Frequently Asked Questions on Homeopathy
- How can a person be treated online without physical examination?
- Does homeopathy have any harmful side effects?
- How long does it take to cure?
- Can homeopathy be used alongside another treatment system?
- What are modalities in homeopathy?
- Are there specialists for various diseases in homeopathy?
- What precautions should be taken during homeopathic treatment?
- How should homeopathic medicines be taken?
- How to store homeopathic medicines?
Q: How can a person be treated online without physical examination?
Since physical examination through Internet is not possible, the practitioner has to get the information through a questionnaire provided to the patient. Every practitioner has his own format of questionnaire and set of questions depending upon his/her experience and method of treatment. The patient must always reply the questionnaire completely and accurately because that is the information available to the practitioner to make out suitable treatment plan. Such information may include the test reports and other relevant data, which is analyzed by the practitioner. The other procedures like sending the medicines or prescriptions and receiving the payments different with different practitioners.
Q: Are there any side effects of homeopathic medicines?
It is a very friendly health care system and it is well known that homeopathic medicines have no known harmful side effects. This fact has stood the test of time and is a strong point of homeopathy but this does not mean that one can pick any medicine and start using it. In most cases there are dozens of medicines for apparently similar ailment but each of those cannot be used in every case. It must be chosen according to symptoms peculiar to the individual. Incorrectly chosen medicine may result in disappointment. This is why self-medication, inappropriate use or repetition of doses without the advice of a professional homeopath is not recommended. One should prefer to consult an experienced homeopath.
Q: How long does it take to cure
Treatment time depends on the nature and severity of the case, regularity of treatment, patient's response to medicine and many other factors. Usually acute cases respond earlier whereas chronic cases take time. This is true for all the healing systems. Homeopathic treatment is said to be a slower system, which is not correct. In certain acute cases, homeopathy can give instant relief. Cases like arthritis, asthma, cirrhosis of liver, certain skin diseases including psoriasis and vitiligo etcetera take time in showing improvement, depending on the stage of the disease.
Q: Can homeopathy be used alongside another treatment system?
Every healing system has its own some basis, philosophy and system of medicines. It is generally recommended that only one medical system be used at a time to avoid any disagreement between the action of medicines. If medicines from two different systems are used simultaneously, they might neutralize the effects of each other leaving the patient in disappointment. If at all the cure is seen, one would not know which system it has come from. However, Reiki is one system, which is truly complimentary to all other systems and can safely be used alongside, without the fear of any harm. Please see the Reiki Pages for more information.
If you are under some kind of compulsion to use medicines from some other system along with homeopathic medicines, ask your homeopath how to manage them. Generally you should leave enough time between a dose of the two, at least an hour.
Q: What are modalities in homeopathy?
Lots of ailments are aggravated or ameliorated (becoming better) by different factors. Such factors may be any thing like a specific climatic condition, specific posture, particular condition or situation, particular time of the day, particular food item or whatever. Such influencing factors are called "Modalities". For one individual for example, backache may be worse in the morning, for another it may be worse while at rest and yet for another person, it might be more troublesome while moving about. Similarly, other ailments have their own modalities and have a very important role to play but in certain healing systems modalities are not given due attention. At times, they are considered psychological and ignored. Homeopathy is one unique system that takes care of the modalities while making out the treatment plan. You must tell the doctor what makes your problem worse or better so that he/she can treat you correctly. Do not ever consider a modality irrelevant.
Q: Are there specialists for various diseases in homeopathy?
In some treatment systems, there is a specialist for every organ of the body but it is not so in homeopathy. We know that the human body always works as one integrated unit while performing any function. This is why homeopathic medicines are always chosen according to total picture of the symptoms, and their effect is not limited to one or two organs. They are capable of covering immensely wide range of symptoms and multiple problems in the whole body, much wider than other systems. Thus a homeopath can treat all organs and all types of diseases. There is no concept of specialization in classical homeopathy unless a homeopath imposes restrictions on himself and takes selected cases only.
Q: What precautions should be taken during homeopathic treatment?
Homeopathic medicines are quite effective but there are some precautions that should be taken for better results. It is very important that correct diet be taken at least during the treatment otherwise the medicines might not give the desired results. Such precautions would be different in every case depending upon the ailment and the medicines being used. While starting the treatment, your homeopath should give you a diet plan and tell you what you need to take and what to avoid. Your should preferably not use any medicine without regular medical advice but in case you decide to take some medicine not recommended by your homeopath, don't forget to be careful with your diet.
Generally, any thing that contains Caffeine, Coca (e.g. Coca-Cola), Menthol, Camphor, Peppermint, excessive Salt etc. should be avoided because these may antidote (but not always) the effects of some homeopathic medicines.
Q: How homeopathic medicines should be taken?
It is very simple. No bad tastes, no large quantities. Generally, it is taken in the following manner.
- If your medicine is in the shape of tablets or powder, it should be dissolved under the tongue in a clean mouth.
- It is preferable to have a mouthwash with plain water before taking the medicine, especially if you are a smoker.
- Smoking, eating or drinking any thing (except plain water if necessary) soon after taking the medicine should be avoided.
- If your medicine is in the shape of drops, it should be taken in about 1/2 cup of plain water.
- Homeopathic medicine should preferably be taken either at least 15 minutes before meals or an hour after, unless your homeopath has advised differently.
- Try to avoid touching the tablets by hand.
There are other ways of taking the medicine. In case the medicine is to be taken differently, your homeopathy would advise you accordingly.
Q: How should homeopathic medicines be stored?
- Homeopathic medicines have a long storage life. If they are in the form of liquid, made in alcohol, the life will be as much as the life of alcohol. All you need to do is to keep the lid tight to prevent evaporation. Mother tinctures prepared in water have much shorter shelf life.
- Homeopathic medicines in the form of globules, tablets or powder form can last for many, many years, if stored appropriately.
- Glass bottles should not be stored in strong light. They must specially be kept away from sunlight.
- Should be kept away from strong smelling items like perfumes etc. Never store them in your kitchen (which has maximum variety of smells). Even if the bottle is airtight, it should preferably be stored cautiously.
- It is not necessary to keep homeopathic medicines in a refrigerator. They should preferably be kept at normal room temperature.
- Avoid placing them near a TV set, computer, cell phone or other such gadget that emits rays. The rays will damage the delicate nature of the medicines and destroy their efficacy.
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