10 Myths about Homeopathy
myths about homeopathy

  1. Homeopathy is just “sugar” and placebo effect

It is the most frequent statement made by those who oppose homeopathy and also forms a part of the group of questions asked by people who have doubts about trying a homeopathic treatment. The placebo effect is present both in the allopathic and homeopathic treatments. However, this effect is still a long way to overcome the placebo effect met in the conventional treatment. The action of the homeopathic remedy is much superior to the mechanism of self-suggestion, as proved by the efficacy of homeopathic remedies in small children and in veterinary practice. The lactose globules act as a means of transport in which the remedy itself is impregnated.

  1. Homeopathy is a cure-all

No medical system can cure all diseases and as any other treatment method, homeopathy has its limits of action. It is sad to find that most often patients turn to the homeopath when they are already disappointed in the allopathic medicine and poisoned for years in a row by medications. Because of the hectic lifestyle, we all seek quick solutions, whereas the ill people suffering for years on end when going to a homeopath expect the miracle about which they have heard or read in a homeopathy-related article to happen overnight. However, the efficacy of the homeopathic treatment is dependent on many factors, rather than on the disease diagnostics. There are cases when complete recovery is possible, especially in children, who have not yet been poisoned by a number of medications and whose vital force is usually stronger. Nevertheless, when the cure is not possible, homeopathy can still significantly improve the patients’ quality of life, and most often the need for allopathic medications decreases or even becomes unnecessary. In patients whose inner resources are almost exhausted, homeopathy can have a palliative effect treating pain and complications, as well as reducing the psychological and emotional suffering and improving the quality of life.

  1. There are no studies to prove the efficacy of homeopathic remedies

For more than 200 years, homeopathy has been daily proving its efficacy and it’s absolutely wrong that there are no studies to prove this affirmation. A great number of studies have been and continue to be conducted proving the efficacy of homeopathy remedies; the most recent ones are, in most cases, available at the Homeopathy Research Institute website. Let’s be honest – these studies will never be published on medical webpages, sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies. Over the years, the statistical data confirm the efficacy of homeopathic remedies for various disorders, whoever wants – sees it, whoever does not want – denies it. For example, according to statistical data from Ohio (USA) during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the mortality rate among people treated allopathically was 30% of 24.000 cases, while among people treated homeopathically the mortality rate was 1,05% of 26.000 cases.

  1. Homeopathy acts slowly and cannot be used for acute states such as fever, diarrhea, and viral infections.

Anyone who has been for some time using homeopathic remedies has learnt from experience that this affirmation is false. Homeopathy has an arsenal of remedies that can be administered for acute states right from the onset of the illness. Thus, in the first hours of an acute viral respiratory infection a correctly chosen homeopathic remedy can be effective from the first dose. For instance, Gelsemium can cure an impressive number of viral infections, but only if there is a similarity of symptoms. In case of a trauma, regardless of its seriousness, on the way to hospital, the patient should take a dose of Arnica montana; it should never be absent from a first-aid kit.

  1. Homeopathic remedies are based on plants.

It is only partially true for a number of homeopathic remedies, since the raw materials of which the remedies are made can be: either of plant origin – for instance Aconitum, Arnica, Pulsatilla, or of animal origin: the most famous are Apis mielifica, Lachezis, Cantharis, or of mineral origin such as Natrium muriaticum, Calcarea carbonica, Phosphorus. Unlike phytotherapy, which is based on the effects of herbal infusions and teas, homeopathy has a milder effect and is free of side effects of plants. This is due to the two-stage preparation of homeopathic remedies: serial dilution and dynamization.

  1. Homeopathic remedies lose their potency if touched.

Touching the remedies does not decrease their potency because in the preparation process the lactose granules undergo triple impregnation. However, for hygiene reasons, we do not recommend touching them with your hands. The tube cap can serve as an intermediary recipient when administering homeopathic remedies or it could be done with a plastic spoon.

  1. If I take more granules – the overall effects will be greater.

My patients often ask me Maybe I should take more granules to have a greater effect?” My answer is always negative. The effect of the homeopathic remedy by no means depends on the number of granules taken; one can take one or two granules and achieve the same effect similar to taking 5 or 10 granules or the whole tube. The most important in prescribing a homeopathic remedy is the selection of the proper homeopathic remedy, dilution according to the case and the frequency of remedy administration, rather than the number of granules taken.

  1. Homeopathic remedies are addictive and taken for too long no longer have any effect.

Homeopathic remedies help the human body to boost its self-healing mechanisms, and their administration is not addictive. As for the second part of the affirmation, it often comes from people who self-medicate, following the same prescription they used to receive without consulting the homeopath. It is worth mentioning that during homeopathic treatment some symptoms might disappear and new ones might occur. Since the prescriptions are made according to all the symptoms, it is much more likely that you will need a different remedy at the moment, and following the old prescription without consulting the homeopath will lead to disappointment and create the impression that the body “has already got used to the homeopathic remedy and it no longer has any effect”- as my patients often say. Once the taken remedy stops bringing improvements, it is true that the body does not respond to it anymore, and it is a signal that it is better for you to contact the homeopath for a revision of the case and probably a new dilution or a new remedy would be necessary.

  1. Allopathic medications cannot be taken simultaneously with homeopathic remedies.

It is an affirmation/question that I often hear from my patients, and it is absolutely wrong. In disorders developing for many years and requiring complex treatment such as for hypertension, the allopathic medications are not cancelled but are taken parallel to homeopathic remedies. The patient begins the homeopathic treatment and, after some time, under strict medical supervision, the doses of allopathic medications can be gradually reduced. Since there is a possibility that the allopathic medications weaken the effect of the homeopathic remedy, a lower dilution that is administered daily will be used. If a dental intervention is performed, or, even more so, if anaesthesia is used, it would be good for you to inform the homeopath about that, because there is a risk that the homeopathic remedy was antidoted.

  1. The mint toothpaste nullifies the effect of homeopathic remedies.

During a homeopathic consultation, a patient is informed about contraindications that must be taken into account during treatment. Most often patients are warned of such substances as coffee, mint, camphor, eucalyptus, tobacco etc. Since the remedies are absorbed in the mouth, it makes sense to avoid interaction with strong flavors such as mint, cinnamon, garlic, coffee and tobacco. The contact with camphor should be avoided to the maximum extent possible since it is an antidote against all homeopathic remedies. As for other substances, it all depends on the nature of the prescribed remedy. For instance, Natrium muriaticum is extremely sensitive to mint, while Sepia is antidoted by the consumption of vinegar, Nux vomica – by coffee, and Ignatia – by tobacco. If Natrium muriaticum is prescribed, I would recommend using a mint-free toothpaste; in all other cases, it would be acceptable to use a mildly mint-flavoured toothpaste, but the time interval between teeth brushing and administration of homeopathic remedy should be as maximum as possible.

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