Frequently asked questions ( FAQ’s)
Is Homeopathy slow acting?
The pace of action of Homeopathic medicines depends on many factors. If the disease is of recent origin, the cure should be achieved within a short period. In chronic cases, it takes more time for a complete cure. Homeopathic medicines, if correctly chosen, will not attempt just temporary relief but try to eradicate the disease permanently and completely, for which it is natural that more time is required. Moreover, the duration of treatment is likely to be prolonged if there is negligence on the part of the patient in controlling his diet and habits etc.
Does Homeopathy first aggravate the disease?
Firstly, if the patient has taken non-Homeopathic medicines (prior to the administration of Homeopathic medicines), then those medicines might have suppressed the ailments and after application of Homeopathic medicines, some of those suppressed complaints may reappear. In such cases, the patient blames Homeopathy for such aggravation.
Secondly, when the Homeopathic medicines, even when rightly chosen for a patient, are used in slightly higher potency (than required), or the patient is basically Hypersensitive, then there may occur a temporary increase of the existing symptoms of the patient (Homeopathy aggravation). But this aggravated condition does not persist for a long time and is followed by the cure.
Whether Homeopathic medicines have any side effects?
Homeopathic medicines have no side effects. The term side effect of a medicine comes from modern pharmacology. These drugs are aimed at the certain area of the body, such as the cardiovascular system, the gut, the kidneys, etc. Though they have a primary area of action, they also affect other areas of the body. If these other effects are undesirable, they are known as adverse side effects.
Homeopathic medicines are not employed against any particular system or organ of the body. Rather, the Homeopathic remedy is chosen on the basis of the totality of symptoms of the patient and targets the patient as a whole.
Can diabetics take Homeopathic pills which contain sugar?
Yes, they can take as the amount of sugar in Homeopathic medicines is negligible. If necessary, medicines can be given in distilled water also.
Can pregnant females and neonates take Homeopathic pills?
Yes, they can take them as it is very safe even during pregnancy. You can verify this from Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Government of India.
Can Homeopathy treat anything and everything?
Like any other system of medicine, Homeopathy has its own limitations. By Homeopathy, any ailment-acute or chronic, local or general can be treated except the diseases where surgery is absolutely necessary. Furthermore, some so-called surgical diseases can also be treated by Homeopathy, like enlarged tonsils, nasal polyps, kidney stones, warts, piles, anal fissure/fistula, tumors of the uterus, ovary, breast etc.
Are Laboratory Investigations required for Homeopathic Treatment?
Although Homeopathic medicines are prescribed on the basis of symptoms of the patient, laboratory investigations are essential for the purpose of diagnosis, general management (viz. restricting sugar intake in case of Diabetes, high cholesterol diet in case of hypertension, use of collar in cervical spondylitis, change of lifestyle etc.) and for assessing the future course of the disease that is prognosis of the case. In certain cases, the laboratory investigations are also helpful in selection of medicines e.g., Worm infestations, Kidney/Gallbladder Stone, fracture etc.
Do Homeopathic Medicines have any expiry period?
There are no expiry dates of Homeopathic medicines. But the medicated globules may be rejected when their white colour changes. Freshly prepared Homeopathic medicines in alcohol have a strong smell which gradually diminishes with the passage of time. But some patients attribute it to be diminution of their efficacy and do not like to continue those odorless medicines.
This is a wrong notion, because the quality of the medicine, existing in dynamic form, remains unaltered. However, it is advisable to store Homeopathic medicines in a dry, cool, covered place away from strong sunlight and strong smelling substances.
Whether other medicines can be taken in emergency?
Yes. If a patient is under homeopathic treatment and an emergency arises, warranting immediate attention, the patient can take other non-Homeopathic medicines. Once the emergency condition is over, he can resume Homeopathic treatment after consulting his homeopathic physician.
Do homeopathic medicines contain steroids or are homeopaths using steroids?
NO, we do not use steroids as homeopathic medicines are strong enough to produce results, so it is not required.
One more thing, we need to understand is what are steroids and what do they do? Steroids cannot help in all kind of illnesses. It helps when there is an inflammatory reaction in some dermatological condition and in some joint problems and in aches & pains. It’s a life-saving drug which is used by allopathic pharmacopeia.
Whenever Homeopathy produces results in shorter duration than expected, the doubt arises in the mind of patients and respected fellow members from other fraternity also say & support the belief that Homeopaths are using steroids.
Last but not the least, if there is any doubt you can always check homeopathic medicines with UV ABSORPTION METHOD in the government laboratory.
Can Homeopathic treatment be taken with other ongoing treatments?
Yes, there is no interaction of homeopathic medicines with other therapeutic treatments like Allopathic and Ayurvedic.
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