Questions answered by Dr. Paresh Vasani PDF Print E-mail

Q – Today, the medical system is ruled by big pharma industries. The drug prices are rising everyday. Drugs are accounting for a major portion of household budget on health. In such a scenario, do we have the resources in homoeopathy to make it a parallel system to treat population at large? Nitish.
A – Dear Nitish – Your question is very valid in today’s scenario. There is increasing commercialization of medical practice.  Cost of health care is going up; patients are losing faith on Doctors. Homoeopathy is fast emerging as one of the leading alternative system of therapy.  There are many advantages of Homoeopathy. Just to name few are:
    1. Treatment of person as a whole (mentally and physically). Emotional improvement and increasing the resistance helps the person in his/her overall health.
    2. Permanently removes the disease.
    3. Cost of the therapy is comparatively very less.
Homoeopathy has the potential to become a parallel system if we have good number of quality Homoeopaths. Skill of perceiving the patient and identifying the correct medicine is prime requirement. Recognizing these needs, our organization, Homoeopathic Research and Charities, have taken up this mission to raise the quality of Homoeopaths and the treatment they offer. We conduct many courses and clinical training at subsidized rates for Indian doctors offering them to improve their skills. By raising the standard of Homoeopath, we will change the various misconception people have in their mind about Homoeopathy and fulfill the role of a parallel system.
– Dr. Paresh Vasani

Q – Hi, I am 61 years old and having diabetes since last 15 years. I have been on allopathic treatment for the duration. I have never been on insulin except for a period of 1 month approx a year back. I am physically fit and have an intense fitness regime. What I should like to know is whether there is either a cure for Diabetes or at least a complete control over sugar levels esp. at my age?
A – Hello, Homoeopathy can really help you control your diabetes. There are cases where we have reduced or completely eliminated the need of allopathic medicines. But for that we need to find out the exact remedy that is required. Two patients having diabetes will have different symptoms and different constitution and so will need different Homoeopathic remedy. Once you start with Homoeopathic medicines, over a period of time your need of allopathic medicines will go down and we need to cut down the doses of allopathic medications. So you must consult a Homoeopath and take treatment under supervision.
– Dr. Paresh Vasani

Q – My name is Pradeep Bhatia. I am suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis. Backbone is totally fused but no pain. Pain and stiffness is increasing in my neck. I can turn my neck 45 degrees left and right only while up and down movement is painful with cricking sound. How do I stop the inflammation in my body which is causing the body to protect itself and deposits calcium on the neck bones to immobilize the infection. I look forward to your remedy so as to maintain what flexibility is in the neck and not have it rigid.
A – Dear Mr Pradeep. Homoeopathy can help your case very well. We need to find out the exact remedy that is required. Two patients having Ankylosing spondylosis will have different symptoms and different constitution and so will need different Homoeopathic remedy. Once you start with Homoeopathic medicines, over a period of time your inflammation will go down and you will see good change. We have seen this happening in cases. So you must consult a Homoeopath and start with the treatment under supervision.
– Dr. Paresh Vasani

Q – In case of continuing with Homoeopathic medicine, if we are advised to give Crocin/ Ibugesic (even SOS), then how should we understand it, that homeopathic medicine is not working?
A – Hello, many times the patient who is taking Homoeopathic treatment develops some acute infection and comes with high fever and other symptoms. In cases of infection, your immunity fights with the infection and this fight is reflected as fever. Homoeopathic medicines stimulate your immune mechanism to fight the infection. Thus you develop better resistance power. Very high fever and body pain etc symptoms may create a lot of physical discomfort and sometimes panic in patients mind (especially in cases of children) To avoid this suffering, we keep a constant watch on patients with acute symptoms and advise them to take Crocin or Ibugesic if fever goes above 102 degree. This reduces their suffering and also gives Homoeopathic remedy some time to act. So how to know that homoeopathic medicines are working and it is not just Crocin which is giving relief? There are some signposts that one should look for to make sure that it is not only Crocin that is working but there is deeper cure with Homoeopathic medicines.
•    Change in main physical complaints.
•    Intensity and frequency of fever, body ache etc. reducing…
•    Patient starts feeling better generally and in energy. His appetite etc. returns.
•    Blood investigations reveal the reversal of pathology.
Patients with acute complaints need constant supervision and we advise patient to call up frequently as needed.
– Dr. Paresh Vasani

Questions answered by Dr. Shachindra Joshi PDF Print E-mail

Q – Allergic….. Can we have more simplistic language to understand it better?
A – The word allergy means a hypersensitivity to a substance that causes the body to react to any contact with that substance. Allergies are abnormal immune system reactions to things that are generally harmless to most people. It can also be labeled as a disorder of the immune system. Our body is protected by the white blood cells in our blood. So whenever there is any substance in our body that it is not familiar with it can be a germ or a generally harmless substance like  pollen, dust, food substance that your body reacts to, in such circumstances our white blood cells produce antibodies against those substances/ germs  to defend itself. So if your skin is sensitive & it comes in contact with something that does not suite it then the white blood cells produces IgE antibodies which make the skin swell up, the part of the skin become red, itchy and painful. This reaction remains till the body is in contact with such a substance. This is the body’s response against that substance. This immune reaction is called an allergic reaction & in lay mans terms it is labeled as allergy. This response is most commonly seen at the level of skin, digestive system & respiratory system.
– Dr. Shachindra Joshi

Questions answered by Dr Bhawisha Joshi PDF Print E-mail

Q – Does homoeopathy have a treatment for all the diseases like fracture, renal failure (dialysis)?

A – Homoeopathy offers immense relief in symptoms in patients suffering from terminal illnesses or irreversible pathologies like kidney damage where dialysis is needed .In case of fractures; homeopathic pills taken internally help in healing of the bones and to strengthen them along with reducing any pain and inflammation of the affected soft tissue area. The plaster or splint helps to keep the bones in the right position and give it rest but it does not help in healing .The body heals itself but at this time along with the plaster homeopathic medicines taken help in reducing pain and in hastening the process of healing of the bone in its true sense.

Q – How do you get the information (special, peculiar symptoms) from a child?

A – In children we usually observe every move and behavior of the child keenly and carefully. In case of infants and toddlers the observation of the homeopath and the mother are most crucial. In older children (by age of 5 onwards), we speak to the child and find out the individual nature of each child. This is done by talking to the child about his fantasies, his favorite stories, cartoons, characters, things he gets scared of, dreams, etc. We also ask every child to draw whatever they would like to during the consultation. The drawings do not have to be meaningful but everything the child tries to draw or color or scribble is observed. The mothers’ history during her pregnancy is also inquired into. The mother and father are interviewed if needed to understand their personalities and character traits because children very often have traits common with their parents. All this is studied in detail to find the exact personality and peculiar nature of each child.

Q – I am basically a fairly healthy person. I am 67 years old, suddenly out of the blue this thought comes to my mind that “I am a healthy person and I don’t fall ill”. Then I know I am going to have some health problems soon and usually have some minor health issue. Can you explain that? Kamini.

A – Dear Ms. Kamini, There are two parts to the answer to your question. Very often the mind knows or gives you a hint before something is going to happen. You could call it premonitions or whatever. But the sensitive person usually picks up these hints dropped subtly by the subconscious mind. This sensitive nature of yours is a peculiar part of your personality.

Questions answered by Dr. Rashmi Jaising PDF Print E-mail

Q – Is it true that while you are under homoeopathic treatment, your illness gets worse before it becomes better?

A – You are probably referring to a Homoeopathic aggravation. But in this case your illness does not get worse. Let me explain: Sometimes when a correct homoeopathic remedy is given to a patient he/she may experience a slight increase in their symptoms; in some cases there may be fever. This is called a homoeopathic aggravation. It simply indicates that the patient’s immune system is responding to the remedy. Please note that in a homoeopathic aggravation, only the symptoms get worse; the pathology does not. A patient suffering from psoriasis may experience an increase in itching without the lesions actually increasing in size or number; in fact he/she will note that in a few weeks these will start reducing. Similarly a patient suffering from frequent migraines may experience a headache soon after the correct remedy, but in the course of the next few weeks and months will note a decrease in the frequency and intensity of the attacks. It is not necessary that homoeopathic aggravations occur in all cases, but where they do they are short lived. The patient should get in touch with his homoeopathic physician at this time so that he can do the needful to manage the aggravation. It is important that no other medicine: homoeopathic or allopathic be taken at this time without the consent of the physician. An aggravation suppressed means an opportunity lost in determining whether the patient did actually respond to the remedy given. An aggravation of symptoms, where it does occur, is therefore a good sign. It indicates to the patient that the remedy he has selected for the patient is working and that he should continue the same line of treatment.

Q – Are vitamin tablets actually beneficial e.g., B- complex, Vit. E, Vit. C, etc?

A – Vitamins in themselves are essential nutrients that are required in very small amounts for proper functioning of the body. The body is unable to synthesize these in the required amounts and so they must be provided by food. In most cases a well balanced diet supplies most of the vitamin needs of a healthy person. Each vitamin has a specific function to perform in the body and its deficiency may lead to a specific condition. Severe vitamin deficiencies will only occur in a very poor diet. Deficiencies are common in India because of a large fraction of the population is undernourished. On the other hand, a lot of the popular foods nowadays are highly refined and processed, and a diet which excludes fresh and natural foods is likely to result in deficiency of essential nutrients. Also fad diets aimed at weight loss should be undertaken with caution (preferably under the guidance of a qualified nutritionist) because if protracted they can lead to deficiencies. There is a tendency to take vitamin supplements over and above the required daily requirement with the hope of keeping better health, warding off infections and even fighting cancer. As far as the latter is concerned clinical trails have not able to establish any role of vitamins in preventing cancer. In fact some trials ended with the worry that vitamins might do more harm than good in this regard. Further the use of vitamin C in the prevention/treatment of the common cold and respiratory infections remains controversial, with ongoing research. In clinical trails no significant reduction in the risk of developing colds has been observed; in people who developed colds while taking vitamin C, no difference in severity of symptoms has been seen overall; no significant benefits have been observed of starting vitamin C after the onset of cold symptoms. On the other hand the possible side effects of Vitamin C mega-dosage are also being researched. These range from acidity, indigestion, diarrhea to development of calcium oxalate crystals, risk of abortions, development of arthritis, erosion of teeth and many more. It seems therefore that it would be judicious to resort to vitamin supplements in case of deficiencies and when they are prescribed by a physician. In all other cases the focus should be on a balanced, healthy and natural diet which provides vitamins in sufficient quantities.

Q – Can homoeopathy work on old patients-80 years old plus?

A – Aging is not a disease, rather a series of processes that continue throughout the life cycle. Age related changes include deterioration in vision and hearing, dental problems, osteoporosis (weakening of bones), deterioration of memory. Loss of muscle strength and vigor, decreased sexual drive, hypertension, diabetes, risk of heart disease, etc. A balanced diet, regular exercise, moderation in some habits like alcohol and complete avoidance of habits like smoking, maintaining a regular hobby…in short adopting a healthy lifestyle can help a person age in a healthy manner. Homoeopathy is effective in patients of all age groups: from the pediatric (children) to the geriatric (old age). The age related complaints mentioned above may not have a cure in any system of medicine but in cases where any one symptom is particularly distressing Homoeopathy can provide symptomatic relief. Many elderly patients may be suffering from chronic diseases for many years; in such cases the emphasis is to give symptomatic relief and make the patient comfortable.  This would also be the approach in terminally ill patients. Cure can be hoped for in complaints or diseases of a more recent onset that are not necessarily related to old age; for example an elderly patient who suddenly developed an anal fissure and who had never had this problem through his life was treated successfully for his complaint with a few months of homoeopathic treatment.

Q – Is homoeopathy doing something for hair treatment?

A – It is normal to shed some hair daily, but major hair loss is very often a cause of concern for patients. Some common hair problems are:
•    Inherited baldness: poor chances of recovery.
•    Male pattern and female pattern baldness: Both can be inherited and are linked to hormones. They are not considered diseases.
•    Stress related hair loss: This could be due to emotional stress or stress on the system as after a debilitating disease, or after the delivery of a child. This type of baldness can be successfully treated by homoeopathy.
•    Alopecia areata (partial hair loss): This condition is believed to be auto immune in origin. It can be successfully treated with homoeopathy.
•    Hair loss due to diseases like thyroid problems or diabetes: The homoeopathic approach is to treat the individual at the deepest level, thereby curing the disease. Hair loss being a symptom of that disease will in turn stop.
•    Poor nutrition: where hair loss is due to deficiencies in diet it will be reversed if the diet is corrected.
•    From traction or regular use of chemicals or hair treatments: Certain hairstyles like tight braiding can be responsible for hair loss as also excessive and regular use of chemicals. In such cases the cause of hair loss needs to be addressed to.
•    Scalp infection such as Tinea Capitis can cause hair breakage and damage. These can be successfully treated with Homoeopathy.
•    Itching and excessive scaling seen in conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis can be treated successfully with Homoeopathic remedies.

Q – What is the effect of the powder given once before starting the pills?
A – Your homoeopathic physician may give you a powder or a dose of pills before starting a set of pills for the rest of the week/fortnight/three weeks/month. This initial dose is very important and should not be skipped. Please ensure to follow the directions of your doctor with regard to this dose. This dose helps to start the treatment and make the rest of the medicines more efficacious. Without this dose (where it is given) the treatment will not begin.

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