How is Homeopathy different from other therapies?
Homeopathy is the medical system based on a principle of ‘Law of similars’. There are other medical therapy systems available to serve the purpose. Below is the list of some popular medical systems
- Allopathy or Modern Medicine (Conventional Medicine)
- Ayurveda/ Herbal Medicine
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Schuessler’s Tissue Salts
- Nutritional Therapy
All above systems have a common goal i.e. restoration of health.
Comparatively, allopathy is mainstream medicine. Most of the allopathy drugs are chemicals for example paracetamol. Animal and human clinical trials determine the safety and efficacy of each allopathic drug.
In allopathy, medicines are prescribed in opposition to symptoms whereas in Homeopathy ‘Law of Similars’ is followed. For example, in case of chronic diarrhea, an allopathic doctor would prescribe the medicine which causes constipation. On the other hand, the Homeopathic doctor would prescribe the remedy which had produced diarrhea symptoms in its provings. Allopathic medicines mitigate symptoms efficiently. However, Homeopathy cures many of chronic diseases which could only be mitigated by allopathy.
Ayurveda is the popular system of medicine in the Indian subcontinent since ancient time. It describes 3 basic doshas (called Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and 7 dhatus i.e. plasma (rasa), blood (rakta), muscles (māmsa), fat (meda), bone (asthi), marrow (majja), and semen (shukra). Balace between these elementary substances is a health and its imbalance represents the disease. Like Homeopathy, Ayurveda is a holistic approach. It cherishes yoga, diet, and exercises along with treatment.
The Canon of Medicine is the foundation for Unani. It is an encyclopedia of medicine in five books. The Persian philosopher Avicenna compiled these books and completed in 1025. The Unani system of medicine is based on this compilation.
As per Yunani, Quwwat-e-Mudabbira-e-Badan (the power of body responsible to maintain health), counters causative factor responsible for the disease. The failure results in disorder. The abnormal humor leads to the pathological changes in the tissues anatomically and physiologically at the affected site and exhibits the clinical manifestations.
The Siddha science is a traditional medicine system of Tamil culture. Siddhars were spiritual masters who possessed the ‘ashta-siddhis’, or the eight supernatural powers. Siddhars laid the foundation of Siddha medicine.
Basic concepts of Siddha medicine are similar to Ayurveda. The only difference lies in describing predominance of tridoshas as per age. Like Ayurveda, seven basic elements attributed to physical and mental symptoms.
Siddha medicines are prepared from thavaram (herbal product), thadhu (inorganic substances) and jangamam (animal products). The maintenance of 3 humors and 7 elements is the primary goal of Siddha Medicine.
The practice of Yoga pre-dates Vedic period. Yoga is a well-designed exercise which increases health and stamina. It helps in reducing stress and boost immune mechanism. The term ‘Yoga’ stands for unity. It is a powerful technique to control body and mind. The practice of Yoga stands for discovering dysfunctional perception and cognition.
One requires good amount of devotion in terms of diet, sleep, life schedules and practicing to achieve larger benefits from this ancient science.