There are a number of myths surrounding the treatment method of homeopathy. Here we shall answer some of the wrong notions people have regarding homeopathy treatment.
It is herbal medicine.
No. Homeopathy medicines consist of substances derived from various plants, animals, chemicals and minerals. Hence, they are not herbal medicines.
It aggravates the symptoms.
No. In a majority of the cases, there will be no increase in the symptoms. However, some patients may experience an increase if they abruptly halt the use of the allopathic medicines they have been using before. In some cases, a slight increase in the existing complaints followed by a little improvement may be experienced. This increase in complaints will be mild and for short term and that is a good sign. This will be followed by long term improvement in the patient’s condition.
It takes a long time to get relief from the ailment.
No. Homeopathic remedies can give fast relief when the patient visits the homeopath at an early stage of illness. But, many people approach a homeopath as the last resort after consulting various other doctors and in the meantime, the severity and intensity of the illness increases which makes the treatment time lengthier for such patients.
It is meant for only chronic diseases.
No. Homeopathy has medicines for all types of ailments and diseases including serious and life-threatening diseases. It’s being recognized as a treatment method for chronic diseases because people come to a homeopath as a last resort with their chronic diseases after failing to get proper relief from various other treatment methods.
It doesn’t require diagnostic reports and investigations.
No. Homeopaths do require diagnostic reports and can seek investigations for patients. Diagnosis is important for homeopathic medical science like any other medical science in identifying the exact health status of a patient and providing the correct remedy.
Its over-the-counter medicines are not detrimental.
No. Homeopathic medicines are given considering an individual patient’s history, emotional and physical health along with many other factors. It should be understood that no two patients may be given the same medicine even though they have the same disease owing to other determining factors. Hence, patients should avoid self-medication and over-the-counter medicines.
It stipulates diet restrictions.
No. In general, homeopathy doesn’t stipulate any diet restrictions. But, sometimes homeopaths suggest a certain diet considering the patient’s nutritional requirements.
It requires stopping allopathic treatment.
No. Homeopathy complements and supports allopathic treatment. Patients can continue their allopathic treatment along with homeopathic treatment. Depending on the patient’s response to the medicines and the improvement in condition, the homeopathy doctor will advise reducing the allopathic medicines gradually.
It doesn’t need training for doctors like allopathic doctors.
No. Homeopaths also go through rigorous training like allopathic doctors and study the subjects of physiology, medicine and surgery. However, unlike allopathic doctors who treat patients only in one particular specialty or segment, homeopaths are trained multi-specialists who can treat patients with various ailments and diseases with equal ease.
It uses steroids.
No. Homeopathy medicines are extracted from natural substances and do not use any kind of steroids.
Illness recurs when a medicine is stopped.
No. Medicines have to be taken as per the doctor’s advice and for the duration specified by the doctor. If medicines are stopped abruptly, there are chances of recurrence of the illness. Following the doctor’s instructions properly will help in avoiding recurrence of the illness.