FAQ'S

Homeopathy is a type of medical treatment discovered by a German Doctor an MD physician Dr Samuel Hahnemann in the year 1790.

Samuel Hahnemann was a practitioner of Allopathic treatment method which is now called "Modern medicine".

During his allopathic practice he experienced that -
Treatments given to patients were inhuman and cruel, which used to cause lot of pain and suffering to the patients rather than curing them;

Medicines were given in large doses and had many side effects;
Medicines used to suppress the disease and some new disease or problem used to come up;

Many medicines were combined and given whose effects were not known and these also produced many side effects;

Medicines used, were used empirically without any clinical experiments and if experiments were conducted then they were on animals.

So Hahnemann wanted medicines to be -
● very safe and gentle in action;
● have no side effects;
● acts fast / rapidly;
● give curative results;
● non habit forming;

Hahnemann was not happy with the type of allopathic practice in his time, he closed his practice and resorted to translation of medical books from different languages in to German.

During one of these translations he came across the ability of peruvian bark [quinine] to cure malaria. He was not convinced with the explanation given of why it cures malaria. So to know the reason, he started drinking about 4 oz of juice of peruvian bark and in 1 -2 days he started experiencing the symptoms similar to that of malaria like chill, fever and sweat developing in him. He stopped the juice and these symptoms stopped; so to re test this effect, after few days he again started taking the juice and again he developed these symptoms resembling malaria.

From this it dawned on him that probably every substance has a sick causing property, i.e. every substance can cause symptoms of sickness in a person. So he further thought that if this substance is given to the sick person who comes with similar symptoms then it could cure those symptoms. He started testing or proving various medicines on himself and others. The symptoms produced were recorded in detail. He started giving these tested / proved medicines on people who had similar symptoms and to his astonishment he saw them to be cured of their diseases.

So he concluded that every substance has sick causing property and when given to the sick with similar symptoms then same substance cures.

Homoeopathy is currently used in over 100 countries. It has legal recognition as an individual system of medicine in 42 countries and is recognized as a part of complementary and alternative medicine in 28 countries. [WHO 2001]

The WHO states that Homeopathy is the second most used medical system internationally, with over 1 Billon USD in expenditures for such therapy.

A federally funded survey in 2007 found that in the previous year (2006) nearly 5 million Americans used homeopathic remedies, Washington Post, 27 Oct 2009.

According to the National Center for Homeopathy, sales of homeopathic remedies in the US are over $300 million and are increasing by 12% per year. National drugstore chains carry homeopathic products and the number of professional practitioners in the US has increased from 200 in the 1970s to 3,000 today. (Stehlin, 1996).

The British Royal Family has been under homeopathic care since 1820.
India is the world leader in Homeopathy, with about 100,000 registered Homeopathic Doctors.

Over 100 million people in India depend solely on this form of medical care.

2012: ASSOCHAM [The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India] says that homeopathy Industry is likely to be Rs. 4,600 crores [about 1 billion USD] and by 2017,homeopathy market to Touch Rs 52,000 crore [about 12 billion USD]

Countries where Homeopathy is practiced :

USA;
New Zealand;
Argentina;
Malaysia;
South Africa;
Hungary;
Switzerland;
Portugal;
Chile;
Sudan;
Mozambique;

Canada;
Germany;
India;
France;
Austria;
Russia;
Belgium;
Brazil;
Uruguay;
Israel;
Mexico;

England;
Australia;
Israel;
Sweden;
Denmark;
Poland;
Holland;
Cuba;
Egypt;
Italy;
Columbia; etc...

It is due to the way they are prepared.
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by method called Potentisation or Dynamisation. Potentization is a process by which the medicinal properties which are latent in natural substances in their crude state become activated and can be utilised for curative purposes. Potentization is done through successive processes of dilution and succussion for liquid or soluble substances, and trituration for insoluble or dry substances.

Advantages of potentization:
Crude medicinal substance is reduced and is replaced by the dynamic properties of the substance so unwanted side effects are prevented.

Medicinal substance is diluted and with every dilution it is vigorously shaken [succussion] to liberate its medicinal energy.
Because of this dilution the quantity of raw substance reduces to a great extent and so chances of side effects become negligible.

In other words the effect of crude medicinal substance is replaced by effect of dynamic medicinal energy.

Homeopathic medicines are most commonly derived from following:
Plants e.g. Belladonna, Calendula, Arnica Montana, Nux Vomica, Echinaceae, etc
Minerals e.g. Sulphur, phosphorus, magnesium carb, calcium carbonate, etc
Animal e.g. poison of snake, scorpion, spider, honeybee sting, etc
Nosodes e.g.[disease tissue / bacteria / etc] tuberculinum, carcinosin, streptococcinum,
Sarcodes e.g.[healthy tissues] thyroid, pituitary, ovary,

The homeopath needs to know every minutest detail about patient, which characterizes patient, he needs to understand patient, his nature, his complaints and his disturbed mental and emotional state in order to reach to the core of his case. Any peculiar habit that he has, his past medical history, about his childhood details, any thing and everything about him will help the physician to help him. So if patient gives an honest and correct history to the homeopath, he can assess the case accurately. Anything that patient confides in the homeopath will be strictly confidential.

Homeopathic medicines stimulats the body's own healing power or defence system or immune system. This stimulus assists the body / system in clearing itself of any toxins which cause imbalance.
Thus in a way it tries to strengthen and makes the immune system healthy.

Yes. Homeopaths usually undergo an extensive study encompassing the detailed and thorough study of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Preventive and Social Medicine [Community Medicine].

There is no condition that Homeopathy cannot be useful in. Conditions from a simple cold to cancer can be treated with Homeopathy. Any diseases of respiratory, digestive, urinary, genital systems, diseases of blood, bones, muscles, hormones, prostate, thyroid, eyes, ears, sinus, head, mind, brain; allergies, tumors, autoimmune, etc. etc... can be treated.

In incurable cases homeopathy will prove to be a very good palliative and will improve the pain and discomfort of the patient.

Homoeopathy has very good role in female problems like dysmenorrhoea, menstrual irregularities, pre menstrual tension, leucorrhoea, menopausal problems, sexual complaints, etc? Homeopathy in addition with diet and regimen can help in loosing or gaining weight.

In cases where surgery is inevitable [like stones, piles, fissure, hernia, tumors, fibroids, etc..] there is always a chance of recurrence of the problem, Homeopathy will help in avoidance of recurrence. Homeopathic medicines when used before and after surgery help to reduce anxiety, reduce blood loss during surgery, prevent post surgical complications, etc.

In Injuries [recent or old] Homeopathy has medicines having very good effect. Many people have their problems due to injuries they had long past, these problems can be solved by Homeopathic medicines. In cases of fracture of bones Homeopathic medicines can help in early bone formation thus help fast healing.

Homeopathy is based on the philosophy that the body, mind and emotions are not really separate and distinct, but are actually fully integrated. Prolonged emotional stress can cause physical problems, like upset stomach, difficulty in digesting foods, poor assimilation, weaker immune system, sleeplessness, etc. The opposite is also true. Illness and physical problems can result in anxiety or emotional uneasiness. Therefore, it is important for a homeopath to conduct an in-depth interview of a patient to ensure a proper, all encompassing remedy.

Most of the times the patient comes for homeopathic treatment after suffering for a long time from illness, and many times he comes after trying all types of treatment which he could take help from, and as a last resort of trying if homeopathy can help him. Therefore the treatment takes time. In fact if a patient seeks homoeopathic treatment at the onset of an ailment, he stands great chances of a really quick recovery. For e.g. if "X" is suffering from bronchial asthma and he is suffering for the last 14 years and has been to various systems of medicine. Now if you give him homeopathy and say in 2 years time the patient is completely alright Does this mean it is taking long time?

Homoeopathy is in fact fast acting in acute conditions such as pains, earaches, migraine, fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, etc.

Another point to mention it depends what we want to achieve cure or suppression. Suppression, which is most commonly seen with modern medicine, is very easy and quickly achieved, BUT Cure, which means to treat the disease from its roots is not an easy task and is also time consuming.

  • Safe and gentle; for infants, elderly, and during pregnancy
  • No side effects, non-addictive and highly effective
  • Can be used safely with conventional medicine/prescription meds
  • The remedies are all made from natural substances
  • Revitalizes the body's natural healing power and immune system
  • Reduces susceptibility and strengthens your body's defense against future illness

Homeopathic medicines are prepared by a process of serial dilutions and trituration of the medicinal substance, by which the curative property [healing energy] is liberated and this curative property of the medicine is further processed to finally result into medicine. Due to these processes the property of the medicinal substance to produce side effects is lost. It is observed that if a homeopathic medicine is consumed by someone by mistake, even if in large quantity, there are no side effects noted.

This beneficial aspect of homeopathic medicine is reported by some ignorant people as placebo effect. But when the same medicine is given according to the rules of homeopathy, then it acts as the best curative.

Try not to handle the tablets.
Take them from the container into the cap or other receptacle, and then drop them into the mouth. Allow tablets to dissolve slowly in the mouth, or under the tongue - suck or chew it, but do not swallow with water (For babies, tablets may be crushed and dissolved in mothers milk or water.)
Avoid eating, drinking anything, using toothpaste, smoking, or taking any other medication for twenty [20] minutes before and after taking a homoeopathic remedy.
Keep medicines away from strong smells (eg perfume), bright light, sun light, heat..

Homeopathic medicines start its action while in mouth, by coming in contact with nerves and blood vessels in mouth. So it is advisable to keep mouth as empty and clean as possible, to avoid any hindrance in absorption of medicines.

We do not advise the use of homoeopathy together with other medicines because if you take them together, we don't know how to evaluate your progress. We will not come to know with which you are better.

When patient is on long term / continued allopathic treatment, sudden withdrawal or stoppage can cause severe rebound phenomenon in some cases Such patients should not stop the medicines which he has been taking. It should be tapered gradually once the patient is improving but this should be done in consultation with the treating doctor or health care practitioner. In some cases where the other medicine cannot be discontinued, they can be taken with Homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines do not interact with any other medicines, so it is safe to use them along with other medicines. Most of the acute conditions are handled well with homoeopathy but in some exceptional conditions, we do advice the patient to take other treatment.

Yes, they can take.
This is one of the most common question asked because all homeopathic medicines are sweet in taste.

But if you evaluate - One weeks dosage of Homeopathic medicines will amount to 1 table spoon of sugar only which is a very small amount compared to the usual sugar intake normally in daily diet (Approximately the quantity of sugar consumed with 1 cup of tea is same as being consumed by entire week of Homeopathic medication). The patient also has an option of taking the medicines in liquid form. Besides this, homeopathic pills are composed of lactose that is not harmful even for diabetes.

The time taken for the cure is proportionate to the chronicity of the ailment. In fact if a patient seeks homoeopathic treatment at the onset of an ailment / problem / disease, he stands great chances of a really quick recovery. Also in acute illnesses homoeopathic medicines act fast and effectively.

For e.g. if "X" is suffering from bronchial asthma and he is suffering for the last 14 years and taking medicines which relieve his complaints but do not completely remove the problem so that he can stop taking the medicines. So the person has to take medicines all the time. Now if you give him homeopathy and say in 2 or 4 years time the patient is completely alright and can stop all medicines and still is free from the disease. Then I would call this quick recovery. Because if he did not take homeopathic treatment then he would not be free from disease.

All the parts and organs of the body work in unison and if one part or organ is diseased the other part or organ is also affected. And since homoeopathy is a holistic science, it also has the same view and so we do not give separate medicine for complaints of head, nose, ears, throat, etc. We give one single medicine which affects the patient as a whole and removes all his troubles. A single remedy is usually chosen on the basis of holistic approach which treats different complaints of the same person. In some cases there may arise a need to give extra medicines.

Sometimes when the homoeopathic treatment is given there is seen that the complaint has increased, this is because:

- Normally the patients are advised to stop ointment applications for their skin complaints when they come for having the skin complaint treated. These ointments suppress the skin complaint and prevent the symptoms to be manifested. Patients themselves say that the skin problem is better till they use the ointment, if they dont apply then the problem increases.

- Many times homeopathic medicines are used after many years of suffering and due to this the disease also goes into various changes and suppressions . When the disease is treated, in order to have curative effect, these suppressed problems have to be also removed.

So patients experience some symptoms which they call aggravation.

This type of situation is seen when a chronic disease is being treated. Often during treatment, there may be some acute problem like throat infection, cold, diarrhoea, vomiting, etc but these may be a way of the body to throw out the toxins, so we advice that these should be reported to the homeopath immediately, so that he can give proper advice and can analyse the effect of the medicine he has given. Do not worry, but communicate and follow the advice. May be it is one of the old suppressed problem being thrown out by the body in order to cure the main disease. Patients are not aware about it but the homeopath is trained to take care of these situations.

Whenever a person's immunity goes down, he becomes prone to various allergies and infections. At that time, our body in order to cause minimum damage always tries to restrict the problem to the most external and the least important part of the body usually the skin, but most of us apply ointment and believe that it is cured which is not so. The problem only gets pushed inside to a deeper organs like lungs, kidneys, liver, etc. to cause serious disease like asthma, nephritis, hepatitis, etc.

During the homoeopathic treatment, very often when the chronic trouble in deeper organ improves, we see that the person feels better overall and his skin shows some or the other problem which could be eczema or ringworm or boils. We know that this is the only way his chronic problem can finally go.

This depends on the illness as well as the other individual characteristics of your case. In general, a slowly developing or long-standing complaint takes longer to cure than an acute one. Remember that homoeopathy aims to cure both the cause of your illness as well as its symptoms, so be patient.

No, homeopathic remedies will not interfere with other forms of treatment and they are safe to take with prescription drugs. You will never be asked to discontinue taking your prescription medications. However, as your health improves with treatment you may feel as though you no longer need the same dosage of your prescription medication. It is at this time that you should discuss this with your family doctor. Never stop taking a prescription medication without doing this first.

Homeopathic remedies and treatments are successfully used by parents for their babies and children for ailments such as colic, teething, fevers, throat infections, pains and some infections, emotional and psychological disturbances, genetic disorders, etc.

There are many veterinarians using homeopathic medicines to treat domestic pets such as cats, dogs and birds, as well as barnyard animals like goats, horses and cows.

Homeopathic medicines are also given to plants and have shown beneficial effects. And homeopathic medicines have also been seen effective in patients who are unconscious, comatose or those who cannot be consulted psychologically.

Is it possible to have a placebo effect or psychological effect with, infants, unconscious or comatose patients, animals?
Millions of people across the world use and rely on homeopathic remedies.

Yes. It is possible that sometimes some patients do not respond to treatment given by a homeopath. There are many areas where the problem may arise, like the history given by patient is not sufficient or not complete , or it can be the way medicine is being taken by patients, or precautions that are to be taken with taking medicines, or regularity of taking medicines as per instructions of the homeopath, or the homeopath is not able to understand the patient due to some reasons, etc. So if you are not helped by a Homeopath then other homeopath can help you. I suggest you should approach another homeopath for sure.

Yes, Homeopathy can usually help any kind of problem but difficult to say in a curative or palliative way. A physician of any system of medicine can comment on what that system has to offer to the patient. So even if a patient is said NO for treatment by one system of medicine, there is always a way in some other treatment method.

This is the best proof of homeopathic medicines being harmless, safe, and produce no side effect.

There were a group of people who took random homeopathic medicines and showed that these medicines do not have any effect and they are placebos. Why this happened? Why did the medicine they took did not show the effect?

Explanation to this :

1] Homeopathy is basically an individualistic science, meaning, in Homeopathy a patient is considered as an individual. So for homeopathy five patients suffering from same disease are five different patients requiring five different medicines depending on their individual constitution, whereas in modern medicine and other treatment systems they are five patients suffering from same disease require same medicine.

2] Homeopathic medicines, due to the way they are prepared, only affect people who are sensitive to, in others they dont show effect. Sensitivity to these medicines is only established if the constitution of the person is understood. For example, if a normal healthy person eats a bowl of sugar then he will hardly have any side effects from it, but if a diabetic patient eats a bowl of sugar he is likely to have side effects. This means the normal person is not sensitive to sugar but a diabetic patient is sensitive. So would you say that sugar is a placebo?

3] There is a specific process or method to know how the homeopathic medicines produce effects or symptoms which is called drug proving. If the same people who did the experiment of taking homeopathic medicines by themselves, if they did this under supervision of a homeopath then they will experience the effects homeopathic medicines. But this will also be so mild that they will not be troubled by them much.

To conclude, from our experience, homeopathic medicines are definitely very safe, can be taken at any age and both sexes, and definitely NOT PLACEBO.

Imagine the results obtained in millions of patients and even in animals, plants, all these cannot be placebo effects and specially in cases of advanced pathology, severe pains, tumors, ulcers, and others can a person with sane mind think that a placebo can cure these?

Against this I wish to say that personally I would first go for that medication which has no side effects rather than to take that which produces 2 more problems to deal with.

This question is often posed by some patients during the course of a consultation. The answer is a definite 'no'. Homoeopaths of integrity and commitment to their profession do not use cortisone, and in fact have no need to. There are wonderful medicines in homeopathy which can be used for all kinds of diseases with equally wonderful results then why would a homeopath use an immunosuppressive medicine as steroid.

This question arises when the effects produced by the indicated medicines begin very quickly and relieves the patient of his sufferings rapidly. Where as it is believed that homeopathic medicines are slow in its action. So when they show their action very fast, then this type of question is raised.