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Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30208493/homeopathy-seen-as-personalised-nanomedicine
#1
E S Rajendran
Among all the discoveries of Hahnemann, potentisation was the most important, though controversial. The curative effect of individualised homeopathic potencies is empirical but inexplicable by the conventional principles of science. This paradox is a highly contentious topic of debate between rationalists and homeopaths. Recent discoveries relating to the nano-particulate nature of homeopathic ultra-high potencies and their potential effect on individual gene expression give new insights into this complex issue...
September 12, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30144789/nanoparticle-characterisation-of-traditional-homeopathically-manufactured-cuprum-metallicum-and-gelsemium-sempervirens-medicines-and-controls
#2
Michel Van Wassenhoven, Martine Goyens, Etienne Capieaux, Philippe Devos, Pierre Dorfman
BACKGROUND:  Homeopathy is controversial due to its use of very highly diluted medicines (high potencies/dynamisations). METHODS:  We used a multi-technology approach to examine dilutions of two commonly used homeopathic medicines: an insoluble metal, Cuprum metallicum, and a soluble plant tincture, Gelsemium sempervirens , for the presence of nanoparticles (NPs) of original substance. The homeopathic medicines tested were specially prepared, according to the European pharmacopoeia standards...
August 25, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30144788/quantitative-and-qualitative-pathogenetic-indices-for-review-of-data-derived-from-homeopathic-pathogenetic-trials
#3
Rajesh Shah
INTRODUCTION:  Analysis of data derived from homeopathic pathogenetic trials (HPTs, homeopathic drug provings) has been a challenge. Most parts of the homeopathic pharmacopeia were sourced from Hahnemann's Materia Medica Pura (1825-1833), TF Allen's Encyclopedia (1874) and Constantine Hering's Materia Medica (1879-1891), well before randomised controlled trials were in use. As a result, such studies and their outcomes harbour a large risk of inclusion of unreliable symptoms. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: The main purpose of this article is to introduce Quantitative and Qualitative Pathogenetic Indices to improve the method of analysis of symptoms...
August 25, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30121049/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-other-than-placebo-controlled-trials-of-individualised-homeopathic-treatment
#4
Robert T Mathie, Susanne Ulbrich-Zürni, Petter Viksveen, E Rachel Roberts, Elizabeth S Baitson, Lynn A Legg, Jonathan R T Davidson
BACKGROUND:  This study focuses on randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of individualised homeopathic treatment (IHT) in which the control (comparator) group was other than placebo (OTP). AIMS:  To determine the comparative effectiveness of IHT on health-related outcomes in adults and children for any clinical condition that has been the subject of at least one OTP-controlled trial. For each study, to assess the risk of bias and to determine whether its study attitude was predominantly 'pragmatic' or 'explanatory'...
August 18, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30086595/a-pilot-study-of-prospective-data-collection-by-italian-homeopathic-doctors
#5
Beatrice Andreoli, Elisabetta Zanolin, Paolo Bellavite
OBJECTIVE:  The main purpose of this article is to report the systematic data collection pertaining to the consultations of a group of qualified homeopathic physicians. Studies have been performed concerning: (1) the most frequently treated pathologies; (2) the symptoms reported by patients, with a particular focus on "fear" symptoms; and (3) the evaluation of the outcomes of the treatment, including likelihood ratio (LR) for fear symptoms of mostly prescribed remedies. DESIGN:  Prospective observational study...
August 7, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30021236/homeopathic-treatment-of-insomnia-and-symptom-clusters-related-to-cerebral-chemotoxicity-in-oncology
#6
Jean-Lionel Bagot, Natalia Marechaud, Nicolas Deana, Julie Wendling
BACKGROUND:  During chemotherapy, the correlation between insomnia and fatigue, anxiety, pain, depressed mood, and cognitive disorders makes these subjective complaints a 'symptom cluster' with common biological mechanisms. The theory of cerebral inflammation following the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (high level of interleukin 1-β [IL1-β], IL6 and tumour necrosis factor-alpha) is currently the most generally accepted. Understanding these mechanisms should allow us to propose a chemoprotective homeopathic treatment of the nervous system...
July 18, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30053764/individualisation-and-high-dilution
#7
Peter Fisher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29871025/response-to-individualized-homeopathic-treatment-for-depression-in-climacteric-women-with-history-of-domestic-violence-marital-dissatisfaction-or-sexual-abuse-results-from-the-homdep-menop-study
#8
Emma Del Carmen Macías-Cortés, Lidia Llanes-González, Leopoldo Aguilar-Faisal, Juan Asbun-Bojalil
BACKGROUND: Although individualized homeopathic treatment is effective for depression in climacteric women, there is a lack of well-designed studies of its efficacy for depression in battered women or in post-traumatic stress disorder. The aim of this study was to assess the association between individualized homeopathic treatment or fluoxetine and response to depression treatment in climacteric women with high levels of domestic violence, sexual abuse or marital dissatisfaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and thirty-three Mexican climacteric women with moderate-to-severe depression enrolled in the HOMDEP-MENOP Study (a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, double-dummy, three-arm trial, with a 6-week follow-up study) were evaluated...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29871024/ultra-high-dilutions-and-homeopathy-can-they-be-explained-without-non-local-theory
#9
Yannis Almirantis, Konstantinos Tsitinidis
We discuss questions related to the 'Benveniste Affair', its consequences and broader issues in an attempt to understand homeopathy. Specifically, we address the following points: 1.:  The relationship between the experiments conducted by Benveniste, Montagnier, their collaborators and groups that independently tested their results, and 'traditional' homeopathy. 2.:  Possible non-local components such as 'generalised entanglement' as the basis of the homeopathic phenomenon and experimental evidence for them...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29871023/effectiveness-of-homeopathic-medicines-as-add-on-to-institutional-management-protocol-for-acute-encephalitis-syndrome-in-children-an-open-label-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#10
Praveen Oberai, Roja Varanasi, Maya Padmanabhan, Alok Upadhyaya, Supriya Singh, Samarendra Pratap Singh, Deepika Vikram, Tariq Khan, Ramesh Prasad, A K Gupta, J R Singh, Raj K Manchanda
BACKGROUND: Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) is endemic to certain parts of India, with limited treatment options. In our initial exploratory comparative observational study of 151 patients with AES, there was significantly reduced mortality with adjunctive homeopathy compared to institutional management protocol (IMP). The present randomized placebo-controlled trial brings more statistical rigor to this research program. METHODS: This study was conducted at a pediatric unit from 2013 to 2015...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783275/assessment-of-likelihood-ratio-for-four-contact-dermatitis-symptoms-of-vinca-minor
#11
Suman Bagchi, Chaturbhuja Nayak, Lex Rutten, Munmun Koley, Subhranil Saha, Mousumi Roy, Sk Jahir Abbas, Simantini Ghosh, Suman Halder, Ghulam Nabi Wani, Anaitulah Ahmad Mir, Showket Ahmad Bhat
BACKGROUND: Contact dermatitis (CD) is a frequently occurring medical condition, for which Vinca minor (VM) is one of the recommended homeopathic medicines. However, the symptoms indicating this medicine have not yet been assessed systematically. Likelihood ratio (LR), based on Bayesian statistics, may yield better estimation of a medicine's indication than the existing method of entry of symptoms into materia medica and repertories. METHODS: We investigated LRs of four CD symptoms of VM: (1) great sensitiveness of skin, with redness and soreness from slightest rubbing; (2) weeping eczema with foul, thick crusts; (3) itching amelioration in open air; and (4) CD of scalp...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768637/phase-transition-induced-pattern-formation-applied-to-basic-research-on-homeopathy-a-systematic-review
#12
Maria Olga Kokornaczyk, Claudia Scherr, Natalia Borisovna Bodrova, Stephan Baumgartner
BACKGROUND: Methods based on phase-transition-induced pattern formation (PTPF) are increasingly used in medical research. Frequent application fields are medical diagnosis and basic research in homeopathy. Here, we present a systematic review of experimental studies concerning PTPF-based methods applied to homeopathy research. We also aimed at categorizing the PTPF methods included in this review. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Experimental studies were collected from scientific databases (PubMed, Web of Science, Russian eLibrary) and from experts in the research field in question, following the PRISMA guidelines...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768636/water-related-mechanisms-proposed-for-storing-and-transmitting-homeopathic-information-putative-links-with-biological-responses
#13
José Roberto Pereira Guedes, Leoni Villano Bonamin, Vera Luiza Capelozzi
INTRODUCTION: There are two critical pillars of homeopathy that contrast with the dominant scientific approach: the similitude principle and the potentization of serial dilutions. Three main hypotheses about the mechanisms of action are in discussion: nanobubbles-related hormesis; vehicle-related electric resonance; and quantum non-locality. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to review and discuss some key points of such properties: the imprint of supramolecular structures based on the nanoparticle-allostatic, cross-adaptation-sensitization (NPCAS) model; the theory of non-molecular electromagnetic transfer of information, based on the coherent water domains model, and relying (like the NPCAS model) on the idea of local interactions; and the hypothesis of quantum entanglement, based on the concept of non-locality...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768635/symptom-similarity-versus-disease-similarity-revisiting-the-application-of-the-law-of-similars-and-challenging-the-symptom-centric-approach-in-homeopathy
#14
Rajesh Shah
The system of homeopathic medicine is based on the Law of Similars. It is often implied by students and practitioners of homeopathy that the fundamental principle suggests that if the substance is capable of producing certain 'symptoms', it can also remove, treat, or 'annihilate' similar symptoms if the same substance is administered in a small dose. Hahnemann clearly highlights the importance of pathogenesis or 'disease-producing power', and not just the symptoms-producing power, as a part of the 'totality of the disease'...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753299/homeopathic-prevention-and-management-of-epidemic-diseases
#15
Jennifer Jacobs
BACKGROUND: Homeopathy has been used to treat epidemic diseases since the time of Hahnemann, who used Belladonna to treat scarlet fever. Since then, several approaches using homeopathy for epidemic diseases have been proposed, including individualization, combination remedies, genus epidemicus, and isopathy. METHODS: The homeopathic research literature was searched to find examples of each of these approaches and to evaluate which were effective. RESULTS: There is good experimental evidence for each of these approaches...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734461/an-n-of-1-feasibility-study-of-homeopathic-treatment-for-fatigue-in-patients-receiving-chemotherapy
#16
David Brulé, Jeffrey Balon, Linlu Zhao, Dugald Seely
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue has been described as a subjective feeling of physical, emotional, and/or cognitive tiredness. Homeopathy has been widely used to treat side effects of chemotherapy. The n-of-1 design is a single-patient trial method to study a clinical condition that is either short lived and reversible or is chronic and stable. The n-of-1 design requires a washout/reset period. The feasibility of performing an n-of-1 study in homeopathy has not previously been tested...
August 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29908526/case-reports-of-five-cancer-patients-with-unusual-course
#17
Dietmar Payrhuber, Karin Thieves, Piero Sangaletti, Josef Muehlmann, Michael Frass
INTRODUCTION:  The analysis of the periodic table of elements by Jan Scholten opened the way for a new kind of classification and repertorisation of homeopathic remedies. Thereby, group analysis (resorting to series and stages) makes precise prescriptions possible. This approach appears to yield striking results, even in severe cases. Whereas Hahnemann stressed the emotional state ('Gemüthssymptome', Organon § 210) when choosing a remedy, Scholten 200 years later investigated the mental picture that represents a life conflict or even a life theme that may maintain the disease process...
June 16, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767830/effect-of-homeopathic-dilutions-of-cuprum-arsenicosum-on-the-electrical-properties-of-poly-vinylidene-fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene
#18
Anandalal Gayen, Dheeraj Mondal, Poonam Bandyopadhyay, Debbethi Bera, Durga Sankar Bhar, Sukhen Das, Raj Kumar Manchanda, Anil Kumar Khurana, Debadatta Nayak, Biplab Kumar Paul, Papiya Nandy
BACKGROUND: We report the effects of nanoparticles in homeopathic preparations of copper salts on the electrical properties of polymer film. Previous work showed that the incorporation of metal-derived homeopathic medicines increases the dielectric constant and alternating current (AC) conductivity of an electroactive polymer film that is commonly used as a capacitor in the electronic industry.We report here the effect of dilution of one homeopathic medicine, Cuprum arsenicosum ( CuAs ), at 200C potency on the electrical properties of the polymer film of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)...
May 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767829/homeopathy-in-the-age-of-antimicrobial-resistance-is-it-a-viable-treatment-for-upper-respiratory-tract-infections
#19
Alison Fixsen
BACKGROUND: Acute upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) and their complications are the most frequent cause of antibiotic prescribing in primary care. With multi-resistant organisms proliferating, appropriate alternative treatments to these conditions are urgently required. Homeopathy presents one solution; however, there are many methods of homeopathic prescribing. This review of the literature considers firstly whether homeopathy offers a viable alternative therapeutic solution for acute URTIs and their complications, and secondly how such homeopathic intervention might take place...
May 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681026/a-new-publisher-and-new-directions
#20
Peter Fisher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
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