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Misconceptions about Homoeopathy
In the present era after getting fed up with the unwanted effects and reactions of the so called modern medicine, a large number of people are seen converging towards Homoeopathy in prospect that Homoeopathic medicines are safer and cause no or little side effects. There are still numerous false notions that hinder the acceptance of Homoeopathy in general public.

(Viz.- Homoeopathic medicines act very slowly; the treatment takes longer time; the Homoeopathic medicines do not act on drunkards, smokers, people of sedentary habits; in acute cases it is better to take allopathic treatment first and when there is some relief, Homoeopathic treatment may be started, all other treatments must be stopped with Homoeopathic treatment etc. etc.).

We often come to know about the people making such comments; and such comments are not always based on mere imagination. These comments are often from their bitter experience. Very often, some people say that Homoeopathic medicines do not act upon them. Such pitiable fellows have taken Homoeopathic treatment for months or more at a stretch, but could not find relief in the least.

When such comments come into notice they compel one to cudgel his mind, who is responsible for creating all such false notions?

After reflecting seriously on all such comments, I reached the conclusion that the fault is from both the sides, Homoeopathic physician and the patient.

Drawbacks from the Physician's part

Homoeopathic physicians themselves are solely( responsible. This responsibility is multi pronged. Let us ask ourselves a few questions seriously and honestly:

(1) Do we have ourselves virtuous certitude in this esteemed system of healing by similia i.e. Homoeopathy? (Faith)

(2) Do we have learned principles of this healing art as laid down by the masters of Homoeopathy? (Organon of medicine)

(3) Do we correctly interpret-
(a) the personalities of the individuals with respect to their healthy state,
(b) change in personality of each individual under the influence of each individual disease and
(c) The change in personality of each individual under the influence of each individual drug? (Theory of Individualization)

(4) Do we dare to put forth efforts to choose proper remedy according to its adaptability to the disease personality as per discipline of the Homoeopathy? (Law of Similimum)

(5) Do we know about the sources of drug substances, methods of preparation of the medicines and about the proper doses? (Pharmacy and Pharmacology)

(6) Do we know how to decide precisely when to repeat the dose? (Posology)

(7) Do we know how to properly decide when it is proper time for the second prescription? (Second prescription)

(8) Do we keep proper record of each individual patient so that we may keep proper track on the progress and the changes taking place under our concern of each individual patient? (Record Keeping)

(9) Do we know how to ascertain general condition of the patient regarding his need for supplements like vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, fluids etc. and how to balance them in emergency? (Supplementation Therapy)

(10) Do we understand how to manage the case, with respect to the mode of diet, mode of living and the precautions to be observed so that the recovery may be faster? (Diet and regimen)

Drawbacks from the Patient's part

The patient is not( always faithful with physician. Here some questions can be put out to conclude-

(1) Does the patient have full faith in treating physician?

(2) Is the patient satisfied with qualification and achievements of the physician?

(3) Is the patient able to understand his sufferings well and correctly interprets them in words so that the physician may make clear and right picture of the sufferings of the patient in his mind?

(4) Is the language of the patient intelligible and palatable to the physician?

(5) Is the patient fair and reveals all the facts and secrets about the sufferings to the physician?

(6) Does the patient inform correctly about his past and family history?

(7) Does the patient follows the instructions of the doctor faithfully and take the medicine punctually as per advice of the physician and follow dietary restrictions if any?

(8) Does the patient make punctual and regular follow-ups?

These are some important ones among myriad other questions, which require immense fascination to increase ones expertise in science of Homoeopathy.

Requisite knowledge of the Physician

Now, again an inquisition arises, "Do we make acquaintance with our remedies so well? This will need basic but essential requirements to be a perfect physician. This will require hard toil. A sixteen-hour per day study of Organon, Materia Medica and Repertory, with condition that the entire basic, all the allied, and all the essential subjects have been already well studied and acquainted.

These basic, allied and essential subjects include Medical Ethics, Philosophy, Zoology, Botany, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Ecology, Sociology and Languages (Local, Regional and International). The allied and essentials include Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Surgery, Pathology, Forensic Medicine, Preventive and Social Medicine, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Practice of Medicine and Clinical Classes in various departments of Medicine and Surgery. All these subjects are inter- woven and work simultaneously to make investigations, diagnosis, prognosis, and prescription.

Dr. George Vithoulkas says-
"Homoeopathy is a living dynamic science and can be effective only if it becomes a living pulsating knowledge within the mind and heart of the practicing Homoeopath."

Apart from this, clinical experience makes the doctor more confident, more prompt and more competent in practice and thus creating certitude for Homoeopathy in the hearts of the suffering people and the general public so that this science cum art of healing may indisputably become the surer, safer and the most popular system of CURE of imminent future.

Further, he should know the dietary factors, which influence our health as well as disease states.

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Comment by Veeraraghavan A.R. on April 24, 2011 at 11:32am
Dear Dr, Mas, You are correct. "Six homoeopatha came with six different remedies for same patient" is a day today comedy in Homoeopathic world.

But it is our duty to make the people to come forward to take Homoeopathy by our sincere practice though it is not an easy task.
Comment by Nilanjana Basu on December 6, 2010 at 1:21am
@ Dr. Sarswat,
All the reasons are true. Students coming to homoeopathy are all not sincere.The teaching is also always not to the mark. There are doctors who say "I was the student of Dr.B.K.Bose." "Dr.J.N.Kanjilal was my teacher". Those golden days are gone.
The third thing is also true, application of knowledge during the practice is poor. This is because lack of patients in IPD in hospitals. The clinical teachers practice something and preach something else. With due regards to all, but this is the senario.
I might sound critical and bitter for that I apologize.
Comment by Dr Ravindra Saraswat on December 5, 2010 at 12:43pm
Dr Sharma,
Can you evelute the reason?Are the students coming to homoeopathy not sincere? or is our teaching not good ? or student who learn in college can not apply their knowledge in his daily practice due to lack of their training ?
Comment by Nilanjana Basu on December 4, 2010 at 4:03am
We talk about imparting proper knowledge, but to whom? Students coming to homoeopathy are not sincere as because they wanted to do something else in life. They just come to collect the degree. It is really pitiable. I teach, so I have seen they pass out and do medical transcription, go to insurance company and work like a clerk.
Comment by Dr. MAS on August 26, 2010 at 3:15am
Homeopathic medicines act on smokers or not?

Dr. Kashi Raam in preface of his materia medica written, I also prescribe homeo medicine in the GLORY OF PAAN (it is kind of tobacco) and it also act.
Comment by Dr. MAS on August 26, 2010 at 2:17am
You talk about basic scinece subject knowledge anatomy, biochemistry, pathology and others. I read your entire post, what you are talking about, I am emphasizing on these points for many many years. But no body ever bothered. Rather an impression is given that we may be against homeopathy. It means if any body who will emphesize on setting up high standard of academices in homeopathy he/she will be declared the opponent of homeopathy. You see, there are many short courses are running in homeopathy in different part of the world. You talked about sixteen hours per day study and we see people have diplomas and certificates after 16 hours of study only. The most fascinating thing is that they are also doing homeopathic practice based on that diploma.

My 2nd misconception.

2. You talked about misconception about time and slow action. It is believed that homeopaths takes longer time in selection and homeopathic remedy takes longer time to cure.

You listed so many points which a homeopath has to observe while taking the case. Obviously when a homeopath has to observe such so many things and so many symptoms then definitly more time is required. is it not so?

If we will do such practice which you have mentioned then my guess is atleast 2 hours are required to handle one patient. If it is so then it means you can only check 4 to 5 patients in a day. I don't know how much you mostly expend on one patient.

In Pakistan, a homeopath (I am talking about well reputed path) mostly check 25 to 50 patients per day. I know few homeopaths of Pakistan who are providing consultation to 200 patients per day (Whaooooo). The patients are also getting relief, the patients are satisfied and they are also visiting again at their clinics. How can homeopaths will provide consultation to 200 patients per day by observing your points. If Homeopaths have to observe then not more then 10 patients per day can be seen.

In India, your companion, Dr. Manish Bhattia was saying, (if I remember it correctly) some 50 or above patients are consulting him per day at his clinic. How can 2 hours can be expeneded on them? One more doctor pannaklal of otherhealh was saying he sees 150 patients per day. what a great achievement. How can he be a classical?
Comment by Dr. MAS on August 26, 2010 at 1:09am
Dear Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma

You wrote about "Misconceptions which we have in Homoeopathy. It means we can discuss it further about misconception with you as you seems to me have lesser misconceptions (Smile ;)

1. Dr. K. N. Mathur in his book "Principles of prescribing" tells us that when a "same" patient is referred to six homeopaths and he told his same story (complaints) to six different homeopaths, all six homeopaths came with six different remedies.

My question is to you that what is your conception on this issue?

What do you think, only one homeopath was right in his / her selection? only one remedy will cure the patient? The selection of five others were wrong? or all homeopaths were right in their selection of remedies and all will cure the patient?

Please remember, you talked about misconception that's why I want to remove my MISCONCEPTION ABOUT HOMEOPATHY.
Comment by Dr. chandrakant bhapkar on August 20, 2010 at 2:57am
it is true. for this we have make us powerful to improve this. and actually we not competating with allopath and we dont have need so.
Comment by DR. Sushil Bahl on August 16, 2010 at 3:21am
Continuous improvement is always required and needed. Capabilities, adaptations, and limitations of each individual vary. It is always better to effect improvements in the system, rather than in the individuals. Poka yoke (mistake proofing) is one technique, where chances of errors are eliminated completely. Poka-Yoke is a device or method that prevents people from making mistakes. We must improvise and evolve methods, for the betterment of Homeopathy, which are consistent with such QMS techniques.
Comment by Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on August 15, 2010 at 11:40pm
We should learn to solve these drawbacks and share with each other to cherish up the Homoeopathy.

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