What homeopathy is not?
Homeopathy is one of the most mysterious streams of science. It is poorly understood, misunderstood and over-understood. This confuses not only patients (laypeople) but also the homoeopaths.
After almost three decades of experience in homoeopathy research, practice, education, teaching, promotion and study, I am now able to share my opinions and concerns. You can visit Spring Homeo for more information about Homoeopathy.
Homeopathy is not a miracle cure.
Many believe homeopathy is magic and can cure even the most severe diseases like cancer, paralysis, and comatose stages. It isn’t. It is a science based on certain laws (laws of similars, similar to that of vaccinations); each with its limitations and scope. As per the doctors at Spring Homeo, the scope of treatment is determine by the rules, parameters and application methods.
Although homeopathy can be very effective, please don’t expect miracles or magic.
Homeopathy isn’t a panacea.
Homeopathy is often portray as a panacea or a cure-all. It is not. Homeopathy has all the benefits and limitations of science, but also the joys. There is no panacea in medical science.
According to the doctors at Spring Homeo, Homeopathy can treat the initial stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis but not the deformities that accompany it.
Homeopathy is more than mind-based medicine.
As explained by the doctors of Spring Homeo, Homoeopathy is based mainly on understanding the mind, which is one of the most difficult concepts to grasp. This misbelief is not completely eradicate by the homoeopathic fraternally. Homoeopathy is a practice that focuses on mental attitudes, emotions, mindsets, and other aspects. But it is not the only determining factor.
Many homoeopaths in the west believe that homoeopathy is similar to mind-medicine. The study of homoeopathy includes the diagnosis, the type of pathology, the type of immunological or hormonal changes, and the physical components (perspiration or thermal preference, etc.) as well as the mental sphere. Depending on the case, all of these elements may be combine.
Homoeopathy goes beyond psychosomatic.
Many homoeopaths will often link disease or pathology in patients with an emotional parameter. This is almost always a cause and effect phenomenon. Diabetes can be cause by stress in relationships or arthritis from grief after the death of a loved one. Psychosomatic is deeply understood and value in homeopathy. However, it is not necessarily a causal phenomenon but rather a part of the whole. It is not necessary to forcefully connect the major emotions that cause every disease in patients.
Homeopathy is not for everyone.
Many have linked homoeopathy to spirituality because homeopathy is based upon a potentized (incredibly small) dose of the substance. Although it is interesting to see a correlation, homoeopathy could be hinder if science is abandon in favour of spirituality. Homoeopathy will not grow scientifically if it is compare with ‘sole,’ or miasms and ‘Buddhism.
Homoeopathy is a poorly understood science. For some, it may seem like a form of spirituality.
Homeopathy is not a placebo treatment.
Homoeopathy has been criticize by sceptics as placebo therapy. This is due to the lack of proper research and modern medicine guidelines. Homoeopathy is far more than placebo therapy, as the results with homoeopathic medicines can be replicate, measure, and document.
Homoeopathy is not faith-base healing.
Next, sceptics claim that homoeopathy is faith healing. For those who didn’t believe in homoeopathy, it has worked a million more times than expected. Homoeopathy is more than placebo therapy. It works for both domestic and wild babies.
For example, in Hepatitis C cases where an objective parameter, such as a dramatic reduction in viral load following homoeopathic medications, is difficult to achieve with faith healing.
I recommend that sceptical people try homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy isn’t always a ‘single-remedy’ miracle.
Homoeopathic professionals were taught to believe that a single remedy is the best for every patient. It’s very difficult to break out of this rigidity and move beyond it. Even Dr Hahnemann, the father of homoeopathy could not overcome this rigidity. Homoeopaths are either emotionally charged when discussing the use of additional remedies in a case, or they shy away from talking about it. Homoeopathy has not yet entered into scientific discussions about poly-pharmacy, which refers to multiple medicines.
There are very few cases that can be treat with a single treatment for all complex cases.
I treat severe conditions such as Ulcerative colitis and Ankylosing Spondylitis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Nephrotic Syndrome, Nephrotic Syndrome, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Nephrotic Syndrome, and others. I will not attempt to treat every case. Each delay can be harmful and should not be taken as a reason.
Homoeopathy is more than a ‘single-dose’ therapy.
“Single remedy, one dose” is a magic phrase found in homoeopathic textbooks. It’s no longer relevant in modern medical practice. These phrases have been my daily practice for more than a decade. I’ve come to terms with dogmatism.
The idea of a single treatment and a single dose could lead to criminal intransigence.
Homoeopathy isn’t a dream-based treatment.
Some homoeopaths believe that homoeopathy can be practise by understanding the patient’s dreams. This is even though some teachings have caused a cloud of confusion. Homeopathy’s twenty-two parameters include the study of dreams. It is also one of the most unpredictable. Its importance cannot be understate.
Most treatments don’t cause suppression.
The theory of homoeopathy suppressing diseases is often given too much importance. This can be misleading. Yes, immunosuppressive medications such as corticosteroids etc. can be used. This causes suppression of the immune system and eventually leads to the development of more severe diseases. This principle is well-known in homoeopathy philosophy.
An extension of the concept is suppression. Some believe that anti-fever medication (paracetamol and Tylenol), as well as painkillers and antibiotics, will always cause suppression. This must be avoided. This, I believe, is false. This requires scientific debate.
Homoeopathy doesn’t take too long:
Homoeopathy advocates claim that it is not slow. This is partially true, but not all. It is not slow for chronic diseases. It is relatively slow for acute diseases and can be very slow when it comes to the treatment of critical illnesses.
Homoeopathy is not slow-acting.
It is also not fast to learn homoeopathy. Let’s be real. Homoeopathy is neither fast nor slow. It needs to be made more efficient by research, I’d say.
Homoeopathy is more than a ‘constitutional medicine.
Any contradiction to constitutional medicine could lead to a third world war among homoeopaths. After 25 years of homoeopathic practice, I have concluded that “constitutional medicine” is just a fad. This requires a review and reevaluation. This is a large topic and cannot be covered here.
Kurz gesagt, although some cases might not be able to find a constitutional medicine, they can still be successfully treated.
Homoeopathy is not suitable to treat all critical and acute diseases.
One school of thought holds that homoeopathy can treat all acute and critical diseases, including cerebral malaria, bacterial meningitis and severe pneumonia.
It is false. Homoeopathy is a science that cannot treat severe acute or critical diseases with consistency. With emphasis, please read the word “consistently” with care. Sometimes, success in some cases may not be sufficient. Homoeopathy must be able to compare with modern medicine to ethically claim success in severe acute or critical illness.
Even if the treatment is effective, every disease cannot be cure.
Some homoeopaths and many people believe that every disease can be cure if the symptoms are similar to those of the patient. This means that no matter the type of disease, the treatment is guaranty if the medication selection is perfect. However, this is false. The curability of any disease is dependent on many factors, such as
1. The nature of the disease. Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver, maybe curable. Cirrhosis, which is the result of liver scarring (cirrhosis), cannot be curable.
2. The degree of pathological changes. The extent of pathological change. For example, Alopecia Areata is curable in a smaller number of cases. However, total hair loss (Alopecia totalis), cannot be cure.
3. There is no way to reverse the disease process or change its outcome. Although it is possible to treat inflammation arthritis, Osteoarthritis (bony accumulation) cannot be reverse.
4. Selecting the right homoeopathic remedies.
Modern medicine has made homoeopathy a mainstream option.
Homoeopathy is dependent on the well-evolved medical knowledge gain by medical science. Homoeopathy is not meant to be a substitute for modern medical science. It is time to realize that homoeopathy is not distinct from medical science in terms of ‘medicine’. They are complementary, not antagonistic; they share the same medical science.
Modern medicine does not discriminate against homoeopathy.
Some people may think that modern medicine and homoeopathy are incompatible. It has always fascinated me how these concepts have developed in the minds of homoeopaths and medicos. Homoeopathy is a science, a part of medical science.
Do we think that computer engineering is opposed to electronics? Is mechanical engineering more important than electrical or civil engineering when we consider the evolution of engineering sciences? It’s not true. They complement each other. We don’t have maturity in medical sciences.
Surgery isn’t against homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy is not against surgery, a common myth among modern surgeons and laypeople. Homoeopathy includes surgery. Surgery is both a science and an art in itself. Surgery is not a property of modern medicine or homoeopathy. Homoeopathy is a method of treating certain diseases in a specific way. Surgery is a way to treat diseases in a new and different way, without the use of medicines. Both complement each other. The homoeopathic training in India prepares every homoeopath to perform basic surgery at the undergraduate level. It also trains modern medical professionals. Indian homoeopaths are both doctors and surgeons.
It is important to know what homoeopathy does not mean. This article should stimulate many.