What is Homeopathy used for?

Updated at: Jul 26, 2011
What is Homeopathy used for?

Homeopathy is an altrenate medical system based on the premise of "like cures like". For the last 200 years, this principle has been experimented and found to be true.

Tilottama Chatterjee
Home RemediesWritten by: Tilottama ChatterjeePublished at: Jul 26, 2011

Homeopathy is an alternative form of treatment based on nature’s law of Cure, which relies on the premise that ‘like cures like’. This law was discovered by the German Scientist, Samuel Hahnemann, in 1796 and has been verified experimentally and clinically for 200 years.

Remedies are prepared from natural substances and work by stimulating the body’s own healing power. Drugs are prepared from sources such as vegetables, animals, minerals and chemicals. The method of preparation is such that the remedy will contain only the ‘dynamic curative power’ of the drug substance, devoid of the other crude substances that it is prepared from. This in homeopathic terms is called ‘potentisation’ and is a minute dose of the active ingredient, rendering it non-toxic, harmless and the able to influence the body’s own self-cure energies.  

Homeopathy is used for obtaining a long lasting permanent cure that treats the disease from its roots. Homeopaths believe that diseases are caused by a disturbance in the whole organism, including the body and mind. Hence, homeopathy does not believe in prescribing different medicines for different parts of the body that is afflicted, but rather giving a single constitutional remedy that works for the whole person.

Homeopathy is ideally used for children’s ailments like cold, cough, vomiting, diarrhoea, dysentery, colic, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, measles, chickenpox, mumps, dentition problems, without producing any side effects. Unlike antibiotics and other allopathic medicines, homeopathic pills do not hamper digestion or reduce the body’s resistance. They do not cause allergies and can be used for prolonged periods without causing any damage. Children like having homeopathic pills because they are sweet to take.

Homeopathy is effective in treating temperament and behavioural problems, common among children, like temper tantrums, phobias,  destructiveness, thumb sucking, bed –wetting and in treating mentally and physically backward children.

Homeopathy is used for combating viral infections such as common colds, influenza, mumps, and jaundice, viral meningitis. In these cases allopathic treatment takes recourse in antibiotic medicines, in attempting to avert secondary bacterial infections and makes the person even weaker.

Homeopathy is used to often avoid surgery in such ailments like septic recurrent tonsillitis, piles, fistula, appendicitis (non-gangrenous), vocal cord nodules, kidney and biliary small stones, small uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, warts and corns.

Homeopathy is effective in cures for allergic diseases such as skin diseases like urticaria, eczema, and contact dermatitis and is especially effective in the case of asthmatic bronchitis.

Homeopathy used for psychosomatic ailmentsare often effective; in cases such as migraine, asthma, acidity, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, as homeopaths always check the patient’s mental makeup and prescribe remedies taking the mind and body together. Similarly, homeopathy can alleviate such conditions as excessive anxiety, irritability, insecurity, paranoid fears, depression etc.

Given the range of remedies available in homeopathy, from colds to cancer, homeopaths advise that people should consult a homeopath first and not to turn to this source of cure, only after other alternatives have failed; by which time the patient loses the relief from homeopathic remedies available in the early phase of the disease.

In conclusion, homeopathy is useful for:

  • Children’s ailments
  • Viral infections
  • Avoidance of surgery
  • Allergic diseases
  • Psychosomatic illnesses.


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