Homeopathy: Myths and Facts (Part-1)

Although homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine practiced worldwide today, there is still a great deal of misconception and misunderstanding about it. There are myths accepted without question as facts not only by laypersons, but also by practitioners of other systems of medicine.

Because of this unwelcome scenario, many patients who could benefit from homeopathic treatment miss the chance to obtain an effective and lasting cure for some of their chronic medical conditions. Listed below are six commonest myths about homeopathy, subjected to a reality check.

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1 Myth: Homeopathy is not a proven system of medicine.

Fact: Samuel Hahnemann founded Homeopathy in the 18th century, and a great deal of pharmacological and clinical data since has been collected about its effectiveness. Clinical studies conducted all over the world have proven its effectiveness. Homeopathy is not a system of beliefs – it is a system of medicine based on sound and proven scientific principles.

2 Myth: Homeopathic medicines are nothing but placebos.

(= harmless, unmedicated preparationgiven to make a patient believe that they are effective medicines; therefore the cure is in the belief and not in the imaginary medicinal content.)

Fact: Homeopathic medicines come in the form of small white sugar balls, all of which look the same. This has given rise to the myth that they are nothing but placebos. It is true that these small white balls are made up of sugar, but they are used as carriers for the actual medication in liquid form, which these balls have absorbed. Thus, the homeopathic medicine is not in the sugar balls, but in the actual medicinal liquid, they have absorbed.

3 Myth: Homeopathic treatment takes a very long time.

Fact:  Homeopathy is often the last resort for some people for whom other systems of medicine have proven to be ineffective. By this time, an acute problem would have become chronic. Naturally, treating a chronic condition takes longer time.

Another reason is that many people turn to homeopathy seeking cure for their arthritis, serious allergy and skin conditions, which by their very nature cannot be cured quickly. The fact is that timely visits can offer quick and effective treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.

4 Myth: You must blindly believe in homeopathy for it to be effective.

Fact: Trust in the doctor and the medication is an important psychological factor in every system of medicine. However, you do not have to accept unconditionally homeopathy for it to be effective. All that is required is an open mind. The efficacy of the treatment will become apparent when the medication starts to take effect; this will do away with any skepticism.

5 Myth: Homeopathic doctors are not highly trained professionals.

Fact: Homeopathy is a highly evolved system of medicine and to be able to practice it, a doctor must have undergone many years of under and post graduate training, similar to that of traditional medicine. A licensed homeopathic doctor is as qualified as a practitioner of traditional medicine is.

6 Myth: Homeopathy can cure anything.

Fact: It cannot; patients who turn to homeopathy expecting it to be a silver bullet will be disappointed. As with every other system of medicine, homeopathy has its limitations. For example, it can help in the quick recovery from a surgical procedure, but it cannot substitute for surgery.