Homeopathy- FAQs

This was a lecture delivered for Rotary club, Pune north in April
2013. The audience was so well informed and had some very basic to
very intelligent questions about Homoeopathy. The interest and serious
thought that people give to Homoeopathy really moved me.Society is
taking Homoeopathy very seriously, and we have a huge responsibility
to prove the value of Dr. Hahnemann’s life task, and the wonderful
science and art called Homoeopathy.‘Homoeopathy‘is a subject that has
intrigued us for long- This was how the topic was introduced by the
senior Rotarian. The lecture was dedicated to Hahnemann on his 258th
Birth Anniversary. Homoeopathy is used by over 500 million the world
over, and is the most popular alternative medicine used extensively.
However there have been many misconceptions about the healing science
and art called Homoeopathy. This lecture is meant to help to dispel
them, so that Homeopathy can reach more people so that they can draw
from the immense benefits that it has to offer.

The commonest misconception is that –

1. Homoepathy takes too long?- This is not true at all.
Homoeopathic Medicines act fast. Their action starts instantaneously.
The change may be noticed sooner or later depending upon various
factors- like the duration of illness, reactivity of the person, past
illnesses and constitutional tendencies. Homoeopathy stimulates the
boy’s own mechanisms to heal itself. The natural self restorative
processes. Thus in serious illness it may be necessary to take
allopathic medications to bring the restorative forces of the body to
a state of reactivity. Homoeopathic medicines like Carbo veg,
Arsenicum album,Camphor, Veratrum Album, Opium etc. do have a role to
play in serious situations as well, and can be very helpful in the
restorative process.

The second major misconception is that,

2. Homoeopathic medicines contain steroids ? and that sometimes they
have been detected in laboratory tests as well. Homoeopathic medicines
do not contain steroids.They are prepared from natural substances
found in nature, by the process of potentisation. In laboratories the
tests commonly used to detect steroids use tetrazolium blue salts. The
tests normally used give a false positive in the presence of sugar.
All homeopathic medicines contain a vehicle of a small amount of
lactose (milk sugar) which would give FALSE POSITIVE results when
tested using the “Colorimetric method (which uses tetrazolium blue
salts). In this test, the reaction of tetrazolium blue salt gives a
highly colored compound known as Farmazan. Under controlled
conditions, the amount of Farmazan developed is proportional to the
quantity of steroid or any reducing sugar present in the material
being tested. Tetrazolium salts have been used for determination of
reducing sugars since the past several years. So if any drug contains
any lactose, it will impart a strong color with tetazolium blue salt
which will give a false impression of the presence of a steroid.
Secondly,if the alcohol used in this method is not completely free
from aldehyde,it will interface with the characteristic color, which
may again give a falsepositive reaction for a steroid. So this method
is not advisable to determine the presence of steroids in the drug.
Most homeopaths use lactose as a base. Together with the alcohol, this
is likely to give a false positive test for steroids if this method is
used.Another method used to test steroids is Liberman Buchard test,
thin layer chromatography method and UV absorption method. Almost all
steroids show UV absorption between 235 and 240 nm in dehydrated
alcohol or methanol in a clear solution. If an ultraviolet spectrum of
this solution is taken between 400 nm and 200 nm on a suitable
spectrophotometer, any steroid present will show up as a maximum
between 235nm and 240 nm. Absence of such a band means absence of
steroid.When homeopathic remedies were tested for steroids using the
UV absorption method, none of the samples showed maximum between 235
nm and 240 nm. Thus it is clear that homeopathic medicines do not
contain any steroids, and one must understand the testing procedures
which were used to eliminate the possibility of a misleading
result.Sothe best way to rule out presence or absence of steroid is –
UV SPECTROSCOPY, OR THIN LAYER CHROMATOGRAPHY.

Q.The next question was-

Is it true that Homeopathy has no side effects?and so anyone can use
it with reading few books. The science of Homoeopathy has numerous
aspects and can be practiced by a person who has in depth study of the
Organon and Materia Medica along with Anatomy,Physiology, Medicine and
all the diagnostic abilities, in order to be a rational practitioner.
Yes it is VERY SAFE—But only IF USED UPON THE PRINCIPLES as described
by Dr. Hahnemann. The Ultraminute doses of medicines that are used in
Homoeopathy are not poisonous,but deep acting on the cellular level
and on that of the energy planes, so they should be used judiciously.
A lot of research is being carried out in IIT Bombay, and the world
over, and they have proved that there are nanoparticles in
Homoeopathic potencies. Homoeopathy is a highly individualised form
of treatment. And it has been observed that people having been treated
of their chronic illnesses or disease tendencies, have a healthier
progeny. In acute emergencies also Homoeopathic medicines – act like
excellent supportive to the sustenance of life. An example was given
here of the effectiveness of Homeopathy in animals, plants and babies.
So to say that Homoeopathic medicines are placebo is a huge folly.
Homoeopathic treatment results in a rapid, gentle, permanent
restoration of health. It has been of immense use, not only in
physical problems but also behavior problems, and criminal tendencies.
In this respect I have found great results with medicines like Nux
Vomica, hyoscyamus, stramonium. tarentula, tuberculinum, bufo etc. We
see that homoeopathy acts on the subtle planes of being, and brings
about a state where a person pauses and thinks..’ what and why am I
doing this, maybe I am wrong’. I think this is a huge step forward in
the beginning of healing, where a person can be made useful to himself
and society. Homoeopathic treatment stimulates the mind to think and
can make a person receptive to counseling.

Q–A dilution of Homoeopathic medicine is equivalent to 1 grain of
salt in an ocean. How does a dilution like this work? Ans-In
Homoeopathy, it is not mere dilution but ‘potentisaion’.In
potentisation, a pressure of about 10,000 atmospheres is exerted to
potentise, these are called succussions. The process dissociates the
molecules, and also brings about changes in the molecules of the
vehicle.This has been described as water memory- seen on
ultrasensitive microscope.

Q -We feel that a lot of questions are asked and they seems
irrelevant- and at times very embarrassing .Eg. I had gone for pain in
foot- and was asked which side you sleep on, and colour and
consistency of your stool !!Ans- We try to understand you as an
individual, what are your tendencies and mental and physical nature.
We have a huge repertory to find most appropriate medicine that will
help you. But it not always necessary to ask embarrassing questions!

Q – Is Homoeopathy static? So much research going on in Allopathy,
Ayurveda, why not Homoeopathy?As I mentioned earlier, a lot of
research is being done in India and abroad , a pioneering work was
done in IIT Bombay, a video is available on you tube by the VC of
MUHS, illuminating how it has now been proved that homoeopathic
potencies act like nano particles..Also, in terms of different ways of
understanding cases and proving new remedies various schools of
thought have evolved. But as the basic principles are based on
nature’s laws-they remain unchanged, and continue to prove useful.The
central idea is‘That which can cause can cure’. Hahnemann meticulously
experimented on himself and followers the effects produced by 99
drugs.It is the most extensive scientific observation study done on
human beings in medicine till date. So Bryonia used 200 years ago is
still useful .Just because it is the good old Bryonia- it is not a
stagnant system of healing.

Q- Can a completely damaged cartilage regenerate?

Ans- It cannot regenerate, but homoepathy can slow down the aging process..

Q. Why can you not standardize the treatment, like in Allopathy
removes the effect of placebo, in research of the effects of drugs.

Ans. In Homoeopathy we cannot get and exact‘control’ eg. A person Mr.X
who is so irritable and cannot speak a single word decently, who
suffers from IBS, we cannot have another just like him, to see the
difference in effects with Homoeopathic drug and Placebo. But in
certain situations like injuries or in bone density problems we can
clinically observe that patients treated with Homoeopathy recover
faster that those without.

Q. Do you catagories patients into personality types?Ans- Yes but in a
much more detailed way-like we have a Nux Vomica type, A Pulsatilla
type and hundreds such types.

Q- Do you have medicines for Alcoholism.Ans-We look at addictions as a
mental tendency or weakness or personality disorder, and treat it. We
find that it becomes easier to overcome. Homoeopathic medicines can
change the way the body responds. Just as hormones are in micro or
pico grams but their changed levels can create a huge problem. So the
tiny innocuous looking Homoeopathic pills can change someone’s life.

Q. Can we generalize that Homoeopathy gives a long lasting change,
though Allopathy can be a quick fix? Ans. Homoeopathy also can give a
quick fix which may not recur again, especially if treated
constitutionally.

Concluding question-Q- Is Homoeopathy a science?

Ans- Yes It is a science. As it is based on experiments that have been
verified large number of times. Anyone can verify them. It is a
science, but the practice of Homoeopathy is an artistic application of
its principles.