How Homoeopathy Works
Speciality - The way Homoeopathy works?
Homeopathy, a therapeutic system used for over 250 years, works on the principle that ‘like cures like’ — an illness is treated with a substance which could produce similar symptoms in a healthy person. However, medicines are given in highly diluted forms and are therefore extremely safe and have no side-effects.
It is a holistic system of treatment. It aims to treat the whole person, rather than just the physical symptoms.
Homeopathy is safe and gentle and can be used to effectively treat children and adults alike, including pregnant and nursing mothers. There are no adverse side effects or suppression with homeopathy because it simply supports the body’s own attempts to heal itself, following the natural tendencies of the body, not blocking or impeding it in any way. People often seek homeopathic treatment for illnesses and conditions with which they have been diagnosed, yet many people choose homeopathy when they suffer from pain or discomfort but diagnostic tests show no abnormalities. Others come simply because they feel generally unwell or lack energy. The healing effects of homeopathy are practically limitless, and as such, homeopathy is a wonderful treatment option for everyone.
The homoeopathic remedy works by stimulating the body's own healing power. The stimulus will help assist your own system to clear itself of any expressions of imbalance. The aim is to bring your own body to a level of health so as to cure in acute cases. In chronic cases you will need infrequent treatment and eventually no treatment at all. But the basic fundamental of the science is so individualizing and so patient- specific.
Homeopathy is a form of holistic medicine in which treatment is tailored to the individual. Homeopathy can be used alongside conventional medicine when necessary to give an integrated approach to your healthcare.
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that considers the mental, emotional and physical aspects of the individual. It treats the whole person, not just the disease, and has a remarkably effective approach to restoring health and vitality.
Homeopathy originated in Germany more than 200 years ago and since then has grown to become the world’s second most widely practiced system of medicine. It is the only system of medicine which is truly holistic. It not only takes note of the current symptomatology, but explores the patient’s past medical history and even the family medical history to uncover the underlying disease tendencies.
Today medical science knows that most diseases are psycho-somatic in nature, which means that diseases are often caused and also affected by your state of mind. Homeopathy is the only system of medicine that studies every patient’s mental and emotional makeup to treat the patient more effectively.
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine, which gives individualized treatment that is safe, effective, quick and lasting!
Although it has a wide range of uses, homeopathy is not an exclusive alternative, and is not the right treatment for every complaint. It can be used alone or to complement other treatments, for instance symptoms of, or side effects of treatments for cancer. In any case it is best integrated with other treatments so that everybody involved in the patient’s care communicates and works together.
Homeopathy is generally very safe. It is non-addictive and has no dangerous side effects. Homeopathy is safe to use for babies, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.
What is constitutional treatment in homeopathy?
According to homoeopathy, mind and body are very much linked and physical problems cannot be effectively cured without understanding and putting right the person’s constitution and character. Constitution means a person’s state of health, including their temperament and any inherited and acquired characteristics. To determine the constitution of a person, a homeopath usually asks a great many questions.
Homeopathy believes that if your constitution is healthy, you will not succumb to any infection, i.e. bacteria and viruses will not affect you as your susceptibility is low. This is the basic difference between allopathy and homeopathy.
Allopaths believe that one becomes sick due to infection, i.e. bacteria and viruses; hence their treatment is aimed at killing the infection using strong drugs. This however, further reduces the immunity of the person making it weaker and the person becomes more susceptible and falls sick again and again. Homeopaths believe, however, that first your constitution becomes weak and then you become susceptible to infection. The bacteria and viruses are the end products of disease process and not the cause of disease. The bacteria and viruses are everywhere; they will not affect you till your immunity is strong.
The treatment is aimed at raising the vitality, i.e. immunity of the person so that he can fight out the disease himself. This is why homeopathy is able to cure permanently while in allopathy there are frequent remissions.
Individualistic nature of homeopathic prescription
Unlike allopathy, homeopathy is not readymade but tailor-made to suit an individual. Therefore, two people are unlikely to be prescribed the same remedy. One remedy may be prescribed constitutionally for general bodily imbalances and another remedy may be prescribed simultaneously for specific, acute symptoms. On the subsequent visit the remedies may be changed depending upon the progress of the patient. Thus, we can say that in homoeopathy we use designer remedies designed especially for an individual.
As your Homoeopath what do we need to know and why?
To find the right remedy for you as an individual we need to know all about you. An understanding of you as a person, your habits, patterns of behavior, likes and dislikes, your reactive pattern along with a detailed description of your complaint and the symptoms you experience all together will direct us in helping you. Anything that is typical of you will help us in this process. Finding out about your general energy level, your past medical history and the way you live is also important. Anything you say will be treated in the strictest confidence.
The medicines will be given to you in the form of pills and powders. At times a liquid can also be given in cases needful of frequent doses. The medicines are made out of milk sugar and cane sugar. They are medicated with the remedy prepared in alcohol base. The medicines used are all made from natural products of the best quality company. They are sweet to taste and do not require any water to be taken along with them. In fact, they are absorbed directly from the mucosal lining of the oral cavity (mouth) hence they should be sucked once put into the mouth and not be swallowed with water etc. We suggest that you avoid strong smelling perfumes, camphor, menthol, eucalyptus, iodex, other balms etc. as they antidote the effect of the medicine which is administered in very minute quantities. If you are given homoeopathic remedies to take at a later date be sure to store them in a cool dark place, away from anything with a strong smell.
What to expect once the treatment starts?
After taking your medicine you may notice some changes. Along with a relief in the ailments patients experience a period of exceptional well being and optimism. Sometimes your symptoms may appear to get worse for a short time followed by relief in complaints. This aggravation of complaints is a good sign. Sometimes a discharge or cold or a rash may appear after taking the medicine .All these are various reactions which you may or may not experience. These are due to individual sensitivity and are due to individual reaction to the medicine and not due to the medicine per se. All these symptoms are part of the healing process and will pass soon. Let us know if you develop these symptoms and we will help you out if they are of concern. You are also required to make a note of any changes you observe during your treatment.
Popularity of Homeopathy
- The popularity of homeopathy has grown in the past 30 years, its revival entirely through word of mouth and estimated to be growing at more than 20% a year the world over
- Hundreds of famous people throughout the past 200 years have enjoyed the benefits of homeopathic medicine
- The aristocratic patronage of homeopathy in the U.K. extended well into the 1940s and beyond can be easily demonstrated. In the Homeopathic Medical Directories there are lists of patrons of the dispensaries and hospitals. They read like an extract from Burke's or Debrett's
- The Royal Families of Europe use homeopathic medicine and Queen Elizabeth II of England never travels anywhere without her homeopathic vials of medicine
- In a recent Global TGI survey where people were asked whether they trust homeopathy the following percentages of people living in urban areas said YES: 62% in India, 58% Brazil, 53% Saudi Arabia, Chile 49%, United Arab Emirates 49%, France 40%, South Africa 35%, Russia 28%, Germany 27%, Argentina 25%, Hungary 25%, USA 18%, UK 15%