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Published 07-06-2022

Does Homeopathy Have Side Effects?

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Does Homeopathy Have Side Effects?

Dr. Asfiya Najmi

A graduate from Hamdard University, Dr Asfiya is dedicated to providing natural treatments and comfort to every patient through her extensive knowledge and experience. In addition to medical practice, she has a passion for playing volleyball and chess.

As we can see, the modern medical sector is fast advancing, but there is also a shift towards the therapeutic evaluation of herbal-based/natural products for a wide range of disorders. People today are more interested in exploring alternative remedies, such as Unani, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and Siddha, that have the same/better efficacy in many cases, with fewer or no adverse effects.

With the help of this post, you will learn about one of the alternative approaches - Homeopathy; how it works; what problems it can treat; whether it has any side effects; and how HealthyBazar can assist with Homeopathy consultation online.

About Homeopathy

Homeopathy is derived from the Greek words for "like" and "suffering." The main guiding principle behind homeopathy is that "like cures like." This is referred to as the "Law of Similars". It originated in Egypt and ancient Greece in the 18th century. The practitioners of Homeopathy are known as homeopaths, and they use small amounts of natural substances such as herbs and minerals. They believe these stimulate the healing process. Homeopathic remedies are often prepared as sugar pellets to be placed under the tongue, but they may also be formulated as ointments, gels, drops, or creams.

Do you know?

According to a research and marketing analysis, the global Homeopathic medicine market size in 2020 was estimated at USD 18.09 billion, is expected to reach USD 21.60 billion, and is projected to grow at a rate of 19.75% to reach USD 63.92 billion by 2027.

It is very evident from the above figures, how many individuals rely on Homeopathic medicine. It differs from another naturopathy in that it uses extracts and tinctures of plants and minerals that have minimal or no adverse effects and are risk-free. That is why a large number of individuals choose it.

Homeopathy in India 

The history of Homeopathy in India can be traced back to the early 19th century when German missionaries treated people near the Bengal coast. The travelog of Dr. John Martin Hongberger, who treated the legendary King Ranjit Singh of Punjab with Homeopathic medicine in 1839, is the earliest documented report of therapy using Homeopathic medicine. The first success of Homeopathy occurred in Bengal during the 19th-century Cholera outbreak therapy. Following this, Homeopathic dispensaries and charitable hospitals were established, and private practitioners emerged.

How does Homeopathy work?

Homeopathic products are derived from minerals (for example, white arsenic), plants (for example, red onion, arnica [mountain herb], poison ivy, belladonna [deadly nightshade], and stinging nettle), or animals (such as crushed whole bees). Homeopathic practitioners dilute these substances with water or alcohol. The mixture is then shaken as part of a procedure known as "potentization." These substances are known as remedies, and they usually consist of highly diluted extracts of various plant and animal organs.

The medicine used for treatment is prepared by serial dilution of extracts (slowly mixing substance into the solution) through the violent shaking of a container of the diluted extract by using a very small quantity. They believe this step transfers the healing essence. Homeopaths also believe that the lower the dose, the more powerful the medicine. Homeopathic practitioners claim to cure numerous diseases, including all forms of allergies. 

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was the first one who recognized this principle of "like cures like" and observed that medicines administered in low amounts tended to cure the same symptoms they produced when given in toxic doses.

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What diseases can be treated with Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is used for an extensive range of health conditions, and it is believed that it can cure everything from minor to major diseases.

Among the most common conditions that people seek homeopathic treatment for are:

  • Asthma
  • Ear infections
  • Hay fever
  • Mental health conditions, such as depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Allergies, such as food allergies,
  • Dermatitis (an allergic skin condition)
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure and many more...
What diseases can be treated with Homeopathy

Note:

Along with medicine, the patients have to follow a strict regime as per the Homeopathic system of medical guidelines. Therefore, it is strongly advised to avoid self-medication. Patients are advised to visit the nearest authorized Homeopathic Centre for treatment or can also take a Homeopathy consultation online from top doctors at HealthyBazar.

Is Homeopathy a Safe Medicine and Free from Side Effects?

Yes, homeopathic medicine is a non-invasive, natural treatment option that is both safe and effective. Homeopathic medicines are highly diluted, making them safe to use and their side effects are rare, or they are unlikely to cause severe unpleasant reactions. 

It is used for treating a wide range of medical ailments and also has enormous potential in healthcare delivery to cure disorders affecting all systems and organs of the human body. Homeopathy has consistently shown significant success in the treatment of chronic ailments and diseases of the skin, liver, musculoskeletal, and reproductive systems, as well as immunological and lifestyle problems. 

Conclusion

There is no doubt that new technologies and therapies are abundant in today's society. Due to factors such as their short-term benefits, after effects or side effects, and higher costs, people are increasingly seeking simple, mild therapies to improve their health and quality of life. Homeopathy, a holistic approach to health, is one of the medical systems that are natural, widely accessible, less expensive, and popularly considered by many. The herbal formulations used in making Homeopathic medicine have been shown to be useful, safer, and effective. Over the years, the system has been scientifically created, fostered, and carefully integrated into the health care delivery system.

If you are suffering from any illness and looking for a homeopathy consultation online, you can consult Dr. Shikha Gopal on HealthyBazar, a top consultant and specialist (BHMS MD, Hom. with 10+ years of experience).

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2022

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