Myths About Homeopathy
Among the many myths, the biggest amongst all is the false notion of homeopathic treatment being a slow treatment. Is homeopathic treatment really slow ? How slow is homeopathy? It’s a question that every homeopath has to answer a million times a during his lifetime.
The real answer is that it is as slow or fast as the nature gets. To understand this, one has to understand the basic principle underlying homeopathy . Homeopathic medicines work on the principle of like cures like. This means that a similar impression like that of the disease is given to the body in the from of medicine . This in turn incites a small reaction in the body which fights the disease. In simpler terms, it means that homeopathic medicines stimulate body’s own healing processes. This is the basic principle of homeopathy, so the speed at which homeopathic medicines cure a disease is largely governed by the way our natural restorative process of our body respond. Thus Homeopathic medicines are not slow in action they are as slow or as fast as our body’s healing system reacts. Body’s healing reaction is dependant on many factors. The intensity of disease, nature and the time since its been in the body and to some extent the over all vitality of the body have major outcome on the speed at which our body cures it self. For example a long standing (20 years or so) case of eczema would take a coupe of months to be totally cured. On the other hand an acute case of simple sore throat can respond within hours.
The second myth that plagues homeopathy is that of ‘Onions and Coffee’ . Should onions and coffee be avoided with homeopathic medicines ?; can they antidote homeopathic effect on human body ?. I very strongly believe that these are myths and do not alter the homeopathic action in our body. I am a regular onion eater and I have closely monitored myself whenever I am on homeopathic medication. It does work. Even while I take onions. I have never advocated the avoidance of onions and coffee to my patients, still it works for them. It is a pure myth . Coming to think of it ,how can two substances antidote a complete range of four thousand plus homeopathic medicines used in homeopathy. There is no homeopathic research or clinical trials that indicates that onions and coffee antidote homeopathic action . The founder of homeopathy -Dr. Hahnemann had cautioned against the overuse of coffee as a stimulant and that has been misread and wrongfully interpreted.
The third myth – after taking homeopathic medicines there is always an increase in existing symptoms. Its very common to hear from patients ‘Will my Symptoms increase when I start homeopathic medicine?’ The answer is ‘ Not always’; they do but only in certain conditions and are easily avoidable . In certain disease conditions, where the symptoms are suppressed by the use of conventional medicines ,one might see a slight increase in symptoms which is usually temporary and is usually followed by major relief even in previous condition too. These increase in symptoms can easily be avoided by an expert homeopath with careful choice of medicine potency. Thus the statement that there is always an increase of symptoms after taking homeopathic medicines is a myth