Homeopathic combinations have remained a source of controversy among the homeopathic community since the time of Hahnemann. While the Organon strictly prohibits their use, their ease of use has made them stay. These days their use has grown manyfold. You can find a homeopathic combination for literally everything – Asthama, Allergic Rhinitis, Menopause, Dysmenorrhoea, Leucorrhoea, Dentition, Diarrhea, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Weight loss, Apetite tonics, Growth tonics, Cardiac tonics, Flu, Hair loss, Warts, Vitiligo, Eczema, Hypertension, Memory Loss, Renal stones, Jaundice, even homeopathic soaps and toothpaste – you name it, you will find it!! Let us explore the so-called homeopathic combinations further.
What are Homeopathic Combinations?
A medicine prepration containing a mixture of multiple homeopathic medicines, is usually sold as a homeopathic combination.
Homeopathic combinations usually contain medicines in very low potencies or mother tinctures. The medicines which are known to have some physiological action on a disease or an organ are mixed together and marketed as a cure for a given condition.
Are these combinations really ‘homeopathic’?
Not at all! Why?? A medicine does not become ‘homeopathic’ simply because its ingredients are used as homeopathic medicines or because it is potentised. ‘Homeopathic’ means ‘similar’. A medicine is called ‘homeopathic’ when it is similar to the whole condition of a person/patient. Each medicine produces a variety of symptoms and affects various systems. When we look for a similar medicine, it should cover as many symptoms of the ‘person’ as is possible. The combinations just focus on one or two common symptoms (usually of the disease), so they may be similar to one or two symtoms of the ‘disease’, they are still not ‘homeopathic’ to the patient.
Apart from that combinations often rely on material quantity and physiological quality of the drugs to offer palliation. That is very similar to the conventional or allopathic medicine. Homeopathy is best known to work with highly potentised medicines and sub-physiological doses. So even the way most homeopathic combinations work, is also not homeopathic.
Homeopathy is a medical system based on some sound and fixed principles. These principles include the use of one single medicine at a given time, use of least possible quantity of medicine (in terms of quantity and repetition), no use of combinations, no use of external ointments for chronic conditions, use of the medicine which covers not only the common symptoms of the disease but also the uncommon symptoms which reflect the patients individuality.
So technically speaking the medicines which are sold as ‘homeopathic combinations’ are not at all homeopathic but since they contain medicines which are also used in homeopathy, may use very low potencies of homeopathic medicines, are prepared and sold by homeopathic companies – they are usually called ‘homeopathic’ – but they are not!!
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