WHAT ARE HOMEOPATHY MEDICINES
Homeopathic medicines are derived from natural sources like:
- plant source
- animal source
- mineral source
- healthy secretions of body (like thyroid hormone, insulin etc.)
- diseased secretions (like purulent secretions from tubercular abscess, virus taken from stringy mucus of whooping cough etc.).
Medicines prepared from the healthy secretions from the body are called as sarcodes and those prepared from the diseased secretions from the body are called as nosodes. There are more than 2000 homeopathic medicines whose drug picture (symptoms and signs) have been recorded in Materia Medica.
These drugs are taken in their crude forms (most concentrated form) and then prepared into medicines through a series of dilution and succussions or triturations. This process of preparing homeopathic medicines from their crude form is known as ‘Potentization‘. The process refers to a specific procedure of series of dilution wherein one part of a medicinal substance is diluted with 99 parts of alcohol. The strength of the homeopathic medicine increases upon successive dilutions and vigorous shaking between each dilution. The degree of dilution is referred to as potency. Potency are denoted by number like 6C, 30C, 200C etc. (higher the number higher is the potency). These potentized medicines penetrate the blood brain barrier, cellular and nuclear barriers and hence the therapeutic effect is produced on mental (mind), physical (body) and spiritual (soul or vital energy) plane. The physiological doses of homeopathic medicines are known as ‘Mother tincture’. These act mainly on the physical plane.
Homeopathic medicines are very sensitive and should be kept away from sunlight and strong odors. Always keep them in a cool place.
Homeopathic medicines are given in very small doses therefore,they are completely safe, non-addictive and produce no unwanted side effects. Still self-prescription should never be done and the homeopathic doctor should always be consulted.