Q: What is Homeopathy?
A: Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that was first introduced by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. It works holistically with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health. It is extremely safe to use, even with very small children and pregnant women, has no side effects.
The word Homeopathy comes from two Greek words “homoios” meaning similar and “pathos” meaning disease or suffering. It is based on the law of “Likes Cure Likes”. A minimal, homeopathic dose of a substance that would normally cause symptoms (such as the rash and itching from exposure to the poison ivy plant) in a healthy person, when given to a sick person exhibiting those symptoms, will effect a cure. Example: Remedy, Allium Cepa (onion) is administered to cure symptoms of Hay fever.
Homeopathic medicines are manufactured in strict accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). With a history of experience spanning over 200 years, homeopathic medicines are used by millions of patients and recommended by trained healthcare professionals aUnder the care of a trained health care practitioner are successfully used for both acute as well as chronic conditions, like asthma, depression, Migraine, anxiety disorders, autoimmune conditions, arthritis, autism and like.
How popular is Homeopathy?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), homeopathy is the second largest medical system for primary health care in the world. It is prevalent and widely accepted in many parts of the world including Europe, where over 100 million people use it on a regular basis. In America, during the early 1900s, the most prestigious medical schools in this country were homeopathic.
Q: Do homeopathic medicines have any side effects?
A: Homeopathic medicines have no side effects. They can be safely taken with other conventional medications and are sometimes recommended to complement other treatments.
Q: How should I handle homeopathic pellets and tablets?
A: It is recommended that you avoid touching the homeopathic pellets and tablets with your fingers or hands. The easiest way is to gently shake the required pellets or tablets into the cap of the container and use that as a ‘cup’ to gently place the medicine in your mouth.
Since the homeopathic medicine is thinly adsorbed onto the surface of most pellets and tablets, any moisture on your fingers or hands may release the medicine at the point of contact rather than in your mouth. In addition, any oils on your skin may stick on the surface of the pellets or tablets and impede the proper absorption once the medicine is in your mouth.
Q: How quickly can I expect homeopathic medicines to work?
A: This will depend on the specific condition and the severity of symptoms. Acute Emotional affections like grief or trauma or acute physical conditions like fever or diarrhoea the remedies can start acting within few minutes to hours.
Chronic conditions like migraine, arthritis, eczema or depression it may take longer or more frequent doses to return to the desired state of well being. During periods of acute stress, more frequent dosing may be necessary to support and rebalance your body on both a physical and emotional level. Diet, lifestyle and medical history may also play a role in how quickly a patient will respond.
Q: Can I take my homeopathic medicine along with my prescription drugs?
A: Unless in special cases, Homeopathy can be consumed safely alongside conventional medicines as both have a unique sphere of actions. Consulting a homeopathic physician before you do so is highly advisable.
Q: Tell me more about the way homeopathic medicines are prepared.
A: Homeopathic medicines are made according to a precise and controlled process of successive homeopathic attenuation. This process is sometimes referred to as potentisation. They are commonly made by finely crushing a plant, animal, or mineral substance and extracting with grain alcohol and / or water. The extract is then diluted in a mixture of alcohol and water. (Solid products can be diluted using lactose.) The process is repeated many times to reach the desired therapeutic attenuation level. After each dilution phase, the mixture is vigorously agitated (shaken) enough to create a brief moment of chaos in the ‘structure’ of the medicine. This agitation phase is called succussion.
Q: Will drinking coffee or alcohol, or eating food interfere with the effectiveness of my homeopathic medicine?
A: In general it is recommended that you should refrain from consuming foods or drinks that contain strong aromatics or stimulants such as coffee and peppermint at the same moment as you are taking your homeopathic medicine so the two do not interfere with each other. An easy to follow rule is to simply wait 15 minutes before or after eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. Homeopathic medicines may also be mixed with a small amount of clean (preferably filtered) water. Of course, if you are under the care of a health care practitioner, please follow the guidelines provided by them for your use of the homeopathic medicine.
Q: Is homeopathic medicine safe for my children?
A: Homeopathic medicines are ideal for use with children, especially due to their inherent safety. Kids who are treated with Homeopathy are far more healthy and with an optimally functioning immune system.
Q: Is homeopathy safe to use with my pet?
A: Homeopathy is very safe to use with animals. In working with a veterinarian who is familiar with homeopathic medicines, animals (both large and small) can be greatly helped, especially if the owner has made a careful assessment of the symptoms to assist the vet in choosing the right medicine.
Q: In what forms can I find homeopathic medicines?
A: Homeopathic remedies come in the form of medicated pellets and tablets, as well as liquids.
Q: How should I store my homeopathic medicines?
A: Extremes of temperature are never advised for homeopathic medicines. Refrigerating or freezing homeopathic remedies is not recommended, nor should they be kept anywhere they will be exposed to high temperatures, such as a closed vehicle on a hot sunny summer day. It’s best to keep containers tightly sealed and away from extreme heat or direct sunlight. Due to the high humidity often found in a bathroom, the common “medicine cabinet” is a bad place to keep any kind of medicine.
Q: Why is there alcohol in the liquid remedies? Is that really safe for my children?
A: Alcohol is an excellent preservative and vehicle for homeopathic medicines; in fact this single substance serves multiple functions at one time. And the amount of alcohol in a usual dose is exceedingly small. For example, the usual dose of a homeopathic liquid medicine contains just 1/80 of an ounce of alcohol. An 8 oz glass of wine provides 80 times that much (about 1 ounce of alcohol).
Q: Should I use Liquid or pellets? What is the difference?
A: This is purely a matter of personal preference and availability, as there is no difference in effectiveness. Some people prefer pellets because of slight sweetness (especially children and pets) and others, for personal reasons, want an alcohol-free remedy. Still others prefer liquids due to the ease of use. Certainly if the right homeopathic medicine is only available to you in one of these forms, there is no reason to shy away from using it.
Q: Can I use homeopathic medicines while pregnant or nursing?
A: Homeopathic medicines can be safely used by pregnant women only after consultation with a trained homeopath physician. They can be used to manage conditions like vomiting, Low mood, constipation in pregnancy.
Q: I thought these were herbal products. Isn’t that true?
A: No, homeopathic medicines are not herbal products, which use a larger quantity of plant material per dose. Homeopathic medicines use a much smaller dose of plant or mineral substance to address symptoms. And, unlike herbal products, which are regulated as dietary supplements or foods, the law requires homeopathic products to be produced, tested and labeled as drugs. In other words, homeopathic products must be manufactured in compliance with the FDA’s pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) regulations for cleanliness, quality and testing.
Q: I am lactose intolerant. Can I use these products?
A: People who are lactose intolerant do not have enough of the enzymes in their digestive tract to digest lactose. Most small homeopathic tablets contain about 64 milligrams of lactose (the sugar from cow’s milk – no protein is used) and larger homeopathic tablets contain about 250 mg of lactose each. While everyone is different, most lactose intolerant individuals would need to ingest 5000 mg of lactose before they experience symptoms of intolerance from the lack of enzymes. With this large margin of safety, there is rarely a problem with homeopathic products when used as directed on the label. If your still doubtful you can prefer homeopathic liquid dosages.
Q: What conditions are treated using homeopathic medicines?
A: Homeopathic medicines can be used to relieve symptoms of a wide range of acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, arthritis pain, muscle pain, teething, etc. They can also be used by trained physicians to relieve symptoms of more serious conditions and many chronic diseases.
Q: Are homeopathic medicines safe?
A: Homeopathic medicines have been used for more than 200 years and have established a remarkable safety record over that time.
Q: What is the evidence of efficacy for homeopathic medicines?
A: The efficacy of homeopathic medicines is supported by 200 years of clinical observation. An increasing number of scientific studies on homeopathy are being conducted and, in recent years, more than 150 of these studies have been published in medical journals. Clinical research is providing evidence of the efficacy of homeopathic medicines, and basic laboratory research is confirming the biological activity of highly diluted substances and helping the scientific community better understand their mechanism of action.
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