Some people use conventional medicine (allopathy) and homeopathy on an exclusive basis. In certain instances, they combine them — sometimes without the knowledge of their attending physician. This may not be correct. For others, conventional medicine or homeopathy is the ‘temple’ they and their family visit. They are clear about their choice of treatment. Now, there are two questions that some of my patients ask when they consider using the ‘best of both medicines’ from the two medical systems. 1. “If I’m taking conventional medicines, can I take homeopathy to speed up recovery time?” 2. “If I’m taking homeopathy, can I take conventional medications for the same purpose?
The first thing to consider is suitability, or appropriateness, of a given treatment plan for a given illness. There’s no one system of medicine that is all-inclusive, or can treat anything and everything under the sun. Each system has its own advantages and limitations. Conventional medicine, for example, is the most preferred choice when one suffers from advanced tuberculosis, hernia, heart disease, heart attack etc. It’s, indeed, the first choice in critical care or emergencies. It provides more than 75 per cent of the medical assistance that people receive in the world. Likewise, many people opt for homeopathy when other treatment plans, or options, do not provide good, tangible, long-term results. This often happens in certain illnesses, most notably allergies and chronic diseases.
Homeopathy is certainly a good choice for functional disorders such as acne, migraine, allergies, asthma, sinusitis, joint pains, backache, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), menstrual problems, or skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, warts, white patches etc. Homeopathy is evidenced to act best, or most effectively, in these disorders. It enables the healing process to take place from the inside out. It does not suppress the problem on the surface, or from the outside.
Homeopathy marshals our immune resources, naturally. Besides, it has a huge advantage. It stabilises, regulates and corrects flaws, if any, in our immune function. It plays a key role in effective preventative treatment. So, one is less likely to fall sick, or ill. Put simply, it performs the job of the third umpire too without resorting to gimmicks.
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 14 January 2010