1.Does it take a long time for a treatment to work?
Not Necessarily! In acute cases where there is a high fever, the right remedy can bring down the temperature by a degree within 30 minutes. Homeopathy can also be used as first aid to provide quick help in acute problems such as food poisoning, injuries, burns etc.
However, is a patient suffers from a chronic problem over a long period of time, it may take longer to regain good health.
- Is it safe for infants, pregnant women or lactating mothers?
Yes! Remedies when administered by qualified homeopaths are completely safe for everyone including pregnant women and babies. In fact difficulties during pregnancy and problems experienced by new borns can be treated effectively by Homeopathy without any side effect.
- Is Homeopathy safe to take with my other medications?
Yes! Homeopathy can be taken with other medication such as allopathy or ayurvedic.
- Does Homoeopathy remedy have any side effects?
No! Homoeopathy does not have any side effect as it is a natural remedy to cure diseases.
- Can I combine homoeopathy with allopathic treatment?
Yes, homoeopathy can complement allopathic treatment.If you have been taking allopathic medication for a long time, it is not advisable to stop immediately. In such cases, your homeopathic doctor will advise you to start homeopathic treatment alongside allopathy. As your condition improves, you may reduce the consumption of allopathic medicines gradually.
Clinical evidence shows that conventional medicine and homoeopathy work well together in treating certain disorders. One such research was conducted in Athens to check the compatibility of homeopathic and allopathic medicines in controlling diabetes. It was found that a group treated only with conventional medicine showed 47% improvement, while the one treated with allopathic and homeopathic medicine together showed an impressive 97% improvement.
- How often do I need to visit the homeopathic doctor during treatment?
For acute problems, you might have to visit your homeopathic doctor only once, as most acute illnesses get cured within a few days and with a few doses of medicine. However, for chronic problems, you might have to visit your homeopath more often. After the first consultation and diagnosis, our doctor will recommend a personalised treatment plan and ask you to return for a follow-up visit every month. This will last until your ailment gets completely cured.
- Is it true that homoeopathic medicines are only placebos (sugar pills) or psychological?
The ‘placebo effect’ can be described as a positive change seen after a medical treatment, which is solely caused by the patient’s psychological response to the treatment. After several clinical trials conducted to prove efficacy of homeopathic medicine, researchers have confirmed the healthy, healing benefits of homeopathy that went far beyond what could be explained purely by the placebo effect. Homeopathy acts in children, animals and also on plants. It shows effective results in infants too, even in conditions like abdominal colic. This would not have been possible if homeopathic remedies were placebos.
Additionally, with countless cured cases and satisfied patients, it is difficult to believe that homeopathy would have been so popular and successful in around 180 countries across the world for over 200 years with just a placebo effect.
- Are there homeopathic doctors with particular speciallity who only treat you for particular conditions like in conventional medicine?
Homoeopathic practice is never restricted to one type of illness or segment. A homeopath is trained to treat a wide variety of illnesses, right from common problems like sinusitis and allergic cough to more serious conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and even diseases like cancer. In the true sense, a homeopath is a multi-specialist.
- How can I find the right homeopathic doctor for my treatment?
You should know that a homeopath in India is not someone who has done a weekend or ‘six-week’ course in homeopathy. A professional homeopath has done a 4 or 5-year homeopathy course and has been certified by the governing body to practice homeopathy. There is one simple way to find out how experienced or highly trained your preferred homeopath is: check their credentials and, if possible, learn about the cases they have treated before. You can also talk to some of their patients regarding their experience and improvement in their medical condition after treatment.
- Can homeopathy treat all types of illnesses?
Homoeopathic medicine can provide relief in both acute as well as chronic illnesses. It provides quick and effective relief in acute ailments like fever, diarrhea, acute cold, cough, etc. It works well for child health problems related to memory, growth and immunity. Homeopathy offers relief to women’s health issues like PCOD, PMS, menopause, etc. It works well for hair loss, thyroid and obesity, and has proven to be effective in the treatment of chronic cases of skin disorders, arthritis, asthma, diabetes and many others. Thus, homeopathy provides a safe and effective cure for a majority of ailments, except those which need emergency care and surgery.
- Does homoeopathy believe in surgery?
Surgery is necessary in conditions where medicines have limited or no scope. There are a number of diseases which are labelled as ‘surgical’, where homeopathy works curatively and can even avoid surgery in some cases. Some examples of such ailments are septic recurrent tonsillitis, piles, some cases of appendicitis, certain cases of kidney stones, small-sized uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, warts, corns, etc.
Homeopathy has also worked well as a useful adjuvant therapy in post-operative care, or after surgical procedures like bypass surgery. The homeopathic medicine Arnica is a medicine of choice in such cases.
- Do homoeopathic medicines increase symptoms initially?
With the right homoeopathic remedy, symptoms might rarely get aggravated before the patient is cured. However, during the healing process, the strengthening of the body’s defence mechanism may sometimes cause the symptoms to worsen temporarily. This is a good sign that indicates the homeopathic medicine is working appropriately. Usually, such symptoms last only for a few hours to a few days, except for chronic cases where symptoms might last a bit longer.
Furthermore, most patients opt for homeopathic treatment only when other treatment methods like allopathy fail to provide relief. Allopathy believes in suppressing symptoms. Therefore, some cases might see an aggravation of symptoms as a result of past suppressive treatments that have pushed the disease into a deeper layer of the body.