Saturday, December 20, 2008

How to set potency in Homeopathic medicine? : A random question by 'Ali Raza'

More Details: Can any one tell me how to give proper Homeopathic medicine in potency 1x, 2x or so on?

Answer: Homeopathic remedies are prepared through a process called potentization. Potentization involves a series of systematic dilutions and successions (a forceful shaking action). Potentization is important, because it removes all risk of chemical toxicity while activating a remedy substance and enabling it to affect the body therapeutically.

Homeopathic pharmacies operate according to strict guidelines, to ensure that the remedies and potencies are consistent and reliable. The first step in producing a homeopathic remedy is acquiring a pure preparation of the original substance in its natural form (a solution of a mineral salt, a “mother tincture” of a plant, etc.). The original substance is then put through a measured series of dilutions, alternating with succussions, until the desired potency is made.

Homeopathic potencies are designated by the combination of a number and a letter (for example, 6X or 30C). The number refers to the number of dilutions the tincture has undergone within a series to prepare that remedy. The letter refers to the proportions used in each dilution of the series (the Roman numeral X means 10, and the Roman numeral C means 100), as well as the number of succussions the vial of solution undergoes in each successive stage.

For example: To prepare a 6X potency of Ledum Palustre, one part of the Ledum mother tincture is combined in a vial with nine parts of the carrier liquid, and succussed ten times again, making a 2X solution. The process is repeated four more times, for a total of six dilutions and succussions—and the final result is a 6X potency of Ledum. (To make a 30C, one part of the tincture would be combined with ninety-nine parts of the carrier liquid and succussed 100 times in each of thirty steps.) Pellets, tablets, or powders are then medicated with the potentized liquid, or drops of the remedy are taken in liquid form.

The more dilutions and succussions a substance undergoes, the higher the potency will be. Higher potencies of homeopathic remedies (anything higher than 12C) have been diluted past the point that molecules of the original substance would be measurable in the solution.

HOMEOPATHIC POTENCY - how to choose the strength of the homeopathic remedy

The 6 potency is the lowest strength generally available and works very gently. It can be repeated frequently and you might expect several doses before an improvement is seen so careful thought should be given to its choice. It is usually taken three times a day for several days for acute ailments or for several weeks in chronic ailments. For urgent conditions increase the frequency to every 15 minutes for a few hours. but it's better to use a higher potency if you have it.

The 30 potency is the most common strength for acute ailments and probably the best to stock up on. It does not need repeating so often as the 6 strength and you will normally see an obvious improvement after the first dose or two. Often one dose is enough, only repeat if the same symptoms persist. If no improvement is seen after two doses of 30c it is probably the wrong remedy and should be changed. Best for most contagious and acute conditions.

The 200 potency and higher potencies are too strong for general use but are nonetheless recommended in some of the ailments under the ailments section. The 200 is indicated when the intensity of the symptoms is very high in acute conditions and when you know you have the right remedy. However the 200 is usually reserved for prescriptions in chronic ailments, where it has a long lasting and deep effect.

Therefore you would rarely give a 200 potency as a self prescribed first remedy in contagious or acute conditions unless clear indications for that precise remedy were there and the circumstances were very urgent (e.g. the patient had been involved in a serious accident) . Sometimes it may be needed following the successful use of a 30 potency where the same remedy was still indicated but the 30 potency no longer had an effect. Except in emergencies the 200 should not be repeated.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Do you know any homeopathic medicine for Lichen Planus? : A random question by 'Searching for truth'

More details: I've had Lichen Planus on my feet since childhood. My parents say that I took some wrong medicines in my childhood and that is the side effect. I am now 33 years old. It was harmless except for a little itching sometimes. Since last 2 months I have red spots on all over my body except on head and face. A biopsy was taken and it proved Lichen Planus. Doctors gave me a cream for the skin and Isotretinoin 10 mg (1 tablet per day). I am under this therapy since 2 weeks but got no benifit and Lichen Planus is spreading more and more. I have heard that there are homeopathic medicines that can cure Lichen Planus. Please help!

Answer: Lichen Planus: Homeopathic Treatment

The character of the scale of Lichen Planus differs from that of psoriasis. The lesions of Lichen Planus frequently show a reticulate or lacy white pattern called Wickham's striae. Lichen Planus also typically produces lesions which are flat-topped and polyangular (rectangular or polygonal in shape) rather than rounded papules.

Lichen Planus is a chronic, obstinate skin disease of which the exact cause is still unknown. You find skin eruptions raised above the skin level, brown to black in color, irregular in shape, slightly hard and profoundly itchy. There may be a few spots to begin with and has a tendency to spread to any part of the body. Often, limbs are affected in the early phase, but not as a rule.

Symptoms of Lichen Planus:

Raised shiny itchy rash
Small pink bumps
Small purple bumps
Scaly patches
Mouth rash
Mouth ulcers
Blue areas inside cheeks
Blue areas on the tongue
rectum itching
Penile rash
Penile itching
Vaginal rash
Vaginal itch

Lichen Planus homeopathic treatment:

It is important and interesting to appreciate the homeopathic outlook to Lichen Planus. The science of homeopathy looks at any skin disorder as an external expression of the internal disharmony. In other words, it is understood that due to certain internal system disorder, the Lichen Planus is manifested as an outcome. With this appreciation, it is emphasized that the treatment of Lichen Planus has to be essentially in order to normalize the internal disorder instead of just suppressing the skin eruptions with any local application of creams.

As per the above logical theory, Lichen Planus is not a local disease but a local expression of a systemic disease which should be treated at the system level in a planned manner. Hence, any use of local suppressant is strictly prohibited in homeopathy. The homeopathy treatment is determined after evaluation of the patients case in a great detail. The case-study is the most vital part of the treatment, whereby various aspects of the patient's life-style, personality, food-habits, emotional make-up, personal and the family history are evaluated appropriately to decide on the correct medication to treat Lichen Planus.

As the entire constitution (physical and mental) of the patients is evaluated in a systematic manner, the homeopathic treatment is called as the constitutional treatment.

Some useful Homeopathic remedy's for Lichen Planus:

Arsenicum Album 30 twice daily with the following skin symptoms :
Abdomen; skin; itching;
Rectum; itching;
Chest; skin; small, purplish spot;
Skin; blisters;
Skin; blisters; after scratching; ;
Skin; swelling; shining;

Borax 4x twice daily when blisters mostly appear in mouth.

Sulphur is very commonly indicated homoeopathy medicines for a range of skin disorders including urticaria. It is a true polychrest remedy having influence on various systems of body like skin, stomach, rectum, urinary system, respiratory system, etc. skin is dry, scaly, and unhealthy; every little injury suppurates. Skin ailments are associated with lot of itching and burning that becomes worse on scratching and washing. Itching more in the evening. Skin excoriations especially in folds. Skin becomes dry and hard. Feeling of a band around bones. Skin affections that develop after local medication. This remedy is more suited to thin and weak individuals who are very sensitive to heat. Mentally suited to people who are nearly always irritated and depressed. They are very forgetful. They are either too busy or they dare lazy and do not feel like doing work. Some of them may have a feeling that they are immensely.

Sulphur 30 twice daily for 15 days.

Homeopathy is the safest, fastest way of treatment. It is all natural, has no side effects and is a scientifically proven way of treatment.

Homeopathic ingredients are safe and gentle to use on the body without being addictive.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How homeopathic remedies are made!

A plant extract is mixed in alcohol and/or water at a 1:100 ratio and vigorously shaken in a process called "succussion." The resulting formula would be labeled 1C. If the process is repeated with a drop of the 1C formula, it becomes 2C, and so on. The more times this is done, the more potent the remedy is believed to be.

The homeopathic belief is that the substance leaves its imprint or skeleton of the molecule, and thus the water (or alcohol, or other base) is "potentized." The more it is shaken and diluted, the theory goes, the greater the imprint. Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies are often the least diluted and the least potent. Doctors of homeopathy generally prescribe the higher potencies. While classical homeopaths prefer to offer one remedy at a time, many of the over-the-counter homeopathic remedies are combinations of substances.

Depending on whom you ask, you may hear that homeopathic remedies can treat an almost infinite number of conditions, including acne, arthritis, bronchial and respiratory problems (including colds and asthma), bruises, cramps, cystitis, depression, diarrhea, diabetes, digestive problems, insomnia, menstrual problems, psoriasis, stress, toothache, varicose veins—even worms.

A study reported in the British Medical Journal in 2000 indicates that the results are attributable to something other than simply a placebo effect and a study published in Lancet in 1997 concluded that subjects taking homeopathic medicines are more than twice as likely to see positive results than those taking a placebo.Such findings have been hotly debated; however, many in the scientific medical community remain skeptical.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The desire to heal - "homeopathically".

Homeopathy is a natural, noninvasive system of medical treatment based on the theory that substances that cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can—in diluted amounts —cure those symptoms in an unhealthy person. Thus, we get the name homeopathy: homeo for similar, pathy for disease. The logic is that the similar substance promotes healing by stimulating your body's natural healing mechanisms.

The term "homeopathy" is often incorrectly used to refer to almost any alternative approach to medicine—especially the use of herbal and other natural remedies. The practice does, however, share much in common with other forms of alternative health care. For instance, homeopathy, like some other types of alternative medicine, takes a holistic approach to health: It focuses on the whole person, not solely on the condition. Homeopathy is designed to help the body heal itself—not to suppress or control symptoms. In conventional—or allopathic—medicine, the aim often is to control illness through drugs or surgery. Homeopaths contend that this approach often fails to restore the patient to health and only suppresses symptoms. Homeopathy seeks to restore health rather than to cure illness.

Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, founded homeopathy in the late 18th century, and it came to United States around 1825, spread by American physicians who had studied in Europe and embraced the approach. Its popularity reached a peak in the 19th century. As allopathic medicine (the term applied to the general practice of medicine today) gained prominence in the 20th century, homeopathy fell off dramatically. It's always been popular in many European and Asian countries, and it's starting to regain a following here, thanks to the current interest in alternative and complementary approaches to health care.

It is estimated that more than 2.5 million people seek homeopathic care annually. But since there's no single entity counting patients or practitioners, it's impossible to know an exact figure. It's also hard to gauge how many Americans use homeopathic remedies—and it's particularly difficult to determine which consumers buy the products because they are "natural" and which are making the purchase because they embrace homeopathy. But manufacturers do gauge sales, and sales of homeopathic remedies are on the rise. Retail sales for homeopathy in the United States are around $300 to $450 million annually and growing, according to the National Center for Homeopathy.

Today, there are estimated to be several thousand homeopathic substances on the market. Most are available without a prescription. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies them as drugs. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia—the official listing of homeopathic remedies—was incorporated into federal law in 1938.

The FDA regulates these products, but differently than it does other drugs: There's no expiration date requirement and no limit on the percentage of alcohol they contain. And these formulas don't undergo the same scrutiny as typical pharmaceuticals. The FDA points out that safety isn't really a concern, since homeopathic drugs have little or no pharmacologically active ingredients. Nevertheless, the labels must include a list of which substances are included (and at what dilution), instructions and an indication as to how to take the remedy.

These remedies, derived from plant, mineral and animal sources, are used to treat patients with conditions ranging from depression to diarrhea. Minute traces of a particular substance are used to stimulate your innate healing processes. A good example is nux vomica. Consumed in large quantities, nux vomica can cause nausea (it's a seed from the Strychnos nux-vomica tree that contains strychnine). In very small, highly diluted doses, however, it is a typical homeopathic remedy for treating nausea and upset stomach.