Ever wonder what homeopathy is all about? A cloud of confusion surrounds the topic of natural medicine, as it all seems to get clumped together. This lack of clarity makes it difficult for people to decide what form of natural medicine is right for them. The following article will help to clarify what homeopathic medicine is and is not.
MYTH#1 Homeopathy is the same as using herbs and vitamins.
Classical homeopathy does not involve the use of vitamins or herbs to treat disease. It is a system of natural medicine using microdoses of specific substances to reverse the disease process and restore health. Homeopathic medicine comes in the form of little white pellets or liquid drops and only one remedy is given at a time. While it is natural, it is a system of medicine based on sound scientific principles and should not be confused with herbal medicine or nutrition, though most homeopaths are trained in nutrition and use it to support the action of the remedies.
MYTH #2 Homeopathy involves spending a lot of money on supplements and natural health products.
In fact, classical homeopaths work with one remedy at a time. In a chronic condition, the patient will spend approximately $5 per month if that. Homeopathic medicines are extremely cost- efficient. Mother Theresa has been in support of using homeopathy for medical aid to impoverished nations because they are so effective yet also so economical.
Both classical homeopaths and other natural doctors charge a fee for the consultation, however in classical homeopathy, patients are not expected to pay for a number of products on top of that fee.
MYTH #3 All natural medicines taste awful, and I could never get my child to take them.
In fact, children love them! One of the nice things about homeopathic remedies is that they are like little pleasant tasting pellets that dissolve quickly in the mouth. Even the fussiest children like to take them. They are easy to administer to infants and weak patients, and when necessary, can even be dissolved into water, or crushed to a sweet tasting powder.
MYTH #4 The treatment is complicated and difficult to follow.
Many natural health care providers send the patient away with a confusing and time-consuming schedule for taking the prescribed products. It can be frustrating trying to remember to take a regime of supplements, three times per day, 10 minutes apart, away from food, with food, and so on. This type of schedule is very stressful to maintain, and is difficult to continue with for the most disciplined of patients. In classical homeopathy, the medicine is taken very infrequently, even in serious chronic disease, and therefore does not require very much effort and energy on the part of the patient.
MYTH #5 Natural medicines are dangerous and cannot be taken with conventional drugs.
Homeopathic remedies are extremely safe, non-toxic and non- habit forming. They are frequently used by pregnant women and newborns, and thus are safe enough for the most sensitive of patients. Furthermore, there are no contraindications in terms of combining conventional drugs with homeopathy.
In fact, most patients who come to a homeopath are already on some form of conventional drug and begin their homeopathic treatment using both at the same time. Through time, the homeopathic medicine improves the patientís condition to the point where they no longer need their conventional medication, and they can work with their physician to wean off the drugs completely.
MYTH #6 You need to keep taking them for the rest of your life.
The purpose of homeopathic treatment is to get to the root of the disease and to remove it. Initially the patient usually takes the homeopathic remedy on a regular basis, ie once per week to once per month, but within months or a few years in certain cases, the condition disappears and the remedy is no longer needed. Therefore, there is no dependency created.
Alternative medicine is a hot topic these days, but there are also many misconceptions. Make sure you find out the facts so you can make an informed decision regarding your health care.