Homeopathy: A Complete Knowledge

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a safe, effective system of natural medicine which has been practiced worldwide for more than 200 years to achieve wellness. Homeopaths use extremely diluted (potentized) remedies to stimulate the body’s own healing functions.

 It is proven science that the human body is actually designed to exist in excellent health since we have built-in mechanisms necessary to support that state.

Homeopathic remedies are prepared from natural sources are used in extremely small amounts. These are non-toxic and when properly administered can be safely used with infants, children, adults, and animals.

 From these keys to achieving these higher levels of health are found in discovering how to activate the remarkable healing powers already resident within our bodies. We don’t need physiological doses to treat which cause havoc to our system sometimes.

  • Homeopathy works on the principle that like cures like”. In other words, illness is treated with a medicine which could produce similar symptoms in a healthy person.
  • Homeopathy regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance.
  • The active ingredients are given in highly diluted forms to avoid toxicity. So homeopathic medicines are 100% safe.
  • Homeopathy has shown to be successful in treating a wide range of conditions, often after conventional medicines have failed.
  • Many internationally recognized medical journals including Lancet, Pediatrics and British Medical journal have documented homeopathy’s healing abilities.
  • Homeopathic prescribing is based on all aspects of a patient’s condition. The patient’s personality and lifestyle are as important as physical.
  • Homeopathic practitioners use extensive history taking sessions for choosing the right constitutional remedy. Nutritional needs exercise and dietary supports are part of this process.

 Homeopathy and Modern Medicine: What is the difference?

Homeopathic therapeutic principles differ from those of conventional medicine, as does its approach to the patient and to the concept of illness. It can be used as a treatment of first in a wide range of conditions and can be used as a complementary or in addition to other treatments, For example, to support or hasten recovery after surgery.

Homeopathy emphasizes the importance of treating the individuals as a whole person as opposed to conventional medicine where treatment is focused on treating a single diseased part. The approach relies on defense and self-regulatory responses, not unlike the conventional approach of blocking body reactions and replacing deficiencies.

Homeopathy regards symptoms like a body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. A homeopath will choose the remedy that supports the symptoms – rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in the conventional approach.

Homeopathy recognizes that each person manifests illness in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people suffering from the same illness may not necessarily have the same remedy.
A cold sufferer with a congested nose and dry eyes would receive a different remedy than a cold suffers from runny nose and watery eyes. Unlike the “one size fits all” approach used in conventional medicine.

Homeopathy works better than other modalities in any specific area?

Homeopathy works for any illness no matter what but with the some of the restrictions

If organ damage is so severe that it cannot be reversed, but homeopathy may be able to palliate the symptoms. If surgery is needed (e.g. as the result of an accident), but homeopathic remedies can assist the healing process and are used in many German hospitals and UK hospitals.

If there is a “maintaining cause” that does not allow the body to heal itself, such as poor diet or living conditions, or continual exposure to the triggering effects of an allergen (such as wheat or dairy products for many people). In these cases, it may be necessary to remove the problem at least temporarily until the person has recovered enough to be unaffected by it.

Although it is capable of curing any conditions it has been found to more effective in the skin, Asthma and other diseases where no cause of the disease is found like Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Allergies, etc.

What are these medicine made of?

Homeopathy preparation is made small or infinitesimal doses of substances from the plant, mineral or animal kingdoms to activate the body’s nervous system to initiate our own healing response.

Are Homeopathic remedies safe?

Homeopathic remedies are made from natural substances like plants, minerals and animal kingdom like honeybees, etc. They are non-toxic and when properly administered can be safely used with infants, children, adults, and animals. These substances are diluted and purified to the extent that they can’t harm the body. These substances go through a dynamic process of serial dilutions and discussions called potentization to enable them to release energy.

Homeopathy And Migraine

What Is Migraine?

More than 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, and females are much more likely to get them than males. A migraine is a form of recurrent paroxysmal headaches often confined to one side of the head. It begins during childhood to adult life and is frequently associated with gastric and sensory disturbances.

What Causes Migraines?

Migraine headaches result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. During the headache, an artery enlarges which is located on the outside of the skull just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery). This causes a release of chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery. A migraine headache causes the sympathetic nervous system to respond with feelings of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. This response also delays the emptying of the stomach into the small intestine (affecting food absorption), decreases blood circulation leading to cold hands and feet, and increases sensitivity to light and sound.

What are the pre-disposition factors:

  • Anxiety, overwork, emotional upsets menopause, hypertension, premenstrual tension, food deprivation, too much chocolate or orange, etc.

AGE: Young adults

SEX: common in females

One type of migraine occurs regularly. It also seems to bear some relation to menstrual periods.

The pain in the head is most often right sided, in the temporal region. This can occur on either side or an alternate. The patient is dull mentally. He/she is sensitive to noise and light. The pupils may be dilated or contracted. The face may be pale or flushed. As a rule, the patient prefers to lie in a dark room and refuse food. It has been observed that the superficial temporal artery throbs vigorously and may be tender on palpitation. The headache may last 12 to 14 hours usually, but shorter to longer attacks may also occur.

How can you prevent migraine?

It is possible for people to get medication overuse headache (MOH), or rebound headache when taking too many medications in an attempt to prevent migraine. Prevention begins with avoiding things that trigger the condition. The main goals of prophylactic therapies are to reduce the frequency, pain, and duration of migraine headaches. There are several categories of preventive migraine medicine, ranging from diet changes and exercise to prescription drugs. Some of these include:

  • Prescription beta blockers, anticonvulsants, and antidepressants
  • Botulinum toxin A (Botox in.)
  • Surgery that severs corrugator supercilii muscle and zygomaticotemporal nerve in the brain
  • Spinal cord stimulator implantation.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • Vision Correction.
  • Sleep, sexual activity, and Exercise.
  • Visualization and self-hypnosis.
  • Special diets such as gluten-free.

Good supplements, Herbs, and Vitamins:

Butterbur, Cannabis, CoQ10 enzyme, Feverfew, Magnesium Citrate, Riboflavin, B12, Melatonin

Homeopathic Remedies for Migraine Headaches:

Arnica Montana: Headaches resulting from a head injury.

Belladonna: Right-sided headaches and migraine. Associated symptoms include throbbing pain, reddened or hot skin, cold feet, and hands.

Bryonia Alba: Remedy for pulsating throbbing centralized near or into the left eye. Symptoms include early morning headaches and dry mouth, disturbed by noise and movement.

China: Headaches resulting from dehydration, weakness or anemia.

Cimicifuga: Migraine and a throbbing headache. Symptoms include headache associated with the menstrual period, stiff neck pain, and feelings of gloom or despair.

Cocculus Ind: Headaches or Migraine resulting from worrisome behavior or insomnia. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

Cyclamen: Migraine associated with dizziness, blurred or dimmed vision, or eye spasm. Symptoms include earache, dry mouth or thirst, and weakness. Sensitivity to cold or open air. Emotional upsets.

Gelsemium: Symptoms include headache associated with blurred vision, the sensation of a tight band or vise clamped around skull, frequent urination, and difficulty holding head straight or opening eyes.

Ignatia Amara: Ice pick headaches and stress headaches. Symptoms include back or muscle spasms and feelings of grief, disappointment, or sadness.

Iris Versicolor: Treats headaches or migraine that typically comes during the weekend or during rest periods. Remedy for Migraine with aura. Patient vomits a bitter bilious substance and the vomiting gives relief to the pains in the head.

Lachesis: Left-sided Migraine. Symptoms include congestion, hot flashes, flushed or blotchy skin, and heat intolerance.

Homeopathy Medicine For Oily Skin And Acne

Acne is the commonly used name for the condition of clogged pores by sebum (also known as whiteheads and blackheads), pimples, nodules or cysts that can appear on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, upper arms

Most teenagers and a good number of adults suffer from acne for more or less extended periods of time. The condition is not confined to any age group, race, or sex.

It affects hundreds of millions of people across the world. The biggest problems with acne are the unpleasant look of pimples and the scars they may leave behind.

What Causes Adult Acne?

Adult acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum clogs pores, which attract bacteria and become inflamed. For most adults, breakouts are a result of hypersensitivity to androgens (male hormones). But an imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts. For women, this can happen during menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Some medications, such as corticosteroids, and cosmetics are also triggered outbreaks.

The Social Impact of Acne

Acne is one of the most troublesome conditions of our times. While most people suffering from acne do not experience any kind of physical discomfort, they make up for this by psychological scarring. This effect has not been studied in depth because acne is a common, non-threatening condition that comes and goes on its own and any psychological effects attached to it were not seen as particularly important.

However, acne has a stronger than the suspected impact on the lives of people today. Studies conducted by researchers showed that people suffering from acne also display:

  • Low self-confidence Low self-esteem
  • Frustration
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Depression
  • Refusal to socialize

These effects are triggered by the negative effect acne has on looks and the resulting apprehension of negative reactions from others. People suffering from acne can end up living unsatisfying lives and fail in school, jobs and social interaction.

Homeopathic Remedies:

Are helpful and work very well with all age groups. Body chemicals are controlled by means of oral remedies within a few weeks to a few months. It is completely controlled within five to six months. Certain harsh chemical or soaps should be avoided. Homeopathy is focused on individual symptoms rather than generic remedies for everyone.

Helpful Remedies are Antrim Tart, Sulphur, Nux Vomica, Ars Borm, Kali Brom, Merc Sol, Kali Iod, Thuja, Carbo, etc.

Homeopathy Medicine For Asthma

Homeopathy Medicine For Asthma

Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness among children and it is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 in the Australia. Unfortunately, it is very common that the parents of young ones are not able to recognize the early signs of asthma and usually overlook them as a routine ailment which leads to wastage of an effective time frame where asthma could have been easily controlled or treated. It is a growing problem, both for children and adults. In fact, asthma now affects some 20 million Americans, as it has increased by more than 300 percent over the last 20 years.

What exactly is asthma?

Under normal circumstances, there is a clear passage in the bronchi and bronchioles facilitating effortless breathing process. Asthma is experienced when there is an inflammation of the airways restricting the oxygen that flows in the lungs and which should be expelled outwards after. That means, the small tubes that bring air out of lungs are swollen and inflamed and sometimes clogged with mucus. This swelling and clogging make it difficult for air to move out freely. Asthma is usually characterized by repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, chest congestion, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma occurs when the small bronchial air passages in the lungs become inflamed, partially obstructed with phlegm, or tightened due to spasm of the muscles surrounding them. The clinical Hallmark of asthma is wheezing and difficulty in breathing.

Asthma in children:

Babies in their first few years of life are prone to the characteristic wheezing sound due to their small air passages. As they grow older the air passages grow bigger and the wheezing stops.

Half of the new cases of asthma occur in children below 10 years of age. It is therefore advisable not to overlook your child’s condition, as it could lead to a build-up of a chronic or severe illness.

Make sure you consult a physician if your child experiences any of the following signs and symptoms

  • Coughing that is constant or intermittent without any apparent reason.
  • Wheezing or whistling sounds audible when your child exhales.
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing. This may or may not be associated with exercise.
  • Chest tightness.
  • Repeated respiratory infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Identifying asthma in infants and the very young is usually difficult. The symptoms might only show up when the child exerting coughing after running.
  • Or your child may cough at night or during sleep.
  • Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath also may accompany while crying, yelling and or laughing.
  • Infants may have problems during feeding or suckling.

HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES:

Thuja Occidentalis:  Thuja Occidentalis is commonly known as Arbor Vitae. This is a deep acting remedy with a wide sphere of action. It is a constitutional remedy of great use in many disease processes. It has profound action on respiratory organs, skin, genitourinary organs, joints, nervous system, glands, kidneys, blood, etc. It is one of the frequently indicated remedies for asthmatic bronchitis as well as adult asthma.

Antimonium Tart: This drug finds its therapeutic application largely towards the treatment of respiratory diseases, mainly in asthmatic bronchitis. After undergoing the process of potentization, the latent curative powers of this drug are brought to the surface. It is one of the commonly indicated remedies for asthmatic bronchitis.

Kali Carb:  It is one of the polycrest remedies having effects on multiple organs and systems in the body. Kali Carb does wonders in cases of asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia. It is also one of the commonly used medicines for hepatitis, Vitiligo, warts, eczema, urticaria, hair loss, and low backache, menstrual bleeding, etc. Other good remedies are: Ars Alb, Bryonia Alba, Carbo Veg, Ammon Carb, Kali Bich, Stannum, Pulsatilla, Spongia Tosta are few based on the symptoms.

It is always advisable to consult an experienced Homeopath before taking any medicine. Dosage and frequency in homeopathic treatment are equally important.

Homeopathy Really works!- Daily Mail UK

Homeopathy really does work and doctors should recognize its healing effects, say researchers.

A study found that allergy sufferers who were given homeopathic treatment were ten times more likely to be cured than those given a dummy pill instead. Doctors should be more positive about the alternative medicine, which is the only complementary therapy available on the NHS, the researchers said. Their study attempts to settle the controversy over homeopathic treatment, which critics say is not effective because of the tiny level of active substance used in most remedies. It works on the principle that a substance which in large doses will cause the symptoms of an illness can be used in minute doses to relieve the same symptoms.

Critics argue that the active substance is so diluted that homeopathic remedies have no more effective than placebo or dummy treatment.

The study put homeopathy to the test in 50 patients suffering from nasal allergies. They were given either a homeopathic preparation or a placebo.

Each day for four weeks patients recruited from general practices and a hospital in London measured their nasal air flow and recorded symptoms such as a blocked, runny or itchy nose, sneezing or eye irritation.

Both groups reported that they got better – but on average patients who received homeopathy had a 28 percent improvement in nasal airflow compared with 3 percent among those in the placebo group.

The study was carried out by doctors in Glasgow, led by Dr. David Reilly of the Glasgow Homeopathic

Hospital, one of five specialist hospitals in Britain. He said the difference in results from the two treatments was statistically significant.

Dr. Reilly said this was the fourth trial carried out by his hospital, all with similar results. In addition, there were positive findings in 70 per cent of a further 180 clinical trials.

‘I hope this will encourage doctors to examine the volume of evidence supporting homeopathy – they might be quite surprised at the positive outcome in many trials,’ he said.

He added that it would take the consistent scientific investigation to persuade some doctors, but attitudes were changing.

About 20 percent of doctors in Scotland have basic homeopathic training compared with one percent 15 years ago.

‘It isn’t just about the remedies, which can be put to the test in trials, but about a greater holistic approach in encouraging self-healing and self-recovery.’

Dr. Bob Leckridge, president of the Faculty of Homeopathy – the body for doctors, vets, nurses and other health professionals – said: ‘This latest research builds on existing evidence that homeopathy works, something that hundreds of doctors and their patients have known for 200 years.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4040/Homeopathy-works.html

Homeopathy is time less and without limit

(NewsTarget) Homeopathy is an ancient idea, recognised by keen observers of nature. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was born around 460 BC. He recognised that diseases come from natural sources, rather than the superstitious sources popular at the time. He became a careful observer. He recognised that each case is individual. He also recognised that when treating a hitherto unknown case, he could use similar remedies, from similar cases.

As well as recognising that a body can heal itself, he understood the importance of cleanliness, of a good diet and of exercise: ideas that took a couple of millennium to become common practice.

Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) was an alchemist and a doctor. He was outspoken against doctors doing more harm than good. He stated: “All things are poison, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities … it is only the dose which makes a thing poison.” This is close to the homeopathic principle of using minute doses of the substance, even poisons. He believed that health rested on “the inner harmony of man”, something homeopaths easily identify with.

William Cullen (1710 – 1790), a Scottish physician and lecturer on chemistry, wrote A Treatise of Materia Medica in 1789.

In 1790, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of modern day homeopathy, translated this work into German. It was here that he discovered the idea that cinchona bark produces the very same fever in a healthy person that it so capably heals in a sick person. This was a eureka moment for Hahnemann and he experimented with this idea on himself. When he took a dose, he developed the same symptoms it was known to cure. And so, based on ancient wisdom, modern day homeopathy was born.

Samuel Hahnemann was a highly intelligent man, far ahead of his time. He was a doctor, a chemist and a linguist. (He was proficient in Latin, Greek, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic and French.) He was interested in philosophy and literature.

His change from practicing medicine to discovering homeopathy came about after he found it unacceptable to continue with the current medical practice of doing more harm than good.

He spent the rest of his life experimenting, observing, developing the complete philosophy of homeopathy and writing guide-lines for following practitioners. One of his most important instructions is:

“The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.”

He clearly understood the nature of disease, the nature of the medicines and the nature of man – the three key areas fundamental to healing.

The 100 odd medicines he developed homeopathically are still as much in use today, for exactly the same reasons, as they were 200 years ago. There may have been large changes in our environment and in our technology, but there have been no changes in who we are and how we respond to outside pressure.

Much good can be done by using some of the common remedies in home prescribing. However, this highly sophisticated medical modality works best when it is practised by a competent professional homeopath who works by understanding the mental and emotional state the person is in. This is when miracles can occur, when the incurable is cured.

Homeopathy is one of the few modalities of health which fully appreciates the mind-body connection.

Homeopathy works as well on animals as it does on people.

Based on highly ethical procedures, all homeopathic testing (called provings) are done on healthy people.

 

http://www.naturalnews.com/030889_homeopathy_health.html

Successful Experiment Shows Homeopathic Arnica Stimulates Wound Healing Genes

Given the central role of macrophages in tissue repair and regeneration, we formulated the hypothesis that one of the cellular targets of Arnica m. an action is the macrophage and accordingly decided to evaluate this plant’s effects in vitro on the THP-1 human cell line, a widely used model for immune modulation. This cell line is widely used in laboratories for the study of macrophage biochemistry and molecular biology.

The advantage of a cell line resides essentially in the easier reproducibility of experiments in the same conditions, avoiding the variations due to individual sensitivity of different donors. Since we used very low doses of drugs—even with the highest Arnica m. 2c dilution, in the assay medium the sesquiterpene lactones are in the 10−8 Mol/L dose—we expected small effect sizes and so preferred to use a highly reproducible model. THP-1 cells resemble primary monocytes, but when treated with low doses of phorbol esters (PMA) they differentiate to cells with the morphological and functional features of tissue macrophages. On the basis of environmental cues and molecular mediators, macrophages differentiate to either a proinflammatory type (M1) or to an anti-inflammatory or pro-reparatory type (M2).

Accordingly, we used THP-1 macrophages polarized by interleukin-4 (IL-4) treatment to a phenotype that takes on characteristic properties functional to immune regulation, wound healing, and tissue remodeling. The results of this work indicate that Arnica m. acts on macrophages by modulating a number of genes and by increasing cell motility. RNA-Seq analysis allowed the identification of several genes which are particularly sensitive to ultra-low doses and high dilutions of this plant extract.

Molecular analysis of gene expression suggests that a primary action of this medicinal plant is the stimulation of tissue matrix synthesis. These findings provide new insights into wound-associated molecular events and specifically point to macrophage fibronectin production as a potential therapeutic target of Arnica m. for the treatment of wound repair.

Successful Experiment Shows Homeopathic Arnica Stimulates Wound Healing Genes

Depression Fastest Growing Condition in UK and Homeopathy Can Help

According to a recent report in GP online(1), depression is now the fastest growing condition in the UK.

470,000 new cases were reported in 2015/16, which exceeded obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. This leaves the total number of patients over the age of 18 with recorded depression standing at 3.8m people or 8.3% of the population.

The report is based on analysis prevalence data from Quality and Outcomes Framework(QOF), published in NHS digital.2 In the meanwhile, waiting times for patients to access talking therapies such as Cognigive Behavioural Therapy is, according to the General Practitioners Committee deputy chairman Dr. Richard Vautrey unacceptably long.

Homeopathy and depression

Given that women are up to three times more likely to develop major depressive order, findings from a recent trial where homeopathy was given to peri-menopausal and menopausal women with depressive symptoms is very interesting.

This randomized, placebo controlled trial took place in Mexico and included 133 women. 54.5% of women responded positively to homeopathic treatment, which was similar to the response to fluoxetine but significantly higher than from placebo. Only homeopathic treatment led to a reduction of menopausal symptoms, which is in line with its whole person effects.

1. http://www.gponline.com/depression-fastest-growing-condition-gps-record-470000-new-cases-2015-16/mental-health/depression/article/1414006

2. http://content.digital.nhs.uk/QOF

3. Aguilar-Faisal L, Asbun-Bojalil J (2015) IndividualizedHomeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine for Moderate to Severe Depression in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women (HOMDEP-MENOP Study): A Randomized, Double-Dummy, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118440. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118440

 

Depression Fastest Growing Condition in UK and Homeopathy Can Help

Switzerland Joins Canada in Making The Homeopathic Profession An Official Health Discipline

The Swiss interior ministry has announced its intention to elevate five complementary therapies including homeopathy to the same level as conventional medicine. Homeopathy, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine will acquire the same status as conventional medicine by May 2017.

Canada’s largest province, Ontario, has now officially “proclaimed” homeopathy as a health profession. It gives professional homeopaths equal footing with other health disciplines.

The United Kingdom’s  Society of Homeopaths’ voluntary register has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, which is accountable to the United Kingdom’s Parliament.

Switzerland Joins Canada in Making The Homeopathic Profession An Official Health Discipline

The Swiss government has a long and widely-respected history of neutrality, and therefore, reports from this government on controversial subjects need to be taken more seriously than other reports from countries that are more strongly influenced by present economic and political constituencies. When one considers that two of the top five largest drug companies in the world have their headquarters in Switzerland, one might assume that this country would have a heavy interest in and bias toward conventional medicine, but such assumptions would be wrong.

In late 2011, the Swiss government’s report on homeopathic medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever written by a government and was just published in book form in English (Bornhoft and Matthiessen, 2011). This breakthrough report affirmed that homeopathic treatment is both effective and cost-effective and that homeopathic treatment should be reimbursed by Switzerland’s national health insurance program.

The Swiss government’s inquiry into homeopathy and complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments resulted from the high demand and widespread use of alternatives to conventional medicine in Switzerland, not only from consumers but from physicians as well. Approximately half of the Swiss population have used CAM treatments and value them. Further, about half of Swiss physicians consider CAM treatments to be effective. Perhaps most significantly, 85 percent of the Swiss population wants CAM therapies to be a part of their country’s health insurance program.

It is therefore not surprising that more than 50 percent of the Swiss population surveyed prefer a hospital that provides CAM treatments rather to one that is limited to conventional medical care.

Beginning in 1998, the government of Switzerland decided to broaden its national health insurance to include certain complementary and alternative medicines, including homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, anthroposophic medicine, and neural therapy. This reimbursement was provisional while the Swiss government commissioned an extensive study on these treatments to determine if they were effective and cost-effective. The provisional reimbursement for these alternative treatments ended in 2005, but as a result of this new study, the Swiss government’s health insurance program once again began to reimburse for homeopathy and select alternative treatments. In fact, as a result of a national referendum in which more than two-thirds of voters supported the inclusion of homeopathic and select alternative medicines in Switzerland’s national health care insurance program, the field of complementary and alternative medicine has become a part of this government’s constitution (Dacey, 2009; Rist, Schwabl, 2009).

The Swiss Government’s “Health Technology Assessment”

The Swiss government’s “Health Technology Assessment” on homeopathic medicine is much more comprehensive than any previous governmental report written on this subject to date. Not only did this report carefully and comprehensively review the body of evidence from randomized double-blind and placebo controlled clinical trials testing homeopathic medicines, they also evaluated the “real world effectiveness” as well as safety and cost-effectiveness. The report also conducted a highly-comprehensive review of the wide body of preclinical research (fundamental physio-chemical research, botanical studies, animal studies, and in vitro studies with human cells).

And still further, this report evaluated systematic reviews and meta-analyses, outcome studies, and epidemiological research. This wide review carefully evaluated the studies conducted, both in terms of quality of design and execution (called “internal validity”) and how appropriate each was for the way that homeopathy is commonly practiced (called “external validity”). The subject of external validity is of special importance because some scientists and physicians conduct research on homeopathy with little or no understanding of this type of medicine (some studies tested a homeopathic medicine that is rarely used for the condition tested, while others utilized medicines not commonly indicated for specific patients). When such studies inevitably showed that the homeopathic medicine did not “work,” the real and accurate assessment must be that the studies were set up to disprove homeopathy… or simply, the study was an exploratory trial that sought to evaluate the results of a new treatment (exploratory trials of this nature are not meant to prove or disprove the system of homeopathy but only to evaluate that specific treatment for a person with a specific condition).

After assessing pre-clinical basic research and the high quality clinical studies, the Swiss report affirmed that homeopathic high-potencies seem to induce regulatory effects (e.g., balancing or normalizing effects) and specific changes in cells or living organisms. The report also reported that 20 of the 22 systematic reviews of clinical research testing homeopathic medicines detected at least a trend in favor of homeopathy.* (Bornhöft, Wolf, von Ammon, et al, 2006)

The Swiss report found a particularly strong body of evidence to support the homeopathic treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections and Respiratory Allergies. The report cited 29 studies in “Upper Respiratory Tract Infections/AllergicReactions,” of which 24 studies found a positive result in favor of homeopathy. Further, six out of seven controlled studies that compared homeopathic treatment with conventional medical treatment showed that homeopathy to be more effective than conventional medical interventions (the one other trial found homeopathic treatment to be equivalent to conventional medical treatment). All of these results from homeopathic treatment came without the side effects common to conventional drug treatment. In evaluating only the randomized placebo controlled trials, 12 out of 16 studies showed a positive result in favor of homeopathy.

The authors of the Swiss government’s report acknowledge that a part of the overall review of research included one negative review of clinical research in homeopathy (Shang, et al, 2005). However, the authors noted that this review of research has been widely and harshly criticized by both advocates and non-advocates of homeopathy. The Swiss report noted that the Shang team did not even adhere to the QUORUM guidelines which are widely recognized standards for scientific reporting (Linde, Jonas, 2005). The Shang team initially evaluated 110 homeopathic clinical trials and then sought to compare them with a matching 110 conventional medical trials. Shang and his team determined that there were 22 “high quality” homeopathic studies but only nine “high quality” conventional medical studies. Rather than compare these high quality trials (which would have shown a positive result for homeopathy), the Shang team created criteria to ignore a majority of high quality homeopathic studies, thereby trumping up support for their original hypothesis and bias that homeopathic medicines may not be effective (Lüdtke, Rutten, 2008).

The Swiss report also notes that David Sackett, M.D., the Canadian physician who is widely considered to be one of the leading pioneers in “evidence based medicine,” has expressed serious concern about those researchers and physicians who consider randomized and double-blind trials as the only means to determine whether a treatment is effective or not. To make this assertion, one would have to acknowledge that virtually all surgical procedures were “unscientific” or “unproven” because so few have undergone randomized double-blind trials.

In my view, for a treatment to be determined to be “effective” or “scientifically proven,” a much more comprehensive assessment of what works and doesn’t is required. Ultimately, the Swiss government’s report on homeopathy represents an evaluation of homeopathy that included an assessment of randomized double blind trials as well as other bodies of evidence, all of which together lead the report to determine that homeopathic medicines are indeed effective.

The next article will discuss further evidence provided in this report from the Swiss government on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of homeopathic care.

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Statement of correction (9/18/2013): The report on homeopathy (2012) that was described above has now been verified to be a second edition of a report that was initially commissioned by the government of Switzerland, but it was not a report that was issued by the Swiss government nor endorsed by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Therefore, it is my intention here to state clearly that the first publication listed in the “References” section was not commissioned by the Swiss government, but the second reference that was written by most of the same authors as the first reference was commissioned by Swiss government. The conclusions of this publication (2006) are the same as those asserted in more detailed in both book forms, 2005 (ref. Bornhöft G, Matthiessen PM (Eds.). Homöopathie in der Krankenversorgung – Wirksamkeit, Nutzen, Sicherheit und Wirtschaftlichkeit. Frankfurt/M. 2006 VAS Verlag für Akademische Schriften.) and 2012. The conclusions of the commissioned report and the more detailed books are basically the same in the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of homeopathic medicine.

REFERENCES:

Bornhoft, Gudrun, and Matthiessen, Peter F. Homeopathy in Healthcare: Effectiveness, Appropriateness, Safety, Costs. Goslar, Germany: Springer, 2011. http://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-20638-2/page/1 (This book is presently available from the German office of the publisher, and it will become available via the American office as well as select booksellers in mid- to late-February, 2012.)(NOTE: When specific facts in the above article are provided but not referenced, this means that these facts were derived from this book.)

Bornhöft G, Wolf U, von Ammon K, Righetti M, Maxion-Bergemann S, Baumgartner S, Thurneysen AE, Matthiessen PF. Effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of homeopathy in general practice – summarized health technology assessment. Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006);13 Suppl 2:19-29. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16883077

Dacey, Jessica. Therapy supporters roll up sleeves after vote. SwissInfo.ch, May 19, 2009. http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics/Therapy_supporters_roll_up_sleeves_after_vote.html?cid=670064

Linde K, Jonas W. Are the clinical effects of homeopathy placebo effects? Lancet 36:2081-2082. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)67878-6. http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673605678786.pdf

Lüdtke R, Rutten ALB. The conclusions on the effectiveness of homeopathy highly depend on the set of analysed trials. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. October 2008. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2008.06/015http://www.jclinepi.com/article/S0895-4356(08)00190-X/abstract

Rist L, Schwabl H: Komplementärmedizin im politischen Prozess. Schweizer Bevölkerungstimmt über Verfassungsartikel «Zukunft mit Komplementärmedizin» ab. Forsch Komplementmed 2009, doi 10.1159/000203073.
(Translation: Complementary medicine in the political process: The Swiss population votes on the Constitutional Article “The future with complementary medicine”
http://www.ayurveda-association.eu/files/swiss_referendum_on_cam_-_forschkomplementmed_2009.pdf

*Although this Swiss government report was just published in book form in 2011, the report was finalized in 2006. In light of this date, the authors evaluated systematic reviews and meta-analyses on homeopathic research up until June 2003.

Dana Ullman, MPH, is America’s leading spokesperson for homeopathy and is the founder of www.homeopathic.com . He is the author of 10 books, including his bestseller, Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines. His most recent book is, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy (the Foreword to this book was written by Dr. Peter Fisher, the Physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). Dana lives, practices, and writes from Berkeley, California.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/homeopathic-medicine-_b_1258607.html

Queen Elizabeth’s Long Life Attributed to Homeopathy

On her 90th birthday, the London Weekly News reports that in spite of criticism the Queen has used homeopathy all her life and has remarkable good health. In fact, many generations of the Royal family have used homeopathy.

For as The Queen marks her 90th birthday on April 21, that she has reached such an excellent age is largely due to her lifelong trust in homeopathy. Everywhere that Her Majesty goes she is accompanied by a small case of special cures and tinctures and, although doctors no not care to admit it, it is because of her herbal little helpers that she rarely gets a cold or any other sort of complaint.

Empiricists would argue that as both The Queen and the late Queen Mother have been avid fans of homeopathy and as The Queen Mum died at the age of 101, the glaring probability that it works seems to be rather evident.

Queen Elizabeth’s Long Life Attributed to Homeopathy