Facts & Myths

Facts & Myths

Myth 1. Homoeopathy is an unproven science

Fact:      Homoeopathy is based on experimental pharmacological and clinical data. Over the years, homoeopathic medicines have been extensively studied for their efficacy in a variety of indications. Clinical studies have been conducted in India as well as other countries. In fact, the term ‘Allopathy’ was coined by the founder of homoeopathy whom the allopaths regard as the founder of experimental pharmacology.

Myth 2. Homoeopathic medicines are only sugar pills which act more as placebos and have no medicinal value as such

Fact:       Yes, the white sugar pills, as such do not have any medicinal value. But these act as vehicles or carriers for the medicines, which are alcohol based and are given through this white pills. Otherwise the medicine can be taken directly or dissolved in water. Homoeopathic medicines have been scientifically studied the world over and found to be effective in a wide range of diseases. Thus they are not placebos.

Myth 3. Homoeopathy is slow acting and cannot be used in acute cases of diarrhea, fever, cough, cold, etc.

Fact:      Homoeopathy is fast acting in acute cases and can be effectively used in treating infections, fever, cold etc. Unfortunately, people tend to go to a homoeopath only when the acute problem becomes chronic. Naturally, these cases take longer to treat. Also, most people take recourse in homoeopathy in cases of arthritis, allergic asthma or skin conditions etc., which take a longer time to treat with any other system of medicines.

The recovery in homoeopathy is directly proportionate to the duration of illness, more the recent illness faster it will go and more the older illness it will take necessary time to go. It takes time to remove the tendency of the body or the chronicity of the disease. It is only idea floated in the mind of people that it takes long time to cure.

Myth 4. Homoeopathy is a ‘magic remedy’ that can treat any disorder.

Fact:      Homoeopathy, like any other field of medicine, has its limitations. Is not a science which can replace the ALLMIGHTY. Certain conditions where there are gross structural irreversible changes it can’t cure (but can palliate).  For example, it cannot treat cases where surgery is unavoidable, dental cases, etc.

Myth 5. Homoeopathic doctors are quacks who do not have formal training in the field of medicine.

Fact:      Qualified doctors practice Homoeopathy, in most parts of the world. In India, there are over 160 medical colleges, which offer degree and post-graduate studies in Homoeopathy. At present, there are over 1, 50,000 trained homoeopaths in the country.

Myth 6. One has to follow strict dietary restrictions while on homoeopathic treatment

Fact:      Some patients were asked earlier to abstain from onions, garlic, coffee, tea, alcohol etc. as these substances interfere with the action of certain homoeopathic medicines. Restriction is only for the things which patient is known allergic to or things which can aggravate the disease condition. But then, restricting alcohol and tobacco is also safe and healthy.

Myth 7. Homoeopathy is only useful in chronic cases

Fact:      Very often it is – where everything else has failed! But the true reason for this perception is because people turn to homoeopathy so late when everything else has failed! After years of allopathic treatment often an illness becomes chronic. The treatment will now naturally take longer than in case of using homoeopathy right from the beginning.

Myth 8. Homoeopathy cannot be used in diabetic patients

Fact:      It can! The minute amount of sugar globuli (the little round pills) taken daily does not matter. Sugar intake in the daily diet is significantly higher than that taken by a few globuli. In very severe cases, the dilution may be taken as drops in water or over lactose.

Myth 9. The homoeopath gives the same white pills for all types of illness. How can they be really effective?

Fact:      By look all the homeopathic medicines are same but the medicinal extracts which are added to the white pills are different. Depending on the illness, homoeopaths medicate with different medicines. The sugar pills serve only as a vehicle for transfer of the medicine. The selected medicine, out of a range of more than 1200 different dilutions, is targeted to the individual problems.

Myth 10. Are there really no side effects of homoeopathic medicine?

Fact:      Generally there are no side effects of homoeopathic medicine if prescribed in potencies of 2CH and above. However, some tinctures and triturates in very low potencies like 1x, 2x have some side effects of minor nature. There are no life threatening side effects but any homeopathic medicines would only be taken under the guidance of a homeopath.

There are many more myths that people carry in their mind. You can ask doc for any other query. Myths are like settled dust and can be easily cleaned.

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