Dr Geeta Pawar (MD)
10 April is the birth anniversary of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy. This day is celebrated as World Homeopathy Day all over the world to pay tribute to his contribution to Homeopathy and the system of medicine. The week 10 – 16 April is World Homeopathy Awareness Week, celebrated by Homeopaths and people healed with homeopathy to create awareness about the Homeopathic system of medicine, its various benefits, and treatments.
Use of Homeopathy has seen increased spikes during infectious diseases
During this Pandemic, we have seen an increased spike in the use of homeopathy medicine by people across the globe. You might also have taken homeopathy medicine to boost your immunity. If we study history, results obtained by homeopathy treatment reveal extremely low mortality during epidemics of cholera, Spanish flu, typhoid fever, diphtheria, pneumonia, yellow fever, dengue, and recently swine flu H1N1, chikungunya. The homeopathic treatment enhances resistance to infection and is safe, natural, and effective for all adults, children, senior citizens. There are several homeopathic remedies that can swiftly improve the symptoms and restore a state of health. Homeopathy medicine makes individuals capable to fight infections so that illness can be resolved rapidly and with little discomfort. Also, it can prevent patients from developing post-infection complications. Homeopathy medicines are prepared from natural substances and further diluted so they do not have any side effects. Homeopathy will definitely assist in shortening each stage of infection and if taken constitutionally can prevent ailment altogether.
Homeopathic physician dose does not focus on disease-producing agent or symptoms of the disease during treatment, he observes immune response triggered by a pathogen, which produces certain signs and symptoms in each individual, which are different for each individual. Depending on the totality of symptoms obtained from that individual suitable remedy for that individual will be prescribed, this remedy resolves the disturbance at the immune level quickly and restores the health.
The problem during epidemic diseases as a large population gets affected by the disease, it becomes difficult for homeopathic physicians to take a detailed history of each patient and give individual remedies to each one. To solve this problem during the epidemic Dr. Samuel Hahnemann founder of homeopathy, developed the concept of Genius epidemics, in aphorism no. 102 of his book organon of medicine he has explained that- “ from writing down the symptoms of several cases of this sort ( the disease population is affected), the outline of the disease picture becomes more complete…the entire scope of such an epidemic….can be distilled and gathered only from the suffering of several patients with different physical constructions.” After the formation of a complete disease picture of the epidemic and the most similar remedy is selected by a trained homeopath as a genius epidemics, which helps a large number of infected population to recover fast and restore health. Also, the same remedy which helps to recover a maximum number of patients during an epidemic can be used as genius epidemicus for Homeoprophylaxis of a large population in the affected area. Once the Genius Epidemicus is confirmed, This solution is practically very useful and sensible.
- Homeopathic medicines are easy to manufacture and dispense.
- It can be distributed to a large population in a short period of time.
- As the medicines are prepared from natural substances, they have no side effect, even it is observed that it has reduced the mortality rate.
- It is easily available and very cost-effective too.
- Homeopathy medicines strengthen a person’s natural immunity to fight against infections.
This is the reason, Homeopathy has witnessed a large spike during infectious diseases.
AYUSH ministry of Health sciences is taking constructive steps to promote Homeopathy, research in homeopathy, and clinical trials. We have also observed support from politicians, celebrities, healthcare providers during this pandemic for homeopathy to provide better healthcare to society. Homeopathy has become a complementary system of medicine and a primary healthcare option to treat acute and chronic medical problems from being an alternative system of medicine. The scope of homeopathy to cure illnesses is now broader than previously believed, due to continuous research, use of advanced technology, clinical trials.
During my 15 yrs of the practice of Homeopathy I have seen the efficacy of homeopathy in treating acute diseases from fever may it be dengue, typhoid, malaria, or viral to various chronic diseases like migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, thyroid, allergies, asthma, sinusitis, psoriasis, eczema and many more. Also, various surgical disease conditions like renal stones, piles, fissures, fistula, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, calcaneal spur, corn and callosities, pilonidal cyst, etc can be treated with homeopathy to avoid surgery.