The science of Homoeopathy has always been a subject of debates and discussions, with people bombarding the propagators/followers of this science with allegations and accusations of various kinds. But Homoeopathy has still emerged victorious and put a stop to all of these with research-based evidences and successfully treated cases. Here are some of the common myths or frequently asked questions about Homoeopathy with their logical answers.
On starting Homoeopathic treatment is it mandatory to stop all Allopathic/other medications I am already on?
No, it’s not advisable to stop all the medicines abruptly. Your doctor will advise you to continue with them initially. Once your condition becomes better and your immunity levels against the disease increase, the medicines can be tapered off gradually under the supervision of your doctor.
Can Homoeopathic Medicines be taken if one is already taking other medications like allopathic or ayurvedic?
Homoeopathic Medicines do not interfere with other therapies, drugs, medications, supplements etc. so they can be safely used in conjunction with other medications without any side effects.
Do Homoeopathic Medicines have any side effects?
Homoeopathic Medicines are natural, gentle in action, non addictive and thus completely safe. They do not cause any side effects and can be safely used for all age groups like infants, children, young, elderly and even pregnant mothers.
How is Homoeopathy different from other systems of medicines?
Homoeopathy is a holistic system of medicine and treats the person as a whole. It not only treats the disease at the symptom level but also gets to the root cause of the disease. It helps to boost up the immunity levels of the individual too thus the patient acquires enough resistance to get symptom free eventually.
Do I have to avoid strong smelling substances like onion, garlic, fennel (saunf), cardamom, coffee etc?
Researches show that all these strong smelling substances do not have any effect on the efficacy of Homoeopathic Medicines. Thus they can be taken safely. It’s just a myth.
Can I take coffee while on Homoeopathic Medicines?
Homoeopathic Medicines are equally effective on tea and coffee drinkers. There is no restriction of any kind of strong smelling substance while on Homoeopathic Medicine.
How do I take Homoeopathic Medicines?
Homoeopathic Medicines can be taken orally in pill or liquid form, or by inhalation.
The pills have to be taken directly on the tongue and allowed to dissolve for best results. Avoid putting anything in your mouth for ten to fifteen minutes before or after taking your medicine. This is because medicines get absorbed from the inner linings of the mouth directly. Substances usually leave a coating in the oral cavity and also an odor which may hinder the absorption of the medicine. You may however drink water.
Liquid medicine can be taken with a little quantity of water.
Avoid touching the medicines. It is best to put 4-5 pills into the lid of the container and then tip it off in the mouth. If the pills are touched or dropped, they should not be put back in the bottle as they will lose strength.
Homoeopathy takes too long to show effects….it is very slow.
The results of the medicine depends on whether the disease is acute or chronic. Treatment of acute diseases like fever, coughs, colds, diarrhoea etc. show result in very short time. In fact Homoeopathy acts faster than any other mode of treatment and gives very quick results in such cases. The time taken to treat chronic diseases like asthma, arthritis etc. depends upon the duration, severity, stage or complexity and suppression of the disease. Most of the time the patients visiting the Homoeopathic Physician are suffering from chronic diseases which have been continually suppressed, over medicated or declared incurable by other systems of medicine. Such cases definitely take time to show response depending upon the stage, severity, complexity or degree of suppression.
Is Homoeopathy safe for pregnant and lactating mothers?
Homoeopathic Medicines are very mild and gentle in their action. They are given in minimal doses, thus are perfectly safe to take during pregnancy or lactation. Infact they help boost up the immunity of the patient and thus acquire resistance against diseases.
Can Diabetic patients take Homoeopathic sugar pills safely?
Homoeopathic Medicines/sugar pills can be safely taken by diabetics as they contain negligible amount of sugar which does not have any effect on blood sugar levels. Moreover they can be given in distill water or sugar free pills also.
Do I need any diet restriction while on Homoeopathic Medicines?
The diet for every disease is recommended according to the sensitiveness of the patient towards the triggering factors that can cause him to fall sick. These dietary restrictions are very patient friendly. A restriction for intake of onion, garlic, tea, coffee, fennel or cardamom etc is a myth.
Can Homeopathy help avoid surgeries?
A number of surgical conditions can be treated effectively with Homeopathy, for e.g. recurrent tonsillitis, sinusitis, adenoids, piles, fissures, fistula, chronic ear discharge, vocal cord nodules, kidney and gall bladder stones, breast nodules, small-sized uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometrial thickenings, enlarged prostate, warts and corns. However, every medical science has its set of advantages and limitations. Thus, in certain cases where the disease has reached an advanced stage or in emergency cases, surgery is essential and cannot be avoided. In fact, many surgeons and dentists use homeopathy pre and post operatively. A homeopathic remedy Calendula is recommended as an external application by many surgeons to facilitate better surgical wound healing without leaving behind ugly scars. Similarly another one named Arnica is used by many dentist post dental procedures as an anti haemorrhagic to arrest bleeding.