Frequently Asked Questions

What can homeopathy treat?

We are often asked whether homeopathy has a cure for diseases such as cancers, arthritis, tumors, chronic allergies, skin conditions and, recently, SARS. The answer to such questions is not short or clearcut.

A classical homeopathic doctor will have successfully treated a few such cases, and in others might have had less success. Like the regular medical or allopathic system, homeopathy has its limitations, but, again like allopathic medicine, it is a compete science in offering relief in acute, chronic and terminal cases. A common perception about homeopathy is that it offers long lasting health benefits only in chronic and longstanding disorders, but this is not the case. Homeopathic doctors successfully treat acute cases (seasonal disorders, childhood disorders, injuries, etc.), as well as chronic and terminal disorders, and includes very effective palliative care.

Homeopathy's Holistic Approach.

Homeopathy considers the whole person. The classical homeopaths first will learn from the patient the complete history of the disorder. They will take a good look at the investigations that were done and the treatment prescribed, and then ascertain whether the patient can be treated with homeopathy alone, or if they should be advised to use homeopathic medicines along with other medicines.

Patients sometimes complain that their regular doctor will just brush away complaints about symptoms that the patient thinks need attention. The emphasis by regular doctors is on diagnosis (as it should be) and the seemingly irrelevant, minor complaints that the patient notices and mentions (and those that don’t fit into the diagnosis criteria) are often totally ignored. The homeopathic system, however, pays attention to, understands and interprets these more minor symptoms as being very relevant aspects of the disorder that the patient is suffering from. Homeopathy’s greatest successes have been when the concerned doctor has correctly interpreted the various signs and symptoms (after exhaustive and detailed case taking, especially in chronic disorders), and then matched them with the drug provings and prescribed accordingly. Small wonder then that Homeopathy is called a healing “art”.

Prescribing and Fine Tuning.

Most new patients who come for a homeopathic consultation are confused at the way the process goes. The homeopathic doctor seems to be more interested in the (embarrassingly!) personal (and to the patient’s mind irrelevant) details rather than the more pressing symptoms (pain, discomfort, physical distress etc.) that the patient feels he must get attention for. However, such detailed case-taking is integral to the doctor’s process for prescribing the correct medicine.
Once the case-taking is over, the patient is prescribed medicines and given instructions as to their use, and dietary precautions (as the case may be) are also explained. The subsequent visits entail discussions about what has happened to the particular symptom(s) – are there changes in intensity or frequency, has the patient noticed any changes in his/her general health (appetite, sleep, bowel habit, etc.). To the attending doctor, this most recent picture is again a new symptom totality that needs to be addressed, the medicines are again prescribed taking this changing totality into consideration.
The second prescription is therefore based on the new symptom totality – which may also change from patient to patient even in cases where the diagnosis of the disorder might be similar. In homeopathy there are no fixed rules for describing a particular ‘plan of treatment’ for a particular disorder – the doctor will prescribe based on the totality of the presenting symptoms, then will fine tune and adjust according to changes reported by the patient.

But Is It 'Scientific'?

Homeopathic philosophy has taken every type of disorder into consideration while formulating tenets for prescription. There are clear rules about classification of disorders, the plan of treatment once the disorders have been classified, rules for prescription, rules for changes in prescription, rules for changes in remedies, interpretation of symptoms AFTER the medicines are prescribed, rules for the first and subsequent prescriptions and rules for prescribing for terminal disorders.
Most important of all, the homeopathic system recognizes the primacy of the healing spirit in the healing process. Practitioners are exhorted to leave the human body well enough alone when the body is showing signs of recovery. It actually tells the doctor to stop medicines when there are signs of improvement in health, which in itself constitutes a profound paradigm shift.
Homeopathy is a complete science. Classical homeopaths, even after years of practice, do not come across a single case which is not covered by homeopathic philosophy as to how it should be treated and what to do and what not to do.

While on the Homeo drugs, if my problems aggravate or increases in intensity suddenly, should I take allopathic medication to tide over the acute crisis and then get back to my Homeo medicines?

Depending on the problem you have and the Homeo treatment that you are taking, you should talk to your Homeo doctor about it and let him/her decide what to be done.

What are the areas in which Homeopathy has had success?

In our experience we have a lot of successes with arthritis, skin disorders, respiratory disorders, migraines, menstrual irregularities, allergies.

Why do Homeo doctors ask so many personal questions pertaining to dreams, moods, social behaviors, etc.?

The idea is to arrive at a diagnoses, not in terms of giving a name to the disorder that you seem to suffer from but to zero in on those medicines that act best when a person has certain dreams, behaviors, moods etc.

Why is Homeopathy referred to as placebo medicine?

Homeopathy medicines at higher potencies (strengths) contain little or no medicine that can be detected by any scientific means possible. The medicines are prepared using several simple mathematical scales. As there is no “actual” medicinal substance in the higher potencies, Homeopathy has been derogatorily called as placebo therapy.

How far are laboratory tests useful to a Homeopathy doctor?

They are useful only to understand whether the case can respond to Homeopathy or not and to decide the prognosis which can only be decided after an exhaustive case taking.

Where is it ineffective?

In advanced cases of cancers, AIDS, Hepatitis C, active cases of Tuberculosis, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Homeopathy is not as effective. There are unconfirmed reports of Homeopathy being used as a palliative medicine in the above cases.

Are there a lot of diet restrictions while I am on the Homeo medicines?

No, the diet restrictions are in accordance with the Homeo medicine that your doctor has prescribed for you and the particular disorder that you have. However you should make it a point to mention to your doctor if you are sensitive to any foods.

I am on other drugs for my BP/diabetes, heart problems etc. Should I stop those when I take Homeo medicines?

No, If you are on any drugs/ treatment for any problems, you should first let your Homeo doctor know about it. He will advise you how to take your drugs along with your Homeo medicines.

Is it true that Homeo medicines were tested on healthy human beings?

Yes, it is a fact that most of the Homeo medicines were first tested or proved on healthy human beings of both the sexes. The effects were recorded and a compendium of the symptoms/signs was prepared. Using these compendia as references, a Homeo doctor selects a remedy to be given to a patient.

There is a perception that your health problems tend to aggravate when you first take Homeo medicines. Is there anything to it?

The cause (s) for the apparent increase in the intensity of the symptom might be many. People who have been on some kind of pain medication feel that their problems have intensified when they slowly begin to phase out their medicines when they get on to homeopathy. According to the Homeo Philosophy, it is a good sign when there is an aggravation of the problems after administration of a Homeo drug. It is not a cause for concern as most of the Homeopathy induced aggravations are short-lived and tend to disappear soon.

Are homeopathic drugs safe for pregnant women and children?

Yes, children respond very well to homeopathic drugs and it is absolutely safe for pregnant women to use homeopathic drugs.