April 10, 2021: A basic belief behind homeopathy is “like cures like.” In other words, something that brings on symptoms in a healthy person can in a very small dose treat an illness with similar symptoms. This is meant to trigger the body’s natural defenses. Homeopathy is a medical system based on the belief that the body can cure itself. Those who practice it use tiny amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals. They believe that these works slowly but stimulate the healing process. But various myths and facts about homeopathy are associated. Today, on World Homeopathic Day, we will bust the myths and establish the facts about homeopathy. So, read on:
World Homeopathy Day 2021
Homeopathy was developed in the late 1700s in Germany by Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann. It’s common in many European countries, but it’s not quite as popular in the United States.
World Homeopathy Day is being celebrated today all across the world.
The day marks the significance of the branch of medicine and its contribution in curing many diseases which were hard nuts to crack.
The day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann’s a German physician and founding father of this branch of medicine. On this day, Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was born in Paris in the year 1755.
Apart from honoring the man who founded this crucial branch of medicine, the day also gives people an opportunity to understand the glorious history of the branch of medicine and countless miracles homeopathy has been able to pull off in the last few centuries.
This year the theme of this day is “Homeopathy- Roadmap for Integrative Medicine”.
The meeting on this topic is also held by the ministry of Ayush and the event will take place in Delhi, India.
World Homeopathy Day: Myths and facts
Listed below are some of the most common myths and facts about homeopathy.
Homeopathy is slow to act.
Homeopathic treatments are fast acting in cases of acute conditions such as fever, infections, diarrhea, etc. Homeopathy has been labeled as ‘slow to act’ or a slow acting treatment because old and chronic diseases take an extended amount of time for their treatment but is actually effective.
More interesting myths and facts about homeopathy
Time for some more myths and facts about homeopathy. Another myth associated with homeopathy is that it acts more like a placebo effect and faith healing.
However, the fact is Science and studies have proved that homeopathy medicines are far above the placebo effect. Undoubtedly, the healing process is slow but it definitely works.
You cannot take homeopathic medicines along with the allopathic medicines.
It is another misguided belief. But the fact is Homeopathic medicines and allopathic drugs can be taken at the same time as they are derived from different sources. Homeopathic medicines are usually derived from natural whereas allopathic medicines are essentially chemical based.
Homeopathy stands against the modern medicine.
Some people might believe that ‘modern medicine’ and homeopathy stand against each other.
Myths like these are mind boggling for practicing homeopaths – in fact, they fail to understand as to how such concepts came to grown in the minds of medicos and lay-people. Homeopathy is just another science; an equal part of medical science.
Homeopathic medicines contain steroids
It is a myth that those homeopathic medicines contain steroids. But it is not true at all. Homeopathic medicines are prepared from natural substances and are sweet. Steroids taste bitter and so there is no chance that there are steroids in homeopathic medicines.
There are a lot of food restrictions with homeopathic medicines
Homeopathic medicines are absorbed in the tongue and the inner lining of the mouth as soon as we eat it therefore patients are asked not to eat or drink anything 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after taking the medicine. These are the only food restrictions.
Diabetic patients should not use homeopathy.
Homeopathy can very well be used by diabetic patients though its sweet. The little round sugar pills taken in homeopathic treatment do not make much difference at all. The sugar intake of a diabetic person through his or her daily diet is way higher than the innocent little sweet round pills.
Homeopathy is not a medicine of emergency
Homeopathy has wonderful remedies to give quick relief in acute conditions like fever, cold and cough, pneumonia, diarrhea, migraine, injuries, etc. However, it is important to note that you must consult a qualified homeopathic physician to get correct guidance.
Homeopathy is a miracle medicine
No doubt homeopathy is a wonderful medicine, still everything has both pros and cons. No medicine is perfect. Homeopathy is no panacea. If it were, people would be able to survive the deadliest of diseases.
Like all medicine systems, it too has its own set of limitations. Homeopathy does fail in certain cases. Now that doesn’t mean that it’s a hoax.
Homeopathy gives the same white medicines for all diseases
This is not true at all. The white pills are only neutral of actual medicine that is sprinkled on them and then it works. The potent medicine coats the white pills.