Some patients and homeopaths are of the belief that all the diseases are
equally curable using homeopathy. This is an extreme view and it needs to be
discussed. All the diseases, obviously, cannot be cured using homeopathy..
Let us be very clear that homeopathy is a science and not a magic! Homeopathy
has its own strength and limitations as well. The believers of homeopathy, at
times, have over expectations from this science. Also, some of the homeopaths
have wrong notions; wherein they promote the idea that if symptoms match, all
diseases, from colds to cancer find a cure in homeopathy.
The curability of diseases using homeopathy depends on some of the following
factors, put randomly as under:
1. Nature of pathology:
All disease are not the same. The diseases can be
allergic (e.g.. asthma, hay fever), infective (viral, bacterial, fungal, etc),
autoimmune (e.g. under active thyroid,
alopecia areata), metabolic (e.g.
diabetes, lactose intolerance), functional (e.g.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome),
structural (e.g. Ulcerative colitis), reversible (e.g.
irreversible (e.g. Hernia, Cataract,
Male Pattern Baldness), benign (e.g.Chalazion,
lipoma), malignant (e.g.
Cancer), emotional (e.g.
dysfunction), psychological (e.g.
depression), psychosomatic (e.g.
Rheumatoid arthritis), collagen (e.g.
Myasthenia gravis, Muscular dystrophy),
nutritional (e.g. anemia), iatrogenic (drug induced disease) (e.g.
Planus, cortisone myopathy) etc. The prognosis varies based on the nature of the
2. Nature of disease: My new categories of disease will be Acute, sub
acute, chronic, recurring or critical; instead of only Acute and Chronic. Most
of the Acute (tonsillitis), Chronic (Eczema)
and Recurring (Asthmatic
Bronchitis) diseases are treatable using homeopathy. However, some of the
acute diseases which are critical in nature, such as severe infection
(septicemia, cerebral malaria) or
(myocardial infarction) etc are not curable using homeopathy.
3. Nature of infection: Most of the bacterial and viral infections
find good treatment using homeopathy. However, severe infections such as
Tuberculosis, HIV, Gonorrheal Meningitis, Typhoid, etc are better not treated
using homeopathy as the conventional treatment is more effective for them. Cases
of HIV can find supportive role in homeopathy. Homeopathy is effective for
bacterial infections such as
media, recurring boils, osteomyelitis, etc. Homeopathy is also effective for
viral infections such as measles, chickenpox,
hepatitis A, B and C,
molluscum contagiosa, etc. Fungal infections such as tenia versicolor and
tenia corporis responds to homeopathy. However, very old standing tenia corporis
is often difficult to treat with any medicine.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of nails, difficult to treat yet
4. If or not the pathological changes of the disease are functional or
structural in nature: The diseases with functional changes (Aplastic anemia,
Migraine) are easy to treat by and large. The diseases with structural
(Psoriatic arthritis), changes take longer to get results. Some of them
are completely curable (e.g.
Hepatitis C) while some are
partly curable (Trigeminal Neuralgia), and some are incurable (e.g. Deformities
in Rheumatoid arthritis).
3. If or not the pathological changes of the disease are irreversible or
irreversible in nature: Reversible disease pathology such as
Asthma are curable. The diseases with irreversible changes such as
Osteoarthritis can be palliated but not cured; while some of the irreversible
diseases such as some forms of cancer cannot be cured or helped using
6. Extent and stage of the disease: Most diseases have different stages. The
success of treatment varies according to the extent and stage of the disease.
For example, Vitiligo with mild extent is curable but the same disease if
extensive, cannot be cured.
7. Depth of the disease: Various diseases have varying roots in terms of the
depth of the diseases. For example, some diseases such as acute urticaria is
usually not deep seated; it is superficial. It can be treated quickly with
success. When Urticaria becomes chronic, say five years old, and it is recurring
again and again, its depth is more. This form of urticaria is still curable, but
it takes time. Now, the same example of urticaria, when presents with severe
form what is called as Angioedema and
dermatographism, it becomes all the more
difficult to treat, since its 'depth of the disease' is much more. All the
diseases need to be understood in this manner.
8. Cause of the disease: Every disease needs to be scrutinized in terms of
the origin and causes such as genetic, metabolic, immunological, etc. and the
prognosis can be determined accordingly.
9. Maintaining factors of the disease: Some diseases have maintaining factors
untreated. For example, cases of hair loss using hair dye or harsh shampoo will
still have loss of hair, in spite of the best homeopathic treatment.
10. Current medications: Some of the diseases are triggered or maintained by
some drugs or medicines. For example, cases of psoriases who are on
beta-blockers may obstruct cure of psoriasis. Some of the strong
immunosuppressive medicines such as methotraxate or cortisone may not allow the
right homeopathic medicine to work in some cases such as
Syndrome, Atopic dermatitis,
11. Past medications: Some of the strong immunosuppressive medicines such as methotraxate, cortisone, cyclophosphamide etc. may delay cure with homeopathic
12. Over all health of the patient: If the patients general health and
vitality is good, the results are better and faster.
13. Associated diseases that the patient may be having: Associated diseases
have impact on the treatment of other diseases. For example, if the patient of
Alopecia areata also has Under active thyroid and/or diabetes, it takes
to get success.
14. Genetic factors: Strong genetic tendency in the background calls for
defined line of treatment and the response time may vary accordingly.
15. Life style factors: Patients of
Oral Lichen Planus continuing with
smoking; or cases of
IBS living erratic lifestyle will alter the response
time of the treatment.
16. Selection of homeopathic medicine and its dose: In fact the most
important factor is the selection of the correct medicines for the patients,
based on detailed history and understating of the totality. Also, correct
medicine in right dose and correct repetition, will make the cure successful.
17. Patient's compliance: It is important to have patient's active
participation and compliance in the process of cure.
A qualified homeopath can and should be able to help you in suggesting you
about the possibility of cure and an estimated timeline. A good homeopath who
has adequate experience, expertise, medical training combined with proper case
study can make your life easy.
Some more videos by Dr Shah on curability of various diseases: