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200 years ago and has been practiced in the United States since the early 19th century. Homeopathy is used for wellness and prevention and to treat many diseases and conditions.
HISTORY OF HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE DR. SAMUEL HAHNEMANN (1755–1843)
Born in Meissen, Saxony on April 10, 1755, He was born into a poor family and was taught early by his father never to learn passively but to question everything. Hahnemann became a Medical Doctor in 1791 and practiced conventional medicine for nine years until he discovered, quite by accident, that by ingesting repeated doses of Chinchona bark (to test Cullen‘s theory on the effectiveness of Chinchona in treating Malaria) he would develop the symptoms of malaria, which the bark was used to treat. Thus the discovery of the first law of homeopathy “Similia similibus curentur” happened. Hahnemann named this newfound therapy ―Homeo‖ (similar) ―Pathy‖ (suffering). He began conducting proving with many of the medicines used in allopathy but his methods were met with disbelief and ridicule by his contemporaries. Although his patients were experiencing profound cures which solidly verified his theories, Hahnemann was marked as an outcast because his method of single and minimum dosage was threatening the financial foundation of the powerful apothecaries. Hahnemann focused on reducing the dose to the point where there were no side effects but he was unsatisfied because this step further rendered the dose insufficient in strength to act. He experimented with a new method whereby after each dilution he would shake the substance vigorously. This he called “succussion” thus developing the energetic aspect of homeopathy. It is unknown how Hahnemann reasoned this (still scientifically unexplainable) method of “potentization”. In July 2, 1843 Hahnemann died, in Paris, at the age of 88.
CONSTANTINE HERING (1800-1880) Constantine Hering was born on January 1, 1800, in Oschatz Germany; Hering grew up in a religious household. He later became interested in, and studied, medicine at Leipzig University where his professor, Dr. Robbi, asked him to write a book disproving Hahnemann‘s recently published the ―Organon of Rational Medicine‖. Hering read Hahnemann‘s work, and immediately tested the claimed tenets on himself, as research for his anti–homeopathic critique. But instead of writing the negative review, he immediately quit the job and left the University to become one of the most influential proponents of homeopathy of all time. Hering graduated from the University of Leipzig (in 1826), writing his Doctoral Thesis on “De Medicina Futura” (The Medicine of the Future). Much to the chagrin of his professors, he confessed himself, unreservedly, to be a homeopath. Hering accidentally proved the remedy Lachesis while he was triturating the Bushmasters venom in his home–laboratory in Paramaribo. He was attempting to find an improved substitute for the cowpox inoculation that Jenner was developing in Britain, which Hering felt was extremely dangerous and very heavy–handed for homeopathy. His interest and experience with snake venom led him to surmise that the saliva of a rabid dog, or powdered smallpox scabs, or any other disease products, viruses, or venom‘s, might be prepared in the new Hahnemannian way to give a fail–safe method of curing disease. Hering began organizing his voluminous notes into his still popular classic ―The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica” the year before he died, in 1879, and it was completed by his students and published posthumously in 1891. Constantine Hering is widely known as ―The Father of American Homeopathy‖ and was profoundly revered by his contemporaries. JAMES TYLER KENT (1849–1916) James Tyler KentLittle is known about Kent‘s personal life as he was a very private man. Kent practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis where he first discovered, then converted to, homeopathy through the successful homeopathic treatment of his seriously ailing wife by Dr. Richard Phelan (a graduate of Hahnemann College). In 1888 Kent was invited to become a consulting Physician at a new ―All homeopathic‖ hospital in Philadelphia, there he founded his legendary Post–Graduate School. Kent was an avid Swedenborgian and proponent of high potencies (200–c and up), often prescribing the CM and MM potencies and inspiring the
―Kentians‖ with his belief that the homeopath must treat not only the patients physical body, but also the mental/emotional and spiritual elements simultaneously which required using the higher potencies. Kent‘s famous Repertory was more systematic and readable than its precursors and is still the popular choice today. Kent developed ―Pictures‖ of constitutional types of patients, i.e.: Sulphur as ―The ragged philosopher‖ etc. Later, his pupil, Margaret Tyler, developed this idea further in her book, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, and more recently Mr. Geroge Vithoulkas has developed his own profoundly insightful ―Essence pictures‖ along similar lines. The influence and popularity of Kent‘s interpretation of homeopathic philosophy has steadily increased around the world since his death. DEFINITION Homeopathy is a system of treating patients using very low dose preparations according to the principle ‗like should be cured with like‘. PRINCIPLES OF HOMEOPATHY The Law of Similars The law of Similars states that “a substance from nature that has the ability to cause a set of symptoms in a healthy person, can help those same symptoms in a sick person. The substance that produces the most similar symptoms will heal most effectively”. Hahnemann first discovered the Law of Similars during his experiment to discover why quinine (the active substance in today's antimalarial drugs), extracted from Peruvian Cinchona bark, cured malaria. Hahnemann took repeated doses of the extract himself to see what would happen. He developed periodic chills and fever, common symptoms of malaria. Based on his cinchona bark experiment along with other substances, he proposed that the reason cinchona bark can effectively treat malaria in sick individuals is because of its ability to produce malaria-like symptoms in healthy individuals.
Weaker is Stronger In order to accomplish healing without significant side effects, Hahnemann realized that the substance dose must be very small. He created small doses by repeatedly diluting the original substance in a water and alcohol mixture to remove the toxicity and create a safe, effective medicine. He learned to retain the effectiveness of the medicine and to actually make it stronger by performing a process of shaking the medicine, called succussion. He called the combined process of serial dilution and succussion potentization. Homeopaths commonly use medicines made with 30, 200, 1,000, or 10,000 dilutions, far exceeding the point at which molecules of the original substance should remain in the mixture. Single Remedy Homeopathy uses only a single remedy because of the single principle that guides homeopathic practice, the law of Similars. a homeopath gives only one single natural remedy that is individualized according to the client's pattern of symptoms. The homeopath treats the person not the disease. This means that ten client's with depression may need ten different homeopathic remedies based on their individual differences. The homeopathic remedy must match the symptom pattern to be effective. Unique treatment for unique individuals Homeopathy treats people, not diagnoses. There is a vast difference between behaviours, personalities, and characteristics of the many individuals that fall under the one diagnostic umbrella of depression. The homeopath seeks to understand the state of each individual. There are more than 2,000 homeopathic remedies; people will benefit most at any given time from the one specific remedy that best matches his symptoms. The homeopath conducts an extensive interview in which she delves into the specific behaviours, attitudes, beliefs and motivations of the individual. We ask about dreams, fears, physical symptoms, prenatal and birth history. When deciding on the remedy, this uniqueness gets most importance, than the common symptoms, i.e., in depression, hopelessness, lack of motivation, lack of joy are not given importance, but, desire for grapefruits, artichokes and pickles instead of sweets/candy or strong fear of knives or tornadoes is given due importance.
Source Plants, minerals and animal products Provings The secrets of the substances used in homeopathy are unlocked by experiments called 'provings'. In a proving, a substance unknown to participants or provers, is given in either a crude dose if its toxicity is not too great, or in a homeopathic dilution until they begin to develop symptoms. Provers record whatever happens to them physically, mentally and emotionally during the experiment. These records are carefully analyzed to determine the symptoms which that particular substance can produce and ultimately cure when made into a potentized homeopathic remedy. Controversies Regarding Homeopathy Homeopathy is a controversial area because a number of its key concepts are not consistent with established laws of science (particularly chemistry and physics). Critics think it is implausible that a remedy containing a miniscule amount of an active ingredient (sometimes not a single molecule of the original compound) can have any biological effect— beneficial or otherwise. For these reasons, critics argue that continuing the scientific study of homeopathy is not worthwhile. Others point to observational and anecdotal evidence that homeopathy does work and argue that it should not be rejected just because science has not been able to explain it. Side Effects and Risks Although the side effects and risks of homeopathic treatments are not well researched outside of observational studies, some general points can be made about the safety of these treatments: A systematic review found that homeopathic remedies in high dilution, taken under the Supervision of trained professionals, are generally considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.
Liquid homeopathic remedies may contain alcohol. The FDA allows higher levels of alcohol in these remedies than it allows in conventional drugs. However, no adverse effects from alcohol levels have been reported to the FDA. Homeopaths expect some of their patients to experience homeopathic aggravation (a temporary worsening of existing symptoms after taking a homeopathic prescription). Researchers have not found much evidence of this reaction in clinical studies; however, research on homeopathic aggravations is scarce. HOMEOPATHY AND MENTAL HEALTH DR. HAHNEMANN AND MENTAL HEALTH In the area of mental health Hahnemann was a pioneer. According to dates noted by Richard Haehl, Hahnemann started promulgating the humanistic treatment of the mentally ill in 1793. In 1796 Hahnemann wrote: "The physician in charge of such unhappy people (the insane) must, indeed have at his command an attitude which inspires respect but also creates confidence. He saw the human being having an integrated mind and body. HOMEOPATHY AND MENTAL HEALTH The first homeopathic hospital for the mentally ill was founded in Middletown, New York, in May 1874. According to the attending physicians "...did not require the use of the opiates, bromides or chloral hydrate in order to control the patients"(Stiles, 1875). At Hahnemann Hospital, in Philadelphia, Professor H.N Guernsey was one of the teachers of psychiatry, even though he was an Obstetrician. In 1866, in a paper on Hysteria, he presents a process of hysterical affections as a result of sexual or emotional conflicts, and hypothesis presented many years later by Freud. (Guernsey, 1866) Davidson and his colleagues conclude that homeopathy may be useful in the treatment of anxiety or depression, either as an adjunctive treatment or as a sole treatment of patients who specifically request it. Obviously, the clinician must weigh the risks and benefits of a homeopathic intervention especially in situations when there are demonstrably effective conventional treatments and when the patient is either acutely psychotic or suicidal.
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES IN THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDER Homeopaths use various remedies with apparently different biological actions. Some have acute symptomatology in its picture like Belladona, Hyosciamus, Stramonium and Veratrum album. In these, the symptoms appear soon after the remedy is ingested. Others so called slow acting remedies, like Natrum Muriaticum (Sodium Chloride), Silica, Phosphorus or Sepia (Cuttlefish Tincture), take longer time and repeated dosages in order to manifest their particular symptomatology and sphere of action. (Hahnemann's Organon, Par.221). ALCOHOLISM & HOMOEOPATHY
Symptoms/Problems For bad effects of excessive use of alcohol; tremors, delirium and gastric complaints, etc; irritable and nervous patient When patient cannot digest even small quantity of food without taking alcohol When patient becomes violent and talkative after prolonged use of alcohol For patients who drink in excess and have many fears in mind. Delirium tremens Patient becomes intoxicated after consuming small quantity of alcoholic drinks; especially old bachelors Usually constipated, stools hard; patient feels intoxicated with small quantity of alcoholic drinks For bad character who are wicked and jealous in nature and talk nonsense even before drinking Nuxvomica.30 or 200 4 hourly Remedy Frequency(doses)
Cannabis ind.30 or 200
Opium 200 or 1M
Lachesis 30 or 200
Delirium tremens - constant loquacious
Hyoscyamus 30 or 200
Delirium tremens - inflammatory; rush of blood towards head Delirium tremens - maniacal; hallucination, illusions and fear of dark Mental depression and tremors; tries to injure himself To create aversion to alcoholic drinks, water causes coldness in the stomach; water must be mixed with liquors For chronic drunkards with weak heart To take away craving for alcohol
Stramonium 200 or 1M
Cimicifuga 30 or 200
Stropanthus Q Quercus g-s.Q
4 hourly,10 drops 4 hourly,30-40 drops
To produce disgust for liquor Hereditary tendency(excessive desire)for alcoholic drinks If Angelica Q fails Desire to take alcoholic drinks instead of water For weak and nervous persons who are addicted to alcohol
Angelica Q Syphilinum 1M or 10M Camphor Q(SOS) Arsenic alb 30(SOS) Avena sat.Q
4 hourly, 10 drops weekly(12)
4 hourly, 5 drops 3 hourly 4 hourly,10 - 15 drops
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND HOMEOPATHY Homeopathic treatment of AD is an important option. The remedy alumina was discovered by the founder of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in 1829. Dr. Hahnemann found it highly effective in treating "Great weakness or loss of memory" and in cases where "Consciousness of personal identity is confused" Homeopathy is based on the principle that a substance which in relatively large amounts will cause a disease will, when given in infinitesimally small (homeopathic) amounts, cure that same disease. It is ironic that homeopaths knew over 150 years ago that homeopathic concentrations of aluminum oxide would cure symptoms of dementia while we are just now realizing that much larger amounts of aluminum may actually cause these symptoms.
Anacardium, Alumina, Baryta Carbonica, Baryta Aceticum, Conium, Secale cor are the homeopathic drugs used for Alzheimer‘s disease ANXIETY & HOMEOPATHY Aconitum napellus: A panic attack that comes on suddenly with very strong fear (even fear of death) may indicate this remedy. A state of immense anxiety may be accompanied by strong palpitations, shortness of breath, and flushing of the face. Sometimes a shaking experience will be the underlying cause. Strong feelings of anxiety may also occur when a person is just beginning to come down with a flu or cold. Argentum nitricum: This remedy can be helpful when anxiety develops before a big event: an exam, an important interview, a public appearance or social engagement. Dizziness and diarrhea may also be experienced. People who need this remedy are often enthusiastic and suggestible, with a tendency toward peculiar thoughts and impulses. They often crave sweets and salt (which usually make their symptoms worse). Arsenicum album: Anxious about their health, and extremely concerned with order and security, often benefit from this remedy. Obsessive about small details and very neat, they may feel a desperate need to be in control of everything. Panic attacks often occur around midnight or the very early hours of the morning. The person may feel exhausted yet still be restless—fidgeting, pacing, and anxiously moving from place to place. These people may also have digestive problems or asthma attacks accompanied by anxiety. Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is usually indicated for dependable, solid people who become overwhelmed from physical illness or too much work and start to fear a breakdown. Their thoughts can be muddled and confused when tired, which adds to the anxiety. Worry and bad news may agitate them, and a nagging dread of disaster (to themselves or others) may develop. Fear of
heights and claustrophobia are also common. A person who needs this remedy is often chilly and sluggish, has a craving for sweets, and is easily fatigued. Gelsemium: Feelings of weakness, trembling, and mental dullness (being ―paralyzed by fear‖) suggest a need for this remedy. It is often helpful when a person has stage-fright about a public performance or interview, or feels anxious before a test, a visit to the dentist, or any stressful event. Chills, perspiration, diarrhea, and headaches will often occur with nervousness. Fear of crowds, a fear of falling, and even a fear that the heart might stop are other indications for Gelsemium. Ignatia amara: A sensitive person who is anxious because of grief, loss, disappointment, criticism, loneliness (or any stressful emotional experience) may benefit from this remedy. A defensive attitude, frequent sighing, and mood swings are other indications. The person may burst unexpectedly into either tears or laughter. Headaches that feel like a nail driven into the side of the head, and cramping pains in the abdomen or back, are often seen when this remedy is needed. Kali phosphoricum: When a person has been exhausted by overwork or illness and feels a deep anxiety and inability to cope, this remedy may help. The person is jumpy and oversensitive, and may be startled by ordinary sounds. Hearing unpleasant news or thinking of world events can aggravate the problems. Insomnia and an inability to concentrate may develop, increasing the sense of nervous dread. Eating, warmth, and rest often bring relief. Headaches, backaches, and nervous digestive upsets are often seen when this remedy is needed. Lycopodium: Individuals likely to respond to this remedy feel anxiety from mental stress and suffer from a lack of confidence. They can be self-conscious and feel intimidated by people they perceive as powerful (yet may also swagger or be domineering toward those with whom they feel more comfortable). Taking on responsibility can cause a deep anxiety and fear of failure,
although the person usually does well, once started on a task. Claustrophobia, irritability, digestive upsets with gas and bloating, and a craving for sweets are often seen when this remedy is needed. Natrum muriaticum: Deep emotions and a self-protective shyness can make these people seem reserved, aloof, and private. Even when feeling lonely, they tend to stay away from social situations, not knowing what to say or do. (Inhibitions sometimes leave completely if they turn to alcohol, which makes them feel embarrassed afterwards.) Easily hurt and offended, they can brood, bear grudges, dwell on unhappy feelings, and isolate themselves—refusing consolation even when they want it. However, they are often sympathetic listeners to other people‘s problems. Claustrophobia, anxiety at night (with fears of robbers or intruders), migraines, and insomnia are often seen when this remedy is needed. Phosphorus: People who need this remedy are openhearted, imaginative, excitable, easily startled, and full of intense and vivid fears. Strong anxiety can be triggered by thinking of almost anything. Nervous and sensitive to others, they can overextend themselves with sympathy to the point of feeling exhausted and ―spaced out‖ or even getting ill. They want a lot of company and reassurance, often feeling better from conversation or a back-rub. Easy flushing of the face, palpitations, thirst, and a strong desire for cold, refreshing foods are other indications for Phosphorus. Pulsatilla: People who need this remedy often express anxiety as insecurity and clinginess, with a need for constant support and comforting. The person may be moody, tearful, whiny, and even emotionally childish. (Pulsatilla is a very useful remedy for children.) Getting too warm or being in a stuffy room often increases anxiety. Fresh air and gentle exercise often bring relief. Anxiety around the time of hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause) often is helped with Pulsatilla.
Silicea: People who need this remedy are capable and serious, yet are also nervous, shy, and subject to bouts of temporary loss of confidence. Anxiety can be extreme when they are faced with a public appearance, interview, examination, or any new job or task. Worry and overwork can bring on headaches, difficulty concentrating, and states of exhaustion, oversensitivity, and dread. Responsible and diligent, they often overreact and devote attention to tiny details— making their worries (and their work) more difficult. They often have low stamina and come down with colds, sore throats, or other illnesses after working hard or being under stress. DEPRESSION AND HOMOEOPATHY Arsenicum album: Anxious, insecure, and perfectionist people who need this remedy may set high standards for themselves and others and become depressed if their expectations are not met. Worry about material security sometimes borders on despair. When feeling ill, these people can be demanding and dependent, even suspicious of others, fearing their condition could be serious. Aurum metallicum: This remedy can be helpful to serious people, strongly focused on work and achievement, who become depressed if they feel they have failed in some way. Discouragement, self-reproach, humiliation, and anger can lead to feelings of emptiness and worthlessness. The person may feel worse at night, with nightmares or insomnia. Calcarea carbonica: A dependable, industrious person who becomes overwhelmed from too much worry, work, or physical illness may benefit from this remedy. Anxiety, fatigue, confusion, discouragement, self-pity, and a dread of disaster may develop. A person who needs this remedy often feels chilly and sluggish and easily tires on exertion. Causticum: A person who feels depressed because of grief and loss (either recent or over time) may benefit from this remedy. Frequent crying or a feeling of mental dullness and forgetfulness (with anxious checking to see if the door is locked, if the stove is off, etc.) are other indications. People who need this remedy are often deeply sympathetic toward others and, having a strong sense of justice, can be deeply discouraged or angry about the world.
Cimicifuga: A person who needs this remedy can be energetic and talkative when feeling well, but upset and gloomy when depressed—with exaggerated fears (of insanity, of being attacked, of disaster). Painful menstrual periods and headaches that involve the neck are often seen when this remedy is needed. Ignatia amara: Sensitive people who suffer grief or disappointment and try to keep the hurt inside may benefit from this remedy. Wanting not to cry or appear too vulnerable to others, they may seem guarded, defensive, and moody. They may also burst out laughing, or into tears, for no apparent reason. A feeling of a lump in the throat and heaviness in the chest with frequent sighing or yawning are strong indications for Ignatia. Insomnia (or excessive sleeping), headaches, and cramping pains in the abdomen and back are also often seen. Kali phosphoricum: If a person feels depressed after working too hard, being physically ill, or going through prolonged emotional stress or excitement, this remedy can be helpful. Exhausted, nervous, and jumpy, they may have difficulty working or concentrating—and become discouraged and lose confidence. Headaches from mental effort, easy perspiration, and sensitivity to cold, anemia, insomnia, and indigestion are often seen when this remedy is needed. Natrum carbonicum: Individuals who need this remedy are usually mild, gentle, and selfless—making an effort to be cheerful and helpful and avoiding conflict whenever possible. After being hurt or disappointed, they can become depressed, but keep their feelings to themselves. Even when feeling lonely, they withdraw to rest or listen to sad music, which can isolate them even more. Nervous and physically sensitive (to sun, to weather changes, and to many foods, especially milk), they may also get depressed when feeling weak or ill. Natrum muriaticum: People who need this remedy seem reserved, responsible, and private—yet have strong inner feelings (grief, romantic attachment, anger, or fear of misfortune) that they rarely show. Even though they want other people to feel for them, they can act affronted or angry if someone tries to console them, and need to be alone to cry. Anxiety, brooding about past grievances, migraines, back pain, and insomnia can also be experienced when the person is depressed. A craving for salt and tiredness from sun exposure are other indications for this remedy.
Pulsatilla: People who need this remedy have a childlike softness and sensitivity—and can also be whiny, jealous, and moody. When depressed, they are sad and tearful, wanting a lot of attention and comforting. Crying, fresh air, and gentle exercise usually improve their mood. Getting too warm or being in a stuffy room can increase anxiety. Depression around the time of hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause) can often be helped with Pulsatilla. Sepia: People who feel weary, irritable, and indifferent to family members, and worn out by the demands of everyday life may respond to this remedy. They want to be left alone and may respond in an angry or cutting way if anyone bothers them. They often feel better from crying, but would rather have others keep their distance and not try to console them or cheer them up. Menstrual problems, a sagging feeling in internal organs, sluggish digestion, and improvement from vigorous exercise are other indications for this remedy. Staphysagria: Quiet, sensitive, emotional people who have difficulty standing up for themselves may benefit from this remedy. Hurt feelings, shame, resentment, and suppressed emotions can lead them to depression. If under too much pressure, they can sometimes lose their natural inhibition and fly into rages or throw things. A person who needs this remedy may also have insomnia (feeling sleepy all day, but unable to sleep at night), toothaches, headaches, stomachaches, or bladder infections that are stress-related. HOMOEOPATHY PROS AND CONS THE PROS To prescribe a homoeopathic medicine, a physician has to know not only the dynamics of the disease but also should have an in-depth understanding of the patient‘s nature, his lifestyle, emotions and habits. The homeopath aims at individualizing the patient. The remedy, which is prescribed, acts as a catalyst and stimulates the body‘s own healing mechanism, to ward off the disease. This system stands out in the following ways:
Homoeopathic medicine is prepared from natural ingredients. It is not the chemical component of a drug, which is acting on a human body, but the curing quantum of the drug. So, these medicines are truly safe for pregnant women,
infants and even the most delicate constitutions. Unlike the conventional system of medicine, which works by suppressing the immune system and killing the pathogens, Homoeopathy works in harmony with the immune system of the body.
Conventional systems sometimes fail to identify the cause of the disease even with their finest tools of diagnosis and are unable to offer adequate treatment. Whereas, Homoeopathy has treatment even for un-diagnosable diseases because medicines are not prescribed just on the basis of the disease, but the complete picture of the patient.
This system of medicine believes that a disease is like a tree with its roots spread deep inside the earth. When we cut a tree, it grows back again because its roots are intact. Similarly just treating the symptoms of the disease does not cure a patient unless the root cause is treated. Homoeopathy has the power to treat the most fundamental existing unit of the body and ensures a cure in the true sense.
In some cases, it can save the patient from the surgeon‘s knife. For e.g. nasal polyps and recurrent tonsil infections require surgical intervention, but Homoeopathy has the potential to cure these problems.
Owing to various specialization fields in Allopathy, the physician fails to see the patient as a whole. This leaves the patients confused in the midst of specialists. For e.g. IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disease of the intestine, but has a psychosomatic origin so the patient needs treatment from both a gastroenterologist and psychologist. On the other hand, a homoeopathic physician is trained to see and analyze the complete picture. This puts the patient at ease since he is to be treated only by one doctor.
Allopathic medicines are tried and tested on animals, whereas the power of Homoeopathic medicine has been established by healthy human beings. This gives the system a more humanitarian approach.
Homoeopathic medicines are FDA approved and quite cost-effective.
Homoeopathy believes that the seat of any disease lies in the mind. It works very well in psychological as well as psychiatric cases. The medicines have a great influence on the mental state.
It is very effective at preventing a disease or treating hereditary problems. In cases of incurable or terminal cases, it eases the patient‘s problems in a gentle way to provide relief.
It works to re-establish the harmony of body, mind and spirit.
THE CONS Nothing is perfect. And just like any other science, it has its own strengths and weaknesses. The drawbacks of this system of medicine are:
Homoeopathic case taking is a long and tedious process and eliciting the right information from the patient may be even more challenging. So if the physician does not frame the question properly or if the patient interprets the question in a different way, then the answer might prove to be misleading. This may lead to a wrong prescription, prolonging the period of treatment.
The homoeopathic remedy is decided on the basis of the overall picture analysis of the patient. For e.g. if a patient wants to be treated for a cough, there is nothing like a cough medicine in Homoeopathy. Whichever medicine suits the total framework of the patient is prescribed. Hence the physician should be well trained and should have the skill and dedication to trace the right medicine.
Homoeopathy has its limitations in cases where irreversible, pathological changes have occurred. For e.g. Hernia is not treatable by Homoeopathy. But if the physician fails to identify the non-treatable cases, it will just lead to a worsening of the patient‘s condition.
In some chronic cases, Homoeopathy may take a long time to show results, which may test the patience of both patient and the doctor.
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Encyclopaedia; 2002 5. National centre for complementary and alternative medicine,
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