HAMBURG — Alternative medicine is heavily debated in the forums, but for those looking to learn more about homeopathy in Hamburg, a class will be held at beHealthy Institute from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14.
The scheduled time will be a Q&A with Arup Bhattacharya PhD. He completed his bachelor’s of science degree in microbiology and master’s in science in biophysics from the University of Bombay. At Roswell Park Cancer Institute under the State University of New York at Buffalo he received his doctorate. After receiving his master’s degree in psychology from Annamalai University, he studied homeopathy at the British Institute of Homeopathy and at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy. From 1992 until 1999, he was director and the main spirit behind the Centre for Homoeopathic Cure in Dombivili, near Mumbai in India. He resides in Buffalo and teaches and practices classical homeopathy.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, homeopathy is a medical system was developed more than 200 years ago.
It was at the end of the 18th century in Germany that practitioners began supporting two theories with remedies that were derived from organic matter, such as animals, plants or minerals.
“Like cures like” is the idea that disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in individuals that may be deemed healthy.
The other is the “law of minimum dose” which is the notion that there will be a greater effect from a smaller dose of medication.
A major difference between clinical medicine and homeopathic practice is that the latter is more individualized to the patient, rather than following a uniform prescribing standard.
“There are hundred of different homeopathic remedies, which can be prescribed in a variety of different dilutions for thousands of symptoms,” according to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.
Homeopathy holds controversy in health studies, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, because of its lack of consistency with the “fundamental concepts of chemistry and physics.”
Risks and side effects of taking the homeopathic route can vary from safe to dangerous. That department reported that “highly diluted homeopathic remedies, taken under the supervision of trained professionals, are generally safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions. However, like any drug or dietary supplement, these products could pose risks if they are improperly manufactured.”
Homeopathic remedies are regulated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, however, the FDA does not regulate for either safety or effectiveness. State regulations vary in regard to license practice.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommended those who may become involved in homeopathy not postpone a visit to a conventional health care professional, in case of acute illness. If a person is looking into practicing homeopathy remedies, bring the product when visiting the doctor to help determine whether the treatment will have adverse side effects. Giving as much detail to a health care professional while practicing homeopathy will allow for a safer means of treatment.
“As with anything alternative, it is best to go hand-in-hand with conventional” medicine, according to Jill Chiacchia, founder and director of beHealthy.
The Q&A event will give interested attendees a chance to ask Bhattacharya questions about what the class will entail or about homeopathy in general.
The college-structured course will run from September until June and can be taken at either the Southtowns location or at the Himalayan Institute located in the city of Buffalo.
Tips for speaking with doctors about homeopathy can be found at nccam.nih.gov/timetotalk
. For more information about the course, call 648-3400 or visit behealthyinstitute.com/events/homeopathy-qa-for-year-long-course