India over the past couple of years has seen an enormous rise in the incidence of lifestyle diseases, attributed to lifestyle changes adopted especially in urban India.
It had been observed that lifestyle diseases are prevalent in developed countries, and of late, India has fallen prey. In the modern world, people consume junk and processed food, lead a sedentary lifestyle and also acquire unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol consumption and poor sleeping patterns.
Common lifestyle diseases include heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, chronic liver disease, COPD, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis .
The risk of developing these diseases depends on various factors including the kind of work one does, the environment where the person lives, the kind of food consumed, amount of physical activity, and ones susceptibility to stress..
“Lifestyle diseases” are an epidemic and “causes a much greater public health threat than any other epidemic”, said Shanthi Mendis, the lead author of WHO’s Chronic Diseases Prevention and Management report. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) killed 38 million people in 2012 — 16 million of them under the age of 70.
The term “lifestyle disease” by itself literally means a disease acquired depending on the lifestyle one leads. This is encouraging in a way that if a person takes a step towards changing his /her lifestyle his/her disease burden can be greatly reduced but taking note that it has to be timely. Homeopathy is an important modality which can help lifestyle disorders and play a significant role in delaying the occurrence of lifestyle disorders and in management of these disorders.
Homoeopathy cures patients by medicines whose efficacy has been established by proving the efficacy of such medicines on healthy human beings. Homoeopathy treats patients through a holistic approach and considers individualistic characteristics of the person along with the disease symptoms.
The concept ‘law of similars’ was enunciated by Hippocrates , the father of medicine and Paracelsus, but it took Dr. Hahnemann to established this law on a scientific footing despite the fact that he lived in an age when modern laboratory methods were almost unknown.
Homoeopathic medicines are prepared from plants, animal tissue, minerals and other natural substances, by a standard method called dynamisation or potentisation, which comprises of successive dilutions and succussions to raise the inherent curative power of the drugs to maximum. The medicines thus prepared through ‘potentisation’, attain their potential enhanced enormously to combat ailments while at the same time the absence of toxicity is assured.
The medicines are prescribed on symptom similarity of the drug and disease thus this needs a detailed interaction between the homeopath (Doctor) and the patient on the first consultation.
People who take constitutional homeopathic medicines which are given on basis of complete physical and mental makeup of the person significantly delay lifestyle disorders like diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
This is especially significant in cases with a family history of hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes. Diagnosed cases of hypertension can be well managed with homeopathic remedies provided medicine is prescribed on the constitutional totality of the person and not specific disease based symptoms, the reason being that homeopathy is an individualistic based medical therapy where each patient is given a different remedy depending on his or her constitution.
Disorders like hypothyroidism, early diabetes, depression, mood disorders which are most common these days in urban areas can be controlled well with homeopathy without any side effects or the fear of dependency to a drug.
The benefit of homeopathy is that when a person takes the right remedy not only does the disease being targeted is cured, but the overall immunity of the person is also boosted and their tendency to any other disease they are susceptible to, also reduces.
Patients becomes less prone to diseases and infections and their stress management improves drastically, in the sense the triggers which increase the stress will no longer cause stress and people remain healthier and stress free.
Homeopathic medicines act at a much deeper level both at the physical and mental plane so as to bring a balance of the person’s physical and emotional health. Homeopathy also gives good positive results when administered as an adjunct to conventional medicine or any other line of therapy in complicated or late stages of these diseases where conventional medicine doesn’t have the complete key.
Similarly, obesity also a major health concern in India is an issue which requires management at multiple levels, with homeopathic medicines combined with lifestyle changes, the basic metabolic rate of the body can be regulated and obesity kept at check.
Homoeopathy is one medical science which is recognized by Indian Government’s and is a part of medical facilities being provided at national and state levels. Now a significant percentage of the people opt for Homoeopathy for their ailments. Besides, there is a vast infrastructure of hospitals, dispensaries, research institutions, medical colleges, registered medical practitioners and reputed pharmacies all over India.
Homeopathic manufacturing is also become a very standardized manufacturing, as medicines are to be safe for use by patients. B. Jain Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd a part of B. Jain Group which has been working for the field of homeopathy for more than 40 years is setting a benchmark for such standardization. B.Jain Pharmaceuticals are the only company which is got two GMP certificates- Indian and Health Canada GMP for homeopathic manufacturing.
B.Jain is today producing highest quality homeopathic remedies in India with assurance of correct raw material and process and is also exporting to many countries within a span of 5 years of start of the manufacturing unit which has been possible only because of the standardized procedures being followed that B.Jain medicines are accepted in so many countries. B.Jain initiative is to manufacture international quality medicines at Indian prices for Indian market and make homeopathy as an option for treatment by many.
People who opt for homeopathic treatment for a long term fall ill less often and over a period of time also become less prone to stress and feel healthier overall.
If along with homeopathy, people make minor alterations to their lifestyle like adding some form of physical exercise on a daily basis , adding more of fresh fruits and vegetables to their diet, practicing yoga etc, diseases can be kept at bay for a very long time and they can live much healthier and longer.
The earlier one starts on homeopathy better are the results for the same. Children who grow on homeopathy live much healthier lives and are less prone to diseases and have less absentee from school due to illness. So choosing homeopathy as an treatment option is recommended for better health.
By Nishant Jain, Director and Marketing, B. Jain Pharmaceuticals