Homeopathy corrects external problems from the core

Homeopathy has, for long, emphasised the injurious effects of suppressing skin disorders with external medications. This was previously dismissed as baseless by conventional dermatologists. Today, they grudgingly accept the possibility.

A skin eruption, homeopathy suggests, is essentially an external manifestation of the body’s internal turmoil. It mirrors a condition where the body’s immune system is waging a battle and performing well under pressure. It also signifies, in spite of the awkward manifestation showing on the skin, that the body has protected itself, although it has not resolved the problem completely. It needs time. Most often, we don’t give our body adequate time to handle things. On the other hand, we rush to the local chemist and dab our skin with over-the-counter (OTC) creams and ointments. We have, in so doing, meddled with our body’s natural attempt to drive out the problem from within. Worse still, in our haste, we have pushed the problem inwards — to a deeper, more damaging level.

Take, for instance, the relationship between atopic dermatitis, or eczema, and asthma. When eczema is suppressed with synthetic creams and ointments, asthma may appear with rapid intensity. When asthma is suppressed, eczema may resurface. It is a vicious cycle.

Homeopathy uses medicines made from natural substances that actually cause “illness” in large doses, but in micro-doses stimulate the body’s own defences, or immune forces, to throw, or ward, off the illness. In other words, homeopathy treats the external problem, for instance, a skin eruption, with an internal medicine. This is quite unlike conventional medical practice, where an external problem — for example, eczema — is treated primarily from the outside, not from the “inside-out.”

A study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine reported that homeopathy was clinically effective in eczema. A six-year study of patient outcomes, conducted at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, UK, found that 82 per cent of eczema patients felt “better” or “much better” with homeopathic treatment. Researchers at the University of Glasgow, UK, have, likewise, found that 80 per cent of patients who received homeopathic treatment, in conditions such as asthma, or allergies, had significant relief of symptoms within the first week of treatment, without any flare-ups or side-effects.