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Homeopathic medicine -An Alternative treatment
Homeopathy is a phenomenal treatment formula proved by a German allopathic physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. This was a coincidental idea which came to him when Hahnemann was considering that Quinine was the actual cause of death in malarial patients because of its toxicity rather than the disease alone.
He considered that each drug had its own effects on normal healthy individual. So when he consumed quinine, he experienced symptoms of malaria though he did have no malaria infection.
Similarly each patient has his own peculiar symptoms in any kind of disease like fever, headache etc. So a person with common Cold gets aggravation in symptoms when he is in closed room than in open air or sometimes reverse of it.
This made him experiment on some more drugs and there by built up initial materia medica or repetorie which had list of drugs and their prominent symptoms.
How homeopathy works
There are lot of theories but as per the founder's thoughts
Every living body has its own homeostasis where in all the functions of body exist in the state of mutual harmony with sufficient natural resistance to disease or disorder.
In diseased individual this homeostasis is altered and the natural resistance against disease is insufficient or lacking.
So homeopathic medicine brings balance in homeostasis and helps to rebuild the natural resistance.
For this a Homeopathic medicine which can induce the similar symptoms like those of the patient, in a healthy individual is administered to the patient.
This administration is thought to rise the intensity of symptoms and so the symptoms are aggravated than before.
The body's resistance now tries to fight against this new and more severe symptoms and in doing so its declined ability to fight the natural disease is spontaneously increased.
The Drug's effect subsides slowly due to it's dilution in body and now the body is left to fight against relatively weaker natural disease and easily overcomes it.
Thus body regains both i.e. balance in homeostasis and also lost natural resistance power.
How medicine is potenciated
In general for higher efficiency higher is the dose or concentration of drug prescribed in Allopathy.
In homoepathy this is opposite i.e
Higher the dilution of drug higher is potency or efficiency and duration of effect. This is true and is yet to be explained by science...
Even severity of symptoms of administered drug is minimised adding another advantage..
The dilution is done by using alcohol or lactose sugar.
Treatment by homeopathy
Homoeopathy healing considers an individual as a whole i.e both body and mind as single.
Humans are not automobiles where if a part is disordered, it is repaired or replaced.Rather it is a collective thing where each and every organ,tissue are interlinked in function and existence.so, alteration of any function in the body leads to alteration of entire body harmony.
Any disease brings alterations in whole individual and is expressed as symptoms of both mind and body...
So diagnosis refers to evaluation of all the symptoms of the individual with illness i.e both of mind and body.
Successful Treatment in homeopathy depends on
- Proper selection of drug based on clear cut symptoms specific to the patient.
- Administration of medicine at suitable potency and at proper intervals.
- Careful monitoring of the progress of patient towards cure.
So both physician and patient along with his family play an important role in cure of the disease.
Study of homeopathy
Study of homeopathy is relatively easier than other systems of medicine. There many common people who practise homeopathy for their personal and familial benefit.
The study requires you to posses a proper knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, symptoms of diseases and disorders, and also ability to recognize any altered symptoms in the patient both at physical and mental level.
There are online homeopathy courses and also distant mode learning courses but these may not entitle you for professional practice by law.
The involvement in discussions with other practitioners, regular reading of homeo journals help you improve your skill in the practice.
Limitations of homeopathy: Homeopathy has also few limitations like
♦ Not efficient after Tissue has been damaged..
♦ In animals, children symptom gathering is not easy..
♦ In some cases symptoms aggravate before cure takes place.
Homeopathy side effects
Many believe that homeopathy has no side effects as it is an alternative system of medicine and also the amount if drug involved is very minimal to cause any side effect.
But the reality is that there are chances of side effects by two important modes.
1. Physical accumulation of drug: There are many metallic drugs like mercury, lead etc prescribed in homeopathy, but these when used at low dilutions are prone to cause heavy metal poisoning as per recent reports.
2. Alteration of symptoms: This generally occurs in chronic diseases treatment. When drugs are used at highest potencies in improper way. i.e when symptoms are not clearly understood or recognized, then there is permanent damage to totality of symptoms of patient which cannot be corrected latter.
So it is advised to avoid irrational use or treatment with homeopathic medicine without proper diagnosis of symptoms and also advice of homeopathic doctor.