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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: 1. What is Homoeopathy?

Homoeopathy is one of the scientific systems of medicine based on the Principle “Similia Similibus Curentur " which means, " Let likes be treated by likes". Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician enunciated this Principle. It is proved that the medicine which can cause a set of symptoms on healthy human beings can cure the same symptoms in diseased patients.


Q: 2. How do Homoeopathic medicines work?

The Homoeopathic medicines are dynamised by way of diluting and successing crude drug substance to activate its inherent properties. By this way the original drug substance is reduced to extremely to low quantity. Homoeopaths postulate that these medicines act on the immune system of the individuals and thereby strengthen it so as to enable the body to fight illness.

Q: 3. Is Homoeopathic medicine act slow?

It is unfortunately a false impression that homoeopathic medicines act slow. One of the reasons for such a mis conception could be due to the fact that inspite of its tremendous potential to cure common acute aliments, Homoeopathy is being widely used for treatment of chronic, uncommon ailments.

Q: 4. Can Homoeopathy treat any thing and every thing?

Like any other systems of medicine, Homoeopathy has its own limitations. Through Homoeopathy, any ailment acute or chronic, local or general can be treated except diseases where surgery is unavoidable.

Q: 5. Is Homoeopathy first aggravates the disease and then improves?

It does not happen to all cases and always, if the chosen remedy matches the patient's need. But if repeated more than the need, it often increases the complaints, but it would subside on its own as soon as medicine is withdrawn.

Q: 6. Are there any dietic restrictions while taking these medicines?

It is myth regarding restriction in diet like onion, garlic, perfume, paan and tobacco. These medicines have been used on patients who are habituated to coffee and betel. IT ALWAYS ACTS. But with certain medicines when given, such restrictions are must. Otherwise the action may be nullified. Asking not to use paan , or cigarette are on the other hand are safe and healthy restrictions.

Q: 7. Is it a fact that Homoeopathic medicines have no side effects?

It is a fact that homoeoapthic medicines have no side effects. The term ‘side affects' of a medicine comes from modern pharmacology. These drugs are aimed at one area of the body such as the cardiovascular system, the gut, the kidneys, etc. Though they have a primary area of action, they also effect other areas of the body. If these effects are undesirable, they are known as adverse side effects. Homoeopathic medicines are not employed against one particular area or organ of the body. The homoeopathic remedy is chosen because it matches as closely as possible with the totality of symptoms of the patient. Side effects, such as tissue destruction, do not occur under Homoeopathy.

Q: 8. What is the Quality Control in Homoeopathy?

Success of Homoeopathic practice depends on the availability of quality drugs. The manufacture and sale of Homoeopathic drugs is regulated under the DRAP ACT 2012 by the Govt. of Pakistan.

Q: 9. What is BM Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory?

The BM Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory was established in the year 1995. It is a standard setting-cum-drug testing laboratory in private sector in Pakistan for the purpose of quality control. It combines contemporary advanced technology with indigenous know how and needs.

Q: 10. Can I have some information on Homoeopathic Pharmaceutical Industry?

With the increasing popularity of the system it was mandatory that the quality medicines are available easily both to the doctor and the patient at economic rates. This lead to the manufacture of Homoeopathic medicines in the country. With the advancement of technology and newer techniques this industry is also making strides towards modernization. The Government takes steps to ensure that the quality of the products is maintained and improved by inspecting them regularly.

Q: 11. Since when BM Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee is working and what are its achievements?

In April 1995, a meeting was held in the board room of BM Head Office, Lahore, Pakistan. Some important homeopathic personalities were also called in this meeting. The single point agenda of this meeting was to develop the encyclopedia of Pakistan Homoeopathic pharmacopeias patrnised by the worthy founder chairman Dr. Muhammad Sanaullah. The founder chairman also allocated the special fund for this task. The worthy founder chairman constituted a technical committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Amanullah Bismil along with following members, to start developing the encyclopedia of Pakistan Homeopathic Pharmacopeias.

  1. Khawaja Tahir Mehmood (B-Pharm)
  2. Mr. Tahir Habib (B-Pharm)
  3. Dr. Zaigham-ul-Hassan (D.H.M.S)
  4. Dr. Samra Sadia (D.H.M.S)
  5. Dr. Ejaz Ahmad (D.H.M.S)
  6. Dr. Muhammad Idrees (B.Sc, D.H.M.S)
  7. Manager Quality Control BM
  8. Research & Development officer BM
  9. Manager M.I.S Department

These members develop 180 monographs for encyclopedia Pakistan Homoeopathic Pharmacopeias with extreme efforts.

In March 1996, another meeting convened by the founder chairman and appreciated the efforts of technical committee and declared that the membership for this encyclopedia Homeopathic Pakistan pharmacopeias committee will remain in function ever. Every year task based monographs will be developed and it will also be given a book shape and a special website will also be developed on BM platform against the paid membership to get benefited out of the work of this customized Homeopathic encyclopedia the funds generated through this membership, will be spend on the same subject and Research & Development of the Homoeopathic field. The work is still in process and the meetings are convened time to time. After the death of worthy founder chairman in 2005, the newly elected chairman Mr. Mohammad Saeedulllah continued this assignment with zeal & zest and supported the committee members, time to time with his visionary approach. The work has been technically patrnized by the Chief Executive BM Amanullah Bismil, along with dedicated committee altogether contributed in making this project result oriented.

Q: 12. Why should anyone go to a Homoeopathic doctor?

Homeopathic treatment is suitable for most people and has the advantage of being completely safe when used correctly. A Homoeopath makes efforts to see the disease holistically and that is the main reason why this system is getting more acceptability.

Q: 13. Is Homoeopathy effective?

Since the early nineteenth century homeopathy has proved effective for millions of people worldwide; it has often been successful where other forms of treatment have failed. In more recent years medical journals have published positive reports of the results of scientific research into Homoeopathy.

Q: 14. Is Homoeopathy recognized officially?

Homoeopathy is recognized by an Act of Parliament in 19695, and accepted as a National system of medicine.

Q: 15. Can homoeopathic medicine be taken with ordinary drugs?

Always follow your doctor's advice as stopping some medicine may be harmful and taking some other medicines may also be detrimental.

Q: 16. Can the medicines be taken safely during pregnancy?

The safety of homoeopathic medicines is well known, still it is advised to take the opinion of a qualified Homoeopathic doctor in such situation.

Q: 17. Are homoeopathic medicines safe for children?

Yes, They can be given safely to even to the youngest infant.

Q: 18. How do I know what potency to use?

In most cases the 6th potency should be used, but choosing the right remedy is the most important thing to do. If the remedy is right, the results will be good consult your homoeopath.

Q: 19. Can animals be treated with Homoeopathy?

Homoeopathy is as effective for animals as it is for humans.

Q: 20. Do homoeopathic physicians use steroids?

NO. Homoeopathy basically helps the body’s natural healing mechanism to heal itself. Therefore it is necessary that the natural responses of the body should not be suppressed by any agent. Steroids are basically given to suppress the immunological response and therefore cause the relief in symptoms. Thus giving steroids would be going against the very purpose of giving a homoeopathic medicine.

Q: 21. Is it advisable to continue supplements along with homoeopathy?

It depends on what the person is taking and for what reason and by whom it is given. Certain herbal supplements can interfere with the action of medicines. Supplements like calcium, multivitamins might be needed by the patient and could be allowed to be continued as per the case requirement. Anything which might change the symptoms or interfere with the treatment needs to be discontinued only after consultation.

Q: 22. Do homeopathic medicines produce side effects?

Homoeopathic medicines are natural, mild in action and hence completely safe. They do not cause any side effects and are non addictive.

Q: 23. Can I take homoeopathic medicines if i am already taking other medication?

Yes, Homoeopathic medicines can be safely taken without any side effects or interactions with Allopathic treatment or any other therapy.

Q: 24. What Are Homeopathic Remedies?

They are very diluted substances of usually natural elements from vegetable, mineral and animal kingdom. All Homeopathic Remedies are prepared in contemporary pharmaceutical industries in a special way which we call potentization.

Q: 25. Are homeopathic medicines addictive?

Not at all.

Q: 26. What are sources of homeopathic remedies?

Homeopathic remedies are prepared from vegetables, minerals, chemicals, animal products and nosodes.Homeopathy remedies are highly diluted and potentized to be safe.

Q: 27. Is homeopathy a proved science?

It definitely is. Homeopathy is a science based on sound logic and vast experimental data. Homeopathy is the only medicinal science where data has been collected by proving on human beings and not on animals because human beings can communicate their actual feelings during the testing while animals cannot.

Q: 28. What kind of diseases can homeopathy cure?

Classical Homeopaths can treat both acute and chronic long standing diseases.

Q: 29. How do I take homoeopathic medicines?

The result of the medicine depends on whether the disease is acute or chronic. Treatment of acute diseases show result in very short time. The time consumed for treating chronic disease depends upon the severity, complexity, duration and suppression of the disease.

Q: 30. How long does it take to see results?

Self prescribing without your doctor’s consent is never safe. It can interfere with the course of treatment and can also spoil the case. So always consult your physician before taking any medicine.

Q: 31. What is Potentization?

The remedies we use come from many sources. Most are derived from plants, but minerals, metals, animal products, and even some poisons, which have been used medicinally for generations, are also used. It seems alarming that homeopathy uses poisons, but you can rest assured that all substances whether of plant, mineral, metal, animal or poisonous origin are put through a special process whereby they are serially diluted and vigorously shaken. This special process is called "potentisation", wherein the crude medicinal substances are serially diluted and "energized".

Q: Definitions of Common Homeopathic Terms

Short-term illness with temporary symptoms are termed ACUTE in Homeopathy. ACUTE illnesses respond well to Homeopathy. With ACUTE illness we often use low potencies that can be repeated safely. We also want a product easily labeled and made for well rounded health support. Combination Formulas have clear labeling for Acute treatment. Go directly to our BHI-Heel Combination Line
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ALLOPATHY: Another term for conventional medicine that uses opposing substances to suppress symptoms in the body.
CELL SALTS - homeopathic potenized minerals used by cells. Can be used regularly for general maintenance, or for specific health problems. Often used in conjunction with a single remedy or combination product to provide basic support to the cells. more...
CENTESIMAL: - Potency based on the ratio of 1 part substance to 99 parts dilution. Designated with a C (or left blank in Europe) after the remedy name. C potencies are considered medium potencies. C potency is often used for seasonal problems and chronic conditions.
CLASSICAL HOMEOPATHY:- The practice of finding the Simillimum for a person and giving one remedy at a time.
COMBINATION PRODUCT:- A homeopathic product containing more than 1 homeopathic remedy. Combination products are commonly used in our increasingly polluted world for our complex health problems whether seasonal or chronic. No side effects with homeopathy, so remedies can be safely combined. Remedies may work together to strengthen supporting organs to speed response and recovery.
DECIMAL: - Potency based on the ratio of 1 part substance to 10 parts dilution. Designated with an X (in Europe designated with a D) after the remedy name. X potencies are considered low potencies. X potency is often used for children, sudden illness and first aid treatment.
HOMEOPATHY:- a safe and natural method to repel imbalance out of the body & allow the body to heal. Homeopathy stimulates the body's ability to heal with very small amounts of natural substances. The wonder of homeopathic medicine is in its safety, the incredibly small amount of medicine needed, and the rapidity of healing. Homeopathy is from 2 Greek words, homoios: meaning similar and pathos: meaning suffering. Homeopathy therefore means similar cures similar or like cures like. The word Homeopathy was first coined by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of modern homeopathy.
MILLESIMAL: - Potency based on the ratio of 1 part substance to 1000 parts dilution. Designated with an M after the remedy name. M potencies are considered high potencies. M potency is used by practitioners for constitutional treatment.
MOTHER TINCTURE:- The original standardized preparation of a substance from which homeopathic potencies are made.
POTENCY:- The Strength of a homeopathic remedy. Potency is shown after the remedy name. Decimal designation is X. Centesimal designation is C. Millesimal designation is M. The lower potencies X, stay in the body a short period of time and can be used safely for repeat dosing. Commonly in home kits and used for children, in treating sudden illness and for first aid treatment. Medium potencies C are used for first aid, seasonal ailments and chronic health concerns. 30C is a very common potency and found very effective. The medium C potencies are the highest potency sold over-the-counter in health stores. M potencies are a high potency. Your practitioner may recommend you special order a M potency from a pharmacy such as ELIXIRS.COM for stubborn health problems or constitutional treatment. The high potencies may stay working in the body for up to a year, so the remedy is chosen carefully and dosing is infrequent.
SIMILLIMUM:- The remedy that most closely matches to a person's set of unique symptoms.


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