Do homeopathic medicines have side effects?

Our medicines are energy. They are prepared by serial dilutions and contain no material substance in them. Hence, no side effects.

Can homeopathy aggravate your problems?

Rarely after starting homeopathic treatment, there can be an increase in your complaints. If it does, then there can be two reasons for this. The first and the more common reason can be the stopping of pain killers or ointment applications which may have kept your symptoms suppressed for a long time. Thus, due to the removal of that factor, the complaints will be experienced in their actual intensity. In that case, homeopathic medicine will gradually bring the whole thing under control.

Another possibility is that after the homeopathic treatment there is slight and short worsening followed by rapid relief. This initial worsening is often the reaction of our body before the cure occurs and is a very good sign.

Another reaction that may be noticed during homeopathic treatment is that your original problems will get better gradually, and then some new symptoms may appear. These new problems may indicate that we need to change your medicine and give you something that will cover this new picture and thereby help you in achieving a holistic cure.

Should one take homeopathic medicines only from a qualified doctor?

Yes, he/she should. It is always advisable to go to a homeopathic practitioner, as he/she is qualified to judge the severity and depth of your illness and thereby prevent undue complications later on, which could be overlooked by a hobby practitioner due to his ignorance of scientific medical knowledge. Only a qualified doctor can guide you towards a complete mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and pathological recovery.

Why does homeopathy take a long time?

It is a myth that homeopathy is slow acting. Most of the times what happens is the patient comes to us with long history of chronic illness. Therefore the treatment takes time. Homeopathy is in fact fast acting in acute conditions such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.

Why should there be a gap before and after the intake of the medicine?

You have to keep the medicine on the tongue so that it comes in contact with the nerves. That is the reason why we say not to eat anything half an hour before or after. So that the tongue has nothing else that will interfere with the absorption of the medicine.

What will the homeopath need to know about you?

The homeopath needs to understand you, your nature, your complaints and your disturbed mental and emotional state in order to reach the core of your case. Any unusual habit that you have, your past medical history, childhood details, anything and everything about you will help the physician to help you. If you give an honest and correct history to the doctor, he/she can assess your case accurately. Anything that you reveal to your doctor will be strictly confidential and helpful.

What do we do if the complaints recur after stopping homeopathic treatment and can it be cured?

During the course of homeopathic treatment or after it has been stopped if something happens in your day to day life at a mental or physical level to upset the balance created in your system by the homoeopathic medicine, the original complaint can be felt again. But it is true that with homeopathic treatment, the capacity of the person to handle such upsets improves, and relapses may not occur.

Do we have different medicines for different complaints?

In homeopathy, we do not have separate medicines for the head, nose, ears, throat, etc. We give one single medicine which affects the patient as a whole and eliminates all his troubles. There is no medicine for any particular disease but there are medicines for the patient who is suffering from these diseases. Here, a single remedy is chosen on the basis of a holistic approach that treats different complaints of the same person.

What do we need to tell you in a follow-up?

First and foremost, you need to tell us how you feel about your chief complaint and associated complaint. Here it is very important that while reporting a chief complaint, it is better you also mention the new problems or if you have suffered from the same problem in the past because they indicate that we need to change your medicine/potency.

Do mention your temperament, desires, sleep, dreams and appetite. In the mental sphere, we need to know if anything had happened to upset you at home or at your workplace, like any fight, or some bad news, etc. All these symptoms when narrated in detail, help us to treat you better.

How frequently, do we need to see the doctor during the course of treatment?

For chronic complaints, one should report to the doctor only after a month but in any acute conditions/emergency, one should get in touch with the doctor immediately.

Can homeopathy and other systems of medicine (Ayurveda / allopathy) be taken together?

We do not advocate the use of Ayurveda and homeopathy together because both are holistic medicine. Therefore, if you take two together, we don’t know how to evaluate your progress. We will not come to know with which system you are better. Same with the case of allopathy. Also, these conventional medicines change the symptoms to such an extent that their original presentation of the symptom is lost, making it difficult to gather enough accurate information to prescribe the correct homeopathic remedy. The symptoms are the compass that a homeopath uses to find his way to the right remedy. If you were to take conventional medication to treat symptoms after beginning homoeopathic treatment, you could stop the action of the remedy, rendering it ineffective. Most of the acute conditions are handled well with homeopathy but in some exceptional conditions, we do advise the patient to take allopathic treatment.

Is it true that Homeopathic medicines are only sugar pills?

No. The pills of Homeopathic medicines are made from sugar but they work only as carriers. Actual liquid medicine prepared from various natural medicinal substances is poured over the pills and dispensed as medications. Homeopathic medicines are also available in liquid form or tinctures, which can be offered directly or by diluting them in water whenever required.

Can diabetic patients take sweet sugar pills?

The amount of sugar present is negligible for it to affect diabetics.

In which disease condition homeopathic treatment is more effective?

There is no condition that Homeopathy cannot treat. Conditions from a simple cold to cancer can be treated with Homeopathy. It takes into account the individual symptoms of the patient suffering from any disease and not the diagnosis of the disease. By the virtue of homeopathy, certain diseases that cannot be diagnosed clinically or even unknown diseases can also be treated. Also in incurable cases where even the modern line of treatment fails to help the patients, homeopathy will prove to be a very good pain reliever and will improve the last days of life and ease the death. This happens in advanced stages of cancer, we can relieve pain very easily and effectively.

Is it safe to take Homeopathic medicines during pregnancy?

Yes. It is always better to take homeopathic medicines from a qualified homeopathic doctor. If the treatment is planned in a proper way it will have lots of benefits to the mother and the child. The child will be much healthier and the medicines will help to fight the hereditary diseases which are carried from generation to generation. In fact, if homeopathy is given during pregnancy, the delivery would be normal and easier. The child will be relatively healthier and emotionally well balanced, intellectually sound and physically stronger.

Are there any food restrictions during the treatment?

Yes, the patient is only advised to avoid eating or drinking 15 minutes before or after taking homeopathic medication. One has to avoid coffee, raw onion and raw garlic. Also avoid eating mint, camphor and menthol as these can hinder the action of the homeopathic medicine or antidote the effects of the medicine.

Does Homeopathy believe in disease diagnosis and pathological investigations?

Yes. It is very essential to diagnose a disease, but for the selection of the remedy, we require to know the characteristic symptoms of the patient and not the disease symptoms. For e.g. A person is having an attack of asthma with wheezing and congestion of the chest, and he gets relief only if he throws his head backwards. Wheezing and congestion of the chest are symptoms of the disease, but for the selection of the remedy the important symptom is ‘relief by throwing head backwards’. Hence to differentiate the disease symptoms from the individual characteristic symptoms, good knowledge of the disease is important. Pathological investigations are also important to know disease diagnosis and prognosis and judge the improvement.