That Homoeopahty is very slow to act-
This is a myth .The fact is, relief from Homoeopathic medicine can be seen within
few minutes to some hours. In acute conditions homoeopathy not only gives instantaneous
results but also cuts short the period of illness with a shorter convalescent period,
the long lasting weakness or relapses seen after the conventional treatment of acute
diseases can be done away with Homoeopathy. Homoeopathy is usually chosen to deal
with the chronic and lingering problems and such problems do take longer time to
recover from, this at times creates an impression
that the drugs are slow in action,also, many patients do resort to homoeopathic
treatment after trying all other systems where their problem already gets older
and suppressed, at times grossly mismanaged, where restoring the balance can prove
challenging and eventually time-consuming. Most cases where Homoeopathy is blamed
to act slowly are usually incurable by any other system of medicine. Most of the
acute conditions like diarrhea, fever, headache, colic, backache recover instantly
with well – selected homoeopathic drugs. It can be said that the response with the
homoeopathic drugs usually depends upon the duration and intensity of the problem
and is not at all slow.
Homoeopathy increases (aggravates) the problem first before it cures-
This is again a myth. Whenever a right homoeopathic remedy is chosen,it is supposed
to relieve the complaints & not to increase. It does happen that some of the symptoms
previously suppressed with non Homoeopathic medicines ( with various antibiotics,
ointments, pain killers etc), may come on surface only to be cured properly by the
same medicine. Homoeopathic aggravation is a term applied for a short rise in intensity
of the physical symptom with feeling of general well-being as the vital energy is
concentrating on the affected
organ while bringing the system at ease. For example if a patient suffering with
fever is given the right homoeopathic medicine visibly the fever might rise further
briefly but the patient will rather start feeling better almost instantly his throat
pain, headache or body ache or any concomitant symptoms will become less intense
and he / she descend in deep and refreshing sleep. The logic for the homoeopathic
aggravation is that most of the times we take body’s reaction to an infection or
disease producing agent as disease like a nasal discharge or fever might be our
defence mechanism working hard to flush something unhealthy out of our system or
to kill some intruding virus but we take the discharge or the fever as a disease
and try to suppress these by all means. While in homoeopathy we take these as vital
responses towards disease necessary for defending and cleansing our system and a
homoeopathic medicine is supposed to strengthen and improve these reactions and
help them mature properly to prove productive for our health rather than to abort
and or suppress the same like in conventional medicine. Sometimes a patient who
is dependent on some other medicines, for example, steroids, stops them, and then
he gets the original disease symptoms, and considers that the disease has got aggravated.
All medicines in homoeopathy are same-
All homoeopathic medicines are not same though they look alike. As the vehicle used
to dispense them is common i.e. white sweet pills, one may get the impression that
all homoeopathic medicines are the same. Since the homoeopathic medicines are prepared
or diluted in alcohol first and taking it in that form is not only difficult but
impractical as well. The founder of homoeopathy devised this most benign and simple
method only for the convenience of dispensing the minute doses of homoeopathic medicines
with ease and precision.
It is these sweet pills that make homoeopathic medicines so popular with children
and even infants can be seen willingly taking the medicines and even demanding more
once aquainted with the taste of these medicines.
Too many diet restrictions-
In olden days, some restrictions in diet like coffee, onion, garlic, asafetida,
tobacco, betel etc. used to be advised. Some also used to advise against use of
perfumes & strong smelling items in diet or otherwise. Since Homoeopathy is an evolving
science and during the last two hundred years or so since it’s discovery the ever
widening, collective and cumulative clinical experience showed that even those patients
who did not follow these dietary restrictions improved with proper homoeopathic
treatment equally well as those who did.
Hence these rather unpopular dietary restrictions that made homoeopathic treatment
rather notoriously difficult gradually became obsolete and find little acceptance
with the modern homoeopaths. In certain cases, however, very few dietary restrictions
may be advised which is extremely rare. Dietary restrictions at times are suggested
totally on the basis of the disease patient is suffering from & the stage of the
disease. Besides, to chew Tobacco or betel, excessive use of alcohol and other narcotics
or harmful substances are established health hazards & prohibited not only by homoeopaths
but by all systems of medicines. Here too a real homoeopath would rather use these
cravings as guiding symptoms and try to fight them at that level only i.e. try and
reduce the dependence of the patients on such harmful stimulants as well as motivate
the patient to use his her own will and conscience against the addiction.
In this regard our Master Dr.Hahaneman says “In Section 259 of the Organon: “The
minuteness of the dose required in homoeopathic practice makes it necessary that
every other kind of medicinal influence that might cause disturbance should be avoided
in the diet and regimen of patients, in order that the highly rarefied dose many
not be counteracted, overpowered or disturbed by extraneous medicinal influences.”
In a footnote to this paragraph, we read: “The distant and mellow tones of the flute,
which, in the silent hours of night, would melt a tender heart, and the discordant
and tumultuous sound so the busy day.
One can’t take them in diabetes as pills are sweet-
The amount of sugar in these pills is almost negligible and, the doses needed are
also so small in Homoeopathy.
Moreover, they have never caused any harm in any case of Diabetes mellitus till
date. Sugar free pills are also available.
If necessary, medicines can be given in distilled water also.
Does Homoeopathic Medicine Contains Steroids-
The powders we use at times with homoeopathic / homeopathic medicines have often
been maligned as steroids. Nothing can be further from truth. The powder used in
homoeopathy / homeopathy is a benign thing derived from pure milk usually imported
from Holland has a taste somewhat like glucose and is called sugar of milk. It is
neutral in nature and has a long shelf life. The only purpose of the powder is to
keep the medicine intact and save it from moisture etc. It also increases the efficacy
of the dose as it sticks to the tongue and gives the body extra time to react to
the medicine given.
Some people say the mother tinctures some homoeopaths give contain steroids. First
of all I would like to mention that the use of mother tinctures internally is not
recommended in pure/classical homoeopathy / homeopathy. The three basic principles
to select the right homoeopathic / homeopathic medicine are: mono (single medicine
at a time), mini (minimum / very small quantities of medicinal substances; any homoeopathic
/ homeopathic medicine above thirtieth potency is diluted to the extent that not
even a single atom of the element it was made from is traceable), and simi (that
is the medicine should be similar to the patient and it should be capable of producing
similar symptoms in a healthy person if given in crude form, like mother tinctures).
The mother tinctures do not fulfill the second condition as these are crude extracts
of a medicinal substance and to qualify as a proper homoeopathic / homeopathic medicine
must first be diluted/potentised.