Myths and Facts
Myth 1 - Homeopathy cures only chronic illnesses, not acute ailments.
Fact - Homeopathy cures both chronic and acute ailments. In fact, an acute disease becomes chronic only when its symptoms are allowed to develop further. If homeopathy can effectively cure chronic ailments, then why can't it cure acute illnesses? In fact, at MindHeal Homeopathy, we have successfully treated acute illnesses like colds, infections, fevers, diarrhoea, etc, which form 20% of our total cases.
Myth 2 - Homeopathy is slow to act.
Fact - Homeopathy acts fast in acute illnesses like colds, infections, fever, diarrhoea, etc. However, it takes a little longer for chronic ailments like asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, kidney failure, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, etc. The time taken to heal varies depending upon one's immune system, stress factors, lifestyle, habits and personality, although the medicines start working instantly.
Myth 3 - Homeopathy is mere placebo effect.
Fact - Research has proven that homeopathy is much above placebo effect. In fact, in India, homeopathic medicines undergo clinical trials conducted by the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, the regulatory body for homeopathic practices. As homeopathic medicines also cure babies, infants and animals, the theory that they are placebos is invalid.
Myth 4 - Homeopathic medicines contain steroids.
Fact - Homeopathic medicines are made of natural ingredients like plants, minerals, etc. Especially the ones made out of plants generally contain ALKALOIDS which are much effective and free of side-effects (like excessive body hair, backache, etc.), unlike steroids.
Myth 5 - Homeopathic medicines are unsafe for pregnant women.
Fact - Homeopathy is the ideal medicine for pregnant women. Where regular medicines can have possible side-effects on both mother and child, homeopathic medicines are gentle and address problems like nausea, anaemia, backache, cramps, morning sickness, heartburn, diarrhoea, blood pressure, emotional distress, etc. which normally occur during pregnancy. Also, since a tiny amount of active ingredient is used, homeopathic medicines are safe for the growing baby.
Myth 6 - Homeopathy is not advisable for treating cancers, especially as a supplement to radiation and chemotherapy.
The following factors make Homeopathy viable for treating cancer:
- Individualized remedies even if conventional treatment is not used
- Remedies easing conventional treatment
- Remedies soothing pain, fear of death and other psychological issues
- Remedies preventing relapse
Homeopathy has proved to be successful in curing even the most severe cases, because it identifies the root cause (which varies from person to person) and uproots cancer totally.
Myth 7 - Infections can be treated by antibiotics only.
Fact - Antibiotics just suppress the infection, without identifying its root cause. They don't kill the virus; so it shows up in the form of some other aggravated sickness later. Also, they have side-effects like stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, allergic reactions, diarrhoea, etc. Homeopathy uproots both the disease and its root cause without any side-effects, and strengthens the immune system to fight disease germs, thus bringing down recurrence.
Myth 8 - Homeopathy is practised by quacks having no scientific/medical background.
Fact - Homeopathy is a full-fledged medical science which requires thorough study before practice. In India, homeopathy is a 5 1/2-year degree course including 1-year compulsory internship. Subjects are the same as allopathy, along with homeopathic science and philosophy. M.D. in Homeopathy is of 3 years comprising subjects, viz. Repertory, Materia Medica, Organon of Medicine, Homeopathic Pharmacy, Practice of Medicine, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, etc. So, it would be wrong to say that homeopathy is practised by quacks having no scientific/medical background.
Myth 9 - Homeopathic medicines have side-effects.
Fact - In some cases, there may be a slight aggravation of symptoms due to increase in potency. This subsides within some time, as the potency is reduced. However, this does not happen in all cases. Aggravation of symptoms also depends upon one's constitution and body-system. But, this does not come under side-effects; in fact, it is exteriorization of disease strengthening the immune system.
Myth 10 - Foods like onion, garlic, tea, coffee, etc. must be avoided during homeopathic treatment.
Fact - It is advised not to consume anything 15 minutes before and after taking homeopathic medicines. Also, it is better to rinse the mouth if it smells of onion, garlic, etc. Otherwise, generally there is no need to avoid any foodstuffs during the treatment (this depends on the advice given by respective homeopath).
Myth 11 - Homeopathy doesn't need any diagnosis or investigation.
Fact - Homeopathy requires diagnosis to confirm the curability of disease and to give proper direction to the homeopath. If not available, then case history becomes vital to determine the individual symptoms.
Myth 12 - All homeopathic medicines are the same, small and white.
Fact - The small white sugar pills are just the medium for the real medicine which is dissolved in them. In fact, there are around 3000 different dilutions of medicines, out of which one is selected according to the case.
Myth 13 - Homeopathy cannot cure fevers.
Homeopathy scores over regular medicine for curing fevers in the following respects:
- No loss of appetite and quick recovery
- Treatment of weakness
- Strengthening the immune system
- Treatment of any relapse
- No side-effects
Myth 14 - Sweet homeopathic medicines should not be taken by diabetic patients.
Fact - The sweet white balls are made of lactose, not glucose. Also, they are too minute to disturb blood sugar levels. Not to forget that homeopathy provides excellent solutions for diabetes as well, by improving the functioning of pancreatic cells to produce insulin on their own. Thus, homeopathy suits even diabetic patients.