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Myths And Facts About Homeopathy

Question:

Homeopathy seems to be a controversial subject; some of my friends swear that it works while others question its validity as an effective and scientific method of treatment. What is your response to some of these commonly held views about homeopathy?

Answer:

Perception: Homeopathy is slow acting.
Fact: Homeopathy is not slow acting. This perception is popular because most people approaching a homeopath have a long history of chronic problems that are multiple in nature, hence the treatment takes time.

Homeopathy provides fast relief in conditions like cold, cough, allergies, headaches, tonsillitis, sinusitis, loose motions, stomach pain and many other conditions. In fact, it works as efficiently as taking an antibiotic, without the side effects.

Perception: Homeopathy is nothing but faith healing, it is a placebo.
Fact: This is not true. Scientific, random and double blinded studies have repeatedly proved that homeopathy is not a placebo effect. The effect of homeopathic medicines has been observed repeatedly on neonates, infants, unconscious patients and animals, where "faith healing" would not be possible.

Perception: Small, white pills are not effective.
Fact: All homeopathic medicines are prepared in an alcohol base. The white globules or pills are only the vehicle through which medicines are transported throughout the body. Doubts about the efficacy of the pills usually arise in first time patients.

Perception: Homeopathy is useful in treating chronic conditions only, it cannot treat acute conditions.
Fact: Homeopathy is a great alternative medicine for acute illnesses like common seasonal colds, coughs, fever, sinusitis, tonsillitis, vomiting, diarrhea, toothache, urinary tract infections and so on. It offers a better alternative method of treatment for ailments such as these, and in fact, it is fast and rapid in acting on acute conditions.

Perception: Homeopathy is quackery; it is practiced by those who have no scientific background.
Fact: Not true. The founder of homeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann MD, was a German physician. The study of homeopathy includes a full-fledged Bachelor's degree course with five and a half years of training, as well as a postgraduate MD course.

Perception: Homeopathy can cure everything.
Fact: Homeopathy can cure a lot of illnesses, at least as wide a range as any other medical system. However, it has its own scope and limitations. Physicians as well as patients should understand that every illness cannot always be treated or cured.

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