Below you can find Homeopathic Medicine FAQs preapared and edited by the leading homeopathic practitioner in the US, the winner of the “Best Homeopath of the Year” award – Victor Tsan, MD
Is Homoeopathic medicine cure?
Homeopathic medicine is curative. It heals the core (inner source of the excessive or deficient energy) of the disease and not the expression (symptoms) of the ailment. The manifestations of the illness (symptoms) are only taken into consideration as a hint to choose the correct medicine for the particular patient. Homeopathic medicine heals an individual as a complete system, instead of pointing the curative effect to separate parts and organs. Homeopathic medicine considers the expressions of the disease in the particular patient and homeopathic medication selected based on this information delivers a soft and calm stable cure.
In which group of illnesses and medical conditions homeopathic medicine is more effective?
There are no medical conditions that Homeopathic medicine doesn’t treat. All medical disorders from a cold to cancer may be cured with Homeopathic remedies based on a “like cures like” viewpoint. Homeopathic practitioner considers the symptoms of the disease that are specific for a particular patient and not the traditional diagnosis. Even in incurable circumstances when even the pharmaceutical drugs fail to help, homeopathic medicine appears to be a perfect comforting method and it improves the last days of life and comfort the death.
Why homeopathic medicine requires a detailed anamnesis?
Detailed anamnesis is an essential in homeopathic diagnostic and treatment because it helps the practitioner to understand why this particular disease had developed in this particular patient.
Homeopathy treats the patient, not a disease and two different patients with the same diagnosis would be treated using different homeopathic remedies. So, a homeopath looks for as much as possible information about the patient and not about the disease.
Every event distresses our life, and for the homeopathic practitioner, it is essential to be informed about everything that happened in the past and may impact the individual’s health. Therefore, a comprehensive anamnesis from the early childhood is necessary in order to choose the appropriate homeopathic pills.
Is it safe to use Homeopathic remedies during pregnancy?
Yes. Homeopathic remedies are 100% safe for pregnant women and fetus. The proper homeopathic prescription results in the wellness of both pregnant women and her newborn. The homeopathic medicine taken by a pregnant woman can help newborn to overcome even some genetic problems. In fact, if appropriate homeopathic remedies are taken by the pregnant woman the delivery is expected to be calmer and stress-free. The newborn at the same time usually is relatively healthier and well-adjusted mentally, emotionally and physically.
For how long a patient will take Homeopathic medicines?
The length of the homeopathic treatment is determined by a medical professional based on the kind of the disease, the patient’s constitution and the ability of the organism to fight the illness. The homeopathic treatment in some cases consists of one dose of the homeopathic remedy; however it may last for 3 or 4 and even 6 months. Thus, taking into account all these aspects, the course of homeopathic treatment is sustained for a definite period of time for the advantage of the patient. After the improvement of the patient’s condition kicks off homeopathic practitioner stops the remedies to allow the immune system to take care of the curing process.
Does Homeopathy take a long time to act?
It is a fairytale that homeopathy works little by little. The effect of the homeopathic treatment is fast and endures for a long time if not forever because of the curative nature of the method.
Do homeopathic medicines contain steroids?
No, that’s not true. It is a misreading that has been promoted in the latest decades or so. And this misconception somehow is related to the previous question about the homeopathic treatment that takes a long time. People who believed that homeopathy works very slowly after observing almost immediate results they think that homeopaths use steroids.
How homeopathic remedies are manufactured?
All Homoeopathic medications are manufactured based on systematic predefined techniques of absorbing the therapeutic properties from basic ingredients. There is no possibility or necessity to mix the resulting medicines with any other materials, as this will totally destroy the healing power of the remedy.
Why homeopaths do not disclose the name of the medicines that have been given and mask them with numbers?
This is not true. In my clinic, I always hand out to my patients remedies with the original label that contains the name and the strength of the medication. However, there are some practitioners who prefer not to inform a patient about the prescribed remedy. As these practitioners explain the name of the homeopathic drug is not making known for the advantage of the patient. They believe that not disclosing the medicine’s name completely excludes any chance for the placebo effect.
Does homeopathic medicine have faith in traditional ailment’s diagnosis and pathological studies?
Yes. First of all, the homeopathic practitioner is a licensed physician and thus every lab work, radiological examination, and the instrumental test is essential.
Are there any nutrition limitations throughout the treatment?
Not all homeopathic practitioners have the same opinion about this subject. In my practice I limit only alcohol consumption; however I know very good homeopaths who recommend to their patients to avoid chocolate, coffee, onion, garlic, menthol, and camphor.
Is it possible to combine traditional and homeopathic medicines?
Yes, absolutely. A patient may continue taking traditional pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by a primary physician and at the same time start homeopathic treatment. As soon as a result from homeopathic remedies kicks off, a homeopath will recommend gradually decrease the dosage of the pharmaceutical drugs. In some chronic cases the pharmaceutical drug cannot be withdrawn and in such occasions, both homeopathic and pharmaceutical medications should be sustained for the advantage of the patient.
Do homeopathic remedies may cause initial deterioration of symptoms?
In some instances, patients may experience symptoms that they had a few years ago and that no longer existed prior to the beginning of the homeopathic treatment. Homeopaths believe that it is a very good sign and it proves that the remedy is chosen very précised. However, only about 25-30 percent of patients report this kind of aggravation.
Is Homeopathic medicine a scientific approach?
It certainly is. Homeopathic medicine is not only a science but also the medical philosophy founded on experimental studies. Homeopathic medicine is the only branch of medicinal science where information and treatment results have been gathered by demonstrating on human beings. The main beliefs of Homeopathic medicine have been resulted and authenticated by massive clinical trials and studies.
Is it true that Homoeopathic remedies are placebos (sugar pills)?
No, it’s a misconception. The homeopathic remedies are made from lactose but the purpose of lactose is to transport medicinal power of the homeopathic remedy.
Does a Homoeopath prescribe the same white sugar pills for all diseases/patients?
It is definitely not true. There are a little more than thirty-six hundred homeopathic remedies to choose from and also some newly tested remedies are added to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia on a monthly basis, after their pass homeopathic clinical studies.
All these remedies stored in a form of liquids with a 70% alcohol base. Prior to distribution, each liquid medicine is poured on the white lactose pills, which simply functioning as a transport that brings the therapeutic properties of the medicine to the patient’s organism. Therefore, all homeopathic medicines look as the same white lactose dragee.
Is homeopathic medicine effective and can be used for patients of all ages (adults, kids, and elderly people)?
Homeopathic medicine has no limitation age wise and gender wise; it works well for every human being and also animals regardless their age, gender, and religion.
Does Homeopathic medicine effective in acute phases of illnesses?
Yes. Homeopathic medicine successfully heals and cures diseases in an acute phase. Honestly, I even prefer to treat acute medical conditions and to see an immediate effect. The beauty of the homeopathic medicine is that in the acute phase of the illness if an appropriate remedy in appropriate strength is administered the symptoms stop in a matter of minutes.
Does Homeopathy believe in Surgery?
Yes, it does. Again, homeopathy is first of all a medical science and homeopaths are first of all medical doctors. They graduate the same medical school as all other physicians and learned the same subjects. Surgery is the most aggressive approach in medical science and it should resort for illnesses that are outside the area of conservative medicine. But, again, homeopathy is a very strong and effective medical strategy and many patients may avoid surgery turning towards Homeopathy that effectively cures various so-called “surgical conditions” such as kidney and gallbladder stones, polyps, tonsillitis, warts, etc.
Is it mandatory to consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner or patient can choose a remedy using internet applications?
Yes, the only homeopathic practitioner can do it. Don’t forget, that homeopathic medicine is a very if not the most complicated branch of medical science. I want, to be honest; when I need a prescription for myself I ask one of my colleagues to prescribe it. In homeopathy, it is very important to disclose and analyze the patient’s constitution, which includes patient’s personality, physical development, mental status, etc. In order to be 100% objective, this analysis should be performed by a stranger. Only an experienced and well-trained in homeopathy physician can lead a patient toward wellness.