Homeopathy is a branch of medicine founded by a German Physician called Dr. CFS Hahnemann, Homeopathy literally means treatment by the same’, It is based on the principle that a drug taken in small amount will cure the same symptoms it causes in large amounts, Hahnemann found that the symptoms that occurred when a drug substance taken by a person, were removed by the minute dose of the same drug.
There are several myths and beliefs about homeopathic medicines, some who say that homeopathic medicine are just sugar pills or placebo treatment method. Hope this piece of information would clear doubts of at least a few, who would like to test them for some ailments. Following are some of the common myths and facts about homeopathy.
Myth1: Homoeopathy is an unproven science
Fact: Homoeopathy (some times also spelled homeopathy) is based on experimental pharmacological and clinical data. Over the years, homoeopathic medicines have been extensively studied for their efficacy in a variety of indications. Clinical studies have been conducted in India as well as other countries. In fact, the term ‘Allopathy’ was coined by the founder of homoeopathy whom the allopaths regard as the founder of experimental pharmacology.
Myth2: Homoeopathic medicines are only sugar pills which act more as placebos and have no medicinal value as such
Fact: Yes, the white sugar pills, as such do not have any medicinal value. But these act as vehicles or carriers for the medicines, which are alcohol based. Otherwise the medicine can be taken directly or dissolved in water. Homoeopathic medicines have been scientifically studied the world over and found to be effective in a wide range of diseases. Thus they are not placebos.
Myth3: Homoeopathy is slow acting and cannot be used in acute cases of diarrheoa, fever, cough, cold, and etc.
Fact: Homoeopathy is fast acting in acute cases and can be effectively used in treating infections, fever, cold and etc. Unfortunately, people tend to go to a homoeopath only when the acute problem becomes chronic. Naturally, these cases take longer to treat. Also, most people take recourse in homoeopathy in cases of arthritis, allergic asthma or skin conditions etc., which take a longer time to treat with any other system of medicines.
Myth4: Homoeopathy is a ‘magic remedy’ that can treat any disorder.
Fact: Homoeopathy, like any other field of medicine, has its limitations. For example, it cannot treat cases where surgery is unavoidable, dental cases, etc.
Myth5: Homoeopathic doctors are quacks who do not have formal training in the field of medicine.
Fact: Qualified doctors practice Homoeopathy, in most parts of the world. In India, there are over 180 medical colleges, which offer degree and post-graduate studies in Homoeopathy. At present, there are over 1,50,000 trained homoeopaths in the country.
Myth6: One has to follow strict dietary restrictions while on homoeopathic treatment
Fact: Some patients are asked to abstain from onions, garlic, coffee, tea, alcohol etc. as these substances interfere with the action of certain homoeopathic medicines. But then, restricting alcohol and tobacco is also safe and healthy.
Myth7: Homoeopathy is only useful in chronic cases
Fact: Very often it is – where everything else has failed! But the true reason for this perception is because people turn to homoeopathy so late when everything else has failed! After years of allopathic treatment often an illness becomes chronic. The treatment will now naturally take longer than in case of using homoeopathy right from the beginning.
Myth8: Homoeopathy cannot be used in diabetic patients
Fact: It can! The minute amount of sugar globuli (the little round pills) taken daily does not matter. Sugar intake in the daily diet is significantly higher than that taken by a few globuli. In very severe cases, the dilution may be taken as drops in water or over lactose.
Myth9: The homoeopath gives the same white pills for all types of illness. How can they be really effective
Fact: Depending on the illness, homoeopaths medicate with different medicines. The sugar pills serve only as a vehicle for transfer of the medicine. The selected medicine, out of a range of more than 1200 different dilutions, is targeted to the individual problems.
Myth10: Are there really no side effects of homoeopathic medicine
Fact: Generally there are no side effects of homoeopathic medicine if prescribed in potencies of 3CH and above. However, some tinctures and triturates in very low potencies like 1x, 2x have some side effects of minor nature.
However good the treatment is people are yet to realize the true benefits of homeopathy, hope this information would throw some light on this branch of wonder medication.