Myths & Facts
1) Myth: Homoeopathy is slow to act
The action of Homeopathic medicines solely depends on the disease condition. For e.g. acute cases like tonsillitis, neuralgias, colic etc. the action of the remedy selected is equally fast. However, the general feeling that Homeopathy works slow may be due to the fact that the cases most often seen by Homeopaths are usually of long standing duration or chronic in nature. In other words a patient for e.g. suffering from initial symptoms of arthritis seldom opts for Homeopathic treatment early and is seen when the disease progresses significantly, which then can only be palliated.
2) Myth: Homeopathy is not for first aid
Homeopathy works wonder in cases of sprains and strains, concussions, minor cuts and wounds, burns and scalds, sunburn, bites and stings, blisters, toothache, bleeding hemorrhoids, hiccoughs etc.
3) Myth: There is Nothing in Homeopathic Medicines
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by a method of serial dilution. We, like most other Homeopathic practitioners, most often use centesimal. or C, dilutions. These have been diluted one part mother tincture to 99 parts water or alcohol. A 30 potency has gone through this process thirty times; a 200C two hundred times, a IM one thousand times, and a 10M ten thousand times. We agree that there is nothing chemical or physiological in a potency higher than 800, however there is some kind of pattern of the original substance that remains. What exactly this pattern is has been argued widely, but the most promising theory to date has to do with water holding memory. When tested by nuclear magnetic resonance or chromatography, each medicine and each potency of that medicine is distinct and unique. So, although each Homeopathic medicine is infused into sugar pills and look and taste identical, each has its own particular pattern and properties.
4) Myth: Homeopathy Doesn't Work
This is what the people, who have never tried Homeopathy says . While it is true that an incorrectly prescribed Homeopathic medicine may have no effect whatsoever on the symptoms, an accurate prescription can have definite, sometimes dramatic results. We and many other Homeopaths not only take detailed notes during the Homeopathic interview (even attempting to record the interview verbatim), but, with permission, may videotape patient interviews. We challenge anyone who dismisses Homeopathy out of hand and insists it has no efficacy to watch these before and after videos. We have been treating patients day in and day out and witness the positive results of Homeopathy regularly. We are the first to admit that we may not understand how Homeopathy works but, nevertheless, it does.
5) Myth: I've Tried Homeopathy and It Doesn't Work For Me
We have heard this complaint a number of times. First, much of what people mistakenly consider to be Homeopathy is herbal tinctures or other therapies that have nothing at all to do with Homeopathic treatment. It is a simple matter of confusion. Second, some say Homeopathy is not effective for them because they've only tried self-prescribed combination or low-potency medicines. Although not everyone can be helped by any therapy, the likelihood that you as an individual can be helped with Homeopathy if you continue treatment with a competent Homeopath for at least one year is very high. The cutting edge of Homeopathy is getting sharper by the month due to a plethora of new provings and breakthroughs, so it is worth giving Homoeopathy a try.
6) Myth: Homeopathy doesn’t Work for Infections
This is a common misconception that we face regularly in practice, especially since we treat so many children. Once a patient is diagnosed with an "infection," be it a sinus infection, vaginal infection, mastitis, or a dental abscess, he or she is likely to spring for the magic antibiotic bullet. When used appropriately, antibiotics can be a lifesaver. When overused, they can lead to antibiotic resistance.In our practice; we find that Homeopathy works for infections a good 90% of the time. If we have a patient with rapidly progressing pneumonia or a cellulitis with red streaks up the extremity or a deep infection threatening bone, of course we refer immediately for antibiotics. But in a general Homeopathic family practice, these are by far the exception, not the rule.
7) Myth: Homeopathy May Be Okay for Minor Problems but Not Serious Ones
Homeopathy shines in chronic, as well as acute and in severe, as well as minor, physical, mental, and emotional disease. We have seen tremendous results in patients with longstanding suicidal depression, intractable pain, and lifelong physical complaints. Although patients taking a collection of conventional medications may not present a clear enough symptom picture to find an excellent Homeopathic match, a longstanding history of symptomatology is no impediment to successful Homeopathic treatment. In India entire Homeopathic hospitals are devoted to care of the most serious illnesses.
8) Myth: Homoeopathy and Modern Medicines cannot work together
Both Homoeopathy and modern medicines in fact can be quite complementary to eachother. In conditions such as hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid Disorders etc which are infact the only manageable disorders, people are made to take the modern medicines lifelong. In such conditions, Homoeopathy can be taken sidelong to reduce the side- effects and also to keep the condition stable.
9) Myth: Homoeopathy cannot be used in Diabetic patients
Diabetic patients can effectively use Homoeopathy. The fact is, it doesn’t matter taking minute amount of sugar globules or tablets on daily basis. Sugar intake in the daily diet is significantly higher than that taken by a few globules. The dilution may be well preferred taken as drops in water or over lactose in very severe cases.
10) Myth: Homoeopathy Medicines have side effects
No, many conventional medicines attempt to suppress symptoms without allowing the body to heal itself, sometimes resulting in harmful side effects. Instead of suppressing symptoms, Homeopathy gently works with the body to stimulate balance or healing. Also, since Homeopathic medicines have no side effects, this reduces the percentage of iatrogenic (doctor-induced) diseases.