What we do to prevent an illness, or disease, is called preventative treatment, or prophylaxis. From the dawn of civilisation, we have sought protection from invading illnesses. For instance, our ancients recognised a godly power. They also prayed and made amulets, or symbols of divine protection. This connection to prophylaxis continues in different forms, in many cultures, even today.
Most questions on prophylaxis are directed towards the prevention of infections. From the medical point-of-view, infection occurs due to contact of bacteria, or virus (micro-organism), with human beings (macro-organism). For homeopathy, the key point is that a micro-organism is not the same thing as an illness, although it is a significant constituent of illness.
There is a school of thought now gaining ground. It holds the view that conventional vaccines may be harmful. The latest debate is related to the new swine flu (H1N1) vaccine. It is loaded with controversy. A vaccine, as we all know, is a preparation of a weakened, or killed, micro-organism. It’s somewhat analogous to homeopathy: what can cause can treat the same illness. Many of my patients ask me whether there are homeopathic vaccinations or prophylaxis available. They know that homeopathy is safe. So, they contend that homeopathic “vaccines,” or preventatives, would be just as safe — free from side-effects. My answer is yes. Homeopathy can protect us from infectious illnesses; it can also help us defeat the offending invader, or micro-organism, naturally.
When modern vaccine therapy was established during the last century, it spectacularly improved our ability to prevent illnesses — from polio to flu. It worked well till studies began to show major side-effects, along with collateral damage. Many conventional physicians today are of the view that vaccines suppress our immunity. This means they reduce our natural immune function, leaving us vulnerable to a number of illnesses. Homeopathic medicines do not cause such problems. They are friendly on the system. They cause no tissue damage. They protect; they also treat. Homeopathy is non-toxic and effective in prophylaxis. For example, Parotidinum works well as a preventative remedy for mumps, Influenzinum for flu, Pertussin for whooping cough, Diphtherinum for diphtheria, and so on. This is homeopathy’s greatest advantage.
Article by Dr. Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 1 February 2010