The science of Homeopathy has been the subject of many debates and discussions. People have tried to bombard the propagators and followers of this science with allegations and accusations of various kinds. But even after all this, Homeopathy has emerged victorious and put a stop to all of these with the help of research-based evidence and successfully treated cases. Today, homeopathy is practiced in over 80 countries and is the second largest system of medicine in the world.
Here are some 5 common myths about Homeopathy that have clearly fallen apart:
MYTH NO.1: All homeopathic medicines are the same – ‘sweet pills’ in white color
FACT: Although all homeopathic medicines look alike, essentially they are not the same. In fact, not even two people suffering from the same ailment are given the same medicine. The concept is similar to allopathic capsules. The matter that cures you is captured within the small white pills. The basic ingredients of homeopathic medicines are derived from 3000 different sources, including plants and minerals. Their active principles are extracted into various solvents and the liquid homeopathic medicine is poured into small, highly porous, absorptive sugar globules for better taste. The content within these white sugar pills aims to cure you. Moreover, homeopathic medicines are available in different forms, such as mother tincture, dilution, ointment, tablet, pellets, gel, lotion, oral sprays and even injections.
MYTH NO.2: Homeopathic medicines are slow to act
FACT: The fact however is that several types of diseases, chronic or acute, can be treated effectively with homeopathy. Unfortunately, people tend to go to a homeopath only when the acute problem becomes chronic, that is, it becomes more severe and difficult to treat. They choose homeopathy when other systems of medicine fail to treat or completely cure their medical condition, most often in cases like arthritis, asthma, rare skin conditions, etc. These cases naturally take longer to treat, even with any other system of medicine. For acute ailments like fever, diarrhoea, acute cold, cough, etc., homeopathic remedies act as fast as conventional medicines, sometimes even faster. In certain cases, these remedies produce results even quicker than other forms of therapy.
MYTH NO.3: Homeopathic medicines are placeboes
FACT: Firstly, let us understand - what is the ‘placebo effect.’ It can be described as a positive change seen after a medical treatment, which is solely caused by the patient’s psychological response to the treatment. In the case of homeopathy, however, there are many clinical trials that have proven the efficacy of homeopathic medicines. Researchers have confirmed the healthy, healing benefits of homeopathy that went far beyond what could be explained purely by the placebo effect. Homeopathy acts in children, animals and also on plants. It shows effective results in infants too, even in conditions like abdominal colic. This would not have been possible if homeopathic remedies were placebos.
MYTH NO.4: Homeopathic medicines have steroids
FACT: The reality however is, homeopathy believes in correcting the disorder instead of suppressing it, unlike steroid-based drugs. Therefore, using steroids is against the philosophy of homeopathy. All homoeopathic medicines use scientific methods of extracting medicinal properties from natural substances. There is no scope or need to adulterate the medicines with any other substance, as that would eliminate the curative properties of the medicine.
MYTH NO.5: Homeopathy and Allopathy cannot be taken together
FACT: Clinical evidence shows that conventional medicine and homeopathy work well together in treating certain disorders. One such research was conducted in Athens to check the compatibility of homeopathic and allopathic medicines in controlling diabetes. It was found that a group treated only with conventional medicine showed 47% improvement, while the one treated with allopathic and homeopathic medicine together showed an impressive 97% improvement.
So, homeopathy is a natural, safe as well as effective method of healing. Homeopathic medicines are made from natural sources like plants and minerals, thus causing no side-effects, even if you take them throughout your lifetime. They are absolutely non-toxic and non-habit forming and the treatment is safe, sure and scientific.