Homoeopathy is a 200 year young system of science. It was developed by Dr Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician in the early 1800’s. It stimulates the healing response and strengthens the body’s activity to heal itself by using specially prepared highly diluted preparations. It aims to treat the whole person taking into account personality, lifestyle and hereditary factors as well as the history of the disease. Since all people are unique, Homoeopathic medicines are prescribed to treat individuals. In recent times Homoeopathy has played a major role in treating and preventing various diseases and WHO (world health organisation) recognises it as the 2nd largest therapeutic system in use worldwide.
A homeopath is a medical professional who is trained in homeopathy and specialises in providing natural remedies for a diseased person after considering their symptoms, personality, lifestyle, and hereditary factors. He treats diseases using minute doses of natural substances, based on homeopathic principles.
Homeopathic medicines are made up of highly diluted substances of natural origin such as plants (like arnica, red onion, belladonna, poison ivy, and stinging nettle), animals (like crushed bees), or minerals (like white arsenic). They are diluted with the help of alcohol, water, or sugar.
Homoeopathic medicines do not contain steroids as they are made from natural substances that are found around us. Steroids are known to produce many side-effects such as rise in blood pressure, weight gain, mood swings, weakened bones, etc. However, homeopathy cures a disease without any side-effects, which, in turn, provides evidence that it does not contain steroids.
It is safe to take homeopathic medicines along with other medicines as they are not known to cause any interaction with other conventional treatments. However, it is best to consult a homeopathic physician before taking any medicines.
Research in homeopathy is a comparatively new field and hence, there are very less scientific reports stating the effectiveness of this mode of treatment. However, there are millions of peole who are known to benefit from this alternative medicine.