The term homeopathic medicine is a very common term in the world of healthcare and treatments all around the world. Although the term seems very Indian, homeopathic medicine was first developed in Germany and then spread to the United States before finally making its mark the whole of the world, curing people with medicines that involve negligible side effects and are also well within the reach of the common man.
Doctors or medical practitioners who treat patients with the help of homeopathic medicines are called homeopaths. The basic science of homeopathic medicines revolves around one fact that the human body contains a vital body force, which is also called the self-healing response of the body. It is the imbalance or disruption of this self-healing force or energy in the body that causes a lot of diseases and medical problems in people. Homeopathic medicines aim at treating people by bringing this self-healing mechanism of the body back in shape.
A treatment plan using homeopathy involves introducing small dosage of substances in the body that commence illness in the body of a human being when he or she is fed with large amount of that same substance or component. This is the basic reason behind the huge success of homeopathic medicines where they believe in following the “like cures like” approach.
The “homeopathic medicine” has been derived from two Greek words—“homeo” that means similar and “pathos” that means disease or suffering. Thus, homeopathic medicine is, indeed, a medical system that is ‘alternate’, that is, it is formed on the basis of a complete set of practices and theories. This form of treatment takes a completely different approach of healing a person or curing a person from his or her disease or suffering than the one followed in the conventional form of medical treatments that involve diagnosing the disease, classifying the disease as of a particular type and then following with treating the medical problem.
The science of homeopathic medicine involves stimulating the defense mechanism and the processes in the patient’s body that treat the illness effectively and prevent it from happening or occurring again. This kind of medical treatment involves starting with really small dosage of the substances that are called remedies into the body of the patient. Another important aspect of homeopathic medicine is that the treatment varies from patient to patient and is thoroughly individualized, that is tailored as per the medical state and problems of each individual. The treatment plan that a homeopathic doctor charts for his or her patient is based on many factors such as the age of the patient, his or her disease state, lifestyle, mental state, other diseases affecting the body, his social obligations, etc.
In addition to all this, it is also very important on how a homeopathic medicine dosage be given to a patient. Such medicines should always be taken when the pallet is clean. Generally, when is person is subjected to homeopathic treatment, he or she should avoid taking strong flavors like camphor, coffee, mint like in toothpastes, etc. The homeopathic medicine is generally in the form of pills that are to be placed under the tongue of a patient. For the first couple of doses (say six), a patient must take two tablets at one time after every two hours. In case of some diseases and medical problems, the homeopathic medicine is also given in the form of ointment or syrups.