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Homeopathic healing

Pedro Celso Nogueira Teixeira, José Aguiar Coelho Neto, Anael Viana Pinto Alberto, Cristina Alves Magalhães de Souza
BACKGROUND: Water is a key ingredient in the creation and sustainment of life. Moreover, water may be a key vehicle in the processes of energy healing, such as in the preparation of homeopathic remedies and spiritual treatments. Given these properties, the purpose of this study was to investigate whether the application of Johrei to water could lead to significant changes in the hydrodynamic behaviour of the fluid. METHODS: Four regular Johrei practitioners (P1, P2, P3 and P4) were selected for this study...
November 2015: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Munmun Koley, Subhranil Saha, Jogendra Singh Arya, Gurudev Choubey, Shubhamoy Ghosh, Rajat Chattopadhyay, Kaushik Deb Das, Aloke Ghosh, Himangsu Hait, Rajarshi Mukherjee, Tanapa Banerjee
High prevalence of undiagnosed cases of diabetes mellitus and poor knowledge, awareness, and practice has increased premature death, costly complications, and financial burden. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in November 2014 on 273 diabetics and 355 nondiabetics in 3 government homeopathic hospitals in West Bengal, India. A self-administered questionnaire assessing knowledge, awareness, and practice related to diabetes was used. A total of 17.5% to 29.3% of the participants were aware of the normal blood sugar level...
January 2016: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Scott R Chaiet, Benjamin C Marcus
BACKGROUND: Studies of homeopathic therapies to decrease postrhinoplasty ecchymosis have previously used subjective measurements, limiting their clinical significance. Recently, Arnica montana was shown to decrease postoperative ecchymosis after rhytidectomy, using an objective measuring tool. We believe that oral A. montana, given perioperatively, can be objectively shown to reduce extent and intensity of postoperative ecchymosis in rhinoplasty surgery. METHODS: Subjects scheduled for rhinoplasty surgery with nasal bone osteotomies by a single surgeon were prospectively randomized to receive either oral perioperative A...
May 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Paolo Bellavite, Andrea Signorini, Marta Marzotto, Elisabetta Moratti, Clara Bonafini, Debora Olioso
It has been claimed that the homeopathic principle of 'similarity' (or 'similia') and the use of individualized remedies in extremely low doses conflicts with scientific laws, but this opinion can be disputed on the basis of recent scientific advances. Several mechanisms to explain the responsiveness of cells to ultra-low doses and the similarity as inversion of drug effects, have again been suggested in the framework of hormesis and modern paradoxical pharmacology. Low doses or high dilutions of a drug interact only with the enhanced sensitivities of regulatory systems, functioning as minute harmful stimuli to trigger specific compensatory healing reactions...
April 2015: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Heiner Frei
BACKGROUND: The treatment of multimorbid patients who have a combination of three or more concurrent complaints is one of the core competencies of homeopathy. In this article we introduce the application of polarity analysis (PA) in multimorbidity. PA came to prominence through the Swiss homeopathic ADHD double-blind study, which successfully demonstrated a significant difference between highly dilute homeopathic remedies and placebo. PA enables homeopaths to calculate a relative healing probability, based on Boenninghausen's grading of polar symptoms...
January 2015: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Jonathan I Silverberg, Mary Lee-Wong, Nanette B Silverberg
The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in US children with eczema is unknown. Furthermore, it is unknown whether CAM use in the United States is associated with higher eczema prevalence. We sought to determine the eczema prevalence in association with CAM usage. We analyzed data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey that included a nationally representative sample of 9417 children ages 0 to 17 years. Overall, 46.9% (95% confidence interval, 45.6%-48.2%) of children in the United States used 1 or more CAM, of which 0...
September 2014: Dermatitis
Elaine Galicia-Connolly, Denise Adams, Justin Bateman, Simon Dagenais, Tammy Clifford, Lola Baydala, W James King, Sunita Vohra
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have found that up to 60% of children with neurologic conditions have tried complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). OBJECTIVE: To assess the use of CAM among patients presenting to neurology clinics at two academic centers in Canada. METHODS: A survey instrument was developed to inquire about use of CAM products and therapies, including reasons for use, perceived helpfulness, and concurrent use with conventional medicine, and administered to patients or their parents/guardians at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa...
2014: PloS One
Lisa Pesch
Holistic veterinary medicine treats the whole patient including all physical and behavioral signs. The root cause of disease is treated at the same time as accompanying clinical signs. Herbal and nutritional supplements can help support tissue healing and proper organ functioning, thereby reducing the tendency of disease progression over time. Proper selection of homeopathic remedies is based on detailed evaluation of clinical signs. Herbal medicines are selected based on organ(s) affected and the physiologic nature of the imbalance...
March 2014: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
Patrick Hanaway
The globalization of healing systems is a dance of cultural awareness and cultural dominance that has arisen throughout history. With the development of greater communication and interest in whole-systems approaches to healing, the opportunity for the development of a global perspective on healing has emerged with new life force. The birth of integrative holistic healing systems in the West, such as naturopathic, homeopathic, anthroposophic, integral and functional medicine, and others, echoes the ocean of wisdom present in traditional healing systems, such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda...
March 2012: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
L C Mourão, H Moutinho, A Canabarro
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Homeopathic medicine (HM) in the treatment of Chronic Periodontitis (CP) aims to restore the vital energy balance of the patient allowing the body to heal itself. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the additional benefits of HM as an adjunctive to conventional periodontal treatment (CPT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: After sample size calculation, sixty individuals of both genders, and ages varying between 35 and 70 years old, 40 with chronic periodontitis (CP group - CPG) and 20 without CP (Healthy Group - HG) participated in this "Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial"...
November 2013: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Claire Haresnape
Placebo appears to be a real neurobiological phenomenon that has evolved through the selection pressure to be able to heal ourselves. The complex language and social structures of humans means that we can attribute meaning to therapeutic encounters with culturally sanctioned authority figures and we can use our attachment to such figures to generate hope for recovery. Different mechanisms may be involved in the neurobiological aspect of placebo including anxiety, learning, conditioning as well as individual genetic variation...
2013: JRSM Short Reports
Yannis Almirantis
The healing potential and description of homeopathic remedies, as determined in homeopathic pathogenic trials (HPTs) and verified by medical experience, are often found to be meaningfully connected with the symbolic content attributed to the original materials (tinctures, metals etc) through tradition or modern semantics. Such a connection is incompatible with a biomolecular mechanistic explanation of the healing action of remedies. The physiological effects of crude substances are often similar to the symptoms of illnesses cured by the corresponding homeopathic remedy...
April 2013: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Devendra V Venkatramani, Shubhra Goel, Vineet Ratra, Rashmin Anilkumar Gandhi
We report a case of acute, bilateral and severe vision loss after inadvertent consumption of a large quantity of the homoeopathic medication Arnica-30. Severe vomiting which required hospitalization preceded visual symptoms. In the acute stage, pupillary responses to light were absent and fundus examination was normal. Vision loss followed a fluctuating course, with profound loss noted after 6 weeks along with bilateral optic disc pallor. Neuro-ophthalmic examination and detailed investigations were performed, including magnetic resonance imaging, electroretinography (ERG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP)...
March 2013: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
Samad Lotfollahzadeh, Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Mehrdad Mohri, Mohammad Reza Mokhber Dezfouli
BACKGROUND: Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a contagious viral disease of ruminant animals. Eradication of disease in western countries is by slaughter of infected and in contact animals but this is not possible in endemic countries. There is no standard treatment for FMD in endemic countries, but anti-inflammatory drugs and mild disinfectant and protective dressing to inflamed areas to prevent secondary infection is recommended. METHOD: A randomised controlled clinical trial of a homeopathic preparation of Tarentula cubensis (Theranekron®) was conducted during an outbreak of FMD in cattle in Iran...
July 2012: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Katarina Hostanska, Matthias Rostock, Joerg Melzer, Stephan Baumgartner, Reinhard Saller
BACKGROUND: Drugs of plant origin such as Arnica montana, Calendula officinalis or Hypericum perforatum have been frequently used to promote wound healing. While their effect on wound healing using preparations at pharmacological concentrations was supported by several in vitro and clinical studies, investigations of herbal homeopathic remedies on wound healing process are rare. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of a commercial low potency homeopathic remedy Similasan® Arnica plus Spray on wound closure in a controlled, blind trial in vitro...
2012: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Caroline Eyles, Geraldine M Leydon, Sarah B Brien
OBJECTIVE: A previous study which explored homeopathic practitioners' in depth understanding and experiences of homeopathic consultations identified "connecting" as a key component of the consultation. This paper reports on "connecting" and its role in the consultation. METHOD: Using a qualitative grounded theory approach data was collected from homeopaths using in-depth interviews, observations of homeopathic consultations and solicited practitioner reflective diaries...
December 2012: Patient Education and Counseling
L Zimmermann, M Körner, E Geppert, A Siegel, U Stöbel, J Bengel
In the preceding decades a new perspective on the role of patients in the health-care system has gained ground, considering patients not merely as "suffering persons" but additionally as "customers". Physicians, however, tend to disagree with this approach because of the economic connotation of the term customer. Until now, there is only poor evidence of whether students of medicine - who are going to work as physicians in the future - agree or disagree with that approach and whether they are ready to accept patients as customers...
January 2012: Das Gesundheitswesen
Gustavo J Martínez, María C Luján
BACKGROUND: This is a first description of the main ethnoveterinary features of the peasants in the Sierras de Córdoba. The aim of this study was to analyze the use of medicinal plants and other traditional therapeutic practices for healing domestic animals and cattle. Our particular goals were to: characterize veterinary ethnobotanical knowledge considering age, gender and role of the specialists; interpret the cultural features of the traditional local veterinary medicine and plant uses associated to it; compare the plants used in traditional veterinary medicine, with those used in human medicine in the same region...
2011: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Josef M Schmidt
The principle of similars (treat likes by likes) is generally considered to be one of the pillars of the homeopathic doctrine established by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). Nevertheless, its status and relevance with regard to the practice of homeopathy can be challenged by semantic, conceptual, and epistemological objections. 1. Contrary to its literal meaning, "similia similibus curentur" is commonly used in the sense of "all diseases should be treated by similar drug diseases", thus transgressing its original field of indication...
2010: Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Snežana Jarić, Miroslava Mitrović, Lola Djurdjević, Olga Kostić, Gordana Gajić, Dragana Pavlović, Pavle Pavlović
The Chilandar Medical Codex is the most significant and best preserved medieval Serbian manuscript and collects together documents on European medical science from the 12th to 15th centuries. It represents the best-known and most complete example of a large collection of medical manuscripts from the Salerno-Montpellier school, written in the vernacular - something which does not exist among the majority of European nations. This paper presents the section of the Codex that deals with phytotherapy, which is contained within the pharmacological manuscripts...
September 1, 2011: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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