Homeopathy is one of the many branches of medicine which is also an alternative form of medicine. This medicine system was established in 1700 and was developed in the late 1700s in Germany by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. The World Homeopathy Awareness Organization created World Homeopathy Awareness Week from April 10th to April 16th. World Homeopathy Day kicks off the week of April 10th, which is Dr. Hahnemann’s birthday. This year on the occasion of World Homeopathy Day, the AYUSH ministry has decided to celebrate the day with the theme- “Homeopathy- Roadmap for Integrative Medicine”.
Integrative medicine approach means that two or more alternative medicine forms along with conventional treatment (allopathy) are used to cure or give relief from medical ailments. As we know due to covid-19 we have started adopting the Ayurvedic approach (like drinking Turmeric milk etc) and the Homeopathic approach (Arsenic Album etc immunity boosters) along with the traditional allopathic antibiotics and such similar drugs. The future is integrative medicine as this serves to be quick, easy, simple, and do-able along with being effective and efficient.
Tanvi Shendye, Bombay Veterinary College, Mumbai
What is Homeopathy? How does it work? What is its core beliefs? How are Homeopathic Medicines made? If you have ever had questions related to Homeopathy, its mode of action, etc, we’ve got you covered in this blog. This world Homeopathy Awareness Week, let us look at some amazing facts and features of Homeopathic Medicine!
HOMEOPATHY AS AN ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE FORM
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine and has been gaining popularity right along with the Ayurveda medicine system and the Allopathic system. Homeopathy is one of the longest established alternative medicine to come out of Europe. In fact, this medicine system treats the overall wellbeing of a person and not just signs/symptoms observed. The Homeopathic Medicines are termed as remedies and the Homeopathic Doctor suggests one best remedy for the overall health and symptom state of a person, taking into account the full range of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states of the person. Homeopathic Doctor gives the remedy once in a single dose, of the required potency and then observes the responses for the next few weeks and this is called ‘The Constitutional Treatment’ in the classical homeopathy system.
The frequency of medicine dosing (dosage intervals) depends upon the history taken and the severity of the case. For instance, an acute case would be handled in a different way as compared to a chronic long-standing illness. The dosing is frequent (within few minutes or repeating medicine every few hours) in case of acute condition while other cases for normal-chronic cases the dosing interval would be more (for eg. Twice a day or thrice a day or once a day)
BELIEFS OF HOMEOPATHY MEDICINE
The basic idea behind Homeopathy is not just to treat the symptoms or signs but to focus on the 360° aspect of a disease process. Homeopathic Doctor focuses on the overall well-being of the patient and not just the observable symptoms of the disease. The doctor will ask for your history (just like an allopathic doctor) but on the flip side will ask you more questions than usually asked. They will also ask questions regarding your mental aspect, your surroundings, your behavior, etc. Yes, these things apply to Veterinary Medicine as well! Thus this form of treatment focuses on the overall treatment of disease rather than treating signs and symptoms only. Let’s look at some of the core beliefs of this system-
- The major one is like-cures-like
Homeopathy believes that a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in healthy people can cure similar symptoms in sick people; this principle is called similia similibuscurentur, or “like cures like”. In fact the name Homeopathy too has a unique meaning. The term “homeopathy” thus comes from the Greek words, hómoios which means “-like” and páthos which means “suffering” thus, even the name is based on this ‘Like-cures-like’ phenomena.
- Potency of drugs
According to the principles of homeopathy, each dilution makes the product stronger. The process is called potentization. In homeopathic medicine, this is called the Law of Infinitesimals.
- Bring back the body to its natural form – Homeostasis
Homeopathic treatment is designed to facilitate the release of the illness. This system believes in the power of natural forces which works to ensure the body is back to its best form by maintaining homeostasis (a state of perfect well being)
HOW ARE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES MADE?
Homeopathic preparations are termed remedies and are prepared using a wide range of things right from including plants, minerals, to animal products. For example, strychnosnux vomica, chinchona bark, aloe, marigold etc.
– A small amount of the mineral, plant, or animal product is added to a dilution material, such as alcohol. (Now you know the reason behind the typical taste of Homeopathic Medicine!).
– Also, sometimes these Homeopathic products may be delivered within small white lactose pills ,(the typical white tiny balls which we know of) or in liquids, or creams (for eg. Calendula cream) that are used externally.
–These remedies are generally labeled by the ratio of dilution and the number of times diluted. For example 30C, 10M.
These were a few facts about Homeopathy as an alternative medicine form. This World Homeopathy Awareness Week, we hope you spread the good word about the benefits, facts of Homeopathy as an alternative medicine form and take very good care of your as well as your pet’s health. Let’s keep in mind the theme for this year 2021, “Homeopathy- Roadmap for Integrative Medicine” and focus on building a society, where every human being and their pets as well as others outside like the flora and fauna, the strays are all fit healthy and happy
With 360° good health approach, we have the ability and power to create a difference, a good difference, build up a better world. Let’s pave the way for Homeopathy as the roadmap for integrative medicine!