Conventional doctors scoff at homeopathy and maintain that the very system is a farce. According to Dr Krishna, General Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Homeopathy Association there needs to be informed debate about homeopathy to clear the doubts people have about it. “People have many misconceptions about homeopathy and this is causing a lot of confusion. There has to be an informed debate about homeopathy to help people in taking a better decision,” K. Gopala Krishna, General Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Homeopathy Association, said.
“Since the ingredients of the medicine are very potent they are diluted to a large extent. Sometimes the dilution extends to the point where the presence of original ingredients in the medicine cannot be discovered by any available scientific procedures,” he explained. This is the reason he feels that the inability to measure those substances scientifically that is giving a homeopathy a bad name.
While some commentators maintain that homeopathy relies on mere placebo effect, Dr Krishna says that it is not placebo and it has been bringing relief to people for the past 200 years.
“Each system of medicine has its own strengths and weaknesses. Homeopathy is best suited for the ailments such as upper respiratory tract infection, arthritis, allergic disorders, hormonal imbalances in women and spondylitis, among others,” he said.
Allopathy on the other hand due its vast technical expertise, research and development remains the best option in case of emergencies, surgeries etc.,
“Even the approach towards treating a disease by both the systems is completely different and hence they should not be compared,” Dr Krishna said.
Whereas conventional medicine concentrates on curing an ailment by killing the invading pathogen, Homeopathy tries to strengthen the body so that it can fight the pathogens by itself, he said. “Our surroundings are brimming with pathogens all the time and they cause an ailment only when the body becomes weak,” he explained.
Dr Krishna feels that tall claims made by some homeopaths is giving the field a bad name. Homeopathy, if practiced properly, is cheaper, safer and effective for many ailments and can help body in gaining resistance against ailments, he said.
“Excessive dependence on western medicine is proving to be very costly. A judicial balance between both Homeopathy and allopathy will reduce the cost and also improve the health of a person,” he added.