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.