SOME MYTHS AND FACTS OF HOMOEOPATHY
By Dr. Sabitri Sharangi
HOMOEOPATHY right from the inception in 1796 by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Its practitioners, called homeopaths, believe that a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in healthy people can cure similar symptoms in sick people; this doctrine is called similia similibus curentur, or “like cures like”. Homeopathic preparations are termed remedies and are made using homeopathic dilution.
While Millions and Millions trust the system of treatment as one of the finest, with no major side effects, others are not even ready to consider it any scientific system of treatment, even call it a myth. We will see why this propaganda against Homeopathy is not at all based on fact rather hate and fear of losing an enormous market by other methods of treatments globally.
Myth No 1) Homeopathic medicines do not cure any disease. It’s a misleading treatment (Placebo Effect)
✓Truth: Hippocrates said, “It is the greatest absurdity of the doctor to think of a disease as a local one and to separate a physical problem from the mental one.” Aiming at Cure, “Holistic Approach” of Homoeopathy is singly enough.
So it is vague in medical science to imagine separate entities of body and mind. If Homeopathy was merely a manipulative form of medicine then, I guess treatment of infants and insane would have rather been impossible. According to our practical experience, any homeopathic outdoor is running after mainly on infant patients rather than adults, those who have no well-formed mind even. How can a PLACEBO effect develop in them?
If anyone can cure schizophrenia simply by telling a story, that person deserves to be appreciated…… is it not true, Sir?
Myth No 2) People need to go through medication for months because Homeopathy can not cure a disease briskly.
✓Truth: Think one thing, In another form of treatment, a Cardiologist is meant only to check the heart, a chest specialist’s duty is only regarding the chest, living inches over the heart, whereas an Orthopaedic Surgeon only checks the ribs inside the chest and to cure something on the skin lying on the chest, you are to visit a Dermatologist. But because of Homoeopathy’s Holistic Approach, all the duties of the pre-mentioned experts fall under the jurisdiction of only one homeopath. Naturally, the duration of a homeopathic treatment will be the sum total taken by all the specialists combined.
Second, in most cases, a patient comes to Homeopathy, only after seeking help from many other expertise-skill, and when the disease has already taken a complex form. So is it not natural that a patient can not be healed by magic, then.
Thirdly, people mostly with incurable or diseases that are tough to cure (Several types of Neurological disorders, Leucoderma, Bronchial Asthma, Rheumatic problems) come to Homeopathy. So the patient must spend the time needed for proper treatment.
Myth No 3) ” I don’t believe that microscopic amount of medicine. Will it cure such a substantial disease?”
✓Truth: Have you ever seen the seed of a colossal tree-like Banyan? The potentials of a gigantic plant remain well hidden within something, smaller than a Poppyseed. Two microscopic cells from your parents eventually created your 5″ 8′ body! Why not a globule be enough in order to kill the tiniest enemy of that life? What do you expect…… a medicine should look like a gun?
If two small nukes can wipe out millions of lives from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and due to which even today people end up giving birth to thousands of cripples, a tiny globule of a Homeopathic medicine can too totally cure a disease as Curability of any depends on its quality and not on Quantity.
Myth No 4) ” Put one drop of homeopathic medicine on one shore of an ocean and drink water from the other shore. You will be healed.”
✓Truth: Same story, just different presentation. Modern science has recently recognized the ‘Infinite Scale’ where the amount of solvent is extremely high, but the scale is practically realistic.
In this context, I would like to mention a scientific illustration. Two scholars, Soviet scientist Dr. Berojovosky and this allied researcher, were working with a Bio-stimulater named Nitro-Sodium-Methyl-Urea. They noticed with this chemical applied, seeds germinate faster, trees grow rapidly, and give quicker yields but many tumorous growths throughout the plant. Now, to get rid of the poisoning of the solution, they started diluting it. In the end, they saw even using one part of NDMU in one million parts of water; the solution works just like before. Cluelessly they diluted the mixture so much that not a single atom of NDMU was traced in the solution. But to their surprise, the solution was working even better. Cell division was way faster than before.
From this historical research work, we may conclude that though in most of the cases homeopathic medicine is treated as an imaginary solution, reasonably they show fruitful results globally. It’s neither a dogma…. nor a blind faith.
Myth No 5) ”I read in Lancet that day, Arnica has no capability to reduce pain. Such a world-class magazine, they would not dare to lie !”
✓Truth: The work of science is to reveal the truth and candor and thus deliver its benefits among general people. But if this process of revealing the truth is itself motive-driven, devious, and falsely bragged about, then this process should be abandoned. Arnica is a medicine to reduce pain, but here lies the greatness of Homeopathy that this drug treats a patient in an overall manner, not just condition specific. Paracetamol can be used in any pain, be it a throbbing caused by injury, headache, or agonizing pain in gum, but you can not use Arnica in all the above cases unless and until the specific condition permits. This is the unblended philosophy of Homoeopathy, in its truest tone. Arnica is a medicine of Homeopathy, but the persons of other pathies try to measure its value with their own known parameters.
Is it proper justice?
You can not clean your drain with a cotton bud that cleans your ear, though the purpose in both instances are the same.
Note that, Dr. E. M. Peet (MB, ChD, DA, FFARCS) of British Homeopathic Research Group used Arcina Montana on 100+ injured and unconscious patients in Darnformlin and Westlife Hospital. He achieved a whopping 92.5% success rate.
So at the end of this small attempt to disclose the truth, I shall appeal, in this country of 130 crore needy people, we must not make anti-Homeopathic propaganda merely for business prosperity or any way through cunning and scientific maneuvers, since it may bring havoc over the helpless people and eventually to us.
15th Mantra of Isha-Upanishad suggests,
“Hiranmayen patren satyasa apihiting mukham,
Twat twang pushan apabrinu satya dharma drishtaye.”…….
the Actual Truth remains invariably under some wrapper but I’m sure the time is not so far when it will come to light.
Dr.(Mrs.) Sabitri Sharangi, BHMS Midnapore Homeopathic Medical College, with over 25 years of experience, works and supports charitable institutions’ social working and medical camps in and around North Bengal. She and her husband Dr. Raghupathi Sharangi has devoted their life to the service of the people with HOMOEOPATHY. She is also an excellent singer of Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet Folk too in her pass time.