Thursday, 23 November 2017

Homeopathy: Myths and Facts (Part-1)

Although homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine practiced worldwide today, there is still a great deal of misconception and misunderstanding about it. There are myths accepted without question as facts not only by laypersons, but also by practitioners of other systems of medicine.

Because of this unwelcome scenario, many patients who could benefit from homeopathic treatment miss the chance to obtain an effective and lasting cure for some of their chronic medical conditions. Listed below are six commonest myths about homeopathy, subjected to a reality check.

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1 Myth: Homeopathy is not a proven system of medicine.

Fact: Samuel Hahnemann founded Homeopathy in the 18th century, and a great deal of pharmacological and clinical data since has been collected about its effectiveness. Clinical studies conducted all over the world have proven its effectiveness. Homeopathy is not a system of beliefs – it is a system of medicine based on sound and proven scientific principles.

2 Myth: Homeopathic medicines are nothing but placebos.

(= harmless, unmedicated preparationgiven to make a patient believe that they are effective medicines; therefore the cure is in the belief and not in the imaginary medicinal content.)

Fact: Homeopathic medicines come in the form of small white sugar balls, all of which look the same. This has given rise to the myth that they are nothing but placebos. It is true that these small white balls are made up of sugar, but they are used as carriers for the actual medication in liquid form, which these balls have absorbed. Thus, the homeopathic medicine is not in the sugar balls, but in the actual medicinal liquid, they have absorbed.

3 Myth: Homeopathic treatment takes a very long time.

Fact:  Homeopathy is often the last resort for some people for whom other systems of medicine have proven to be ineffective. By this time, an acute problem would have become chronic. Naturally, treating a chronic condition takes longer time.

Another reason is that many people turn to homeopathy seeking cure for their arthritis, serious allergy and skin conditions, which by their very nature cannot be cured quickly. The fact is that timely visits can offer quick and effective treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.

4 Myth: You must blindly believe in homeopathy for it to be effective.

Fact: Trust in the doctor and the medication is an important psychological factor in every system of medicine. However, you do not have to accept unconditionally homeopathy for it to be effective. All that is required is an open mind. The efficacy of the treatment will become apparent when the medication starts to take effect; this will do away with any skepticism.

5 Myth: Homeopathic doctors are not highly trained professionals.

Fact: Homeopathy is a highly evolved system of medicine and to be able to practice it, a doctor must have undergone many years of under and post graduate training, similar to that of traditional medicine. A licensed homeopathic doctor is as qualified as a practitioner of traditional medicine is.

6 Myth: Homeopathy can cure anything.

Fact: It cannot; patients who turn to homeopathy expecting it to be a silver bullet will be disappointed. As with every other system of medicine, homeopathy has its limitations. For example, it can help in the quick recovery from a surgical procedure, but it cannot substitute for surgery.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Understanding Psychosynthesis

Good health is an important matter in everybody’s life. Traditional medicine works by the use of medication or surgery to cure an illness that exists in the physical body. The problem with this approach is that it is meant to be and is post active – it begins its work in response to an illness that has already developed.

Many methods of the commonly called ‘alternative medicine’ take another approach – that of working in the first place to prevent sickness from developing. They believe in the dictum “Prevention is better than cure”. Nowhere is this truer than in the system of homeopathy. One of the less understood and yet a basic aspect of homeopathy is the concept of psychosynthesis.


What is psychosynthesis?

The concept of psychosynthesis dates from the work of Roberto Assagioli, an Italian psychiatrist, in the early part of the 20th century. It is a derivative of psychoanalysis; in its most basic sense, it is an inclusive process of human growth. That the mind, spirit and body are all interconnected and that they have a major influence on each other is an established fact.

A body that is in good physical condition will be adversely affected by the negativity of the mind or spirit. Conversely, a sick body will affect your healthy spirit and mind. A psychiatrist treats conditions of the mind. A priest helps deal with problems of the spirit. A doctor of medicine deals with illnesses of the body. While each of these diverse treatments may be effective in itself, there is no interaction between the three, leading to a mutually supporting and holistically positive effect on any human condition.

Psychosynthesis is the process of consciously strengthening the bonds that connect these three facets of human existence to provide for all round health and well-being. It is a psychological approach to the way of life you ought to lead and live. It helps you understand self and the way the world around impacts existence of self. By doing this you understand better your needs and by fulfilling them, you achieve your full potential.

Most people carry around unwanted spiritual and mental baggage. Psychosynthesis enables you to see clearly your own baggage that holds you back. When you divest yourself of it, you move forward to a more productive, fruitful and rewarding life that includes first holistic health.

The way to holistic health

It is true that homeopathy cannot guarantee you will never ever fall sick. However, it does strengthen your body in conjunction with your mind and spirit. That is surely an integral part of a human being; the risk of any sickness is thus reduced. Should any illness occur, there are proactive and effective ways of dealing with it. Psychosynthesis is a vital part of that process and it plays a significant role in strengthening the overall human condition to function at its best.

Homeopathy is not an “alternative” system: it is part of mainstream medicine in this sense! To know more about holistic health as derived from the inputs of psychosynthesis, contact an experienced homeopathic doctor who applies the insights of psychosynthesis to homeopathy. Your body, mind and spirit will all be the better for it!


Monday, 25 September 2017

Homeopathic Treatment for Addiction

Addiction is a condition where a person consumes a substance or engages in a possibly pleasurable activity; however, it becomes so obsessive that normal activities and the quality of life take a toll. From smoking to drugs, gambling, sex and much more, addiction can appear in many forms. According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 40 million Americans, or one in seven, suffer some form of addiction.

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The key to recovery

The key to getting over an addiction is with no one other than the patient herself/himself; there should be an earnest desire to get rid of it, and to escape from the urges that ruin otherwise a healthy life. Addiction does affect both the body and the mind. The mere desire to escape is often not enough to enable the patient win the battle.

Medical treatments can provide support that indicates a far greater chance of ridding of the debilitating condition, and returning to normal life. Traditional medicine offers a variety of treatments for addiction. These range from nicotine patches (that stop the urge to smoke), to medications (that help in the withdrawal from drugs) to psychological counseling (that resists the urge to indulge in unhealthy activities) and more.

The problem with medications is that they often become crutches on which the patient becomes dependent, which in turn lead to a different form of addiction. Another undesirable aspect of medications is that they may have side effects, which cause additional problems and complications.

Homeopathy: safe and effective option

Traditional medicine uses the ’one-size-fits-all’ principle of treatment. For example, a habitual smoker takes nicotine patches or chewing gum to fight off the desire for nicotine, and thus overcome the addiction. However, the root cause and the effect of patient-specific physical and mental conditions often remain unaddressed. This makes de-addiction much more difficult and opens the door for bouts of worrisome recurrence of the problem.

Homeopathy, as a system of medicine, works on four basic concepts:
  •  According to the principle of ‘like cures like’, similar medicine can cure a disease that causes similar symptoms in healthy people. 
  •  The ’law of minimum doses’ states that the most effective treatment of an illness would be to administer low doses; minimum doses encourage the body to respond naturally to the disease, using its internal strengths.
  •    A case is different from every other, and a holistic view of the individual is essential to finding the most effective form of treatment.
  •    Best remedies are derived from natural sources like minerals and plants.

      Homeopathy has been a trusted system of treatment for all kinds of addiction for over two centuries.  It works by:

  •  Detoxing the body by using diluted remedies for the drug of abuse
  • Treating the symptoms presented
  • Treating the overall constitution of the patient to address any excesses or deficiencies that may be the underlying cause of the addiction
  • Ensuring the patient of a lasting solution
The Bönninghausen Repertory, the standardized reference for homeopathic treatment, lists hundreds of addiction remedies, the use of which is dependent on the specific needs of the individual. Homeopathy can be very effective in treating addiction, as long as you are in the hands of a trained and reputed homeopathic doctor

Monday, 28 August 2017

Respecting your Body with Homeopathy

The word homeopathy is coined by fusing together two Greek words – Hamios, which means ‘similar’, and Phalos, which means ‘suffering’. In his highly celebrated book The Wisdom of the Body, Dr. Walter B. Cannon clearly outlined the signification of “similar suffering” and its high effectiveness in curing diseases.

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The wisdom of the body

Conventional medicine treats symptoms only as signs that indicate some health problems in the body. For example, a runny nose indicates cold. However, it is more than that: it is an effort by the body to flush out the toxins that have caused the sickness.

Conventional medicine prescribes drugs to stop or suppress these symptoms, thereby reducing body’s ability to fight the sickness. In the case of a cold, runny nose maybe stopped, but the underlying sickness remains. The drug triggers side effects such as nasal congestion, headache, fatigue etc., which can worsen the overall physical condition.

Over millennia, the human body has fine-tuned its adaptation to the surrounding environment. As the body has evolved down the centuries, so too have the symptoms associated with various diseases. Quite unconsciously, with its sophisticated systems, the body can react to any invasion that causes distress. Every symptom is an effort by the body to use its natural resources to ward off an illness.

Homeopathic remedies do not ever attempt to suppress or remove the symptoms to provide a temporary but false sense of relief. Instead, they act to support and enhance the body’s natural ability to fight illnesses. Homeopathic medication enhances the symptoms and thereby increases the body’s own abilities to heal it. This is what “similar suffering” means.

The principle of “similar suffering” or “treating like with like” is the foundation of some of the most effective of conventional medical treatments – immunizations and allergy treatments. In both cases, a weakened form of the causes of the sickness is introduced into the body. It stimulates the body’s own responses and strengthens its ability to fight the sickness, should it occur.

The effectiveness of homeopathy lies in its proven efficiency in providing the body with an increased ability to fight disease and recover quickly. Because the process is  natural, there are no dangerous side effects. Thus the focus is always on the wisdom of the body.

Choosing the right doctor

Homeopathy is not really “alternative medicine” in the generally accepted use of the term. This science of medicine has evolved over a long period. Millions of people the world over have complete faith in its efficacy. This faith stems from the satisfying treatments they have received and the cures they have experienced first-hand.

Homeopathy rests on an exhaustive understanding of the human body, the condition of each patient, and the patient-specific combination of medicines that will provide the cure required. As with any school of medicine and medical treatment, finding the right doctor is a key factor in the cure.


Obviously, vast and deep medical knowledge of the doctor is crucial. Equally important is the empathy that the doctor has for the patient. The positive psychological effect of ‘safe’ regimen prescribed by a ‘trusted’ doctor with high reputation plays a major role in speeding up the recovery.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Understanding Classical Homeopathy

German physician Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann (1755-1843) coined the term homeopathy from Greek homoios ‘like, similar, of the same kind’ and -patheia ‘disease’. The basic principle of the homeopathic system is of ‘treating like with like’.

In other words, if a person has symptoms similar to that of a poisonous snakebite, controlled use of snake venom will provide the cure, even if the cause is not an actual snakebite. This is not, except in the case of vaccines and antidotes, very different from mainstream medicine.

In fact, the theory can be traced back to Hypocrites, the father of modern medicine. The oath that every doctor historically takes before beginning patient care is called the Hippocratic Oath.

The goal of Classical Homeopathy

The aim of Classical Homeopathy goes beyond simply treating symptoms. Suppressing symptoms does not cure the disease that causes them. That is similar to painting over a wet patch on a wall without fixing the leaking pipe that causes the problem. It will soon reappear, maybe worse this time, demanding a more expensive attention.

If patterns of physical symptoms were suppressed, the underlying condition would certainly become worse. Classical Homeopathy focuses on the holistic treatment of the individual to achieve a balanced physical, emotional and mental health.

It gives you the freedom necessary for pursuing your own purpose and objectives in life. This may sound like hyperbole, but the growing popularity of Classical Homeopathy, coupled with scientific studies, is ample testimony to its effectiveness and lasting success.

The direct benefits

Any physical ailment affects inevitably your mind and spirit too. It is difficult for you to remain upbeat and creative when your body is sick. By providing a cure to the physical problem, the mind and spirit are set free to regain their own vital health. Classical Homeopathy has the following positive attributes:


  • Safe and non-toxic with no side effects
  • Safe for newborns, pregnant women and those who are chemically sensitive
  • Attuned to fight illnesses rather than suppress symptoms
  • Equipped to fortify body’s own powers and natural defenses to overcome illnesses
  • Effective in treating chronic diseases for which conventional medicine has no long-term cure
  • Unlike  conventional medicine, individually tailored in terms of type,  strength and combination of medicines for each patient

The classical homeopathic doctor

In every form of medicine, the doctor is the key. In Classical Homeopathy, the patient and the doctor are partners in the recovery. A classical homeopathic doctor is passionately committed to

  • Evaluate the patient on many levels of collective understanding of the patient’s troubling condition
  • Prescribe a course of treatment for the underlying cause of the ailment and not just the symptoms
  • Help the patient achieve lasting holistic wellness – physical, emotional and spiritual
  • Bestow love on patients for what they really are – good and not so good
  • Empathize with them in order to show proper emotional response coupled with objective prescription of appropriate medication
  • Display high standards of professional ethics

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Homeopathic Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

According to an estimate of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition that affects more than one million Americans. Its victims are much greater in number than those of multiple sclerosis, many types of cancer and lupus. The causes of the condition are still unknown, but it is commonly observed after an acute viral infection or overexertion (both mental and physical) due to a prolonged illness.

Symptoms

Symptoms of CFS are many and they vary considerably from person to person. In general, they include:


  • Excessive fatigue and weariness, often to the extent that getting up from a chair itself seems to be a great effort
  • Recurring or constant body pain or myalgia
  • Headaches
  • A general feeling of  weakness and ill health
  • Inability to concentrate for more than a short length of time
  • Irregular fluctuations in body temperature
  • Dizziness
  • Depression

The danger with these symptoms is that it is easy to mistake them for simple overexertion, advancing age or the pressures of modern life style. It is common to feel that a few days of rest will be a natural cure, but it turns out to be a serious mistake. There could be a small fall in the intensity of the symptoms after getting some extra rest, but they will return, often with increased strength, once normal activity is resumed.

Why homeopathy is the right choice

Antidepressants are prescribed in conventional medicine for CFS with no terrific effect. Homeopathy, on the other hand, is based on the holistic approach of treatment of the root cause of a medical condition in relation to patient-specific symptoms.

This is especially so in the case of a condition like CFS, where the cause is still being debated and the symptoms vary from patient to patient, from chronic to intermittent. Many homeopathic remedies are available that include the deeply acting constitutional medications like Phosphorus, Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Nux vomica and Sepia. In addition, other remedies such as the following are recommended depending on the exact nature of the sickness:

  • Kali Phos to strengthen the brain cells and nerves to fight depression, anxiety, lack of concentration and other effects of CFS
  • Avena Sativa to nurture the brain and nervous system to fight off mental fatigue, irritability and so on
  • Phosphoric Acid to energize the mental processes and reduce the indifference and apathy that are common aspects of CFS
  • Picric Acid to treat mental fatigue and headaches triggered by intense physical activity
  • Gelsemium, a basic remedy for CFS to fight off the feeling of dullness and dizziness that comes with the sickness.

Although homeopathy is great and safe without side effects, self-diagnosis and self-medication can be dangerous, especially in the case of CFS. If you feel that you may be suffering from CFS, the right thing to do is to consult with a reputed homeopathic doctor.

CFS is a disease that can have a major impact on the quality of your life and by extension, that of your family and friends. With homeopathy offering effective treatment of the condition, there is no reason why you or your loved ones should suffer the avoidable effects of the condition.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Eczema: Homeopathy Offers Effective Treatment

Eczema is an unpleasant skin condition characterized by excessive redness, eruptions of pustules, vesicles or papules, and intense itching. This can be accompanied by cracking, crusting, and thickening of the skin, and the likelihood of an unpleasant discharge.

Eczema is an extremely undesirable condition, and can make life miserable for anyone. Unfortunately, this disease has few boundaries and can affect people across all ages, sexes and races, regardless of any other factors.

Common triggers of eczema

The primary cause of eczema is your immune system that is weak in protecting against any illness or tackling potentially harmful foreign bodies. Recognizing the substances that provoke an overreaction of the immune system can help prevent this unsightly skin condition; they are listed below for your benefit:

1) Food items: Seafood, peanuts, dairy products, gluten-containing products, and sesame seeds are common triggers. However, it’s important to remember that artificial additives in these foods may, most often, trigger the problem, and not the food themselves

2) Chemical products: Perfumes, lotions, shampoos, soaps, detergents, paints, and softeners are all culprits that can worsen eczema. Any product that contains chemicals is neither safe nor gentle for an oversensitive immune system.

3) Extreme temperatures: Whether it is water or air, extreme temperatures can cause a bout of eczema. Mild temperatures are ideal to protect your sensitive skin.

4) Allergens: This includes feathers, moulds, mites, pet hair, plants, pollens, and grass. These allergens may appear insignificant, but they have the ability to cause major reaction when it comes to eczema.

5) Emotional health: Unhappiness and stress can often play havoc with your physical health, provoking bad eczema.

How can homeopathy help?

Homeopathic remedies are tried and tested methods to help reduce or even eradicate eczema in both people and animals. Furthermore, they are safe in treating babies and the elderly as well. As a system of medicine, it subscribes to focused treatment and not suppression of the root cause of any illness; it may take some time to bring about positive results. However, you can be sure that the results will be long-term, much to your relief.

Popular homeopathic remedies for eczema include Sulphur, Arsenic Album, Graphites, Medorrhinum, and Calcarea Carbonica. Sulphur is helpful when eczema is accompanied by intense itching with a tendency to worsen with heat. Arsenic Album is effective in treating rough scaly skin that burns.

Graphites, on the other hand, help soothe skin that is dry and hard with cracks, and occasionally oozes a thick yellow discharge. Graphites is also used when eczema occurs prominently behind the ears. Medorrinum is very helpful in treating cases where eczema has been a sickening condition since birth, occurring in combination with asthma. Calcarea Carbonica effectively treats scaly dry skin that has a tendency to crack.

While most homeopathic remedies can be bought over-the-counter, it is important to remember that eczema is a chronic complaint and is best treated by a reputed and well-experienced homeopath. The outcome depends on a careful prescription of medication that would address a number of crucial factors, apart from outward symptoms.