The Miracle Man of Homeopathy
Dr Jayesh V Sanghvi reveals to Rishi Rathod the nuances of homeopathy, its spiritual aspect, the prejudices against it, and the hope of integrating it with other medical disciplines to combat diseases in the modern world
Jayesh V Sanghvi, MD(Hom), is a third-generation homoeopathy physician hailing from a legacy of royal physicians from Gujarat. He is based in Chennai, India. Dr Sanghvi’s Nature Clinic is a super speciality centre for homeopathy and alternative therapy. His sincere practice and zest to heal have made him one of the top authorities in homoeopathy in India as well as abroad. Dr Sanghvi is widely recognised for his treatment of chronic, incurable, and undiagnosed diseases, which are often untreatable by some of the best medical practitioners in the world. He happens to be amongst the few homoeopathic physicians in the country, especially known for the treatment of cancer, apart from infertility, incurable eye diseases, renal failure, and critical death–bed emergencies. Teleconsultation has been his forte for the past 38 years, where patients from around the world, often with challenging or death-bed conditions, have been treated.
He has presented numerous scientific papers and presentations on homoeopathy, nationally as well internationally and has been actively involved in organising homoeopathic conferences, public awareness talks, campaigns, and exhibitions, especially on cancer awareness, in the print and electronic media and through social organisations. He happens to be on the board of various homoeopathy, cancer-related, and other socially relevant NGOs. He has been bequeathed numerous awards from the government, society, and religious heads.
Q. What are the common misconceptions around homeopathy?
Your question is one of my favourites. I term this ‘facts and fantasies about homeopathy.’ The first and most common doubt that has been propagated across the world is that it is unscientific. The fact remains that it is based on the laws of nature which are thousands of years old and which have been mentioned by masters of medicine like Hippocrates and Thessalus. The same laws are mentioned in the Hindu texts as well. Two and a half centuries ago, these laws were interpreted for the scientific stream of medicine, which is proof enough of the scientific base of homeopathy. The reason it was called unscientific is that in homeopathy, medicines are diluted to a very minute stage. There was a time when we used to say that homeopathic medicines are diluted beyond the stage of an atom, known as the smallest particle in those days. Now we use the word ‘nano.’ Nanotechnology has proven to be scientific, and medicines are diluted in a very scientific manner, going even beyond the nano level. Now there is no physical matter of the medicine but only energy. The dormant energy of the medicine enhances the body’s energy levels that have gone weak.
In homeopathy, we treat the human being, not the disease. The disease is only the result of a much deeper disturbance. All other streams of medicines will tell you the same thing, be it ayurveda, siddha, or unani. In India, we say that a weak immune system causes a person to get diseases like viral infection or COVID-19. In homeopathy, we call it the vital force. The vital force goes deeper—to your soul level. When it becomes weak, you end up with ailments, but ailments themselves are not important. What is important is the strengthening of the vital force which fights your battles inside your body. For this, medicines that are as subtle as your vital force must be administered. You don’t need large doses of medicine. This was very difficult to be believed by scientists until one and a half decades ago. Now we have many scientists who have proved this with nanotechnology and through other fundamental research. Two or three Nobel laureates are ardent believers of homoeopathy.
The second doubt about homeopathy is that it is slow to act. To understand this, we must first understand the difference between an acute condition and a chronic condition. For problems like cold and cough, homeopathy can work as fast as modern medicines and that too without causing any side effects. However, if it is a chronic disease such as asthma, which is medically considered incurable, you will have to be patient. If you could cure asthma and migraine through homoeopathy in two to four years, is it a long time? A lifelong disease which can be cured in a few years is not a long time. Since people don’t understand this difference, the wrong notion that it is a slow process getspropagated. Homeopathy is safe and fast, and even death-bed emergency cases have been cured by it.
Let me quickly share with you a death-bed emergency case from one of the leading hospitals of Mumbai, of a physically and mentally retarded child. Normally, such patients don’t survive beyond 15 years of age, but with homeopathy treatment, he lived for 28 years. At 17, he got severely ill with a lung infection, fluid collection, and pus formation. Doctors gave him antibiotics and steroids, and at one stage, after making an opening in the chest, they were draining out the fluid and pus. This process went on for a month, and at one point, even the draining was stopped. The child had developed low-grade temperature, which was not good. The parents approached me over the phone, and we immediately started the treatment. Within three days, the temperature became normal. Since the drainage of pus had stopped, the doctors said that he needed surgery or else he wouldn’t survive, but they also accepted that he was too weak to withstand the process of surgery. So there were difficult and limited choices to be made. Painfully, the parents agreed to the surgery, but called me right away.
The surgery was three days away. I started with my medicine immediately. On the third day, when doctors were preparing for the surgery, they took an X-ray of his lungs but could not find the fluid pockets that were there before. They thought there might be an issue with the X-ray machine, so they took a CT scan. In the scan they could not find anything except two tiny patches. Everything else was clear. The doctor hastily barged into the room and asked the mother, “What have you done?” She got scared and said, “I am sorry, but without your permission, I gave him homeopathic medicine.” He replied, “Please continue. He doesn’t need surgery. His lungs are clear.” On the fifth day, he was sent home.
A leading film producer’s son was in a coma. After three months, the doctors had given up on him. They removed a blood clot surgically from one side of the brain, but a tiny part of it was lodged above the spinal cord which could not be touched because it would paralyse the patient neck down. For three months, the doctors waited, while the patient was in the ICU, comatose. They said if he did not come out of the coma in three months, there was little chance of him ever coming out of it, and it was best to send him home. I had to secretly send the homeopathic medicine for him. This is the flip side of the medical world. They would not allow any other natural medicine treatment, even if the patient was dying. They say you take home the patient and do what you want. Nevertheless, we smuggled the homeopathic tincture into the ICU as holy water. A couple of drops were given on the tongue, and within 36 hours, the patient opened his eyes; in 48 hours he had started recognising people. Normally, after coming out of a coma, patients suffer from memory loss, but his memory was good. In 15 days, he was back home. The neurosurgeon from Chennai remarked, “This is a one in a million case. No one else has come out of a coma like this.” Yet they won’t prescribe homoeopathy to anyone.
Q. Despite many successful case studies across the world, why is the medical fraternity not accepting homeopathy? Is there some kind of conspiracy going on against it or does it lack proof of concept?
There are multiple factors. One of them, in a country like India, is insecurity. I have around 30 per cent of patients from countries like the UK and the USA, and I have never had such problems. I have given them homoeopathic remedies along with their modern medicines, especially to cancer patients who are going through chemotherapy. The doctors there openly allow you to take this medicine.
The second reason, unfortunately, is that all these alternative medicines are considered unscientific. Modern medicine wants to test their validity and efficacy using their paradigms. They test natural medicines and term them unscientific. You cannot use the principles of modern medicines to test homeopathy, ayurveda, or unani. Slowly, many doctors of modern medicine are accepting it, yet there is resistance, and we have a long way to go. I say the proof of the pudding is in the eating. When every system of medicine gives up, homeopathy helps the patient recover. What more proof do you need? And it is not about one-off cases. There are hundreds and hundreds of cases where homeopathy has worked. Additionally, now they say it is the placebo effect, but that cannot happen every time. Homeopathy works on animals and plants also. We have saved racing horses from being put down and cured many pet dogs. So, if it is psychological, then why does it work on animals and plants as well? When people are critically ill and put on the ventilator, where is psychology coming into play? According to me, it is not a psychological effect that is happening. It is purely a science and there is enough proof of it.
There is another kind of fear being propagated by a few members of other streams of medicines. They say that homeopaths administer steroids. If their patients don’t get cured by antibiotics, then many try out homoeopathy, and when they find out that it works, they tell their doctors about this. The doctors usually say that the relief is due to steroids. According to their principles and teaching, if antibiotics don’t work, the next course of action is steroids. But the reality is something else, which they don’t want to accept.
Q. What is so scary about steroids?
Steroids help you to deal with your current illness, but they weaken your immune system over time. You develop other side effects, but with homeopathy, in a month or two, your immune system becomes stronger. You can feel that your body is fighting the disease better. There is scientific proof of my claim.
Another factor is that the industry feels threatened. It is not only the medical practitioners who feel insecure. Even the pharma industry feels threatened by natural medicines, with all due respect to them. They know this. In fact, some of the leading pharma people are our clients.
I feel the time has come for the integration of all the streams for the good of humankind. Allopathy too can prove effective where it is needed. Similarly, other natural streams of medicines such as homeopathy, ayurveda, siddha, unani, and others have a role to play. In the age of corona, we need to come together.
Q. How do you compare traditional medicine with homeopathy? Other streams of medicines like ayurveda, siddha, and unani have been in existence for hundreds of years. What are your thoughts on this?
Except for modern medicine, every other stream of medicine—be it Japanese, Chinese, ayurveda, siddha, or unani—is based on the laws of nature. This is the common baseline. Most of these systems are based on herbs, and many use minerals. Now the difference between homeopathy and all other systems of medicines is that in homeopathy, everything is diluted beyond nanoparticles. For example, take the marigold flower that grows in your backyard. In ayurveda, it is used in the form of powder or juice, but in homeopathy, the leaf extract of the flower is used. It is a tremendously powerful healer. If you have any cut or wound, it has the capacity to heal you without undergoing any stitches.
In homeopathy, they will take one part of the leaf extract and 99 parts of medicinal alcohol. With the help of the latest technology, the medicine is reduced to its energy level which, when taken in the form of pills or in water, transmutes the same energy into your body and builds your vital force. And when your vital force becomes stronger, your body knows what to do. Thirty per cent of the patients who come to homeopathy or even other streams of medicine do not even have a diagnosis, and yet you can cure them. The reason is that the body’s immune system knows what to do; you don’t even need to understand the curing process if you strengthen the immune system.
Q. What is the secret of your success as a homeopath?
To me, every good homoeopath is successful. As far as I am concerned, there are multiple aspects of my success. When I started my career, my first desire was to take every case as a challenge. The knowledge of medicine is only 50 per cent and the rest 50 per cent is your zest to cure the patient and your sixth sense. I know I am going beyond medicine and sounding unscientific, but I have seen rank holders struggling to be successful because they only operate from knowledge. I think this holds true for every field. I believe in God and pray for every patient under my treatment. At the same time, my faith in homeopathy is deep. I take it as a spiritual science, and I operate with utmost sincerity in every case I engage in.
When I operate with this mindset and attitude, I get ideas of varied combinations of solutions for patients. In some cases, when I look back after the patient has recovered, I wonder how I chose the prescription; it even surprises me! I think when your attitude is right and you ask for help, you get the answers.
Q. You have successfully cured many critical patients on whom allopathic doctors had given up. Did they survive due to your accurate diagnosis and medicines or because you are blessed with some special luck or power?
I don’t know about the luck factor, but I study, refer to, and analyse the case studies every day. I put in extra hours to read a lot of material related to the cases. After 38 years of practice, I still feel that I enter a new world with every new case. After my graduation, I dedicated three years to research under my guru R R Patel, who was the topmost authority in cancer treatment in the world. This made my grounding solid. I believe that what we read in books is helpful, but what we learn from experience guides us ultimately. And above all, my faith, prayers, and sincere desire to help the patients get me the success you look at today.
I would like to share a case study to answer your question regarding accurate diagnosis. A lady from Malaysia contacted me. She was suffering from abdominal pain to the extent of fainting, and no medicine, painkiller, or intravenous injection was able to give her relief. This went on for around 10 to 12 years. During this period, she underwent six surgeries where she had to remove part of her gut and ovary, but the pain only worsened with time. There was no clear diagnosis. Twice she tried to commit suicide; once, a priest saved her, and the other time, her 10-year-old son’s face appeared in front of her. By this time, someone referred her to me. She came to meet me and told me that I was her last hope. I did a thorough analysis of her case, and in a week, she could feel a little difference in her pain. For about a year, she was under my treatment, during which except for one or two mild episodes of pain, there were no other complaints. She was cured. She came down with her husband and son to meet me. We were in touch for the next 10 years. Even today, they ask me for the diagnosis, but the answer is that there was no clear diagnosis, yet the result is that she has been cured.
Always remember, science is an evolving phenomenon. Once they said that the atom is the smallest particle. Now they are saying the nano is the smallest particle. In another 10 years, there will be something else. So whatever knowledge science has established is not the ultimate formula for truth as we tend to believe. The other side to being a doctor is that many times, we feel that we are God, which makes us resistant to other points of view. Doctors are like horses with blinkers on, which restrict their view. They don’t realise that what they see is only 20 per cent and the rest 80 per cent is still available to explore. The day you become open to that 80 per cent, you will have N number of answers. We must leave our egos aside.
Q. You have dealt with hundreds of patients. Do you feel that you are in the position where you see the patient and know which emotional or mental issue they are suffering from?
Interesting question. By looking at the patient, we do get to know everything, yet many times, facial expressions can be deceptive. But 10–15 minutes into the conversation, I tend to get the patient completely—their physical as well as emotional and mental problems. Often, we treat physical ailments only based on the emotions of the patient. This is a very interesting way of approaching the ailment where the emotions of a patient are given precedence over their physical symptoms. The Malaysian woman’s pain came from her unresolved emotions. So, over here, the mind and emotions give us the greatest clue. It is always from the soul to the mind and then to the body. Many a time, we say that you don’t even need to fall ill to come to a homeopath. We can understand your condition from your history, your family’s history, your emotions; we analyse and understand your weak spots and start building your immunity from there on for your future years.
Homeopathy is the only stream that works on human emotions like negativity. It goes deep down to the subconscious level, like meditation and yoga, in reducing it. Not everyone knows this, but those who know homeopathy at a deeper level can also alter human nature to a certain extent for the betterment of the individual. We know many such stories.
Q. So, you are saying you can also work on the subconscious mind of a person?
Yes. There are cases of cancers being cured because we worked on the history of emotional trauma undergone by the patient. The person had been severely traumatised 15 years ago. Slowly, the negativity built up emotionally, gradually permeating to the spiritual level, and then manifesting as cancer at the physical level. At our cancer centre, we treat the suppressed emotions of a person, and its effect is seen on the physical body. The most common problem among young girls is that of ovarian cyst, which is associated with the trauma they underwent as children and teenagers when they were abused. Unfortunately, many young children go through this. Our treatment focuses just on the emotional trauma and the cyst starts disappearing.
Q. Is there any prescription for COVID-19 in homoeopathy that works?
Homoeopathy works on your immunity. It gives the energy to build your immunity enabling your body to deal with any virus. Homoeopathy was widely given across the country. The Ministry of Ayush announced that people could take homoeopathic medicine called Arsenic Album 30 as an immunity booster to protect themselves from the virus. Millions of doses were given for free everywhere. At a personal level, I made a special combination. If you analyse the coronavirus infection, it impacts your lungs and your cardiovascular system. The combination we prepared strengthened the lungs and the cardiovascular system through your general immunity to prepare you to deal with the virus attack if any.
It was given to people as preventive medicine. No one can give a 100 per cent guarantee as we all are learning about the behaviour of the virus. This is the reason why even the second dose of vaccination cannot guarantee that you will never catch the virus. So far, without any fear of side effects, we have had amazing results with more than 50 to 60 thousand people who were administered the immunity booster. Thousands of people who could not afford the medicine were given the same free of cost.
Unfortunately, natural medicines have not been permitted for the treatment of COVID cases. Modern medicine has been asking for proof of efficacy even though there is more than enough proof available, especially of homeopathy, which is the best stream of medicine when it comes to epidemics. Since its discovery two and a half centuries ago, there is so much proof, so much scientific data, but none of it is accepted. It even took a lot of effort with the ministry at the central and state level to get them to accept homoeopathy, ayurveda, and other natural medicines as human immunity boosters. Still, we cannot use the word ‘preventive medicine’ but only term it as an immunity booster.
I will give you an example of an active COVID case. I got a call in April 2020 from one of the corporate hospitals in Mumbai. On the other side was a doctor who was an MD in allopathy. He said, “I have got COVID, and I have been in the ICU on oxygen for the past 14 days, without which I cannot survive for a minute. I have taken the best medicine available. My temperature is not normal. I have a severe cough and no strength to even turn in bed. Any moment, they will put me on the ventilator, and I know I am not going back home to see my family members. I think my end has come. My friend forced me so I am calling you, but I do not have any hope.”
We started with the appropriate medicine in the evening. The next morning, he called to say that his temperature had been normal for the last six hours. I said “Let’s not judge by that. We need to watch the temperature for 24 hours.” The morning after, he called and said that he walked to the toilet himself, had a clear bowel movement, and his appetite had started improving. The following morning, he called again to say he took 21 rounds of the ICU and the doctors had taken him off oxygen for four hours—a man who could not even move even in the bed! Another morning, he called me telling me that he took 75 rounds of the ICU. I told him not to act crazy. Somewhere, if the immunity broke down—no matter how good he was feeling—there was no guarantee that my medicine would work on him, as it had worked till now. The next day, he was off oxygen for 8–10 hours. And after five days, he was sent to a normal room without any oxygen. In 15 days, he was back home. To this day, he is normal. Similarly, every good homoeopath or ayurvedic doctor will have stories to tell. We could have saved thousands of lives if alternative medicines were allowed side-by-side along with modern medicines.
Q. With years of experience in treating all kinds of patients and ailments, I am sure you have acquired enough insights into health, healing, and healthy living. Please share them with our readers.
Let me simplify and speak in layman’s language. Life is nothing but a balance between good energy and bad energy, positive energy and negative energy, or good and evil in religious terms. Now carrying negative energy or bad energy does not mean that you are a bad person. A good human being can also carry an equal amount of negativity. Somebody hurts you and you are burning inside. It is justified. But the justification doesn’t help you. That negativity is toxic. So, the question is how much negativity can one bear? And most of us have built a lot of negativity into our system either consciously or subconsciously. We are living in an age of stress. There is so much of it around us. Even children grow up under so much stress.
Q. Don’t you think a little bit of stress is also needed so that children learn to cope with life?
That positive stress is needed. But it should form only a miniscule part of your life. Currently, most of the negativity is extremely negative, triggered by the emotions of your childhood. And when I say negative, I mean negative emotionally, spiritually, and even physically, including the junk and adulterated food our present generation eats and the kind of water it drinks. I understand that certain things are out of our hands. The environment we live in, the water we drink, and the chemicalised toxic food that we eat are not in our control, yet all that is also negative energy. Most of us carry immense stress without even realising it. Life has become so fast that we don’t even have the time to think about what is going on until it manifests as a disease in the physical form, and by that time, it’s too late. The cases of diabetes and hypertension are only increasing. In the good old days, we didn’t see so many people with such diseases. Cholesterol, triglycerides so many bypass surgeries, so much cancer—they are all lifestyle diseases.
So, my suggestion is that you need to look for hope and positivity to battle negativity. I teach one mantra to all my patients: You have N number of reasons to justify your negativity. What happened with you in life, how life treated you etc., but negativity is negativity. Nature does not make any difference between justified and unjustified negativity. Just this simple experiment: for the next 24 hours I will see good not only in the good but also in the bad. It will cause a paradigm shift in your life. Later you can evaluate and check how you feel about it. If you liked your good old self, then you can always go back to it. But if it gives a good feeling, then do it for the next 24 hours and then for another 24 hours. You will see that in the next few days, it has become part of you, your subconscious mind. Most people already know this, but when it comes to their own self, negativity takes over them like a wave of tsunami.
You don’t need to read great books or listen to big lectures to be positive. You just need to follow this simple tool. In life, most complex situations will have the simplest of answers, and you must believe this. We are taught to believe that the more difficult the issue, the more difficult is the solution. It is not so. The day you have this shift in your mental attitude, you will be surprised that nature will guide you to the simplest solutions. Just put your faith in this, and you will see positive results. I have experienced this.
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