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Do’s And Don’ts While Taking Homeopathic Medicines

Touching Homeopathic Medicines: Do not touch the Homeopathic medicines; do not take on to your palm before taking them, as handling of medicines reduces the potency of the medicines. It also spoils the medicines by exposing them to unhygienic conditions.

The half-an-hour rule: Do not eat or drink anything half an hour before and after taking the medicines

Other medications:
Allopathic: if you are taking medicines for hypertension, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, etc. for a longer period then it is not advisable to stop the medicines abruptly as you may encounter problems if you do that. Kindly consult your treating physician before tampering with the dosages.


Is Homeopathy a slow-acting system as preconceived and how long does it take to cure?
Homeopathy if used correctly based on specific principles gives excellent results within a standard stipulated time. However, the recovery is a direct variable depending on the duration and period of illness. The more recent the illness, the faster the recovery.
The rate of cure is entirely dependent on how the individual reacts to the given medicine. The diseased person as a whole is the subject of treatment and not just diseases occurring at random in that person.

Is it true that homeopathic medications contain steroids and heavy metals as primary components?
No, homeopathic medicines do not contain steroids or heavy metals in crude form. Homeopathic medications are prepared under the guidelines of homeopathic pharmacopeia.
Homeopathic medicines are made from plant, animal, and mineral sources by a careful and tedious process of potentization which is a well-calculated mechanical process. Medicines contain the most minute amount of the original medicinal substance, thus making it more effective and safer for use for infants, pregnant women, geriatric care, terminal illnesses, etc.

Is homoeopathy only suitable for chronic cases or does it work even for acute cases?
Yes, homeopathy works efficiently and well in both acute and chronic cases. One of the biggest myths surrounding homeopathy as a science is about its applicability in acute cases.
With the recorded clinical data, research, and experience, it is now a fact that homeopathy yields excellent results in cases of fevers, URTI, UTI, anxiety and panic attacks, acute inflammatory conditions of joints and other system, as much as it does for chronic skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, chronic locomotor diseases, etc.

Can homeopathy be used with other conventional medicines i.e., homeopathy and modern medicine (allopathic), can it be taken together?
Yes, both can be taken together and it depends on the person, illnesses, and mode of treatment.
In some cases, both can be used, while in some cases both the line of treatment is not needed. E.g.: In chronic long-standing illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac problems, thyroid disorders, epilepsy, etc. initially both medicines are to be taken.
However, patients many times on their stop taking their allopathic medications once they begin to improve with our medicines. This abrupt stoppage of regular allopathic dosages can be harmful and strictly not advisable. So, it is best to continue allopathic and homeopathic medicines together till we assess the disease level and ask the patient to taper down the doses and stop.
In acute conditions, like fever, cold cough, diarrhoea, and headache there is no necessity to take any unnecessary painkillers, antibiotics, or steroids as homeopathy alone can be effective.
Homeopathic medicines do not disturb the action of modern medicine.

Myths About Homeopathy

Myth: Homoeopathic medicines are placebo and have no medicinal value as such.
Fact: Homeopathy is a gentle but effective form of treatment that stimulates the natural ability of the organism to heal itself. The body of clinical evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy continues to accumulate positive results every day. Several rigorous clinical trials have shown homeopathy superior to placebo.

Myth: Homoeopathy always aggravates the disease condition initially when you start taking it.
Fact: The homeopathic aggravation what we say, happens only in cases where there has been a lot of suppression. Real healing is being confused with suppression of illness. Here, the right homeopathic remedy brings out the wrongly treated symptoms on the surface layer by layer to produce a cure.

Myth: The homeopath gives the same white sabudana pills for all types of illnesses. How can they be effective?
Fact: Homeopathic dosages are specific depending on the person’s susceptibility, disease level, past suppression, age, mental makeup, etc. Medicines can be dispensed in the form of pills, drops, and water-based, tinctures according to the individual history. Potentized medicine liquid is added from above to the above vehicle.

Myth: Like other systems of medicine, one homeopathic medicine for a particular illness is common to all.
Fact: There are no specifics in homeopathy. It is an individualistic system of medicine. Two people despite suffering from the same illness will require different approaches and medicines based on their characteristics, cause of illness, disease traits, etc.

Myth: Homeopathic medicines are not useful and safe for infertility, during pregnancy, and for under-five children.
Fact: A correctly prescribed constitutional homeopathic remedy can increase well-being in the preconception period. For infertility, investigations are essential but where tests are normal then homeopathic treatment of both partners can optimize their health and may improve the chances of conception. Homeopathic remedies have proved to be highly effective before, during, and after pregnancy. Also, a newborn can safely start with homeopathy if required.

Myth: Surgeries can be avoided with homeopathic medications
Fact: Every system of medicine has its scope and limitations. Here, limitations are specific surgical indications, deficiency diseases, and very serious conditions in which gross anatomical changes have evolved. Homeopathy can even help if surgery is necessary. Homeopathic medicines can be given both pre-operatively and post-operatively to speed up healing and to counteract any effects of anxiety, shock, and anesthetics. In general, patients treated with homeopathy make a much more rapid post-operative recovery than patients who have not had this treatment.

Myth: Examination, Investigations, and Diagnosis don’t play an important role in the Homeopathic approach.
Fact: A classical Homeopathic prescriber will always take into account the physical as well as mental sphere of the patient. Right from the moment a patient enters the clinic, he is observed keenly, and all his complaints are considered accurately. A thorough examination, reports, and final diagnosis are therapeutic tools for the right remedy.

Myth: Homeopaths need a long history and ask many personal questions on the first visit, which seem to be irrelevant to the chief complaint and at times embarrassing too.
Fact:  Skilled homeopathic prescribing requires that the characteristics of the chosen medicine should be as similar as possible to the characteristics of the symptoms in the patient. The more detailed the understanding of the patient, the more accurate the prescription! The following factors may play an important part in medicine selection, especially in chronic diseases:  the patient’s constitution, emotional and mental make-up, the way the patient responds to physical, emotional, and mental influences/stress in his/her life, the patient’s personality, temperament, genetic predispositions and any strong family history of diseases, his likes/dislikes, surrounding circumstances, etc. The homeopathic consultation thus involves a “whole person” approach and includes listening to the patient in depth. As we treat the man in disease and not the disease in man!

Myth: Self-medication in homeopathy is harmless OR
You can buy over-the-counter homeopathic remedies at pharmacies without proper consultation.
Fact: Most people think that buying combination liquids or medicines without consulting a Homeopathic doctor is all right, but this can lead to unnecessary suppression through multiple remedies in the combinations and causes delayed improvement. Homeopathy is a holistic science and the most important principle is the use of a Single simple remedy in minimum doses, thus contradictory to the use of OTC drugs.

Myth: Too many restrictions on food and lifestyle habits while taking homeopathy treatment.
Fact: There are no known contradictions or restrictions put upon the patient taking homeopathy.

Myth: Diabetics cannot take Homeopathic medicines, as they are made of sugar.
Fact: Homeopathic pills are made from different forms of sugar and not the glucose that is found in the human body. Homeopathy is highly effective in keeping blood sugars under control and a lid fluctuation. Stress is a potential contributor to chronic hyperglycemia in diabetes. Stress has long been shown to have major effects on metabolic activity. No antidiabetics can help to cope with such trigger factors, unlike our medicines which act as a positive therapeutic tool affecting the whole body. However, stopping the use of the prescriptions needed to manage diabetes without notifying the doctor is completely wrong.
Both diabetic medications and homeopathy can be taken together.