By Neepa Sevak
Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that utilizes minute doses of carefully selected ingredients made from plants, mineral sources and many other natural substances to enhance the body's natural healing processes. Its strength lies in its marked effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical levels.
Homeopathy recognizes the inseparability of body and mind, treating the patient as a whole and not just the disease. Homeopathy believes in a Holistic, Totalistic, and Individualistic approach and works on the principle of "Similia Similibus Curenter" which means, "Let Like be cured by Like", derived from the Natural Law of Nature. So when the pathogenesis of the medicine matches with the total picture of the diseased person, this medicine is called the "Similimum" which certainly leads to cure. Unlike any other system of medicine, the remedies used in Homeopathy have been previously proved on healthy human beings therefore their actions and reactions are fully known to the Homeopaths. This makes homeopathy the true and rational art of healing.
Homeopathy is growing in popularity all over the world because its medicines are gentle, non-toxic aids, harmless as compared to the harsh drugs and treatments of Allopathic medicine. This makes homeopathy safe to use when many other types of treatments may not be recommended, such as in case of newborns, children and during pregnancy.
A growing number of parents today are concerned about the side effects of conventional drugs, especially in the treatment of babies and young children. Here are some of the reasons why every parent should consider homeopathy for their children.
Homeopathy is a safe system of medicine for children. Primarily, any medicine administered to children must be free from harmful effects. Unlike antibiotics and other such medicine, Homeopathic pills do not affect digestion, lower resistance power; produce allergies or cause harm if taken for long-term. Also, children often resist taking conventional medicines.
Also, children being more susceptible, respond quicker to Homeopathy. Contrary, to the common misbelief, homeopathy is fast acting and brings back the healthy state in the quickest possible manner and is exceptionally effective for almost all sorts of health problems in children.
Homeopathic treatment being based on the ‘Constitutional Approach’ treats the disease at the root level, hence enhancing the resistance power of the child, who habitually has recurring infections due to a lowered resistance power, therefore preventing them from frequent illnesses.
Homeopathy is also considered child friendly, as the homeopathic pills, being sweet in taste, are accepted readily by children. It is so easy to take that it can be easily given even to a one-day-old neonate without forcefully inducing.
Common Problems in Children Where Homeopathy is Effective
All health-conscious mothers today must know which all diseases can be treated by homeopathy. It is impossible to enlist all those innumerable conditions where homoeopathy is found effective. The ones listed below are some basic problems that most kids go through. Besides the below-listed conditions one must think of homoeopathy for any resistant, difficult disorder.
- (a) Infections : Children are prone to a variety of infections such as Cough & Cold, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Measles, Chickenpox, Mumps, Skin-boils, Gastroenteritis (Diarrhea & Vomiting), Kidney & Urinary Tract infection, and many more. It also gives astonishingly good results in the treatment of Tuberculosis in children.
- (b) Allergies : Child-Asthma (Asthmatic Bronchitis) is becoming a universal problem in children, where they are frequently down with attacks of wheezing, cough and breathlessness. Homeopathy has exceptional treatment for such suffering which helps in long-term as well as to fight effectively an acute episode of wheezing, whereby the child can be kept away from strong medicines like steroids. Besides the respiratory allergy, Homeopathy works miraculously for skin allergy, Eczema, Urticaria, food-allergy, etc.
- (c) Tonsillitis : Avoid Surgery : Acute as well as recurring attacks of tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils) with high grade fever, is another common complaint found in children. As remarkably, almost all cases of recurring tonsillitis (including suppurating tonsils) can be found curable completely with Homeopathy.
- (d) Mental Disorders : Homeopathy has a very unique line of treatment for various emotional disorders like hyper activeness, restlessness, violence in children. Also children with a cynical mind, innumerable passions, such as rage, jealousy, anxiety, fears, inferiority complex, timidity, lack of confidence, depression etc. the imprints of which are carved permanently in the delicate mind of the child, influencing the child’s character and personality morbidly, resulting in various malfunctions and behavioral problems. Various psychosomatic disorders such as Bed-wetting, Headaches, Gastritis, respond well to Homeopathy as well.
Some more children disorders, where homoeopathy works wonders are: Infant colic, Fever, Teething problems, Vomiting, Dysentery, Nephrotic Syndrome (Kidney disease), Growth related problems, Convulsions (Epilepsy), Infantile Eczema, Jaundice, Meningitis, Fungal infections, Warts, Hair-Loss (Alopecia), Growing pains, Poor concentration, Arthritis in children, Psoriasis, Leucoderma (white spots), Pimples, Thyroid problems, Migraine, etc.
The time has come that every health-conscious parent should recognize the scope and role of homoeopathic science for day-to-day problems. When other systems of medicine fail to work effectively, and if you want your children to grow with natural, safe, gentle, non-toxic, effective and rapid acting medicines, you should think of homeopathy.