Here are the answers to some common questions about homeopathy.
1. What is a homeopathic medicine?
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann and has been used clinically for more than 200 years. It is based on his doctrine of “like cures like”–which implies that what will cause symptoms in a healthy person will trigger the cure of a sick person with those symptoms. In fact Homeopaths claim that Hippocrates may have originated homeopathy around 400 BC, but it was Samuel Hahnemann who gave homeopathy its name and expanded its principles in the late 18th century.
2. What all diseases can be treated by homeopathy?
People have used homeopathy to maintain health and treat a wide range of long-term illnesses such as allergies, atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and many more diseases. Even minor injuries, such as cuts and scrapes and muscle strains or sprains can be treated by homeopathy.
3. How are homeopathic medicines prepared?
Homeopathic medicines are usually dispensed in three forms: in sugar pills, in water or powder form. Homeopathic Medicines are prepared from various sources that include plants, elements, minerals, synthetic substances and other natural sources. Medicines are prepared by a special technique known as potentization which involves the process of diluting and succussing (shaking). The potentized homeopathic medicine is then added to lactose tablets or pills.
4. Why is homeopathic treatment slow to act?
Homeopathy is a holistic system which follows the laws of nature and takes ideal time to cure. The treatment of acute and chronic diseases depends on various factors like health history, body type, emotional tendencies, patient compliance, extent and intensity of damage, age, totality of the patient’s symptoms, personal traits, physical and psychological state, and generally varies from person to person.
5. What do these small pills contain?
The white little balls or sugar pills which people call them are scientifically known as pilules or globules. These are made from typically lactose and are a medium for administrating the prescribed remedy. The actual medicine is the transparent liquid, known as DILUTION that is placed on the pills and allowed to evaporate.
6. Can such small doses be effective?
Homeopathy remedies acts in the cell and in the central nervous system (CNS). Since Homeopathic medicines act on cellular level, micro or nano doses are sufficient for treatment. The cornerstone of Low Dose Medicine is P.N.E.I. (Psycho-Neuro- Endocrine-Immunology). The P.N.E.I. system is a complex physiological control network in which the 3 major homeostatic control systems (CNS and ANS, Endocrine and Immune System) are interconnected in order to drive the physiological functions.
7. Can homeopathy cause side effects?
Homeopathy medicines are low dose medicine and do not have any negative side effects, suggests the University of Maryland Medical Center.
8. Do I have to follow any dietary restrictions during the treatment?
For best and faster results, it is advised to discontinue or at least limit the intake of stimulants like alcohol, tobacco/ cigarettes etc. Also excessive intake of coffee, mint, mouth fresheners is also not advisable. Some food articles may be asked to be avoided in certain medical conditions.
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