The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~Thomas Edison
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Homeopathy?
Where do Homeopathic remedies come from?
How are Homeopathic remedies prepared?
Are Homeopathic remedies safe?
How should Homeopathic remedies be stored?
How are Homeopathic medicines different from allopathic medicines?
How should homeopathic remedies be administered?
Do I need stop taking my prescription medicine while on homeopathic treatment ?
Where can I learn more about Homeopathy?
What is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that safely and effectively treats everyday ailments as well as acute and chronic symptoms of mind and body by stimulating the body’s own self-healing abilities. The Homeopathic system of medicine is over 200 years old and was founded by a German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathy is based on “The Law of Similars” which means that a remedy that produces symptoms in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms when manifested by a person in a diseased state.
Where do Homeopathic remedies come from? Homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, animals as well as Nosodes (Diseased tissue). Some commonly used and well known Homeopathic remedies derived from:
Plant sources like Allium cepa from the onion , Belladonna from the deadly nightshade plant, Arnica montana from the leopard’s bane plant, and Chamomila from the Matricaria Chamomile.
Animal sources like Apis mellifica from the Honey bee, Sepia from the Cuttle fish, and Lachesis from the Surukuku snake poison.
Mineral sources, elements like Sulphur, Graphites, Aurum met (Gold), Argentum met(Silver), Silica, Calcarea carb from the Oyster shell, and Nat mur from common salt.
The Nosodes from diseased tissue like Psorinum, Tubercullinum, Medhorhinum, and Syphillinum.
How are Homeopathic remedies prepared? The process by which homeopathic potencies are prepared is called Potentisation. A remedy is prepared by diluting the substance in a series of steps. Liquid substances are potentized by Succussion and solid substances by Trituration The two common systems used to prepare the homeopathic potencies are the decimal (X ) and the centesimal (C )scale. Homeopathic remedies are so highly diluted that not one molecule of the original natural substance remains in the potencies higher than 12C and 24X. Remedies are available in liquid, pellet, and tablet forms. The commonest potencies available are 6X, 12X, 6C, 12C, 30C and 200C.
How should Homeopathic remedies be stored? Homeopathic remedies retain their therapeutic effectiveness indefinitely when stored in tightly shut glass bottles, in dry cool place, out of direct sunlight and away from strong odors. Keep out of reach of young children. The remedies are not poisonous irrespective of the quantity consumed but the child may develop symptoms of the remedy. Contact your Homeopathic physician immediately if your child accidentally consumes too many pills of the homeopathic remedy
Are Homeopathic remedies safe? Homeopathic medicines are safe, inexpensive, nontoxic and they work. They can be administered to babies, pregnant women as well as the elderly under the supervision of a qualified Homeopath. There are no side effects when the carefully chosen remedy is administered in the right potency and right dosage.
What is the Right Potency and Right Dosage? Your Homeopathic Physician will be able to guide you to the right remedy and right dosage. Chronic diseases are treated with infrequent repetitions of high potency of a deep acting constitutional remedy whereas the acute conditions are treated with frequent repetitions of low potencies. The sensitivity of the individual patient also plays an important role in the selection of remedy and potency. The more dilute a potency the higher its considered to be.
How are Homeopathic medicines different from allopathic medicines? Man has used plants barks herbs to fight illnesses through the ages. Allopathy or modern medicine is based on the principle of administering chemical substances that produce the opposite effects of the symptoms of the disease. Allopathic medicines work against the body and only provide symptomatic relief. For example, acidity & heartburn are treated with Anta-acids, pain fever are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, allergies are treated with Antihistamines, constipation is treated with Laxatives. If all else fails steroids are used. Allopathic medicine is indispensible in emergency situations. It must not be misused or overused in everyday complaints as well as ailments which can be easily corrected by changes in diet and lifestyle. Homeopathic remedies assist in the body’s own healing mechanisms .The Homeopathic remedies act as powerful stimuli when administered in tiny doses, to the body’s own healing capacity so that it corrects the imbalances and weaknesses that caused the body to fall prey to the disease to begin with. So for example instead of having depend on the anta-acids/laxatives for daily symptomatic relief the carefully selected Homeopathic remedy addresses and corrects the root cause of the acidity/constipation .
How should homeopathic remedies be administered? Homeopathic remedies are best taken by mouth They should be taken on a clean mouth. Any food or drink should be avoided for at least fifteen minutes before and after taking the homeopathic remedy. It is alright to drink water before you take the remedy but avoid even water for 15 minutes after the remedy. It is recommended that a gap be increased to half an hour before and after the remedy, if tea, coffee, alcohol, mint, garlic, onion, cigarettes or any other strong substances are consumed. Remedies will not be absorbed if your mouth tastes of toothpaste, tobacco, strongly flavored sweets, or spicy food, rinse out the mouth thoroughly with water before giving a remedy.
Do I need stop taking my prescription medicine while on homeopathic treatment ?Never stop taking any prescription medicines without consulting your regular doctor You must continue to see your regular physician to get a proper medical diagnosis for your symptoms.If you are on regular medications for Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypothyroid, High Cholesterol or any other condition, continue to take them regularly. If blood tests while on the Homeopathic treatment show that you do not need the allopathic drugs anymore they can be slowly tapered off under the mutual guidance and consultation with both your homeopathic and allopathic physician. Most allopathic drugs do not interfere with Homeopathic treatment. Steroids and Antibiotics are to be used with caution. Please inform your Homeopath of all allopathic drugs that you are taking or will be taking.
Where can I learn more about Homeopathy?
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CCH RSHom(NA) EMT-B BHMS (Mumbai, India)