Haemophilia and homeopathy

Homeopathic Medicine survived despite the challenges thrown at it in the two centuries of its existence. The salvo of today is from the scientific world, which is unrelenting and vows to snatch the carpet underneath the feet of our art and science and banish it from the planet.

Science has the habit of making new heroes, but there are some who stand the test of time. To uphold the ethos of the eternal hero of Homeopathy you need a man who treads with a firm stead and sound moorings. The research study on Haemophilia with homeopathic medicine has brought one such to the fore in the form of Dr.Tapas Kundu. ‘Cometh the hour,Cometh the man’.

If there is one set of diseases that are disconcerting to any Physician, it has to be the hereditary and genetic diseases which at best can be managed but are difficult tocure. Haemophilia is one such disease inherited genetically and modern medicine is at its wits end to find a way to keep the patient from bleeding. Let us look at the salient aspect of this disease and what this genial homeopath’s work on this malady has brought to Homeopathy.Haemophilia, as we all know is an inherited blood disorder due to a defective coagulation mechanism as there is a deficiency of a couple of clotting factors.

Mechanism of coagulation:

Coagulation is a complex process where the blood clots to see that there is no loss from the site of the injury. A fibrin mesh is formed as the platelets rush in to seal the block. As soon as the endothelium is damaged, platelets rush to the site of the injury. Simultaneously the proteins in the blood plasma are set into a chemical reaction and fibrin strands form. Fibrinogen is the essential factor which converts into fibrin when the situation demands it. But initially it is the clotting factors that are primary in this set of chemical reaction. If there is a deficiency of Factor VIII it leads to Haemophilia A and the lack of Factor IX leads to Haemophilia B.

What causes Haemophilia?

The genes for the formation of the clotting factors is in the X-chromosome. If the X-chromosome is defective in a man, the factor necessary for clotting does not form in the blood leading to Haemophilia. But in a woman with a defective X-chromosome, the other normal chromosome rises to rescue and takes care of the formation of the clotting factors. But a woman with the defective X-chromosome is the carrier and 50% of their progeny if boys; are likely to develop haemophilia.

Symptoms of Haemophilia:

Depending on the amount of the clotting factors available in the blood of the affected patient, the degree and symptoms of Haemophilia vary.

Mild Haemophilia: If the clotting factor is above 5% it leads to mild haemophilia and the symptoms usually show up when there is a dental procedure or a surgery. According to few cultures, circumcision is done in infants and that is the earliest when Haemophilia could show up as the bleeding doesn’t seem to cease.

Moderate Haemophilia: If the clotting factor is from 1-5%, then it leads to moderate haemophilia. In such patients they tend to bruise easily and can develop internal bleeding symptoms after a blow or a fall. There could be bleeding inside a joint, which could lead to an irritation and pain. If left untreated there could be stiffness of the joint with severe pain. Tenderness, swelling and heat locally of the affected joint can be experienced. Itusually affects the weight bearing joints like the ankles and knees and sometimes the elbows.

Severe Haemophilia: If the clotting factor is less than 1% of the necessary amount it leads to severe haemophilia. These patients tend to bleed for no obvious reason. The Little’s area of the nose and the gums are the initial spots of bleeding. Bruises are more common which can be large and deep and in numerous places over the body. Pain in the joints with swelling and tightness is common. Haematuria, occult bleeding and unexplained bleeding from the gums and nose become the order of the day. Such patients best always be observed as the probability of developing intracranial haemorrhage is very high. A bad headache, disturbance of vision, loss of balance, speech slurring and loss of coordination need to be looked out for.

Dr.Tapas Kumar Kundu

Management of Haemophilia:

Decades ago, patients would be infused with fresh whole blood. As the factor deficiencies were studied and diagnosed, the plasma would be frozen and was infused as and when necessary. As of now, recombinant and synthetic factors with mammalian plasma are being infused.

RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) remain the main stay of treatment.

The main challenge of recombinant factors being infused has come in the form of inhibitors. These are nothing but the antibodies that the body produces against the new antigen. These prevent the infused Factor VIII and IX from working properly, making them resistant to medication.

Now that we have an idea about Haemophilia let us look at the work that has been executed by Dr.Tapas Kundu and his team.

The first research paper was successfully published in www.sciencedirect.com in 2011, which reads:

Homoeopathic Medicines substantially reduced the need for clotting factor concentrates in haemophilia patients; results of a blinded, placebo controlled cross over trial.

This was a single blind placebo trial in 28 persons with severe (24) and moderately severe (4) patients of haemophilia. This study was conducted over a period of two years. During the firstyear,patients were given placebo and during the second year, acute medication was prescribed as and when the need arose, and also a deeper constitutional remedy was simultaneously administered. If the patient did not respond in the first six hours of medication, they were given factor concentrates.

During the first year there were a total of 203 bleeding episodes in 28 patients. This had come down to a phenomenal 28 bleeding episodes in the second year of observation with homeopathic remedies. The pain score and behavioural scores improved significantly and so did the need for analgesics. No patient developed inhibitors!

Arnica, Ledum pal, Mag phos and Hypericum were most useful for pain while Arnica Hamamelis andMillefolium were of use in acute bleeding. Calc flour was of great help with haemophilic synovitis. Millefolium proved its worth in the acute phase. Causticum, Calcarea carb, Heparsulph and Lachesis were the deep acting remedies that suited 16/28 patients.

The second research publication was in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy which reads:

Management of Acute Bleeding in Severe Haemophilia using Homoeopathic Medicines: a Multicentric Case Series

The analysis of this paper was done from 2007 till 2014 involving 494 patients with ages between 9-51 years. Of 578 bleeding episodes, a staggering 91%of them responded successfully with homeopathic medicines, while 3.1% did not and factor substitutes had to be given. Patients who had inhibitors also responded 65% of the time. Pain was relieved in 83% of the cases.

The 636 bleeding episodes in the seven years of study included, epistaxis, bleeding from the gums, haematuria and miscellaneous bleeding. Hamamelis Q was found effective for open bleeding and was applied over the area for about 15-20 minutes. Arnica 30, Ledum pal 30 or Rhus tox 30 were the frequently used medicines apart from Merc sol, Calc carb, Sepia, Sulphur, Silicea, Veratrum alb, Tuberculinum, Medorrhinum, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla etc. as and when the symptoms corresponded. These were given every half an hour and when there was no response in a fourhour period, factor precipitates were resorted to, to achieve haemostasis.

It was found that most of the cases responded with stoppage of bleeding within half an hour and pain was relieved within a two hour period.

Standard biochemical, haematological, grouping, cross matching and coagulation work up was done as per the clinical requirement and situation. Dr.Kanjaksha Ghosh(Director, National Institute of Haematology), Surgeon-Dr.Sudhir Kulkarni and Dr.Ranjana Kulkarni clinically evaluated the effects of homeopathic medicine single-blinded, and provided factor concentrates whenever possible. Apart from Dr.Tapas Kundu, Dr.Afroz Shaikh, Dr.Priyanka Singh andDr.Afiya Shaikh were the prescribing homeopathic physicians.

The third research study was published in Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine in 2017 and is available as reprint in sagepub.com. The title of the paper is:

An Exploratory Study of Autonomic Function Investigations in Haemophiliacs on Homeopathy Medications Using Impedance Plethysmography

A medical analyzer system helps in finding the heart rate variability (HRV) and blood flow variability (BFV). It has been found that the autonomic nervous system has an impact on homoeostasis. This is measured by the medical analyzer system produced by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. It has been proven that HRV and BFV arefound more often in haemophiliacs than in the normal population.

A total of 80 subjects were studied amongst which were 18 healthy controls and 62 were severe haemophiliacs where Factor VIII was less than one percent. Heart rate and peripheral blood flow were recorded over one hour in all the subjects.

Amongst the 62 haemophiliacs, 49 were on individualized homoeopathic medicines and 13 were not on individualized medicines. Amongst the 49 haemophiliacs, 34 were feeling better symptomatically while 12 were not better. Three patients were not recorded due to technical limitations.

It was found that there was a decrease in parasympathetic activity in haemophiliac patients taking homoeopathic medicines, which suggests that the BFV is impacted by reducing vagal input to the heart, allowing the sympathetic system to respond to stress and haemostasis.

The fourth research study was published in Complementary Medicine Research in May 2018, titled:

Homoeopathic Medicine Reduces Pain and Haemarthrosis in Moderate and Severe Haemophilia: A Multicentric study

This study was done over a period between 2007 and March 2014 with 1679 episodes of haemarthrosis in 343 patients with haemophilia. This study included the knee joints, shoulder joints, elbows, ankles and the wrists. This also included patients who had already developed inhibitors but still responded to homeopathic medication.

In 23 patients, 99 episodes could not be managed with homeopathic medicines and required factor concentrate infusion. But a staggering 1550 plus episodes of pain in the joints due to haemarthrosis responded to homeopathic medication. The progression of improvement was seen in six hours. It was studied as reduction in the joint swelling, reduction of joint girth and relief of pain.

If the improvement did not occur in 24 hours they were told to resort to factor concentrates. The following remedies were prescribed on symptom similarity in lower trituritions. Arsenic alb, Belladonna, Apismellifica, Calc carb, Calc flour, Bryonia, Rhus tox, Sepia, Sulphur, Silicea, Veratrum album, Tuberculinum, Medorrhinum, Thuja, Sticta, Stellaria media, Ledum pal, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Phosphorus and Pulsatilla. If the change did not happen in two hours of starting the medicines, they were re-assessed and changed, which accounted for 497 episodes of the total 2173 occasions.

This study was helpful as homeopathic remedies have been able to arrest bleeding apart from providing significant pain relief, and they reduced the long-term tendency of frequent joint bleeds in a significant number of patients.

As always, observation was done by seasoned allopathic doctors who were unaware of the nature of the homoeopathic medicines given.

The fifth research publication was published in European Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in April 2018, titled:

Effective Management of Haemophilia patients with a combined therapy to reduce cost: A New Approach

This study measured the work done by the centres of Dr.Tapas Kundu and was accepted for publication. This showed that the periodic medical camps at different cities treating haemophilia patients with homoeopathic remedies have met with remarkable success in reducing the clotting times and gaps between hospital visits for transfusion concentrates, causing improvement in general health, a feeling of well-being and considerably bringing down the cost of overall management of haemophilia. All of this brings a ray of hope to the poor patients.

Takeaways for Homeopathy with this research studies:

  • The cost of haemophilic concentrates is very high, and in a developing country like India where more patients are below the middle-class income group, it is very difficult for them to afford treatment. The use of homeopathic remedies saved 90% of the costs. The world of medicine today stands by the principle that if there is a proven course of treatment and if it is not suggested by the physician, it is unethical practice. This also extends to research of new medicines. In the case of haemophilia, if the factor concentrates are not prescribed it could be termed unethical. But here the patients are unable to procure the factor concentrates because of the high price and thereby the ethical law cannot be enforced. For homeopathic research, here it is a blessing in disguise.
  • The challenge of the scientific world is faced here successfully. These controlled and well-designed scientific experiments have suggested the possible biological action and molecular mechanisms behind the action of the remedies. 
  • This is an area where conventional medicine does not have much impact and research studies have clearly shown that homeopathic remedies have been successful in treating these patients 90% of the time.
  • Haemostasis was achieved successfully in most patients 90% of the time. Sometimes it was observed that homeopathic treatment had greater capability in controlling bleeding than the conventional medicine has achieved.
  • The gap between blood transfusion requirements increased significantly.
  • Apart from the acute remedies Dr.Tapas Kundu and his associate prescribers always looked for a constitutional remedy, and on some occasions both simultaneously.
  • Pain relief was achieved in less than two hours of medication in haemarthrosis and most of the relief was in less than 24 hours.
  • The homeopathic remedies have been proved to have no, or insignificant side-effects and have considerable beneficial effects which have been demonstrated in all the studies.
  • Apparently, no patient developed any inhibitors during homeopathic medication. Better still, the patients who had inhibitorsto the factor concentrates in their blood streams, also equally responded well to homeopathic medicines for improving coagulation and relieving pain.
  • The same patient who was on placebo for a year and later on medication for the second year showed convincingly improved results and the cross-over trial is a benchmark in scientific studies.
  • Most of the subjects selected were severe haemophiliacs where their factor concentrates were less than 1% and the improvement in them shows the remarkable response.
  • All the subjects were studied by the experts, lead by the Director of the National Institute of Haematology and they were unaware of homeopathic remedies whether being placebo or otherwise.
  • The clinical studies started as a work of a complementary mode of treatment but with 90% success rate it should be now considered an alternative medicine.
  • Much has been said against homeopathy, that it is a ‘faith-cure’, ‘black magic’, etc. But when you have a double-blinded,or single-blinded trialas this study was,all such doubts are put to rest.
  • A medical analyzer system which studies heart rate and blood flow variability influenced by the autonomic nervous system is an important factor to rule out any false-positive results.
  • Last but not the least, homeopathic remedies afforded a better quality of life.

Original article from http://www.hpathy.com


Grief -sadness-loss of loved one and homeopathy

Grieving and Finding It Hard to Recover? Homeopathy Can Help.

Posted by Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. on Mar 4th 2016

Grief is a normal response to the death of a loved one or the loss of a love. It’s been written that there are stages to the process that range from shock and denial to depression and finally acceptance.

It’s really important to realize that the mourning process is normal, usually painful, and always necessary to sustain good mental (and physical) health. And it takes time, so be patient with yourself.

I have found in my years of practice that homeopathy can help those who grieve and then get stuck in an unyielding depressive state. Here are just a few of the remedies most often called for in these situations:

  • Ignatia: There is perhaps no homeopathic remedy more often indicated in a case of acute, recent grief than Ignatia. At times referred to as the “sighing remedy,” people needing this remedy tend to be markedly sad and disposed to silent grieving. They may cry a great deal, great big sobs, even – and are often found sighing with marked regularity. These patients typically prefer to grieve alone and also tend to be quite moody. Ignatia patients may have contradictory symptoms (ie, a sore throat which feels better from swallowing food).
  • Natrum muriaticum: This homeopathic remedy places a close second to Ignatia for the number of times it is called on for those struggling with grief. Those needing this remedy are often quite melancholy and weep often, like a Pulsatilla patient, – but unlike those requiring Pulsatilla, Natrum muriaticum patients generally avoid consolation of any kind. Attempts at consolation are often rejected with anger or embarrassment. People needing this remedy often feel worse from 10-11:00AM and have a great aversion to the heat of the sun. They often have a strong craving for salty food.
  • Phosphoric acid: This homeopathic remedy is called for less frequently for grief – but still has its place. People needing this remedy tend to suffer more the chronic effects of grief and look haggard and gray… the grief seems to be more deeply rooted than in cases calling for the remedy Ignatia. The patient often feels very drowsy and might also be described as profoundly indifferent. They crave juicy and refreshing things, especially fruit.
  • Pulsatilla: One might think of this homeopathic remedy in cases where the patient is inclined to silent grief with much weeping. The person needing this remedy is typically mild, gentle, and yielding – and someone who weeps very easily. They can’t talk about their problems without weeping. Unlike Natrum muriaticum patients, Pulsatilla patients like to be consoled. In general – a Pulsatilla patient tends to be warm blooded, dislikes a warm room – feeling better in cool open air, has physical symptoms that seem to shift about, and is thirstless.


Homeopathy and autism “ questions”

Homeopathy and Autism FAQs

1.   Does Homeopathy help autism and related disorders?

Yes – homeopathic treatment of those diagnosed with autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has produced highly positive results.  Because homeopathy stimulates and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal, autism with its related neurodevelopmental, gastrointestinal and immune system symptoms responds to homeopathy just as readily as simpler problems such as bruises and colds. There are some provisos though, and these are discussed below.

2.   Which homeopathic remedies treat autism?

There is no one remedy for autism but many potential remedies depending on the unique symptoms of the sufferer. For example, a non-verbal child with acidic bowel motions needs a different remedy to non-verbal child with frothy, smelly, bowel motions; a child who tantrums with anxiety needs a different remedy to the one who tantrums when refused; and a child frightened by animals needs a different remedy to the one frightened of the dark. Potential remedies are as numerous as the variations in presenting symptoms.

3.   What is needed for successful treatment?

Complex and long-standing problems such as autism are best managed by an experienced homeopath who knows how to choose:

  1. The right remedy for the presenting symptoms
  2. The right strength and frequency of dose for the person’s sensitivity to that remedy
  3. The correct changes in remedies, potencies (strengths) and dosages as symptoms improve during treatment.

With a little knowledge, simple problems such as bruises and colds can be easily be treated with homeopathy by parents in the home but for optimal results, autism is best managed by a qualified and experienced practitioner.

4.   How much improvement will I see?

Those who use homeopathy for autism generally see positive results not long after commencing treatment, often within days. While some children completely lose their diagnosis within weeks to months, others make slow but steady gains over many years. Most, however, fall somewhere in between. How long it takes depends on the interplay of:

  1. The severity of symptoms
  2. The degree of irreversible damage
  3. The closeness of the match between the remedy and the person’s symptoms
  4. The skill and experience of the prescriber in choosing remedies and managing the changing symptoms as treatment progresses

The important thing to remember is that with good homeopathic prescribing, all children (and adults) with autism should notice obvious improvement.

5.   Does my child have to stop other treatments or supplements before starting homeopathy?

No. At the beginning of treatment it is best to keep everything the same so it is easy to see which changes are the result of homeopathy. With ongoing treatment you may then wish to reduce some or all other interventions and supplements but please speak with the relevant therapist first.

6.   Are there side-effects with homeopathic remedies?

As a general rule, no, but sometimes symptoms may worsen for a short period after the remedy if the dose was too strong or repeated too often for the person’s sensitivity. This reaction is short-lived and is not toxic or harmful. It often provides helpful information on how future treatment should proceed so do note the details and pass them on to your homeopath.

7.   How are homeopathic remedies given?

Remedies are usually given by mouth in the form of sweet sugar pills or mild tasting liquid. Doses are small and infrequent and children love them – as do adults. While the sugar pills are especially pleasant, the strength and dose of liquid remedies is more easily adjusted to suit individual sensitivity so that a faster rate of improvement can be achieved.

Written by Fran Sheffield


Homeopathy and birth delivery

Labor and Delivery (Birth)

Giving birth to a child can be a different and unique experience for each new mom. And homeopathy can be very easily incorporated into any birth plan. The following are some of the most common remedies that can provide assistance and relief during labor and delivery:

  • Aconite: Everything is happening too fast. Contractions are running into each other without a break. There’s tremendous anxiety and fear, especially fear of death. After the birth, this is the best remedy for shock for mother, baby, and/or partner (look for “big eyes”—that is, who looks and feels shocked, like they’ve been through quite an experience).
  • Arnica: If you had to choose only one remedy to using during labor, this would be it. Take it throughout labor to prevent bruising—every 4 hours, or more frequently if it provides relief from pain. Typically, it will be more effective for those contractions that feel sore, bruised, aching—but manageable. After labor, take 3–6 times daily for up to a week to speed the healing of bruised muscles and to help with after pains.
  • Chamomilla: Backache labor with intense, unbearable pains. The cervix is slow to dilate. The birthing woman is very angry—she screams with pain and demands relief but nothing is right.
  • Cocculus: After the birth, there may be tremendous tiredness because of breastfeeding and the nights of broken sleep. Exhaustion is accompanied by dizziness, trembling, and/or a mild headache.
  • Kali carbonicum: Backache labor with chilliness and exhaustion. Pains in the lower back radiate down into the legs and are better for very hard pressure. Contractions slow down or stop. The birthing woman is anxious and irritable, bossing everyone around.
  • Kali phosphoricum: For simple exhaustion during or after the birth. In labor, one dose can be taken between each contraction until energy starts to return. After the birth, it will help if there’s exhaustion with insomnia from the excitement of the birth itself.
  • Pulsatilla: The cervix doesn’t dilate, and the contractions stop and start. The birthing woman feels pathetic, weepy, and clingy—like she “can’t do it” and she says so. She wants company and reassurance, and she feels better when she gets
    it. She doesn’t want anything to drink. She craves fresh air, feels much better from it, and much worse in a stuffy, hot room. After the birth, she feels depressed with all of the above general symptoms only more so and says “I want my mommy,” either literally, or in the way of wanting someone to take care of her.
  • Sepia: The birthing woman gives up, becomes completely exhausted, and sags on every level. She is miserable and irritable—wanting to be alone but tending to snap only at loved ones. After the birth, she feels depressed— “burnt out,” irritable, and just wanting to be alone. The after-pains are severe.
  • Sulphur: During labor, the contractions become very weak or stop. The birthing woman becomes very restless and feels hot, sweaty, thirsty, and irritable (unlike with Pulsatilla). She wants fresh air (like with Pulsatilla).

Labor and Delivery: Special Guidelines for Prescribing

  • Select a potency that matches the intensity of the symptoms; 200C often works well during and after labor, the only exception being Kali phosphoricum which works best in a 6X potency.
  • You’ll want to repeat more often than you would for an acute illness:
    • every 5 to 15 minutes or even between contractions if symptoms are very strong;
    • less often (i.e., every half hour to hour) if the symptoms are not very strong.
  • Don’t worry if you jump from one remedy to another during the birth. Different remedies may be needed at different points in the process.
  • Just as you would in using homeopathy in other situations, remember to:
    • Stop the remedy once it “works,” i.e., once you see an improvement.
    • Repeat the same remedy if the same symptoms return.
    • Change the remedy if you’ve taken 6 doses and it hasn’t helped.

Hay fever and allergies -homeopathic remedies help

Common homeopathic remedies for hay fever

Allium cepa (All-c.)

This remedy, prepared from the red onion, treats the symptom of streaming eyes and nose that is worse in warm and stuffy rooms. (People who need All-c may even crave and feel better for eating onions.) Their nasal discharge burns while tears from the eyes are bland – the opposite to Euphrasia’s symptoms. Sneezing can be intense and frequent and eyes are sensitive to the light.

Arsenicum album (Ars.)

This is one of the best remedies for hay fever.  Burning or itching in the nose, eyes or throat being a strong indication.  The discharges from both eyes and nose will be burning (but check to make sure that Allium cepa or Euphrasia are not better indicated – Euphrasia has the opposite symptoms). An improvement of the symptoms in the open air, although sensitive to light, is usually an indication for this remedy.

Euphrasia (Euphr.)

A classic remedy for hay fever where, again, there is lots of sneezing with streaming eyes and nose.  If the water from the eyes burns the cheeks and the discharge from the nose is not too bad, this remedy is needed.  (Allium cepa has the opposite symptoms). The remedy is indicated if the symptoms improve in the open air – obviously away from pollen.  Sensitivity to light may be apparent in both Euphrasia and Allium cepa.

Natrum muriaticum (Nat-m.)

Initially, there is a streaming, bland discharge from both the eyes and nose with lots of sneezing.  Later, there is nasal discharge that is thick and clear like the white of an egg with loss of taste and smell.  This is not one of the main remedies for hay fever but it can bring great relief to the type who gets easily burned, feel generally miserable, uncomfortable, blotchy and irritated in the sun.

Nux vomica (Nux-v.)

This is one of the best remedies for when there is lots of sneezing, streaming from the eyes and nose, and an irritable, nasty mood.  (If they are sweet tempered, it is unlikely to help.) The symptoms are worse in dry air and relieved when the atmosphere is damp.

Pulsatilla pratensis (Puls.)

The main indications for this remedy are a weepy, needy, state of mind, together with discharges that are thick, bland (not acrid) and green or yellow.  Pulsatilla frequently has one side of the nose blocked or congested.

Sulphur (Sulph.)

Watery, burning nasal discharge, or a blocked nose, when outside. Frequent sneezing. Blocking of nose on alternate sides. Burning pain in eyes. Symptoms worsened by warmth and becoming warm in bed. Better for being in open air. May be lazy, opinionated, and desire sweets, alcohol, and spicy food.

Less commonly used remedies for hay fever

Ambrosia artemisaefolia (Ambro.)

Intolerable itching and watering from eyes. Burning of eyes. Sneezing and watery nasal discharge. Nose and head feel stuffy. Nose bleeds.

Arum triphyllum (Arum-t .)

Irritation or itching in the nose leading to boring, picking, rubbing. May pick at lips and face. Throat, mouth, tongue, and palate may burn, making it difficult to eat or drink despite having a thirst. People who need Arum-t may experience concurrent hoarseness and peeling or chapping of the lips.

Histaminum ( Hist.)

Consider this remedy when either no other remedy seems accurate or if other remedies have been tried and haven’t worked.

Kali bichromicum ( Kali-bi.)

Consider this remedy when thick, stringy, green or yellowish mucus from the nose or throat is present. There may also be a post-nasal or pain at the root of the nose relieved by hard pressure.

Sabadilla officinarum (Sabad.)

Hay fever with frequent, spasmodic sneezing that exhausts the person. Sneezing from tickling inside the nose, and sneezing that causes the eyes to water. Profuse, watery nasal discharge and red and burning eyelid margins. Symptoms worse in the open air, better in a warm room. Dry mouth but little thirst.

Solidago ( Solid.)

Burning, stinging eyes. Paroxysms of sneezing with mucus discharge from nose.One of the main remedies for people allergic to house dust mite.


Homeopathy and injuries

Homeopathic

Remedy Options

Primary Remedies

Bellis perennis

This remedy is useful for injuries to the trunk and deeper tissues—as from falls, car accidents, surgery, etc. —especially if a feeling of stiffness or coldness develops in the injured area. If Arnica has been given for an injury—especially a strain or bruise—but has not had much effect, Bellis perennis may be helpful.

Hypericum perforatum

This remedy relieves sharp pain that seems to follow the nerve’s path.

Other Remedies

Aconitum napellus

This remedy can be helpful when a person feels extremely fearful or agitated after being injured. It may help to soothe anxiety and panic and reduce the chance of shock.

Arnica montana

This remedy relieves pain, bruising and swelling associated with trauma, surgery or overexertion.

Calcarea phosphorica

This remedy is useful for bone bruises, old or slow-healing fractures, or any injury that leads to soreness in the bones, especially if the area feels cold or numb and improves with warmth. The muscles near the injury may ache or stiffen.

Calendula Ointment

This remedy can be applied to disinfected cuts, chapping, burns and scrapes.

Ipecacuanha

This remedy can be helpful as first aid if heavy bleeding occurs after an injury, with a feeling of nausea and weakness. (Emergency care is crucial when serious bleeding occurs; pressure should be applied to a severely bleeding wound, and medical help should be found immediately.)

Ledum palustre

This relieves bruises from blunt objects, especially where the skin is thin (around the eyes, fingers and toes), as well as pain and bruising from pointed objects.

Millefolium

Contusions or sprains that involve small broken blood-vessels and lead to bruiselike bleeding beneath the skin suggest the use of this remedy. It is often also useful for nosebleeds after injury, and for bleeding in other parts of the body (for instance, after childbirth or surgery).

Phosphorus

When small wounds bleed easily, or a person has a tendency to bruise from minor injuries, this remedy can be helpful. It is also useful for nosebleeds.

Ruta graveolens

This remedy relieves strained ligaments and tendons.

Symphytum

This remedy is best known for its healing effect on broken bones, and is also good for bone-bruises. It is valuable if blunt injury occurs to the eyeball (from a rock, a stick, a flying object, etc.) Any injury to the eye or eyeball should be examined by a doctor.


Tautopathy /isopathy explained

the medicine of choice for disorders should always first be their tautopathic “simillimum” — a potency prepared from the very drug, toxin or EMF itself! As our previous review has shown, throughout the classical era of homeopathy, many practitioners had come to the same conclusion,2 even though the practice of tautopathy remained controversial among those homeopaths who had adopted certain “mystical” concepts into homeopathy.11

Acute effects of mustard gas reduced by tautopathic treatment

One of the earliest studies on the effects of tautopathic treatment was conducted by the British Homoeopathic Society and the Ministry of Home Security during World War II. John Paterson, the president of the Society, along with W. Lees Templeton, headed a “Gas Research Committee” to coordinate research conducted in Glasgow and London. The trials were conducted under carefully controlled conditions, with the blinded use of placebo control groups, a rare feature of clinical trials at the time. In the Glasgow trials, Mustard gas 30c or placebo was given to volunteers before real mustard gas was applied to their forearm. Of the treated group two cases showed deep lesions and twelve cases did not show any deep lesions from mustard gas. However, twelve volunteers in the placebo group had deep skin lesions, while only two did not have deep lesions. Similar experiments were conducted in London. A report showed that statistically significant improvement or prevention was observed during these trials from the tautopathic Mustard gas 30c.12 Unfortunately, the Ministry of Home Security dismissed these positive results despite unusually advanced controls and trial designs.

Tautotherapy of drug-induced cancers with potencies of the same drug

A study published in 1983 by Roberfroid in Aspects of Research in Homeopathy titled “Action of Hahnemannian Potencies upon Artificially Produced Cancer in Animals” confirmed the tautopathic strategy after testing the homeopathic drug Phenobarbital in the 9th centesimal potency in vivo on phenobarbital-induced liver tumors in rats, yielding positive results.13 The researchers examined the action of Phenobarbital 9c on 2-acetylaminofluorine-induced cancer in mice (using phenobarbital as tumor promoter) and found that the potentized drug reduced the formation of hepatocarcinoma in rats after chronic feeding of 2AAF and PB for several weeks. This would also appear to confirm the tautopathic hypothesis that the potentized drug can remove or reverse the action of the crude drug it is prepared from, without regard to the precise symptoms it induces.13

Many of our most active classical homeopathic cancer drugs are, in fact, originally derived from environmental carcinogens, such as arsenic, cadmium, aluminum and aluminum silicate.

Chronic poisoning from environmental toxins

Carbon tetrachloride, an industrial solvent, fire retardant and refrigerant, is an occupational and environmental poison causing hepatotoxicity, neurological disorders, and kidney damage. Since a 2008 study which reported that high concentrations of carbon tetrachloride were found in common cleaning products, the poison has been replaced in soap and other cleaning products. However, many patients had already absorbed toxic levels of this poison, thereby harming their health.

As early as the 1970s, researchers studied preventive tautopathic treatment by administering simple dilutions of non-lethal doses of carbon tetrachloride to mice prior to exposing them to the poison in lethal doses. The study showed the beginning of a protective action within twelve hours after administration, reaching its full extent after 24 hours. Activity of aminopyrine demethylase and cytochrome P-450 concentrations began to fall immediately after administration of the low dose of carbon tetrachloride; by 24 hours the enzyme system was about one-fourth of control levels, achieving full protection against the lethal doses. Note that these were not homeopathic doses, yet they had substantial effects.14

Veterinary surgeons in France have been employing a homeopathic emergency treatment for dogs and cats with acute poisoning from neurotoxic agents, including arsenic, using the drug Arsenicum album. The drug is prescribed when symptoms of muscular hyperexcitability, aggravation of visual, auditory and tactile stimuli, and general anxiety are present. Bostin et al. found that the treatment had no side effects, and that only four out of fifty animals died.15 In his report on a trial he asked the legitimate question why the homeopathic treatment that matched the symptoms worked, even when arsenic was not the causative neurotoxic agent. Clinical research in humans has since confirmed that tautopathic treatment of arsenic poisoning can be highly effective.

In a series of experiments,16-27 West Bengal researchers investigated if tautopathic treatment with Arsenicum album 30c could help remove arsenic from the body in patients who had become contaminated by arsenic from their drinking water. The lead researcher Professor Anisur Raman Khuda-Bukhsh commented on the studies: “The drug reduced arsenic levels in blood and urine of arsenic victims from Ghetugachhi village in Nadia district.” “The blood levels of the toxicity-denoting liver enzymes (like aspartate aminotransferase) returned to almost normal levels after three months,” he added.

The scientists found that the arsenic level in urine fell dramatically and levels in blood became normal by the 60th day. The researchers also observed an increase in the level of glutathione — a compound made up of amino acids — which demonstrates recovery of normal liver function.

In one of the studies,21 published in the March 2006 issue of Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, the researchers treated arsenic victims from another village in the Nadia district. They showed that two centesimal potencies (30 and 200) of the aforementioned medicine brought the high levels of anti-nuclear antibodies (a type of antibody that works against the body tissues) to normal levels. Stating, “We have already shown efficiency of homoeopathic drugs in protecting or repairing arsenic-induced DNA damage in mice,” Khuda-Bukhsh then concludes: “But one hypothesis to explain such changes could be that signals carried by potentized homeopathic drugs might be able to trigger a cascade action of relevant genes back to their normal functioning.”

A more recent study,20 published in Science of the Total Environment, and conducted in collaboration with researchers of the Boiron Laboratory, Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in France, once again confirmed biological action from treatment with homeopathic potencies. The researchers administered Arsenicum album 30c, succussed alcohol or placebo to groups of randomly selected, arsenic-contaminated volunteers in Padumbasan, India.

The treatment caused positive changes in elevated blood levels of ESR, creatinine and eosinophils. In the treated group, Arsenicum album 30c increased the activities of various toxicity biomarkers indicating hepatotoxicity (the prime feature associated with arsenic poisoning) notably AST, ALT, LPO, and GGT. This therapy showed an increase in levels of hemoglobin, PCV, neutrophil percentages and GSH content, and lowered G-6-PD activity. Most of the subjects reported a better appetite and an improvement in general health. It is interesting that the 14 volunteers who dropped out during this study were mostly from the placebo group. The authors concluded that Arsenicum album 30c could possibly provide interim health support to a large population at risk.

The results of these studies could lead to certain conclusions on the role that homeopathy can play in mitigating the effects of a substance that, according to California’s Proposition 65, is considered a potent carcinogen. Treatment with the homeopathic drug Arsenicum album produces protective effects against arsenic trioxide and against arsenic in the groundwater that is measurable on multiple levels and even in the DNA.

Several studies by the above West Bengal team in collaboration with researchers from Boiron Labs were published in the Journal of Veterinary Medicine.22-28 In one study29 the team injected arsenic trioxide into mice, and then treated one group with the homeopathic remedy Arsenicum album (a drug prepared from arsenic trioxide by progressive succussion and dilution) and another group with potentized alcohol, while a third group remained untreated. This trial used a double-blinded procedure. Oral administration appeared to show protective potential against arsenic trioxide-induced chronic poisoning in mice. There was a marked reduction of various chromosomal, nuclear, and sperm head abnormalities, which would signify an anti-genotoxic effect from the homeopathic remedy. This series of trials corroborated the results of previous studies that a homeopathic drug made from the very toxin that had caused the poisoning could have an effect, in this case, on wheat seedlings from seed poisoned by arsenic.30 In 1987, a French trial of decimal and centesimal dilutions of arsenic had shown effects on the retention and mobilization of arsenic in the rat.31

The West Bengal group also examined the effect of homeopathic treatment on cellular damage produced by another group of toxins: they tested whether two potencies of the homeopathic drug, Cadmium sulphuricum could reduce the genotoxic effects of a cadmium salt, cadmium chloride (CdCl2) in mice.32 Genotoxic effects constitute damage to the DNA of a cell, including mutation and possibly neoplasms. The researchers also tried to determine the relative efficacy of three different administrative modes, i.e. pre-feeding, post-feeding and combined pre- and post-feeding of the medicines. The authors concluded that both Cadmium sulphuricum 30c and 200c were able to counteract cadmium-induced genotoxic effects in mice. They found that the combined pre- and post-feeding mode of administration was most effective in reducing the genotoxic effect of CdCl2. These results are evidence that homeopathic treatment may be effective for prophylaxis and for recovery from serious environmental and occupational toxic disorders.

An older trial33 had shown mobilization of cadmium in toad embryos of the species Bufo arenarum from tautopathic doses of diluted and stirred solutions of cadmium — prepared in a very similar way to homeopathic potencies. And yet another study34 found protective effects at low concentrations of heavy metals (cadmium and cisplatin) against cytotoxic doses of these very same metals on renal tubular cell cultures, another non-homeopathic example of tautopathic treatment. In an investigation35 of homeopathic/tautopathic treatment of environmental intoxication, de Gerlache reported that ultra-low (homeopathic) doses of a number of carcinogens showed modulation of experimental rat liver carcinogenesis.

In a similar experiment in humans, Montfort studied a tautopathic combination treatment using environmental toxins.36 He reported on the results of his experiments using ultra-diluted 10c and 12c potencies of toxic chemicals used for 3-24 months in cancer patients, usually in conjunction with conventional treatment. With this procedure, complete remission or life extension was achieved for some cancer cases. Montfort et al. presented three clinical cases: a man with undifferentiated lung cancer; a child with an astrocytoma and a woman with leiomyosarcoma. These results deserve to be studied further.

The successful use of potentized carcinogens in cancer treatment appears to be an, as of yet, mostly untapped resource for new cancer drugs. Fisher37,38 conducted a trial treating experimental lead intoxication in rats with the homeopathic remedies Plumbum metallicum and Penicilamine, observing the influence of the homeopathic remedy Plumbum metallicum on the excretion kinetics of lead in rats.

Amelioration of genotoxic effects from a heavy metal by repeated doses of potencies of the metal

Mercury is a very poisonous heavy metal and environmental toxin that can cause multiple serious disorders when it enters the body. Nevertheless, pharmaceutical manufacturers have added it to a variety of drugs and vaccines, including those to be injected into infants and pregnant women, where it can cause serious injury. Research dating back to 1985 using tautopathic treatment with the homeopathic drug Mercurius corrosivus in infinitesimal dilutions found that it influenced the mortality induced by mercuric chloride, and that the treatment increased excretion of the toxin.39

More recently, researchers of the West Bengal team conducted a trial40 with the homeopathic drug Mercurius solubilis. The researchers tested the drug in the 30c and 200c potencies, fed in three administrative modes to mice who had been poisoned with mercuric chloride. The treatment caused amelioration of genotoxic effects, as measured by conventional endpoints, i.e., chromosomal aberrations, micronuclei, mitotic index and sperm head anomalies. The amelioration using Mercurius 200c seemed to be slightly more pronounced. The researchers concluded that potentized drugs can serve as possible anti-genotoxic agents against specific environmental mutagens, including the toxic heavy metal mercury. By the way, we do not recommend using homeopathic Mercurius preparations to counter chronic mercury intoxication, since experience shows symptoms are often aggravated by that approach.

Desensitization and immunotherapy

A Google search result appearing first in the listing when the phrase “law of similars” is entered states that the homeopathic “Law of Similars” is “paradoxical,” as if this means that the central tenet of homeopathy is therefore untrue or implausible. (Google has since removed this search result.) It should be noted that such paradoxical effects have also been observed in conventional medicine. At least two of these effects are used as common modern medical therapies. Strangely, Google does not call these therapies “paradoxical,” a fact that underscores Google’s anti-homeopathy bias. There is no doubt that the widely used allergy desensitization therapy is, according to our above definition, a form of tautopathy or isotherapy, which makes use of such an effect by injecting very high dilutions of allergens into patients in order to achieve desensitization. Allergens are injected in dilutions prepared from agents that have caused a disease syndrome, such as hay fever or asthma. During desensitization therapy, the causative agent is injected into the patient to achieve amelioration or even complete recovery from the allergy. The current term for this allopathic method of treatment is “allergy vaccination” or “allergy immunotherapy.”

Allopathic allergy desensitization actually uses high dilutions; however, they are simple dilutions and distinctly different from the serially agitated homeopathic infinitesimal dilutions. As a rule, this therapy is individualized and based on antibody tests conducted to identify the reagents. Minute doses of the offending allergen are then administered by injection. Occasionally, anaphylactic reactions occur, requiring emergency medical treatment.

Homeopathy uses potentized allergens to alleviate symptoms of allergies in a similar manner, in both infinitesimal as well as lower potencies. However, the homeopathic or tautopathic immunotherapy is administered with ordinary sublingual doses, although in very sensitive patients the olfactory dose is usually preferred. Rarely, additional dilutions are used when patients have experienced aggravation of symptoms from a previous homeopathic dose. Hahnemann left detailed instructions on how to individualize the dose of even highly potentized drugs for sensitive people in the 6th edition of the Organon.41 Homeopathic allergy immunotherapy is very safe and no anaphylactic reactions ever occur.

The efficacy of tautopathic immunotherapy has been investigated in a number of studies using potentized allergens in homeopathic potencies. Often erroneously termed “isopathy” by researchers, this method also comes under the definition of tautopathy (see above definition). This is especially the case when an allergen routinely produces a clearly defined and specific group of symptoms, and provided that the allergen given in potency is shown to relieve the syndrome. For example, the common ailment “hay fever,” an allergic rhinitis syndrome with systemic effects, is typical for allergic reactions produced by exposure of subjects sensitive to Galphimia glauca.

A randomized controlled trial (RCT)42 compared the effects of “homeopathically” potentized preparations of this plant by administering a 6x potency four times while symptoms persisted. The authors found that the “homeopathic” preparation (Galphimia glauca 6x) demonstrated a clear trend in superiority to placebo and an additional control. The control was a simple dilution of the plant tincture (unpotentized — without the succussion). This standard dilution had no biological or clinical effect, confirming observations by homeopaths.

A combination remedy prepared from common allergens such as tree, grass, and weed species of the US Southwest was tested43 in a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess whether it had efficacy in treating seasonal allergic rhinitis. The study showed benefits from the tautopathic drug in ameliorating hay fever symptoms.

In his review of respiratory allergy studies entitled “Advances in homeopathy and immunology: a review of clinical research,” Bellavite44 examined 27 studies, (18 randomized and nine observational). The evidence shows significant promise: for example potentized Galphimia glauca given in allergic oculorhinitis (hay fever).45 On the other hand, not all studies have shown benefit. A study investigating treatment with a tautopathic preparation of dust-mite failed to show amelioration in the treated patients suffering from dust-mite allergies.46 In two well-designed placebo-controlled trials,47 patients with birch pollen allergies did not have any ameliorating or preventive effects from treatment with Betula 30c.48

Vaccination

The allopathic practice of vaccination is a second form of isotherapy that should be called paradoxical by Google. Vaccination is the inoculation with an attenuated, weakened, or killed form of the microbe responsible for a specific infectious disease in order to achieve immunity from that disease. Both allergic desensitization and the practice of vaccination have their origin in Hahnemann’s homeopathic principles. Experts in the field have long supported this view. Nobel prize winner Emil Adolf von Behring, known for his discovery of a diphtheria antitoxin is quoted49 as having said: “In spite of all scientific speculations and experiments regarding smallpox vaccination, Jenner’s discovery remained an erratic blocking medicine till the biochemically thinking Pasteur, devoid of all medical classroom knowledge, traced the origin of this therapeutic block to a principle which cannot better be characterized than by Hahnemann’s word: homeopathic.” For brevity’s sake, we will refrain here from reviewing scientific studies that show the efficacy of these too widespread forms of allopathic tautopathy.

Inoculations have also been conducted for the purpose of treating cancer and a wide variety of chronic disorders. Some of them used microbial toxins in more or less crude forms for cancer isotherapy. Perhaps even the well-known Coley’s toxins, which aimed at stimulating an immune response, were inspired by the isopathic principle.50 In the 1970s American physician Virginia Livingston-Wheeler51 believed a microbe she called Progenitor cryptocides was responsible for cancer. Using the isopathic approach for treatment of cancer, she inoculated cancer patients with a vaccine containing a mixture of several microbes she believed to be Progenitor cryptocides, accompanied by whole food dietary therapy.

Homeopathic isotherapy

Similar attempts at isotherapy had been made by homeopaths at least a century earlier when Hering and even Hahnemann proposed treatment with Psorinum,52 a preparation believed to derive from the scabies mite and used for a variety of conditions. Eventually, however, the drug was proven and prescribed according to homeopathic, not isopathic indications. Years later, the eminent French physician Leon Vannier53 experimented with treating cancer with Oscillococcinum, a nosode prepared from liver and heart tissue of cairina ducks believed to be infected by “oscillococcus,” given on isopathic indications. Vannier observed treatment with the nosode induced a general immune response in cancer patients, which slowed the progression of cancer. Since then, modern studies have been conducted using Oscillococcinum for treatment of influenza; however, a 2000 review54 found only scanty efficacy for the treatment of flu-like infections.

Many other nosodes, including Carcinosinum were used in homeopathy to treat cancer and other diseases. Several recent studies have shown that this homeopathic preparation, believed to derive from the discharge from a breast tumor, induced protective, ameliorative, apoptotic and cytotoxic effects against cancer.

(1) A controlled study55 investigating the effects of Carcinosinum 200c and Chelidonium 200c, fed separately and in combination, found “considerable ameliorative effects” in hepatocarcinoma induced by p-dimethylaminoazobenzene and phenobarbital. The ameliorative effects included reduction in tumor size and improvements in toxic biomarkers such as acid and alkaline phosphatases, glutamine oxaloacetate transaminase, glutamate pyruvate transaminase and lipid peroxidation activity.

(2) Two studies 56,57 examined the cytotoxic activity of the 30c and 200c potencies of ten homeopathic drugs including Carcinosinum against Dalton’s Lymphoma Ascites (DLA), Ehrlich’s Ascites Carcinoma (EAC), lung fibroblast (L929) and Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cell lines, and compared the potentized drugs’ activity with their mother tinctures during short-term and long-term cell culture. The control used was potentized alcohol. Mother tinctures as well as some of the dynamized medicines showed significant cytotoxicity to cells during short- and long-term incubation. Potentized alcohol showed no cytotoxicity at the concentrations studied. Carcinosinum in high potency induced apoptosis in DLA cells, while inducing the expression of the tumor-suppressor protein p53. The results showed that potentized medicines possess cytotoxic as well as apoptosis-inducing properties.

(3) Preethi et al.58 investigated whether several homeopathic drugs, including Carcinosinum, when administered in the 200c potency, could induce apoptosis as seen by their morphology, DNA laddering, expression of genes related to apoptosis, and TUNEL assay. Carcinosinum increased the apoptotic gene p53. The researchers concluded that when compared to the action of their mother tinctures, the potentized drugs have biological activity similar to their mother tinctures in spite of ultradilution.

(4) Researchers investigated whether Carcinosinum 200c and Natrum sulphuricum 30c, fed alone or in combination with each other, could prevent azo dye-induced carcinogenesis in mice. The results showed that the drugs reduced the liver tumors with positive ultrastructural changes in MMP expression, genotoxic parameters, lipid peroxidation, gamma-glutamyltransferase, lactate dehydrogenase, blood glucose, bilirubin, creatinine and urea, and increased GSH, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione reductase activity and hemoglobin, cholesterol, and albumin levels. Carcinosinum used in alternation with Natrum sulphuricum yielded additional benefits against the genotoxicity, hepatotoxicity and oxidative stress induced by the carcinogens during hepatocarcinogenesis.

(5) Researchers at the M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas60 investigated the action of Carcinosinum and three other homeopathic drugs for cytotoxic effects against two human breast adenocarcinoma cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) as well as a cell line derived from immortalized normal human breast epithelium. The researchers found that the drugs induced cell cycle delay, or arrest and apoptosis in the two cancer cell lines. The authors concluded that the potentized homeopathic drugs including Carcinosinum have demonstrable biological activity against cancer cells.

Isotherapy has also been used successfully in the treatment of many other diseases. In one Indian study,61 25 patients diagnosed with tubercular lymphadenitis were given Tuberculinum along with 6x potencies of Silica as adjunct treatment. The study showed significant effects from immunotherapy with the nosode.

Homeopathic immunizations

Homeopathy has been used for immunization of large populations with so-called nosodes for preventive purposes very much like allopathic vaccination since the early 1800s. The drugs prepared from a disease discharge or tissue are not only used for prevention but also for the successful treatment of infectious diseases without the use of antibiotics. These unique homeopathic drugs are sterile preparations from disease products, including anthrax, syphilis, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, tularemia, histoplasmosis, diphtheria, pertussis, mumps, rubella, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and many other infectious diseases. While this method is usually referred to as isopathy, for purposes of this paper we include research on this form of tautopathy in our literature search.

Most recently in 2010, Dr Gustavo Bracho conducted a large-scale trial62 using a homeopathically potentized Leptospirosis nosode on 2.3 million persons living in a known high-risk region of Cuba. The homeopathic intervention led to a highly significant decrease in disease incidence in the immunized population. The researchers concluded that homeopathic prophylaxis is a feasible tool for epidemic control, and that further research is warranted.

A 2000 experiment63 investigated the effect of administering six serial agitated dilutions (SAD: homeopathic potencies) prepared from Francisella tularensis as a preventive to 147 mice who were subsequently infected by a lethal dose of that microbe (randomly assigned to the SAD or the simple diluent control group). The solutions in the SAD group were distinguished from that of the control group by 1H NMR spectroscopy. The SAD group had significantly longer survival times and overall decreased mortality compared to the control group, prompting the researcher to call for further investigation.

A quadruple nosode was found effective in one study,64 keeping 84% of subjects free from incapacitating respiratory infections in winter. Of the 16% of patients who developed infections, many had milder infectious than expected. The researchers concluded that the combination nosode, prepared from Bacillinum, Influenzinum, Pneumococcus, and Streptococcus and given in potency, constitutes a powerful prophylactic agent against respiratory infections when given to healthy subjects.

An isopathic complex nosode was tested65 to evaluate whether it could reduce the intensity of genital herpes attacks and increase duration of remissions. In patients with a minimum of four attacks annually, 82% benefitted from the treatment in the predetermined criteria and in 41% there was no recurrence after the first treatment within 8 to 50 months. In 32% one or two relapses were observed. In 9% recurrences continued, but with reduced frequency and intensity.

Hormesis

Hormesis is a term used in toxicology to refer to the observation that a toxic environmental agent given in a small or diluted dose can induce a protective or beneficial effect against a high dose of the same toxic agent. For the purposes of this paper we shall treat the hormesis effect as a form of tautotherapy, since it has been shown that this effect has preventive and therapeutic benefits against both chemical toxins and electromagnetic radiation. The hormetic effect resembles the Arndt-Schultz law of late 19th century pharmacology, which described a bi-phasic action of drugs: a stimulatory and an inhibitory phase. In reality, it should be called a tri-phasic rule, including the third, toxic phase of a drug that can injure or kill in large doses. Indeed, this rule applies to all drugs that inhibit a vital process in moderate dose, stimulate that same process in a lower dose, and kill in overdoses. That is, if no tautopathic antidote is used! While the old Arndt-Schulz law can help to explain the tautopathic method, this effect has since been substantiated for many modern drugs using ordinary modern principles of biology, pharmacology and toxicology.

In the early part of the 19th century, the founder of homeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann in his Organon, had already elaborated on a very similar universal principle of pharmacology he called the primary and secondary action of drugs which are often opposite to each other. A modern example of this is a blood pressure medication that can cause low blood pressure in its primary phase but will often cause an increase in blood pressure in its secondary effect (see also the rebound effect, below). This is why the long-term effect of allopathic blood pressure suppression is an even higher blood pressure. Hahnemann explains that while the primary effect can be used to suppress symptoms, the secondary effect is the curative effect of the drug. According to Hahnemann, the secondary effects of a drug (amplified through the process of potentization, a serial agitated dilution) are used to enhance the curative response. As such, the dose of a substance makes it either therapeutic or toxic.

According to these universal principles of pharmacology, any agent that has biological action can be used as either a drug or a poison, depending on the dose. The ancient Greeks aptly called both drugs and poisons pharmakon, from which the modern words “pharmacology” and “pharmaceutical” are derived. In homeopathy, we use all sorts of toxic products in diluted form to stimulate restorative or protective effects, many of them derived from allopathic drugs or from common environmental toxins. We have coined the term “pharmacode” to differentiate them from so-called “nosodes” derived from disease products, and from “sarcodes” derived from healthy living tissues, either human or animal.

The hormesis effect has been thoroughly studied and substantiated, according to Edward Calabrese, professor of toxicology at the University of Massachusetts’ School of Public Health, in Amherst, MA, USA. Dr Calabrese has found66-68 more than a thousand studies demonstrating hormesis, showing that the dose-response relationship is real. It is so real that for the purposes of a paper on tautopathy we do not need to repeat here the well-documented body of evidence for this toxicological principle. If the hormetic effect is applied intentionally in a therapeutic setting it is a form of tautopathy. It works in homeopathic potencies, even though it usually takes place with ordinary dilution or attenuations, and none of them are serial or agitated as in homeopathy. The fact that hormesis acts even in these simple dilutions, in electromagnetic as well as in chemical agents, is significant, in that it further corroborates the existing evidence from multiple replicated studies demonstrating biological effects from tautopathic/homeopathic potencies, even in ultra-high dilutions!

Homeopathic potencies in ultra-high dilution

A current Wikipedia article on the above-mentioned Arndt-Schultz law claims69 irrationally, that this “rule” would not apply to the extreme dilutions sometimes used in homeopathy. Wikipedia goes to great lengths to explain that these high dilutions “typically used in homeopathy, even though they have biological action in vitro and in vivo in several thousand studies, defy conventional scientific understanding.”

One problem with such assertions is that these ultra-high dilutions void of molecules are not typical for homeopathy when global homeopathic practice is taken into consideration. According to a 2004 scientific report published by the scientists at the International Research Group on Infinitesimal Dilutions (GIRI),70 worldwide only 25% of homeopathic prescriptions are made in such ultra-high dilutions. 75% of prescriptions range from undiluted medicines and herbal tinctures to dilutions well below Avogadro’s number. This fact alone invalidates routine attacks on homeopathy commonly found on Google, Wikipedia and other shills for “Big Pharma” on the ground of “scientific implausibility.”

Nevertheless, such unjustified attacks on homeopathy are made by the trolls paid by Big-Pharma (see Wilks v. AMA).71 The current versions of the multimillion-dollar “Campaign on Health Information72 continue almost daily against homeopathy, aimed at discrediting our profession and its remarkable successes. Please note that these self-styled “skeptics” still mostly use the ultra-high potency lie to attack all of homeopathy. One such habitual homeopathy basher is Dr Edzart Ernst,73 who is perhaps the biggest promoter of false claims that efficacy from homeopathy is “implausible” a priori. In his haste to defame homeopathy he has simply thrown the baby out with the bath water! For the purposes of this review we will proceed with the knowledge that homeopathy is perfectly plausible. Thus, discussion of the outcome of at least 75% of homeopathic practice does not require unusual proof, as is often asserted without rational basis, because in most prescribed homeopathic drugs, the dose does contain molecules of the original substance.

Secondary action of drugs and rebound effect

As we have seen, Hahnemann differentiated the primary and secondary actions of drugs.74 He described the primary action as the initial chemical interaction between the drug and the body’s tissues. He compared it with the indentation of a blunt instrument. The secondary reaction by the body was usually an “opposite” disorder, in the case of the blunt instrument a protrusion or swelling produced by the tissues to counter the primary action. Homeopathic and tautopathic treatment assist the body in its response to adapt to the initial injury by countering it with reparative effects.

Professor Teixera of the Faculty of Medicine of the Department of Medicine at the Universidad de Sao Paolo in Sao Paolo, Brazil, has equated this secondary drug action to the rebound effect observed with many modern drugs when withdrawn too quickly, and concludes that it corroborates Hahnemann’s observations. “Hahnemann considered the secondary action of medicine to be a law of nature.” To test his hypothesis, he reviewed the conditions under which it occurs. Teixera investigated the rebound effect75 of statins, stating it should support the similitude principle, the basic tenet of homeopathy. Statin drugs are prescribed worldwide to reduce blood cholesterol levels in order to prevent cardiovascular disorders. Texeira found that, according to recent studies, suspension of statin treatment can lead to a rebound, impairing vascular function and increasing cholesterol levels as well as morbidity and mortality in patients with vascular diseases. Similarly, this rebound is observed in many other modern palliative drugs. Texeira’s research has confirmed that “this rebound effect is the same as a secondary action or vital reaction described by Hahnemann; and used in homeopathy in a therapeutic sense.”

Teixera may not agree with the use of a tautopathic drug as the simillimum to the drug-induced disorder;76 however in our view his research has fully substantiated the veracity of the homeopathic as well as the tautopathic principles, and as a side benefit, appears to confirm our conclusions on Hahnemann’s statement on tautopathy we quoted from Chronic Diseases in our previous literature review:2 that the idem in potency constitutes the simillimum.

We have observed hundreds of serious and debilitating cases of drug rebound effects when patients suddenly decide to discontinue a drug because of adverse effects. Many recovered quickly after taking the suitable tautopathic pharmacode prepared from a potency of the drug, either alone or in combination with the indicated homeopathic medicine. Rather than wasting endless time trying to find “similar” remedies to the artificially induced syndrome, why not choose the most indicated drug itself, prepared from the offending substance, toxin, drug or even from radiation sources or electromagnetic fields (i.e. EMF, Mobile Phone, Rad-br., Electricitas, X-ray, etc.)?!

It is possible that the tautopathic hypothesis has been confirmed by the work77 of toxicologist R.M. Kuzeff, who examined so-called enantiomers whose molecular geometry enables them to exist in nature as non-superimposable mirror images. Kuzeff, who holds patents for his invention in multiple countries, proposed that the toxicity of a given chemical agent could be counteracted by a homeopathic potency of its enantiomer. Kuzeff conducted innovative research on potencies of enantiomers of so-called optical isomers — molecules that are not superimposable on their mirror images.

“The notion of treating the effects of optical isomers by use of their enantiomers in homeopathy first arose in the mid 1980s, not long after investigators published their first paper regarding isopathic use of pollen in the treatment of hay fever. At about that time, the author of the instant paper noted that d-tubocurarine, a nondepolarizing neuromuscular blocker used for muscle paralysis during surgery, was an optical isomer. He had toyed with the idea of using simple similarity in homeopathy to inhibit action of neuromuscular blockers, that is, using a homeopathic preparation of a neuromuscular blocker to modulate the toxicity of another neuromuscular blocker, for example, using alcuronium in pharmacological doses for neuromuscular blockade and administering a homeopathic potency of pancuronium or atracurium in an attempt to inhibit the toxicity of alcuronium. It seemed remarkable that ultrahigh dilutions attenuated beyond Avogadro’s number may be biologically active, although not all homeopathic preparations are ultradilute. In theory ultradilute solutions do not contain even a single molecule of the original medicinal substance from which the preparation is derived.”78

One wonders why Dr Kuzeff did not examine whether the toxic effects of (−)-propranolol hydrochloride could be directly countered by its own potency in favor of its enantiometer. He definitely could have proven the tautopathic hypothesis and confirmed that the medicinal effects of the potentized substance itself, believed by Hahnemann to be the simillimum to the effects of that same substance, can counter its adverse effects. Some modern homeopaths, such as Robin Murphy, author of the Medical Repertory and many other homeopathic books, recommend making routine use of tautopathic therapy, along with other common sense measures, for drug withdrawal reactions.79

Effects of aspirin

One researcher80 wondered if homeopathic principles applied to the common drug, aspirin. Morgan reviewed the scientific evidence for a possible link between regular ingestion of aspirin and a reduced risk of both colorectal and esophageal cancers. He then proposed that a homeopathic mechanism was responsible for the correlation. Aspirin has the known ability to induce inflammation and colorectal cancer. Since homeopathy employs small doses of the mother compound, perhaps potencies of aspirin could be used to reduce the risk of cancer and other disorders such as intestinal bleeding and squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus in the general population or in patients with precancerous colorectal and esophageal lesions. This approach would be able to counter and minimize adverse side effects from larger doses of aspirin on the digestive system.

Tautopathy for the adverse effects of radiotherapy

The application of the homeopathic remedy X-ray to counter the adverse effects of X-ray radiation therapy dates back to the first experiments with X-ray. Recently, modern researchers conducted studies to test the use of tautopathic treatment for the adverse effects of radiotherapy. For example, Balzarini et al.81 assessed the effects of Belladonna 7c in combination with X-ray 15c in the treatment of acute dermatitis associated with radiation treatment and found efficacy.

Organotherapy

Organotherapy (OT) is another outgrowth of homeopathy that uses drugs prepared from healthy organ tissue to stimulate, strengthen or rectify the function of the same organs. While definitions become a bit blurry, this type of organotherapy could be construed also as a form of tautopathy. OT is also known as biological mRNA therapy, which acts on diseased organs by administering preparations of identical healthy organ extracts in order to rectify the function of the organ. This has been done with both potentized as well as undiluted products. Research has been conducted in a wide variety of systems that has shown effects, especially in the lower centesimal potencies. Organotherapy has also been practiced in conventional medicine primarily to supplement weakened or absent hormone production in endocrine glands. This form of organotherapy is not tautopathic. It is defined as the use of preparations derived from animal organs to treat diseases, such as the use of thyroid extract from bovine sources to supplement thyroid hormone. In modern medicine, allopathic organotherapy has largely been replaced by the use of synthetic preparations such as levothyroxin. Another example is the use of insulin for diabetes mellitus.

A considerable number of studies have shown the effect of thymus stimulation with potentized Thymulinum on thymulin production and on the immune system. In immune-deficient mice Thymulinum induced significant increase in cellular response.82 An opposite effect was observed in healthy mice. Children treated preventively with Thymulinum had shorter episodes of rhinopharyngitis and took fewer antibiotics for the condition.

A similar effect was observed when mice were treated with the 9th centesimal potency of alpha- and beta-interferon.83 This treatment induced significant immunosuppression while in healthy mice it stimulated immunity.

Conclusion

In our present review, we have examined the tautopathic hypothesis that a homeopathic potency or dilution of a pathogenic agent can induce, stimulate or support ameliorative, protective or reparative functions and adaptations in organisms, organs or tissues that have been infected, injured or poisoned by that agent. Based on our review, hundreds of studies (not all of which are cited here) have been conducted to support this hypothesis. The present research provided a scientific basis for the hypothesis that disorders caused by pathogens, drugs, allergens and especially by environmental toxins can be prevented and treated by potentized and even by simply diluted preparations of these agents. This is effective when administered either pre- or post-treatment, and either alone or in conjunction with other suitable medicines. We recommend that more research be conducted, especially into the use of tautopathic (isopathic) methods to counter adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. The drugs used in potency are safe and free from harm when administered in individualized doses and in accordance with other homeopathic therapeutic guidelines as enumerated in the Organon of Medicine. There are currently no satisfactory, safe or effective evidence-based treatments in medicine to counter most environmental toxins, drugs or vaccine-induced disorders. Medicine as a profession unfortunately has responded to this lack by denying or ignoring the problem. Therefore, in light of the evidence, we recommend that, until further research becomes available, tautopathy should be used routinely to counter some of the most insidious and deadly afflictions of the 21st century: drug and environmental diseases.

 


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