Homeopathy

General Introduction

Homeopathy (also homoeopathy) is a form of alternative medicine first defined by Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century. Homeopathic practitioners maintain that an ill person can be treated using a substance that can produce, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of the illness. According to homeopaths, serial dilution, with shaking between each dilution, removes the toxic effects of the "remedy" while the qualities of the substance are retained by the diluent (water, sugar, or alcohol). The end product is often so diluted that it is indistinguishable from pure water, sugar or alcohol. Practitioners select treatments according to a patient consultation that explores the physical and psychological state of the patient, both of which are considered important to selecting the remedy.

Around the World

In many countries, the laws that govern the regulation and testing of conventional drugs do not apply to homeopathic remedies. Current usage around the world varies from two percent of people in the United Kingdom and the United States using homeopathy in any one year] to 15 percent in India, where it is considered part of Indian traditional medicine. In the UK, the National Health Service runs five homeopathic hospitals, and in the 1990s, between 5.9 and 7.5 percent of English family doctors are reported to have prescribed homeopathic remedies, a figure rising to at least 12 percent in Scotland. However, the number of homeopathic remedies prescribed by GPs in England dropped by over 40% between 2005 and 2007, with homeopathy accounting for only 0.006% of the total prescribing budget. In 2005, around 100,000 physicians used homeopathy worldwide, making it one of the most popular and widely used complementary therapies.

Related Research

Homeopathy has been a controversial subject for a variety of reasons.  There are concerns around proving the efficacity as well as questions about whether results are due to a placebo effect.  However, in recent years, many studies have confirmed the value and efficacity of homeopathic treatment.  Here are a selection of a few interesting studies - many more can be found on the websites of some of the governing bodies or by online searches.

Homeopathy in Healthcare - This report was commissioned by the Swiss health authorities to inform decision-making on the further inclusion of homoeopathy in the list of services covered by statutory health.  It offers a differentiated evaluation of the practice of homoeopathy in health care. It confirms homoeopathy as a valuable addition to the conventional medical landscape – a status it has been holding for a long time in practical health care. The 300 page report, looks at all the scientific literature in homeopathy and summarises 22 reviews, 20 of which show positive results for homeopathy.

Extreme homeopathic dilutions retain starting materials: A nanoparticulate perspective - Indian researchers examined the possibility that homeopathic remedies work because of the principles of nanotechnology.  Homoeopathy faces controversies because of its high dilutions beyond Avogadro’s number such as 30c and 200c (1060 and 10400 respectively). This study has demonstrated the presence of nanoparticles of the starting materials and their aggregates even at extremely high dilutions, using market samples of metal-derived medicines from two reputable manufacturers in India.

Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells - a research paper published in the Internation Journal of Oncology in February 2010 - they conducted an in vitro study to determine if products proscribed by a clinic in India had any effect on breast cancer cell lines.  The findings demonstrated biological activity of these natural products when presented at ultra-diluted doses and the researchers said that further in-depth studies with additional cell lines and animal models are warranted to explore the clinical applicability of these agents.

Conditions that Homeopathy has been known to help:

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How to Select a Homeopath

Homeopathic Certification and Credentials

Practitioners of homeopathy can range from medically licensed to non-licensed.  It is therefore important when looking for a homeopathic practitioner to understand some of the credentials and certifications.

The primary certifying body for homeopathy is the Council for Homeopathic Certification (www.homeopathicdirectory.com).  Practitioners certified by them use the designation CHC.

Then there are additional designations (DHt, DHANP, RSHom (NA) to name the top few) that use the CHC as the initial stage of certification and then have additional requirements in order to attain their standards. 

RSHom (NA)  is registration with the North American Society of Homeopaths (http://www.homeopathy.org) and is for the professional homeopaths who are not also licensed in other fields. DHANP is a Diplomate of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathy (http://www.hanp.net) and is reserved for licensed naturopaths who specialize in homeopathy. DHt is a Diplomate in Homeotherapeutics from the American Board of Homeotherapeutics (http://homeopathyusa.org/specialty-board.html) and is reserved for MD & DO licensed physicians who specialize in homeopathy.

Questions and Comments about Homeopathy

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Prashant Bhardwaj 2016-04-03 07:36
These studies at cellular level may clear the doubt.

Individualistic drug therapeutics have ultra-low potent dose response,towards understanding molecular mechanisms of action of homeopathic drugs(Bio-communication requires ultra low molecular concentration)

PHARMACOGENETICS; inherited genetic differences in drug metabolic pathways which can affect individual responses to drugs, both in terms of therapeutic effect as well as adverse effects

A working hypothesis to explain the mechanism of action of potentized homoeopathic drugs in vivo has been proposed. The model is partly substantiated from our own research data on repair of chromosomal damages in X-irradiated or toxic chemical-treated mice by the oral administration of some potentized homoeopathic drugs, and partly from some of the unpublished and published works of other researchers in the field of homoeopathy. In this model, strong scientific arguments have been made to form the hypothesis that the potentized homoeopathic drugs act through regulation of gene-expression, presumably through hormone—hormone—protein complexes — the sensorgene-integrator gene-receptor gene-producer gene pathway else through the regulator/mutator gene-operator gene-structural gene pathway among some other independent mechanisms. Scientific details of some possible pathways, admittedly speculative for some steps, have also been provided to stimulate research in this direction to verify the correctness of the hypothesis.

(Novel Nanosomes for Gene Delivery to Plasmodium then nanoparticles in homoeo-formulation cause the receptor site senstivity,
Must detect Pico-Sized Particles & Its Clinical Efficiency (Research shown Pico-Sized' Gold Particles Are Efficient Catalysts)
Homoeopathic formulation may have both Nano & Pico-Sized Particles may Responsible for therapeutic efficacy.

Proving trial/Pathogenetic trial/Preclinical Trials

Clinical significance and patients:brief psychodynamic intervention(practical importance of a treatment effect - whether it has a real genuine, palpable, noticeable effect on daily life.)

In biochemistry, a trace element is a dietary element that is needed in very minute quantities for the proper growth, development, and physiology of the organism. Ina trace element is a chemical element whose concentration is less than 1000 ppm with proved clinical significance trace elements (minerals) needed for healthy body growth and function,Chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, selenium, zinc, and other elements that occur in very small amounts (usually less than 1 to 10 parts per million) as constituents of living organisms, and are necessary for their growth, development, and health.(schuessler salts)

So,In order to show that therapy works a recent development in research is used, called a "meta-analysis," which is a systematic review of a body of research that evaluates the overall results of experiment

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