend to restrict their patients from consuming coffee and raw onions or garlic.
    When seeking homoeopathic treatment, choose a qualified and registered homoeopath who doesn’t shun conventional medicines, surgery or vaccination. Now that you are armed with so much knowledge about homoeopathy, don’t forget to share it with others who may be looking for answers to these questions too.

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