Homeopathy is an unconventional and complementary medical science based on the principle of ‘like cures like’; developed by German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. According to this principle, a substance that generates symptoms in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person as well.
Based on this idea is the science of Homeopathy that has gained worldwide popularity due to its safe and mild ways of treatment. People around the world are increasingly turning towards homeopathy due to its zero side-effects and easy-to-use medicines.
Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician with an MD in medicine, was disappointed with the kind of treatment provided in the conventional method of medicine and hence dreamed of providing treatment in a safe, gentle, and effective way. In the endeavors that followed he identified the principle – like cures like and started studying the effect of different substances on humans to develop the science of alternative medicine called – Homeopathy.
Homeopathy is considered to be the second largest system of medicine in the world. European countries like France, Germany and England have a number of practicing homeopaths making them the largest homeopathy contributors. Introduced to India in the early 19th century, homeopathy is the preferred method of medical treatment for millions.
People have gained immense faith in homeopathy because it is widely known to be the best treatment method for various kinds of chronic and severe ailments. The scope of homeopathy is far and wide like other conventional medicine systems covering a wide range of allergic, gastric, skin, respiratory, sexual health, and child health ailments. Homeopathy can be effectively used as a supportive treatment method in treating severe health ailments along with conventional treatment methods.
Homeopathy is based on a few key principles that play a vital role in the treatment of patients.
Like cures like
Law of minimum dose
Law of simplex
Homeopathy And Allopathy
Homeopathy can be safely used as a supportive and complementary treatment method along with other conventional medicine methods like Allopathy, as it does not interfere with them. Patients taking allopathic medicines for any ailment like blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid, etc. can continue those medicines even while taking homeopathy medicines.
Homeopathy is considered one of the safest treatment methods because of the gentle and effective solutions it provides.
All homeopathic medicines taken under the supervision of a qualified homeopath are safe and can be safely administered to people of all age groups right from infant stage to old age.
Sometimes patients may get wary when they experience an increase in complaints/symptoms after starting homeopathic treatment. Any kind of increase in complaints/symptoms in some patients can be attributed to two factors. Either the patients could have abruptly stalled the allopathic treatment they were taking or the medicine administered is showing its impact. Patients should consult their doctor to ascertain the reason for their increased complaints and proceed further as per their guidance.
The homeopathic treatment procedure is unique from other treatment methods as a homeopath approaches a patient in totality of the physical and emotional health rather than just the symptoms, unlike an allopathic doctor.
Homeopathy doctors go beyond the present symptoms of a patient and do a detailed analysis of the patient’s history inclusive of physical, mental and emotional states and also try to understand the likes and dislikes of the patient so as to understand the root cause of the illness.
Homeopaths believe that there are multiple factors that result in an illness – levels of stress, hereditary and genetic issues, lifestyle, diet, patient history and family history of illnesses. Homeopathy doctors invest a considerable amount of time in the first consultation and in follow-up consultations, in understanding these factors and guiding the patients in taking corrective measures along with the required medical treatment.
The medicines used in homeopathy are unique, in the sense; they taste sweet unlike the bitter medicines in other treatment methods.
The basic ingredients that are used in these medicines are composed of substances that are sourced from more than three thousand varieties of plants, animals, chemicals and minerals. The diluted substances from various sources are extracted into different solvents and these liquids in various potencies are mixed with the medicine in form of sweet pills. Since the medicine contains a minuscule amount of the original substance because of the repetitive dilution in the process of potentiating; homeopathy medicines are safe without any side effects.
Although homeopathic medicines do not have an expiry date, they tend to lose their efficacy when touched or exposed to direct sunlight, strong odours, and extreme temperatures. So, they need to be preserved appropriately in air-tight containers and placed in normal room temperature that is moist-free.
Homeopathic medicines work on the body by stimulating nerves directly and are not digested. Hence, there will be no side effects of using these medicines even for the long term.