Myths and Facts about Homeopathy by Dr Rajesh Shah, MD(Hom)
Myth: Homeopathy is simply herbal medicine.
Fact: Not really. Homeopathy is much more than herbal medicine. It has medicines sourced from herbs, minerals, chemicals, animal products, organisms, etc. And, very importantly, it is backed by a sophisticated method of medicine preparation, sound scientific principles and deep philosophy.
Myth: Homeopathy cures all diseases.
Fact: No system of medicine can cure all the diseases.
Myth: Homeopathy is a placebo therapy.
Fact: Homeopathy is a proven therapy, used successfully for last 200 years in over 170 countries; supported by scientific studies. It shows once ignorance if one believes that homeopathy is placebo.
Myth: Homeopathy increases the disease before curing.
Fact: Not really. Only some disease such as eczema might worsen, that too in less than 5% of cases if medicines are not professionally prescribed. The whole idea of the increase of disease before the cure is exaggerated.
Myth: Homeopathic medicines contain steroid or cortisone!
Fact: It is absurd to even think that homeopathy may contain cortisone.
Myth: Homeopathy is very slow.
Fact: Homeopathy is little slower than the conventional medicines; but not very slow. Since it deals with chronic and difficult diseases, the course of treatment may seem slow and long.
Myth: Homeopathic medicines cannot be taken with the conventional (allopathic) medicines.
Fact: Conventional medicines and homeopathic medicines can safely be taken together, with advantage, without any harm.
Myth: Homeopathy is very fast!
Fact: It is not even very fast. It all depends on the nature of the disease that is under treatment.
Myth: Homeopathy cures all diseases:
Fact: Not always, to be honest. Homeopathy gives lasting results for sure. The word is theoretical, which cannot be promised for, in difficult diseases.
Myth: Coffee and onion cannot be taken during homeopathic treatment.
Fact: Can be taken, keeping a gap of about half an hour.
Myth: Homeopathy can cure cancer, mental retardation, heart blocks, baldness (MPB), all surgical diseases, cataract, hernia, hydrocele, etc.
Fact: Not true.
Myth: Investigations such as x-ray, blood test, MRI, etc. are not required for homeopathic treatment.
Fact: All sort of investigations are required and useful for better and effective homeopathic treatment.
Myth: Diagnosis is not required for homeopathic treatment.
Fact: Diagnosis helps to make better prescription of homeopathic medicines.
Myth: Homeopathic medicines are prescribed only for the mental symptoms of the patient.
Fact: Not correct. Study of disease, diagnosis, and mental attributes are studied in homeopathy.
Myth: Vitamins, iron-tonic, etc. should not be taken during homeopathic treatment.
Fact: Can be taken. Tonics and supplements are part of homeopathic treatment!
Myth: Homeopathy is against surgery.
Fact: Not really. Surgery is a part of homeopathy. Interestingly, some of the surgical diseases (life piles, fissure, tonsillitis, etc.) can be cured without surgery.