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Essential to life, stimulating to scientific research, and ubiquitous in homeopathy - water is all that and more. This article retraces the history of life and the history of the water molecule itself. From there it discusses some of the scientific properties of water and hints at possible scientific explanations of how homeopathy works. The role of water in homeopathy itself is viewed from a critical standpoint and some areas for homeopathic research are suggested.
Water - Water clusters - Scientific explanation of homeopathy - Water remedies
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After some initial reluctance to use specific remedies for a disease or form of trauma the author decided to try out some of Peter Chappell's PC resonances. In this article she shares some of her experiences.
PC remedies - Adoption trauma - Alcoholism - Sexual abuse trauma - Diabetes
‘When the student is ready the teacher will appear’. This saying is attributed to Buddha Siddhartha Gautama Shakyamuni and the Theosophists. This case is a proof for me for a quote I would like to formulate ‘When the sick is ready to heal the remedy will appear’. The all-wise preserver of human life works its miracles unconditionally to assist the sick to restore health. Uniqueness surrounds this case. When I treated this boy with alopecia I only had the 30th CK potency that I had potentised. This was the potency that also completed the cure. The emphasis of this article is to elicit §14 and 138 in my practice during the proving of Hippocampus kuda that I conducted in 1996. Since then during some of my provings I witnessed them come alive. The most recently was during the proving of the blood of Indian grey mongoose in July 2016.
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Despite the documented use of homeoprophylaxis (HP) from 1798 to the present day it remains a controversial part of mainstream homeopathy. Evidence supporting both the short-term and long-term effectiveness and safety is presented. Special attention is paid to validation of data from the recent massive HP interventions in Cuba. The philosophical basis of HP is also considered and suggestions that it is not a valid part of mainstream homeopathy are addressed. Appropriate HP is found to be highly effective, to have a positive impact on long-term health and to be a legitimate part of classical homeopathy.
Homeoprophylaxis - Prevention - Vaccination - Effectiveness - Safety
200 years after its publication, this article reveals a misprint on the title page of the first edition of the Organon der rationellen Heilkunde by Samuel Hahnemann. This error is the connecting thread of this study that focuses on the making of the book, mainly of its title page, in its first edition. While setting the sociohistorical context of its publication, wondering about the sales of the book and the number of copies printed, this article informs readers about the amount still in circulation today, as well as the present value of the work on the rare-book market.
Disasters are unfortunate but integral part of civilisation. While the incidence of disaster cannot be prevented altogether, the effects can be modified to the extent that there will be minimum or no loss of life, minimum loss to property and quick restoration to normalcy. Virtually in many instances effects can be reduced to nil or negligible if sufficient diligence is practiced. Epidemic diseases are regarded as disasters too. Homoeopathy is a medical system of therapeutics which claims to have effective intervention in epidemics. Any system of medicine that offers to intervene in any epidemic should be embraced. Epidemics have occurred in the past not only in India but in other countries as well, such as Cholera, Asian flu, Spanish flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome and Avian influenza. When an epidemic spreads in wider geographical area and affects large number of people, it is termed as pandemic. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic that began in December 2019.
Homoeopathic system of medicine claims to have effective treatment in epidemics. But hardly any effort seems to have been made to correlate the limited documented studies on epidemics that may consolidate the positive results of homoeopathy in such a way that can help policy makers to give a serious thought to the fact that homoeopathy can be trusted to combat epidemic diseases. This article involves data collection using existing published articles on case series/individual cases in peer-reviewed journals assessing the applicability of homoeopathy in epidemics/pandemics and in COVID-19. With such a background finding suitable solutions is a necessary step toward prevention and treatment of epidemic diseases.
Background After the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, the physical medical consultations became almost impossible. Telemedicine (TM) health care delivery (HCD) seemed to be the only means to handle the crisis and served as a boon in the management of mild to moderate COVID-19 cases. The telemedicine practice (TMP) spread worldwide in no time, and the same was adopted even in homoeopathic consultations.
Objective The aim of this study is to highlight the TM practice globally and its adoption in homoeopathy concerning notified guidelines by the Central Council of Homoeopathy, erstwhile National Commission for Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sow-Rigpa, Siddha and Homoeopathy), Government of India.
Conclusion TMP has become a necessity for easy access to essential and universal health care and to treat remotely located patients. The publication of these guidelines for homoeopathic consultations is timely to strengthen and encourage its usage in public HCD. There is a need to periodically evaluate its optimal integration in digital health care in the future.
Telemedicine is a new concept that is developing with a lightning speed in developed countries. The practitioners of medicine are also using this as it has been legalised in many countries.
In the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) times, when the buzzword is physical distancing, telemedicine assumes more importance. People are using this because of its easy availability, which cuts down their waiting time in the hospitals, it is easily accessible and is cost-effective. This is not only used by the modern science but also by the alternative systems of medicine like Ayurveda and homoeopathy, as well as by the nutritionists, physiotherapists, yoga experts and so many others who are following these audio-visual and telecommunication techniques. It has worked well to reach out to the patients and resolve their queries. It is easy to reach to so many persons via a single platform and guide them. We are here to share some of our views on telemedicine and on the approach adopted by the people across the world, and discuss how it will be implemented by the future generation for the benefits of their lives and the society.
From December 2019, a new pandemic named Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) has become a key topic of discussion across the world. The reason behind this discussion is the rapid increase in human death due to COVID-19 which has stunned the world. The pathogen of COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which is similar to SARS CoV. SARS-CoV-2 infects mainly the respiratory system which causes the death because there is no effective vaccines or therapeutics against COVID-19. Homoeopathic drugs like Lachesis and Gripp Heel may play an effective role to cure corona patients.
The new pandemic disease COVID-19 has wreaked havoc worldwide. Its infectious agent, SARS-CoV-2, uses two key human enzymes called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and transmembrane serine protease 2 (TMPRSS2) to invade body cells. The first one is encoded by the ACE2 gene and the second by the TMPRSS2 gene. Both have an outstanding expression of RNA and proteins in the small intestine compared with other tissues. This prominent location may be related to the main entry route of SARS-CoV-2 into the organism. In the process of infection, two other genes can play a fundamental role: NOS2, which expresses inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and AOC1, which encodes diamine oxidase (DAO). Both also highlight in the small intestine and are involved in polyamine metabolism. These biogenic amines are important for viral replication, being enhanced when NOS2 and AOC1 genes are downregulated. In addition, NOS2 shows a negative correlation with ACE2 and TMPRSS2, while nondegraded histamine by DAO can lead to an upregulation of both genes on which the virus depends. Taken together, these data suggest that inhibition or underexpression of NOS2 and AOC1 determines the susceptibility to get sick, increasing the risk of infection. On the other hand, a therapeutic approach to the disease could be made with homeopathic medicines. Experiments show the remedies' ability to stimulate gene and protein expression, but a correlation between the symptoms of each drug and these expressions has not yet been established. Here an analysis of the pathogenesis of Silicea terra and Arsenicum album supported on the scientific literature is done. The objective is to propose a theory about their relationship with key genes whose protein expressed in deficiency can give rise to the chain of events that imbalance the internal environment (homeostasis) and allow the development of symptoms. Silicea seems to be related to NOS2 (gene)/iNOS (protein) and Arsenicum with AOC1 (gene)/DAO (protein), being necessary to carry out studies to corroborate these links. Therefore, the aim of this article is to show the importance of NOS2 and AOC1 genes in the development of COVID-19 and to propose a line of investigation to evaluate if homeopathy can improve their protein expression.
Introduction The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared as public health emergency of international concern. India is also facing this crisis with increasing number of patients being reported day by day. Here, we present a case report of COVID-19-positive patient treated with homoeopathy.
Case Profile A 60-year-old female patient with fever for 4 days, cough and difficulty in breathing, headache, sore throat, loose stools and frequent urination with burning and generalised weakness for 7 days was considered for treatment in the present study. Based on the symptomatology, Arsenicum album 30 and Bryonia alba 30 were prescribed to her.
Conclusion A patient of COVID-19 was successfully treated by homoeopathic medicines based on symptom similarity. Individualised homoeopathic intervention with precautionary measures can be an answer to the ongoing crisis.
Background The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It has affected 213 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances, thus producing a significant impact on the physical and mental health, behaviour and economy. In this era of crisis, lot of guidelines and measures to combat the disease are present, but the area of adverse mental health consequences is still neglected. This review attempts to highlight the psychological problems associated with this disease.
Objective This article aims to retrieve from the existing literature and state the mental effects of COVID-19.
Methods A review was developed based on the articles from PubMed, Google Scholar, ScienceDirect, ResearchGate, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Elsevier, JAMA Network, The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Cell, Wiley, Nature, Science and special databases for COVID like the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library, World Health Organization's COVID-19 research article database, COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, LitCovid. The search terms included combination of ‘coronavirus’, ‘COVID-19’, ‘psychological’, ‘quarantine’, ‘children’. All the studies mentioning about the mental consequences and interventions for psychological repercussions associated with COVID-19 are eligible for inclusion. In addition, the research papers in English language have been included.
Conclusion There is a need for research among vulnerable population to study the long-term effects of psychological impact of COVID-19.
Background Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to surge throughout the entire world. Most of the impacted countries implemented preventive measures and lockdown to control the spread of the disease. This restriction developed psychological resilience in a wide range of the population. The objective of this study is to explore the impact on the mental health of the individuals caused by the unforeseen lockdown.
Methods A cross-sectional online survey form had been designed leveraging the Google form. In the introduction section, the purpose of study and the details of the investigators were elaborately explained. The survey response was voluntary and ensured the confidentiality of the responder. The online survey consent procedures were well documented and shared with the participants. The Google forms were circulated through various social media platforms for data capturing, and the data were analysed using statistical software SPSS 23.0. A chi-squared test was performed to determine the association between demographic data and emotional data during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Result A total of 2,150 responses were received out of which two of them were discarded due to insufficient data so total 2,148 responses were taken for analysis. The prevalence rate of emotional disturbance is 56.8% and 43.2% in females and males respectively (p-value = 0.001). The participant age ranges between 18 and 98 years, the mean age of participants is 33.25 years and the standard deviation is 12.24. The emotional disturbance response data are significantly associated with marital status (p-value = 0.021), socioeconomic status (p-value < 0.001), occupation (p-value = 0.019), loved one who were affected with COVID-19 (p-value = 0.034), preventive medicines taken (p-value = 0.017), sleep disturbance (p-value < 0.001), need of psychological support (p-value = 0.001), difficulty in monthly bill settlement (p-value < 0.0001), anxiouness and worry all the time during COVID-19 (p-value < 0.0001).
Conclusion The survey data discovered the significant association between lockdown during COVID-19 and the emotional disturbance of the general population. These findings required additional research to identify mental health further.
Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the worsening of mental health of people in terms of increased psychological distress and decreased psychological well-being. The study was designed to understand the influence of COVID-19 pandemic on psychological distress and well-being. Present study also explored the variances in psychological distress and well-being in relation to development stages (young adulthood and adulthood), gender (males and females), people who had been infected by coronavirus and those not infected, and respondents whose immediate family members/relatives/friends/classmates had been infected by coronavirus and those not infected. An online survey was conducted in the midst of the pandemic. Responses of 250 respondents were gathered and analysed using the General Well-being Questionnaire developed by Veit and Ware in 1983. The results indicated that COVID-19 pandemic played a significant role in determining psychological distress and well-being. Gender differences in psychological distress and well-being are present with males being high on psychological distress and females being high on psychological well-being. Adults were found to be high on psychological distress than young adults. It was also revealed that as a person (respondent himself/immediate family/friends/relatives) becomes infected and recovers, their psychological distress declines, and well-being increases, probably because of reduced fear of being infected again. Along with other demographic variables, developmental stages and gender differences also played a crucial role in psychological distress and well-being of adults.
Rampen zijn een betreurenswaardig en onlosmakelijk deel van de beschaving. Hoewel rampen niet volledig kunnen worden voorkomen, kunnen de gevolgen ervan zodanig worden geminimaliseerd dat er zo weinig mogelijk mensenlevens en eigendom verloren gaan en de situatie zo snel mogelijk weer normaal wordt. In veel gevallen kunnen de gevolgen tot nul of verwaarloosbaar worden teruggebracht als voldoende inspanning aan de dag wordt gelegd. Epidemische ziekten worden ook als rampen beschouwd. Homeopathie is een medisch therapeutisch systeem dat beweert doeltreffend te kunnen ingrijpen bij epidemieën. Elk geneeskundig systeem dat aanbiedt in te grijpen bij een epidemie moet worden omarmd. Epidemieën hebben zich in het verleden niet alleen in India maar ook in andere landen voorgedaan, zoals cholera, de Aziatische griep, de Spaanse griep, het ernstig acuut respiratoir syndroom en de vogelgriep. Wanneer een epidemie zich in een groter geografisch gebied verspreidt en een groot aantal mensen treft, spreekt men van een pandemie. Coronavirusziekte 2019 (COVID-19) is een pandemie die in december 2019 begon. Homeopathische geneeskunde claimt een effectieve behandeling te hebben bij epidemieën. Er lijkt echter nauwelijks moeite te zijn gedaan om de beperkte gedocumenteerde studies over epidemieën samen te vatten die de positieve resultaten van de homeopathie zodanig consolideren dat beleidsmakers serieus kunnen nadenken over het feit dat homeopathie kan worden ingezet om epidemische ziekten te bestrijden. In dit artikel worden gegevens verzameld aan de hand van bestaande gepubliceerde artikelen over casuïstiek in peer-reviewed tijdschriften waarin de toepasbaarheid van homeopathie bij epidemieën/pandemieën en in COVID-19 wordt beoordeeld. Vanuit deze beoordeling is het vinden van geschikte oplossingen een noodzakelijke stap in de richting van preventie en behandeling van epidemische ziekten.
A patient with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) because of decrease in oxygen saturation in connection with COVID-19 pneumonia. An intensivist and a general practitioner (GP)-homeopath worked together on the patient with the approval of his three children. His consent was not possible because he was in a coma.
When additional homeopathic treatment started, the patient had a 10% chance of survival. No direct contact with the patient was possible.
The GP could only treat remotely and only received second-hand information.
The patient achieved complete recovery without long COVID-19 symptoms.
Before admission to the ICU, I thought Kalium sulphuricum was his constitutional medicine. But this remedy did not prevent admission. Various homeopathic medicines are prescribed each time based on the patient's unique symptoms. During the ICU admission, the patient contracted an Enterobacter cloacae infection, developed renal failure, myocardial infarction and finally a haemorrhage in the right hemisphere of the brain, resulting in paralysis in the left side of the body. Due to his behaviour towards the end of his stay at the hospital, I found his constitutional remedy, which was Veratrum album.
Each time, only a single dose of the homeopathic medicine was administered.
In the liquid contents of oak silkworm pupae a unique antioxidant system occurs. During the calculation of the 50 % inhibition of reactive oxygen species production, it was shown that haemolymph of oak silkworm pupae is more effective than haemolymph of grape snails in the system luminol + HOCl in 200 times, luminol + myeloperoxidase + horseradish H2O2 in 200 times, and generation of reactive oxygen species by neutrophils during adhesion in 700 times, and generation of reactive oxygen species by neutrophils during the action of fMet-Leu-Phe in 300 times and the generation of reactive oxygen species by neutrophils during the action of the latex in 4000 times. It was established that a one-month introduction of the C 200 aqueous extract of oak silkworm pupae in rats during reproduction of the metabolic syndrome (by feeding on a high-fat diet by Lieber-De Carli) provided a reduction of insulin resistance by 29.6 %, the concentration of insulin by 26.7 %, glucose concentration by 12 % and weight by 8.9 % compared to the animals that received only a high-fat diet. The results of these studies conclusively confirm the effect of C 200 dilutions of homeopathic remedies and confound skeptical and anti-homeopathic arguments. The results of this scientific work have exceeded all expectations and have global significance for homeopathic science.
Homeoprophylaxis (HP) was first used by Hahnemann in 1798, and has been used around the world against most infectious diseases since then. The Cuban experience with HP has become widely known, and is totally unique in that it has mainly been undertaken by doctors and scientists from a scientific institute that researched and sold vaccines. It gave a level of credibility that was often denied to research by lay homeopaths. It also described the use of HP in literally millions of people as well as in smaller settings. This article provides a brief summary of the Cuban experience with HP from 2004 to 2014.