Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine which was developed in late 18th century by a German chemist, Samuel Christian Hahneman, and is based on the law of similars which means like cures like. He observed that a substance which produces certain symptoms in a healthy person is capable of alleviating similar symptoms in a person who suffers from a disease projecting the same symptoms.
Homeopathy was developed by Hahneman to fill the void apparently left by conventional medicine in treatment of many diseases. During that period, practices like blood letting to cure fever were common, such practices would sometimes work, sometimes they would prove fatal. Conventional remedies made no distinction between difference of symptoms in each patient.
While translating works of Scottish Chemist William Cullen in German, he became fascinated with finding the reason behind Cullen’s claim of effectiveness of a bark called Cinchona. To understand the reason behind it, he experimented on himself, and ingested a small piece of bark. He experienced fever, joint pain and shivering, symptoms similar to malaria. With this experiment, he came to the conclusion that if a substance produces certain symptoms in a healthy person and that very substance is administered to a sick person showing the same symptoms in a diluted form, it will invoke body’s defence mechanism and cure the disease.
Though slow in action, homeopathy has holistic approach towards treatment of a disease. Unlike conventional medicine which does not take into account the life style, homeopathic medicine is prescribed after considering totality of circumstances of the patient. Homeopathic medicines are tailored to suit individual patients. Unlike allopathic medicine that destroys the illness causing bacteria or virus itself without much help from immune system, homeopathy nudges and stimulates body’s immune system to kill the bacteria and virus itself, making it more pro-active in fighting the disease.
IS HOMEOPATHY SAFE TO USE?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to use homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines are made after diluting the requisite substance in either alcohol or distilled water to such an extent that no active ingredients of the diluted substance remains. Homeopaths believe that the substance leaves its impression on the water or alcohol molecules which is sufficient to invigorate the immune system into defending against the illness causing bacteria or virus. Many doctors recommend undertaking homeopathic treatment along with allopathic treatment for better and long lasting results.
Since the effectiveness of homeopathic medicine depends upon correct and complete understanding of symptoms, it is absolutely necessary for accurate diagnosis of the disease that you tell your homeopathic doctor in Chandigarh every symptom, mental and emotional circumstances you are going through, any ailment that you have suffered previously so he is able to make homeopathic preparations accordingly.
ADVANTAGES OF HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES
- They are non-addictive-no patient has ever gotten addicted to homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines are only meant to stimulate body’s defence mechanism and hence they use only such quantity of the preparation as is necessary to trigger body’s innate defence system.
- They do not have any side effects- homeopathic medicines are made from herbs, natural substances and even these are diluted to a great extent, so they are absolutely harmless.
- They can be taken as supplementary medicine alongwith with conventional treatment to boost immunity and recovery mechanism.
- They stimulate body’s own defence system to fight the disease, which makes the effect of these medicines long lasting.
- Homeopathy tries to find the underlying causes for the disease by taking holistic approach to the conditions and circumstances of the patient and then cures the root cause of the problem.
- They gave lasting relief.
IS HOMEOPATHY EFFECTIVE?
Practitioners of homeopathy since Hahneman have tested remedies and documented their results since 1800s. In over 200 years, homeopathy has treated millions of patients suffering from a host of diseases and it continues to reinvent itself, bringing in treatment for more ailments. Homeopathy maybe slow in showing its effectiveness but it cures the psychological, emotional, physical imbalance in the body, thus removing the root cause for the ailment without making your body a dumping ground for harmful chemicals that affect vital organs of the body prejudicially.
Is there a possibility of overdosing from homeopathic medicines?
Another advantage of homeopathic preparations is that there is no possibility of overdosing from it. Since the homeopathic preparations made after diluting the solution to such an extent that no active ingredient remains, it becomes highly improbable, even when taken in high dosage, that it will cause one to OD.
Can homeopathic medicine be given to children and pregnant women?
Yes, homeopathic medicines can be safely administered to children and pregnant women without worrying about dosage.
What ailments can be treated with homeopathy effectively?
Homeopathy has been proving its effectiveness in a large number of diseases and infections and with constant research, it is widening its net. Enumerated below are some diseases and infections curable/treatable by homeopathy
AIDS and HIV
Afterpain- post pain delivery
Asthma in adults/children
Bipolar Mood Disorder
Cardiac (Heart) diseases
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Diabetes Type I
Diabetes Type II
Dysmenorrhea (Painful menses)
Enteric fever (Typhoid)
Fibroadenoma (Breast tumor)
Gall bladder Stones
Guillain Barre Syndrome
Hailey Hailey Disease
Hallervorden Spatz Disease
Hemiplegia (limb paralysis)
HIV and AIDS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Lichen Planus Pigmentosa
Loss of Libido (Low sex drive)
Mouth Ulcers (Apthous Ulcers)
Multiple System Atrophy
Obsessive Compulsive Neurosis
(OCN – OCD)
Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease)
Post Herpetic Neuralgia
Reactive perforating collagenosis
Restless Leg Syndrome
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS)
Steven Johnson Syndrome
Typhoid (Enteric fever)
Urinary Tract Infections