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What is Homeopathy?

omeopathy is based on the principle ‘Like cures like’. In simplified words this means that drugs can produce certain symptoms and signs in a healthy individual and can cure someone with the same set of symptoms as well. Several drugs are tested or introduced into the homeopathic world on healthy human beings so that they can be used for similar symptoms in sick people. Such clinical tests are conducted by one or many supervisors following a strict protocol known as ‘Drug Provings’. These signs and symptoms are recorded in a book known as the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Some of the recent drugs introduced to the homeopathic community and to help aid combat the challenges of newly emerging ailments are Chocolate, Scorpion, Olive, Gasoline and Plutonium. There are several others that have been tested and available at established pharmacies all over the world.

The founder of Homeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann, discovered that disease is not localized but affects the whole being. A homeopath keeps this basic principle foremost in mind while treating a person. During a consultation a homeopath records all the symptoms as well as the patient’s state of mind. A lot of emphasis is given to those symptoms and behaviour that are characteristic to a particular person. All this information is then matched with the symptoms of the several remedies in the Materia Medica and then one single remedy which is the closest match is given to the patient.

What is in those remedies, how are they made and how do they work?

Remedies in homeopathy are mainly derived from three sources i.e. plants, animals and minerals. At one given time a person needs any one remedy from each of these three kingdoms. Certain substances like Arsenic or Poison Ivy in their natural state are poisonous. But as they have great utility, they are diluted with vigorous shaking in a process known as ‘Potentization’. This process of standardized serial dilution of a drug substance is known to retain and in fact increase its medicinal effects while neutralizing its toxic physiological action.

What is Health and Disease?

 According to the homeopathic principles, disease is an inner disturbance that needs to be corrected and restored. A person’s state of being, his perception of and response to the world are an essential part of his individuality. These are as integral to his disease as his symptoms of migraine or the presentation of his psoriasis.

Disease is thus seen as an affection of the whole person, as an exaggerated posture adapted as a survival mechanism to a particular situation that is imagined rather than real. Naturally this in turn produces a constant stress within us, which in turn leads to signs and symptoms of clinical disease.

Health on the other hand, allows us to be in the moment and to react appropriately to a particular situation. Health is recognized by a person being free, spontaneous and being in the present. In this state, there is no imagined stress and hence no manifested disease.

What is a sign?

Sign is objective in kind. A sign that can be seen, heard, measured or felt by the diagnostician. finding of such sign(s) can be used to confirm or deny the diagnostician’s impressions of the disease. e.g.: swelling, redness, blood pressure, temperature.

What is a symptom?

In general, symptoms are subjective and expressed by an individual. Symptom is any perceptible change in the body or it’s functions that indicate the kind or phases of disease.

Symptoms are subjective e.g., pain, burning sensation, weakness, feeling cold. Objective indications are called signs. These signs and symptoms are vital for homeopathic remedy selection. Knowledge of the following listed characters of symptoms makes the person comfortable to give clear picture of their problem. And also, it shows how each person is different from similar disease group. Each individual suffering from arthritis has different times of aggravation and different associated symptoms.

Homeopathic treatment gives equal importance to person’s feelings and expression. As the selection of Homeopathic remedy mostly depends on signs and symptoms, individuals who give the exact description of their signs and symptoms will get a suitable remedy and will be cured swiftly.

Does Homeopathy work for problems caused by viruses?

Yes. Homeopathy is a good option for problems caused by virus as they strengthen the immune system. Homeopathic remedies give good relief from symptoms of common cold, flu, measles, chickenpox, viral hepatitis (jaundice), viral meningitis.

Is there any solution for allergic conditions?

Yes. Allergy is an acquired hyper sensitivity to a substance (allergen) that does not normally cause a reaction. It is essentially a disorder of immune system resulting antibody-antigen reaction. But, in some cases there may be a genetic predisposition to acquisition of a particular allergy, where we can’t find any antibody.

Allergic conditions include:

  • Eczema, allergic rhinitis or coryza, hay fever, bronchial asthma
  • Symptoms like eosinophilia, nasal congestion, tearing, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itching rash, eruptions
  • Etiology: pollen, dust, hair, fur, feathers, scabies, wool, chemicals, drugs, insect bites and specific foods such as eggs, chocolate, milk, wheat, tomatoes, citrus fruits, oat-meal, potatoes.
  • 20th century syndrome: They develop symptoms like allergic to every thing in the environment. This is most probably due to acute or chronic emotional stress. The individuals may isolate themselves from environmental materials

They develop symptoms like allergic to every thing in the environment. This is most probably due to acute or chronic emotional stress. The individuals may isolate themselves from environmental materials. Allergic conditions could be genetic or might have been developed later on due to a specific cause. Homeopathy improves multiple symptoms of allergic condition with a single remedy.

How can it help in surgical conditions?

Homeopathy addresses the cause of the problem. It also reduces the reccurrence of the problem by removing the nature to develop that condition like piles, fissures, fistula, appendicitis (except gangrenous), chronic ear discharge, vocal cord nodules, polyp in nose-ear, kidney and gall bladder stones, small size uterine fibroid, ovarian cysts, warts, corns etc.

Problems often reappear as described below:

  • After surgery they appear in the same place, e.g.: recurrent kidney stones after repeated surgeries.
  • After surgery they develop in different location e.g.: caries tooth. Infection of another tooth after removal of badly infected teeth in same side or opposite side. This chain may end up with the individual needing artificial dentures.

Piles are nothing but swollen pyloric veins. The real problem may be pressure on veins from constipation, congested liver or heart problem. Until the root cause is removed, they appear again and again even after they are operated. Homeopathic remedies give strength to muscles and ligaments to hold uterus in proper place save the uterus from removal in case of uterine prolepses.

The pathological changes are nothing but end products of disease. Just removal is not the solution for many conditions. Homeopathy remedies if prescribed accurately, helps avoid surgery, they also remove the tendency to develop the problem again.

Why to individualize people in Homeopathy?

Individualization means individualize each person with similar problems. It’s not uncommon for conventional doctors to not pay much attention to an individual’s narration of symptoms except worrying about the test results. The whole person is a united system of multiple organs which interact with each other. The trouble in one place reflects in many organs. Homeopaths find a single remedy that is suitable for all the symptoms to avoid many drugs for multiple symptoms. So there is no chance of interaction between remedies as only single remedy will be used in Homeopathy. No need to run from one specialist to another specialist. Medicinal side-effects results in so many complications. Briefly homeopaths individualize a case to find a single remedy which covers all the symptoms and heals as fast as it can be without any side effects.

Some examples of individualizing are follows:

  • Take two cases of hay fever, one having headache with fever, other having runny nose with itchy eyes.
  • Take two people suffering from asthma, one may get his attack in winter, other in summer.
  • One individual suffering from diabetes may loves sweets, other may hate them.
  • With fever some people have heat all over the body, for some people, only head is hot and other parts cold.
  • In menorrhagia, one has bleeding only in day time, other have only in night.
  • Some people suffer more in the morning, for others night is worse.

All these differences in signs and symptoms show underlying pathology and cause. Just by observing this we can know lot about the individual’s condition without diagnostic tests. If bacteria is the only cause for disease why similar streptococcus bacteria effects different organs in each person like throat, heart, joints resulting in strep throat, rheumatic heart disease, rheumatic arthritis. These symptoms show the weak points of body and underlying pathology. This shows the individuality of the people. When body is crying out clearly in the form of signs and symptoms, why to neglect them and pay more attention to just test results? Homeopathic remedies establish the harmony in the system and make the person healthier contrary to the other systems.

Does Homeopathy work for infants and children and how can they be affected by stress?

Children are an extension of their biological parents. There are many instances to validate the concept of transfer of either parent state to that of their child. A very intense state in the father at the time of conception of the child, or in the mother during some phase of the pregnancy is known to transfer that state onto a child. This phenomenon also highlights the vital need for the parents to be a healthy state of mind during pregnancy by being responsible and disciplined and caring towards each other. At the same time, when this is not possible in times of tragic circumstances or divorces resulting in severe strains in relationships, the affected state of the parents during that delicate period, when treated promptly and appropriately with the aid of indicated homeopathic remedies may help dilute the intensity of that state in the unborn child and hence help him/her to be born in a healthy state of mind and body.

Homeopathic remedies are safe and very effective for children. As Homeopathic remedies strengthen the resistance, it is very wise to start Homeopathy as early as possible and let them grow healthily from the beginning. It lessens or removes the need for eye glasses, dentures etc… Homeopathy is also effective in behavioural problems seen commonly in children like irritability, obstinacy, temper-tantrums, fears, phobias, thumb-sucking, nail biting, destructiveness, bed-wetting; as well as mentally and physically backward children. Most of the children’s ailments like cold, cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, dysentery, colic, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, chicken pox, mumps can be addressed very effectively with homeopathic remedies without any side effects. Homeopathy removes allergic tendencies in kids to most food items. A single remedy for multiple symptoms in a very minimal dose is offered in Homeopathy. Moreover, homeopathic remedies are loved by kids as the pills are sweet.

Are there harmful side effects from taking a homeopathic remedy?

Since the remedies are highly diluted, they do not contain significant amounts of the original substance from which they are made. Therefore, they do not have the toxic effects associated with many conventional medications or other substances. They are, however, powerful energetic stimuli and must be used with discretion. Sometimes, as part of the curative process, a person will experience a temporary intensification of symptoms.

Can homeopathic remedies be taken along with conventional medications?

Yes. Many people who seek out homeopathic care are already taking conventional medication with the goal of reducing or eliminating the medication. With the proper remedy and treatment plan, this is often possible.

What happens during a homeopathic consultation?

Essentially your homeopath will listen deeply to you – listening to understand many different aspects of your personality and state of health. Facts of disease, descriptions of pains, emotional reactions, dreams and physical sensations are all relevant, as well as how you move your body and how you react to stress. Your homeopath may ask you to repeat yourself many times in order to understand what you say on different levels. It is important to express yourself honestly. The better your homeopath understands your nature, the easier it will be to find the best remedy for you.