The term ‘Homeopathy’ comes from ‘homeos’ meaning similar and ‘pathos’ meaning suffering. Though considered as an alternative system of medicine, Homeopathy is the second most leading systems of medicine in the world, recognized by most World Health Bodies and practiced by physicians qualifying with equivalent education standards as compared to modern medical doctors.
Discovered by a German physician called Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the 19th century, Homeopathy has regained its importance over the last few decades because of its holistic approach.
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine capable of tackling most disease conditions. To name a few, degenerative bone and joint conditions like arthritis and chronic back pain, skin complaints like eczema and psoriasis, hair fall, acidity, asthma, migraine, hormonal disorders, chronic digestive troubles, etc. Emotional and psychological disturbances like mood disorders, hyperactivity in children, learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, nervousness, lack of self-confidence, etc. respond well to Homeopathic treatment too. Homeopathy has also proved to be very efficacious in veterinary sciences for use on various animals to treat different disease conditions.
Homeopathic remedies are super dilutions of naturally available substances making them safe for any organism consuming them. However, a dose higher than that recommended by the Physician can surely evoke some unpleasant effects in the body.
With the introduction of these remedial substances, regular use of drugs like painkillers, anti-depressants, antihistamines, psychiatric drugs, steroids, etc. that are known to cause severe side-effects in the long run, can be gradually reduced or even withdrawn, so that the patient may enjoy the benefits of the medication rather than suffering from its harmful effects, thus improving the quality of life.
Contrary to the general belief, Homeopathy is not a slow process. But if you expect an age-old illness to be cured in the same period of time as a recent cough and cold then you are confusing Homeopathy with magic! It takes great effort for a physician to treat an individual holistically. Hence, it is only fair to give your Homoeopath the time and patience he/she deserves, for an old illness to be treated correctly and wisely.
Homeopathic remedies can be of immense help to patients of any age group for complaints related to any disease condition. For most medical conditions, Homeopathy can be trusted with the complete cure of the illness. In pathologically irreversible conditions (like cancers, kidney failure, liver cirrhosis, lung fibrosis, etc), Homeopathy can help in arresting/slowing down the disease process and providing a good quality of life to the patient.
Every physician’s aim must be to treat the individual as a whole and not just the disease. It is the patients’ complete health that is of utmost importance to every treating physician and he/she must aim at achieving ONLY that.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chaitali Shah, Homeopathic Physician (India)
She is certified in Palliative Care by Cipla, Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer treatment by The Lukas Clinic, Switzerland and is also a certified Ozone Therapist. Shah has been a practitioner of Homeopathy and Integrated medicine for over 8 years in India, before moving to Toronto in July 2019, and is currently in the process of obtaining her license to practice as a ‘Homeopath’ in the province of Ontario.