What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that is based on the principle that like cures like, as Hippocrates used to say (latin: similia similibus curentur). Symptoms are thought to occur as the body attempts to combat the pathogenic agent (e.g. virus, bacteria, etc). The homeopathic remedy essentially helps our body to intensify its defense by intensively producing its own symptoms. Healing, therefore, can be accelerated and achieved.
How long does homeopathic treatment last?
The duration of the treatment varies from a few days in acute conditions for up to several years in chronic diseases. This depends on the chronicity and the nature of the disease as well as on the general state of a patient's health.
What diseases can Homeopathy cure?
What are homeopathic remedies?
The homeopathic remedy is a plant, animal or mineral substance, which has been diluted and subjected to a series of vibrations.
What side effects do homeopathic remedies have?
Generally speaking, homeopathic medicines have no side effects. Oftentimes, however, during the first month of the treatment, there is a possibility that the symptoms of the disease, for which the patient visited the homeopathic practitioner in the first place, intensify. This phenomenon is called "homeopathic aggravation" and usually lasts from 3 days to 4 weeks and is an indication that the medicine is beginning to work. The patient does not need to worry as the symptoms recede on their own without the doctor having to intervene. Additionally, drowsiness and headache often occur during the first 5-7 days of initiation of the treatment due to the abrupt discontinuation of caffeine consumption required by the homeopathic therapy.
Can homeopathic remedies be taken alongside classical medicines?
This response varies from case to case. As a rule of thumb, homeopathic medicines can be administered in parallel with classical medicines indeed, with the exception of antibiotics, cortisone and some psychotropic drugs.
What should the patient avoid while on a homeopathic treatment?
The following substances tend to diminish the action of homeopathic medicines:
Caffeine. Coffee and Coke-like products should be avoided. Small amounts caffeine can be found in decaffeinated coffee, chocolate and tea, without usually causing any problems to the treatment.
Naphthalene and camphor.
Clove oil. It is used in dental operations.
Cortisone, antibiotics (consult your doctor first).
In addition to the above that are generally the case, there are some further specific restrictions (i.e. peppermint, chamomile, etc) depending on the treatment that is being followed and which are indicated by your homeopathic doctor. Finally, it should be noted that the patient should abide by the abovementioned restrictions for at least 3 months after the end of the homeopathic treatment of their chronic disease.
If I start homeopathic treatment, does this mean I have to take homeopathic medicines for the rest of my life?
No. Once the patient is cured and after consultation with his homeopathic physician the treatment is discontinued.
What should I do if an acute case (e.g. bronchopneumonia, cystitis, upper respiratory tract infection, etc.) occurs during homeopathy?
If such a case occurs, you should contact the homeopathic practitioner and he is going to direct you with regards to the way it will be treated. In general, the use of (classic or homeopathic) drugs is not recommended, other than that of the usual painkillers (paracetamol, aspirin, etc.).