We are not just the sum, but also the substance of all our parts. Every part of the body — directly or indirectly — affects the others in health and disease. Homeopathy has always recognised the relationship that exists between the mind and body. It, therefore, focuses its healing powers on the patient’s mental state, even while apparently treating physical problems. Peptic ulcer, for instance, is evidenced to be perpetrated by stress. Homeopathy treats the ‘root cause’ — stress, in this case. In doing so, it reduces the chances of reccurance. Health is a state of inner balance. Homeopathy is evidently more effective in treating psychosomatic (mind-body) diseases as compared to any other system of medicine.
The following chronology provides a classical illustration of disease progression in many patients. As you’ll see, each disease is distinct or unrelated. The correlation becomes clear when the evolution of the entire disease is considered.
Patients with sneezing bouts (allergic rhinitis) are often treated with antihistamines by conventional physicians. As the allergic state worsens, they may develop bronchitis — even breathlessness. They now seek the advice of a chest specialist, who may put them on antibiotics, bronchodilators and inhalers. Also,given their inherent allergic tendencies, the allergies of these patients often manifest in various forms. They are usually treated with steroids. This may ‘trigger’ weight gain and/or diabetes. A diabetologist may now come into the picture. Besides, with every complication, depending upon the body part involved, the patient may consult specialists — dermatologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, urologists, and neurologists. Each of them will have a drug or two to add, so the patient will eventually end up taking 5-10 medicines every day. This heightens the risk of side effects or drug-induced diseases. Does this not imply that if homeopathic medicines, a safer alternative, were used in the beginning, unpleasant effects could have possibly been avoided and complications most likely nipped in the bud — as it were?
Homeopathy has rightfully earned the reputation of being a holistic medical system. It endeavours to rid diseases from their roots, naturally and safely. Its biggest advantage — a single remedy treats the patient’s symptoms on the whole, irrespective of the number of organs or systems involved.
Article by Dr Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 17 December 2009