Homeopathy is a system of medicine founded by the celebrated physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) of Germany. It is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’. In practice, this means that a medicine capable of producing certain effects when taken by a healthy human being is capable of curing any illness that displays similar effects.
For example, if a healthy person takes a dose of Arsenic, he will develop vomiting, diarrhea of rice-water stools, a rapid pulse and prostration. His skin will become cold and his expression anxious. In smaller doses or when taken for a longer time, he will develop a running nose, heavy head, cough and bronchial catarrh. Even later there will be specific disturbances of skin and nerves. He will develop a burning sensation all over which is relieved by warmth, frequent thirst for sips of water, fear of death, restlessness and a worsening of symptoms at noon and midnight. According to Homeopathic law ‘like cures like’, countless patients displaying such symptoms have been cured by the Homeopathic remedy Arsenicum album, irrespective of the name of the disease (cholera, colds, eczema, asthma etc.).
This principle has also been mentioned by the ancient Indian poet Kavi-Kalidasa:
“Shruyate hi pura loke, vishasya visham aushadham”.
Translated this reads: “it has been said of old time in the world that poison is the remedy for poison.”
Hippocrate postulated this principle in the words, “Similia Similibus Curentur” (‘likes are cured by likes’).
The practice of Homeopathy is based on certain fundamental principles. Firstly, the remedies that are used are tested on human volunteers (provers) to elicit the symptoms they can produce. The symptoms of each remedy experienced by the provers are recorded in exact detail and they form the Homeopathic Materia Medica. The symptoms of the patient are then matched with the symptoms of the various remedies in the Materia Medica to find out a single remedy whose symptoms are most similar to those of the patient (like cures like).
It is a myth that homeopathy is slow acting. Most of the times what happens is the patient comes to us with long history of chronic illness. Therefore the treatment takes time. Homeopathy is in fact fast acting in acute conditions such as fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, etc.
Our medicines are energy. They are prepared by serial dilutions and contain no material substance in them. Hence, no side effects.
You have to keep the medicine on the tongue so that it comes in contact with the nerves. That is the reason why we say not to eat anything half an hour before or after. So that the tongue has nothing else that will interfere with the absorption of the medicine.
Rarely after the homeopathic treatment is given there can be increase in your complaints. There can be two reasons for this. First and the more common reason can be the stopping of pain killers or ointment applications which may have kept your symptoms suppressed for a long time and due to removal of that factor, the complaints will be experienced in its actual intensity. In that case, homeopathic medicine will gradually bring the whole thing under control.
Another possibility is that after the homeopathic treatment there is slight and short worsening followed by rapid relief. This initial worsening is often the reaction of our body before the cure occurs and is a very good sign.
Another reaction that may be noticed during the course of homeopathic treatment is that your original problems will get better gradually and then some new symptoms may appear. These new problems may indicate that we need to change your medicine and give you something that will cover this new picture and thereby help you in achieving a holistic cure.
During the course of homeopathic treatment or after it has been stopped if something happens in your day today life at mental or physical level to upset the balance created in your system by the homeopathic medicine the original complaint can be felt again. But it is true that with homeopathic treatment, the capacity of the person to handle such upset improved and relapses may not occur.
First and foremost, you need to tell us how you feel in your chief complaint and associated complaint. Here it is very important that while reporting a chief complaint, it is better you also mention the new problems or if you have suffered from the same problem in the past because they indicate that we need to change your medicine/potency. Do mention about your temperament, desires, sleep, dreams and appetite. In mental sphere, we need to know if anything had happened to upset you at home or at your work place, like any quarrel, or some bad news etc. All these symptoms when told in detail, help us to treat you better.
In homeopathy we do not have separate medicine for head, nose, ears, throat, etc. We give one single medicine which affects the patient as a whole and removes all his troubles. There is no medicine for any particular disease but there is medicine for the patient who is suffering from the disease. A single remedy is chosen on the basis of holistic approach which treats different complaints of the same person etc.
For chronic complaints one should report to the doctor only after a month but in any acute conditions/emergency, one should get in touch with the doctor immediately.
We do not advocate the use of Ayurveda and homeopathy together because both are holistic medicine. Therefore, if you take two together, we don’t know how to evaluate your progress. We will not come to know with which system you are better. Same with the case of allopathy. Also these conventional medicines change the symptoms to such an extent that their original presentation of the symptom is lost, making it difficult to gather enough accurate information to prescribe the correct homeopathic remedy. The symptoms are the compass that a homeopath uses to find his way to the right remedy. If you were to take conventional medication to treat symptoms after beginning homeopathic treatment, you could stop the action of the remedy, rendering it ineffective. Most of the acute conditions are handled well with homeopathy but in some exceptional conditions, we do advice the patient to take allopathic treatment.
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