Myth: Homeopathy is note for Acute Illnesse
Fact: Majority of people believe that Homeopathy is not useful in acute diseases like fever, diarrohea, abdominal pain, excessive bleeding during menses, acute eruptive fevers like measles, chickenpox, etc. This is totally a wrong belief. When homeopathy can treat chronic cases so beautifully, how can it be not possible to treat acute diseases. On the contrary it is more beneficial to treat all acute ailments with homeopathy. This will not only help to recover early but will also help to retain the immune power of a person. As there are no side effects the patient gets better earlier and can start working also early. Weakness, which is followed by every acute illness, is also very much less in comparison with other pathies. So next time when you fall ill do try homeopathy for all your acute problems.
Myth: Homeopathy acts slowly
Fact: People assume that homeopathy is slow to act and takes lot of time to cure the disease. This is mainly seen in cases which are chronic for e.g. arthritis, asthma, recurrent colds, skin diseases which have become chronic, etc. People suffer from these types of diseases for quite some time and after years of trying other pathies they turn to Homeopathy expecting an immediate relief. Naturally in these chronic cases it takes lot of time depending on the years of suffering the patient has underwent. E.G.A case of asthma suffering from 10 years naturally will take at least 3-4 years of continuous medication if he has to get rid of it completely. But in cases like fever, cough and cold, where a minimum of 3-5 days course of antibiotics is required, can be dealt with homeopathy in the same days with an added advantage of having no side effects and also very little weakness. Also there is no loss of appetite, the cost involved is also less and the immune defense system is preserved.
Myth: Dietary Restrictions
Fact: Patients undergoing homeopathic treatment have to undergo lot of dietary restrictions is another of its misconceptions. Coffee can antidote majority of medicines therefore is restricted. As this science is based on European standards and there the coffee is drunk without milk i.e.black coffee and therefore antidotes the medicines but here in India we drink coffee with lots of milk in it, therefore cannot antidote the homeopathic medicines. The only restriction is half hour before and after taking the medicines one should not eat or drink anything. But in certain diseases say for e.g. common cold one should avoid eating cold drinks and cold food, also fruits like bananas, guavas, and custard apple, ice-creams, etc. Also person suffering from Diabetes should avoid sugar in any form, person suffering from blood pressure should restrict salt, etc. All my patients are allowed to undergo the above restrictions and I have seen the best results in all of them in my last 22 years of practice. You can restrict certain types of foods that may aggravate the condition in certain patients. For e.g. pt. suffering for arthritis if he is not aggravated in his joint pains after eating sour food then he is allowed to eat sour food, but if he is aggravated then this is restricted, so this individualization is necessary when one is undergoing homeopathic treatment. Therefore one can safely conclude that patients undergoing homeopathic treatment should avoid things that are restricted for that particular type of disease only and not as far as homeopathic treatment is concerned.
Myth: One cannot take Allopathic medicines along with Homeopathic Treatment
Fact: Certain patients, who are suffering from Diabetes, Hypertension, and Epilepsy etc., cannot stop allopathic medicines suddenly. After there is good improvement with homeopathic medicines then only one can start reducing these doses slowly, but that to under the guidance of the homeopathic doctor. If a patient undergoing homeopathic treatment suddenly develops a strong acute attack of fever, or cold and if the homeopathic doctor is not available then he can for the time being resort to allopathic medication. This taking of allopathic drugs does not affect the ongoing treatment of homeopathy. But it is always advisable to wait even in these types of acute conditions also, unless this is a life-threatening problem then only allopathic aid can be taken. Patients undergoing dental treatment should preferably finish it before starting homeopathic treatment or should if possible start it after finishing the homeopathic course as I have seen dental treatment usually antidotes the homeopathic medicines.
Myth: Fear of initial aggravation
Fact: This is the most common misbelieve present in the minds of the people who want to start homeopathic treatment. It is true that some form of the diseases tend to increase initially. Following explanation will help them to remove this misbelieve. The patients coming for homeopathic treatment usually come after getting themselves treated for years by usually allopathic medication. This being the case these patients are unable to live without these medicines. Even in the natural course when one stops these allopathic medications the disease is bound to increase. Therefore usually in certain cases like skin diseases, joint pains, bronchial asthma, it is seen that one cannot stop the ongoing allopathic medicines immediately. If one tries to stop then there is bound to follow an aggravation of symptoms with or without homeopathic medicines. The initial aggravation of the disease is a good sign for a homeopathic physician. It indicates that an improvement is going to follow this aggravation. But this can be told in advance, which will not only imbibe deep faith in homeopathy but will help to increase the confidence in the patient. Also as this aggravation remains for a very short time in acute illness there is no need for worry for the patient. But in chronic cases this may last for sometime depending on the disease being treated. The explanation offered is that the medicinal force has to be stronger then the disease force to eradicate the disease, and in homeopathy the medicine being similar in nature to the disease force, after taking the medicine therefore there develops an aggravation of the disease. Also the homeopathic medicines act from within outwards therefore also in cases where the disease is suppressed by other modes it is very natural for an aggravation to follow after the starting of homeopathic treatment.
Myth: Increases blood sugar in diabetes
Fact: Homeopathic medicines are dispensed in the form of pills that are made of sacrum lactose. These are sweet pills and many of my patients ask me whether this will increase my blood sugar. But the usual dose prescribed for a patient is a maximum of 4 pills 3 times which is very negligible and this dose will never increase the blood sugar in a diabetic patient. The quantity is so small it will not even contribute to one teaspoonful of sugar. So diabetic patients undergoing homeopathic treatment should not worry about increase of blood sugar from homeopathic medication.
Myth: Cant be used for children
Fact: Homeopathic medicines are not useful for children. This is again another misconception. On the contrary homeopathy is by far the most beneficial treatment a child can have. The advantages being no side effects, early recovery, and natural increase in the immune power, no loss of appetite, easy to take, as the pills are sweet children like them. So even a one-day-old baby can be treated very well with homeopathic medicines. Children diseases like skin manifestations, bronchitis, asthma, colitis, behavioral changes, fears and phobias, bedwetting, teething problems, diarrhea, tonsillitis, recurrent colds, febrile convulsions, lactose intolerance, delayed mile stones (delay in teething, walking, speech) all can be best treated with homeopathy.