Which Diseases Can Homeopathy Effectively Cure?
During the first visit of a new patient to the clinic, misunderstandings about the indications for homeopathic treatment often emerge. The effectiveness of homeopathic treatment depends, among other things, on;
- The chronicity of the disease
- History of drug use in the past
- The type of the disease/diseases
Chronicity of the disease. The initiation of homeopathic therapy as early as possible from the onset of the disease ensures better prognosis of its course and the use of fewer drugs. The use of classical drugs is not a reason for delaying the homeopathic treatment since in most cases they can be administered simultaneously.
History of drug use in the past. The long-term use of many medicines in the past may make it more difficult for the patient to respond to homeopathic treatment. Chronic and particularly recurring administration of antibiotics, immunosuppressive, immunomodulatory, neuroleptic and anxiolytic drugs at high dosages may render homeopathic treatment very difficult and ineffective. The use of other drugs in addition to the above usually do not cause any particular treatment problems and can be co-administered.
The type of the disease/diseases
- Skin diseases: Homeopathic treatment is followed with great success by patients with skin diseases, especially psoriasis, eczema, acne, herpes and shingles (herpes zoster), pityriasis rosea and warts. The effectiveness of the treatment is higher the sooner it is begun after the onset of symptoms. The treatment of lichen planus, onychomycosis, and vitiligo (5 years from onset) is less effective. Homeopathic therapy is not recommended for varicose veins and cellulitis.
- Diseases of upper and lower respiratory tract: It is perhaps the most common reason to visit a homeopathic doctor. The percentage of successful treatment in chronic rhinitis, allergic rhinitis (spring-time and all year long), chronic bronchial and chronic allergic asthma amount to 80% even in long-term use of corticosteroids, β-stimulants, antileukotrienes, and antihistamines. Moreover, homeopathic treatment is used very effectively acute bronchitis and bronchopneumonia and upper respiratory tract infections (tonsillitis, pharyngitis) greatly reducing the use of antibiotics and other drugs. In addition, it significantly helps the reduction of frequent infections that occur in preschool and school-age children.
- Oncological Diseases: Homeopathic therapy is not indicated as a monotherapy in the treatment of oncological diseases (benign/malignant tumors, leukemias) and most of the time it cannot result in a cure. However, it is very often used in the relief of the symptoms that develop either due to the disease or because of the chemotherapy regimens used in its treatment.
- Cardiovascular diseases: Idiopathic arterial hypertension, moderate dyslipidemias, arrhythmias, and coronary heart disease respond very positively to homeopathic therapy. Depending on the type and the severity of the disease, homeopathic medicines can be co-administered with classical drugs without causing an interaction (antihypertensives, antiarrhythmics, anticoagulants, etc).
- Urine Diseases: Treatment of urinary tract infections, and especially of recurrent lower urinary tract infections (cystitis, urethritis) with homeopathy, results in a dramatic reduction in the use of antibiotics. However, infections of the upper urinary tract (pyelonephritis) are more difficult to combat with homeopathic treatment, and in those cases, antibiotic treatment is often necessary.
- Neurological Diseases: Commencing homeopathic treatment as soon as possible alongside with the classical drug treatment of the patient ensures better prognosis of the course of the disease. Grand mal and petit mal epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease react much better to homeopathic treatment when treated in their early stages. In addition, chronic fatigue syndrome positively responds to homeopathic treatment even if not treated in time.
- Psychiatric Diseases: Panic attacks, anxiety disorders, and depression are effectively treated specially when anti-depressant, anxiolytic and other psychiatric drugs have not been heavily used for long periods of time. Where appropriate, initiation of homeopathic treatment can be accomplished either by interrupting/reducing the classical medication received by the patient or not. Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe obsessive-compulsive disorder usually do not have a satisfactory response to homeopathic therapy and are inappropriate candidates in most cases.
- Obesity: Homeopathy can contribute significantly to weight loss when it is associated with anxiety disorder, depression or when there is evidence of a hormonal disorder (e.g. Cushing's syndrome, hypothyroidism).
- Gastrointestinal diseases: The majority of the most common gastrointestinal diseases respond very positively to homeopathic therapy. These include irritable bowel syndrome, chronic gastritis, and chronic esophagitis, particularly when a very severe stomach or duodenal ulcer is not present. Idiopathic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) are successfully treated, especially when the period of time since the onset of the symptoms and the diagnosis is not long (up to 3-5 years).
- Orthopedic Diseases/Musculoskeletal Problems: Backache, Sciatica, Shoulder Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Neck Pain are treated homeopathically unless there are severe mechanical stresses that can usually be found out in ordinary imaging examinations. These cases are few and surgical treatment is required as homeopathic treatment can only provide temporary symptom relief. In cases of osteopenia and osteoporosis, the patient usually receives homeopathic medicines in parallel with classical treatment, optimizing the effects of the treatment.
- Rheumatic diseases: This category includes chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic and dermal scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjögren's syndrome and Reiter's syndrome, whose treatment includes, among others, immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory medication. The severity and therefore the clinical picture of the same disease may display vast differences among patients. In most cases, a homeopathic remedy can help improve their quality of life by reducing the intensity and the frequency of the symptoms. However, it cannot reverse the already existing deformation of the joints when the disease is already at an advanced stage. In most cases, homeopathic treatment begins together with the treatment the patient receives from their rheumatologist, and then the dosage of the treatment is gradually decreased according to the course of the clinical condition and the laboratory findings of each patient. Finally, osteoarthritis can only be treated while in the early stages, as if is attempted to do so during its course, it does not show a satisfactory response to treatment.
- Endocrine Diseases:
- Diabetes mellitus: Homeopathic therapy aims to better regulate blood sugar while at the same time reducing the dosage of the antidiabetic medicines taken by the patient. Discontinuation of therapy in patients with Diabetes Mellitus Type I is not possible.
- P.M.S. and Thyroid Diseases: Premenstrual syndrome, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis respond well to homeopathic treatment and are among the most frequent reasons for patients to visit a homeopathic clinic.
Finally, a general rule although not absolute, is that homeopathy cannot replace surgical treatment in most cases.
The purpose of the above is to outline the homeopathic treatment possibilities that can be given today for the most common diseases. However, the course of an illness may vary considerably among patients.
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