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Julek Meissner,
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Can homeopathic medicine & conventional medicine be taken together?

Homeopathy is not exclusive and can be used along with conventional and complementary medical treatments. If you are on certain drugs such as anti-hyper-tensive, drugs for cardiac or diabetic disorders or life-saving drugs, you may need to continued even if you begin homeopathic treatment. Only once your health has improved can you then ask your medical doctor to consider helping you ween off the medication.

The research says that when an acute infection is handled with homeopathy the frequency of occurrence of such acute attacks reduces. If during your homeopathy treatment, you come down with some acute problem like throat infection, diarrhea, vomiting, etc., at this time we advise that you get in touch with us. At the time of such acute crises our body may produce symptoms peculiar to our nature which may not be felt so intensely at any other time. It is very likely that the remedy homeopathic to your nature will become most visible to your homeopathic doctor, one that covers these peculiar symptoms and thereby helps you out of that acute crisis which will also relieve your other long-standing ailments.

What a homeopathic physician asks during the consultation?

The homeopath physician needs a detailed understanding of who you are, along with a description in your own words of any complaints and how you experience them. The physician identifies those features of the illness, which are most peculiarly experienced by you, so as to tailor a treatment to nurture your nature. The more your homeopath knows about you, the more effective the homeopathic treatment.

Do mention about your temperament, desires, family of origin, sleep, dreams and outlook on life. A well, if any major event preceded the onset of your complaints, like an upset at home or at your work place, for example a quarrel, or some bad news, this would be crucial in helping us gain insight into your nature.

What is classical homeopathy?

Although there are several ways to practice homeopathy including the use of several homeopathic medicines at the same time, the most precise way is what is called the classical homeopathic method, in which a single medicine is prescribed one dose at a time, as infrequently as possible, according to how similar the medicine is to the nature of the patient, based on a thorough understanding of what is unique about that patient.

After noting down all the symptoms of a case, homeopaths create a table in which they list the symptoms alongside the remedies that cover those symptoms. This process gives a list of remedies that cover the symptoms considered to be unique to the case. Homeopaths then use their knowledge of Materia Medica to differentiate among these remedies to select the one most appropriate to the patient.

Where do homeopathic medicines come from?

Homeopathic medicine uses a variety of sources. It is important to remember the form or nature on which homeopathic medicine is based; this is energy medicine, not biochemical medicine.

Homeopathic medicines are derived from following sources:

Plant Kingdom: Herbs (mint, pepper, etc), weeds (ragweed, etc), flowers (rose, pulsatilla, cyclamen), poisonous plants (belladonna, aconite), stimulants (tobacco, cannabis), and foods (potatoe, mango, cashew)

Mineral Kingdom: All the elements and compounds like metals, salts, alkali, and acids are from mineral kingdom such as Sulphur, Calcarea Carb (Calcium Carbonate), Nitric-Acid, Natrum-Muriaticum (Common Salt)

Animal Kingdom: Milks (including human, cow, lion, and many others), insects (Apis), spiders, snakes, etc.

Diseased Products: Medicines prepared from disease products are known as Nosodes such as Psorinum, Tuberculinum, Carcinosinum, Pyrogenium, etc.

Healthy Specimen: Medicine prepared from healthy spicemens such as tissue or glandular are called Sarcodes (Hering, 1834) ex. Thyroidinum, Cortisone, Cholesterninum, Lecithin

How long does treatment by homeopathic medicines take?

As we are all so very different in our mental and physical makeup it is reasonable to expect that our reaction to an illness will vary from individual to individual. Illnesses which occurred many years previously, sometimes in childhood or even in our parents, can often lead to areas of weakness in our constitution and a skilled homeopathic physician may spend some time in tracing and removing these defects by the use of the correct homeopathic medicine. In general, a slowly developing or long-standing complaint takes longer to cure than an acute one.

It is a misconception that homeopathy is slow in its action. Homeopathy is in fact fast acting in acute conditions such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. In contrast, with long standing chronic illness, though relief may be seen within a month, the rule of thumb is that for every year there has been a problem, it may take a month for healing to occur.

Once your symptoms start to lessen you should increase the time between doses according to the directions given by the physician.