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9. Is homoeopathy a “Slow acting system”?

The action of medicines depends on whether the disease is acute or chronic. Homoeopathy is NOT slow acting. This myth is popular, because most of the people approaching homoeopathy have a long history of chronic ailments, and hence the treatment takes time. Since homoeopathy offers a much better alternative than allopathy in such ailments, it is believed that homoeopathy is slow acting. The chronic diseases are those which have a long history, e.g. bronchitis, asthma, eczema etc.Homoeopathy is, in fact, FAST and RAPID in Action in acute conditions.

10. How can small globules given in homoeopathy be effective?

The globules or pills are only a vehicle for the transport of the medicine into the body. These doubts arise in people who use homoeopathic medicines for the first time. It is the homoeopathic potentised dilution (in liquid form) that acts on the patient.

11. Can diabetic patients take the sweet sugar pill given in homoeopathy?

Homoeopathic medicines can be safely taken by Diabetics as they contain a negligible amount of sugar. If necessary, medicines can be given in distilled water also.

12. Are all homoeopathic medicines same?

NO. It appears that homoeopathic medicines are same because they are dispensed in globules. Actually the vehicle remains the same but it is medicated by different homoeopathic dilutions.

13. Is homoeopathy a quackery and self-read science?

NO. Homoeopathy is a scientific system and is not something, which can be learned from books.
Government of India through Central Council of Homeopathy controls and reviews education, research and practice of homeopathy in India. In India most of the Government run clinics and hospitals have a homeopathic unit.
For becoming a homoeopath one has to complete Bachelor’s degree course spanning 5½ years of training with one year internship. There are around 147 homeopathic medical colleges all over India which offer undergraduate medical education; many of these are government run while others are run by private educational societies. Out of these 23 offer postgraduate education. Minimum qualification for admission into these colleges is high school with Biology, Physics and Chemistry as majors. The students also have to undergo an entrance exam for admission into the undergraduate homoeopathy degree course. The above process ensures that only the talented students are chosen to become future homoeopaths.
There is no difference between the homoeopathic medical curricula and that of MBBS. During the course, the students are taught, subjects like Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Forensic science, Surgery, PSM, Gynaecology & Obestetrics, and Medicine.At the end of 4½ years after passing their final exams, they are awarded the BHMS degree (Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery).
There is a 1-year internship after that where the prospective homoeopaths are posted in the hospital and other Government-run clinics to get some real-world experience.At the end of the internship, the homoeopaths register themselves with the State Homoeopathy Boards which in effect is a license to practice. Practicing Homoeopathy without a recognized degree is a punishable offence under the law.
There are postgraduate courses also. Admission to these is through an entrance exam.

14. Is homoeopathy only good and safe for children?

Homoeopathic medicines are totally safe and equally good for children and adults including pregnant females. It not only helps to remove the disease completely but also increases their resistance and prevents the disease from becoming chronic.

15. Is it true that pathological investigations are not required in Homoeopathy?

Pathological investigations are useful only to understand whether the case can respond to homoeopathy or not and to decide the prognosis which can only be decided after an exhaustive case taking. These are necessary to assess the progress and also help in proper management of the case.

16. Is it true that homoeopathic medicines are proved on healthy human beings?

Yes, it is true that homeopathic medicines are first proved on healthy human beings of both the sexes. This enables detailed study of subjective symptoms produced by drug on the prover.The proving is complete when the total picture of the disease a drug is capable to produce has been ascertained and recorded.

17. How are homeopathic medicines prepared?

Homoeopathic medicines are derived from plants, animals; minerals etc and are prepared in licensed laboratories under strict quality control. They are given in tablet, granules, pills, liquid or powder form and are available in different, but extremely dilute strengths known as potencies.

18. Is there any expiry or shelf life of homoeopathic medicines?

If properly stored, homoeopathic medicines can be used for years without any deterioration of quality. But yes, homoeopathic medicines do have best before indication.
Storage Guidelines:- Medicines are to be kept tightly capped at room temperature in a cool, dry, dust free environment and away from direct sunlight. They should not be kept in fridge or exposed to strong odors. Don’t store your remedies in your medicine box if you also keep things like strong smelling balms, or cough drops that contain menthol.