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ARTHRITIS

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on October 18, 2015


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Although the word “arthritis” means joint inflammation, the term is used to describe around 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Other common rheumatic conditions include gout, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

What is arthritis?
Typically, pain, aching, stiffness and swelling in and around one or more joints characterize rheumatic conditions. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body.
Some forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can affect multiple organs and cause widespread symptoms.

Arthritis is more common among adults aged 65 years or older, but people of all ages (including children) can be affected.
Arthritis has a significantly higher age-adjusted prevalence in women (23.9%) than men (18.6%), with the prevalence increasing with age and higher among women than men in every age group.

Prevalence of arthritis increases with body mass index (BMI). Prevalence increases from 16.3% among underweight and normal adults to 20.3% of overweight adults and 28.9% of obese adults.

Reports among adults by BMI show the following groups express activity limitations:

* 38.2% of underweight and normal
* 37.2% of overweight
* 44.8% of obese.
* Arthritis and exercise

Physical activity and exercise have been shown to benefit people with arthritis by improving pain, function and mental health. However, around 24% of adults with arthritis report being physically inactive compared with 18.6% of adults without arthritis.

By partaking in low levels of exercise, individuals with arthritis face placing themselves at risk of conditions associated with lack of activity such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and functional limitations.

TYPES OF ARTHRITIS :-
There are around 200 types of arthritis – or musculoskeletal conditions – which are split into seven main groups:26

1. Inflammatory arthritis
2. Degenerative or mechanical arthritis
3. Soft tissue musculoskeletal pain
4. Back pain
5. Connective tissue disease
6. Infectious arthritis
7. Metabolic arthritis.

DIAGNOSIS OF ARTHRITIS :-
Most cases of arthritis are diagnosed with a detailed medical history of current and past symptoms, physical examination and particular radiographic and laboratory studies. It is possible to have more than one form of arthritis at the same time, and only a few rheumatic diseases have a definitive diagnosis, such as gout.

# Diagnosing arthritis depends on the type of arthritis suspected. # Some tests that may be completed to make a diagnosis are :
# Rheumatoid factor
# Anti-CCP antibody
# Complete blood count (CBC)
# C-reactive protein
# Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
# Joint ultrasound or MRI
# Joint X-ray
# Bone scan
# Synovial fluid analysis
# Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
# HLA antigens for HLA B27
# Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Aspiration of joint fluid for cell count, examination of crystals under the microscope, gram stain and culture
# Blood culture
# Thyroid function tests
# Synovial biopsy
# Uric acid – urine
# Uric acid – blood
# Schirmer’s test of tear production
# Salivary gland biopsy
# Tear test
# Slit lamp examination of the eyes
# Urinalysis.

TREATMENT OF ARTHRITIS :-
Whether you have a non-inflammatory or inflammatory type of arthritis or even a painful case of gout, there are numerous medications and recommendations to relieve pain and ensure that your joints do not become damaged further.
The focus of treatment for arthritis is to control pain, minimize joint damage and improve or maintain function and quality of life.

# Medications
# Non-pharmacologic therapies
# Physical or occupational therapy
# Splints or joint assistive aids
# Patient education and support
# Weight loss
# Surgery – joint replacement and joint surgery.

There are seven important self-management habits that can help you successfully manage your disease:

1. Be organized: keep track of symptoms, pain levels, medications, and possible side effects for consultations with your doctor
2. Manage pain and fatigue: a medication regimen can be combined with non-medical pain management. Learning to manage fatigue is key to living comfortably with arthritis
3. Stay active: exercise is beneficial for managing arthritis and overall health
4. Balance activity with rest: in addition to remaining active, rest is equally important when your disease is active
5. Eat a healthy balanced diet: a healthy diet can help you achieve a healthy weight and control inflammation by eating foods with anti-inflammatory properties and high in antioxidants
6. Improve sleep: poor sleep can aggravate arthritis pain and fatigue, there are measures that can be put in place to make sure you fall asleep and stay asleep such as avoiding caffeine or strenuous exercise in the evenings
7. Joint care: tips for protecting joints include using your stronger, larger joints as levers when opening doors, using several joints to spread the weight of an object such as using a backpack and gripping as loosely as possible by using padded handles.

Do not sit in the same position for long periods; take regular breaks to keep mobile.

For any Problem Consult your Doctor.

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ACNE & PIMPLES Natural Treatment …

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on October 17, 2015


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ACNE & PIMPLES….NATURAL WAYS TO TREAT…100% EFFECTIVE….

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Acne (acne vulgaris, common acne) is a disease of the hair follicles of the face, chest, and back that affects almost all teenagers during puberty — the only exception being members of a few primitive Neolithic tribes living in isolation. It is not caused by bacteria, although bacteria play a role in its development. It is not unusual for some women to develop acne in their mid- to late-20s.

Acne appears on the skin as…
occluded pores (“comedones”), also known as blackheads or whiteheads,tender red bumps also known as pimples or zits, pustules, and occasionally as cysts (deep pimples, boils).

No one factor causes acne. Acne occurs when sebaceous (oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated at the time of puberty by circulating male hormones. Sebum (oil) is a natural substance that lubricates and protects the skin. Associated with increased oil production is a change in the manner in which the skin cells mature, predisposing them to plug the follicular pore.

The plug can appear as a whitehead if it is covered by a thin layer of skin, or if exposed to the air, the darker exposed portion of the plug is called a “blackhead.” The plugged hair follicle gradually enlarges, producing a bump. As the follicle enlarges, the wall may rupture, allowing irritating substances and normal skin bacteria access into the deeper layers of the skin, ultimately producing inflammation. Inflammation near the skin’s surface produces a pustule; deeper inflammation results in a papule (pimple); if the inflammation is deeper still, it forms a cyst.

TREATMENT –
1. ICE
Ice can be used to quickly reduce the redness, swelling and inflammation of pimples. It helps in improving blood circulation to the affected area, and in tightening the skin and removing dirt and oil accumulated on the skin. You can use ice cubes or crushed ice, whichever is convenient.

** Wrap the ice in a piece of cloth and hold it on the affected skin area for a few seconds.
** Wait a few minutes and repeat the process.

2. LEMON
Another quick way to get rid of pimples is the use of lemon juice, which is rich in vitamin C. Lemon juice helps pimples dry up faster. Be sure to use fresh lemon juice and not bottled juice, which has preservatives. There are a couple of ways to apply this remedy.

** Dip a clean cotton swab in fresh lemon juice and apply it to the pimples before going to bed.
** You can also mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and put it on the pimples overnight. In the morning, wash the skin well with lukewarm water. However, this particular remedy is not suitable for those with sensitive skin.

3. TOOTHPASTE
The toothpaste that you use every morning to clean your teeth also can be used to treat pimples quickly. It is most effective when used following the ice remedy. You must use white toothpaste; avoid using gel toothpaste.

** Apply some white toothpaste over the affected skin area before going to bed.
** In the morning, wash your face with water and you will see a significant improvement in the swelling.
If you wish, you can repeat the process in the daytime also. Just make sure the toothpaste remains on the pimples for at least half an hour.

4. STEAM
Steaming is wonderful for your skin at any time, but particularly when you have pimples. The steam will open your pores and allow your skin to breathe. This helps get rid of oils, dirt and bacteria trapped in the pores that can cause infection or inflammation.

**Fill a large container with hot water and allow the steam to come in contact with your face for a few minutes.
**Rinse your face with lukewarm water and, after drying, apply an oil-free moisturizer.

5. GARLIC
Garlic is an antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antioxidant agent that can help in the fast treatment of pimples. The sulfur in garlic also promotes quick healing of pimples.

** Cut a fresh garlic clove into two pieces.
** Rub the garlic on the pimples and leave it for five minutes before washing the skin with lukewarm water.
** Repeat the treatment several times a day.
Eating one raw garlic clove daily can also help purify your blood. But do not to eat too much raw garlic as it can upset the stomach.

6. BAKING SODA
Baking soda is another effective home remedy to get rid of pimples because it helps exfoliate the skin to remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells.

** Make a thick paste by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with some water or lemon juice.
** Wash your skin well, leaving it slightly damp. Apply the paste on the affected areas and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Never keep baking soda on your skin for longer than a few minutes as it can cause dryness or irritation.
** Wash your face with warm water.
** Repeat the process twice a day for quick results.

7. HONEY
Honey is a source of natural antibiotics that can speed up the healing process, as well as help prevent infections.

** Dip a clean cotton swab in honey, put it directly on the affected area and leave it on for half an hour.
** Wash the skin well with lukewarm water.
** Do this a few times a day.
Another option is to mix honey and cinnamon together to make a paste and applying it over the pimples before going to bed. In the morning, there will be less inflammation or swelling. Wash the skin well with cold water.

8. CUCUMBER
Cucumber is a rich source of potassium and vitamins such as A, C and E. It also has a cooling and soothing effect on the skin.

** Cut one or two fresh cucumbers into pieces and soak them in water for about an hour. The nutrients, such as vitamin A, potassium and chlorophyll will transfer to the water.
** Strain the water and drink it, or use the water to wash your face.
You can also make a face mask by grinding one cucumber. Apply the mask on your face and allow it to dry for 15 minutes. Wash your skin with warm water. This will help clean dirt and bacteria from your pores.

9. PAPAYA
Papaya fruit has a number of properties that help in the treatment of pimples. It is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin A, and it has enzymes that help reduce inflammation and make your skin soft and smooth.

** Crush raw papaya pieces to extract its juice and apply it over the pimples. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
** To make a exfoliating face mask, mash some papaya pieces and add a little honey. Apply this paste on your face and massage gently. Leave it on until it dries completely and then rinse it off.

10. ALOE VERA
The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties in aloe vera can treat acne in a matter of a few days. Aloe vera gel is also helpful in healing the scars caused by acne. Apply fresh Aloe Vera pulp on face. Leave it for sometime & then wash with cold water. Do it for nearly 2 weeks. See & Feel the Difference.

 

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Download 30 Homeo Books for Free

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on August 28, 2012


Homeopathy-Books

Here I am giving a download link for 30 Best Homoeopathic Books to read. These Books are in .pdb format for which you need a software which is also present in the Folder. Run .exe file & put the serial. Thats all.

Enjoy !

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Response of George Vithoulkas to 10.23 anti-homeopathy campaign (23.1.2010)

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on February 21, 2010


The end of sceptics ?
The Sceptics lost a battle before it has even started. Trying to ridicule homeopathy they ridiculed themselves.
Homeopaths for years have claimed that a homeopathic remedy highly diluted (beyond the Avogadro number) will never act unless the symptoms of the patient fit the symptoms that the remedy has produced in the healthy.
The homeopathic doctor has to be trained well and then devote a lot of his time in searching in a huge homeopathic pharmacopoea (called Materia Medica) in order to find the correct remedy that fits the symptoms of the patient. All other remedies will be ineffective.
In the same way that an infinitesimal amount of an allergen will affect only those who are very sensitive to it.
Homeopaths have always claimed that even a child can swallow a whole bottle of a remedy by accident and not be affected !
Why then they have programmed such a foolish move ?
Only God knows, to whom also they do not believe !
What may happen with the sceptics who will swallow all these remedies ? Maybe by accident in one of them the remedy will fit and then he will find out the next day that his…chronic constipation is gone !
The remedy I suggest for them to swallow is Alumina 200. Good luck.

George Vithoulkas
Alternative Nobel Prize, 1996

Prof. University of the Aegean, Greece
Prof. Kiev Medical Academy
Hon. Professor Moscow Medical Academy (Department Restorative Medicine)
Collaborating Professor Basque Medical University

Website: www.vithoulkas.com
www.syros.aegean.gr/homeopathy

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Research Supporting Homeopathy

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on March 1, 2009


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Courtesy : HealthNews

By: Melanie Grimes
Published: Friday, 13 February 2009

The first double-blind crossover study ever performed was conducted by homeopaths in 1906. This study was run concurrently in eleven different cities on fifteen subjects. The documentation of this experiment consisted of 665 pages, published as Research Provings of Belladonna. Also at the turn of the nineteenth century, a book on homeopathic research was published called The Logic of Figures or Comparative Results of Homeopathic and Other Treatments. This book provided dozens of charts comparing disease and death rates in homeopathic and allopathic (mainstream) hospitals. This research also investigated statistics on the epidemic diseases of scarlet fever, yellow fever, and typhoid. The research showed that homeopathic hospitals had an average of 50 to 80 percent fewer deaths per 100 people, depending on the disease compared.
During World War II, an early double-blind study of homeopathy was sponsored by the British government. The experiment demonstrated that those given homeopathic remedies experienced a significant improvement in burns from mustard gas compared to those given placebo.
Many modern clinical trials are currently underway, looking for evidence of the efficacy of homeopathy from controlled trials in human subjects. More than 100 clinical trials have been conducted, some published in highly prestigious journals such as Lancet and JAMA. In 1997, K. Linde and W. Jonas, directors of the Alternative Medicine Evaluation Department of the National Institute of Health, co-signed a meta-analysis which evaluated 186 clinical trials on homeopathic therapies. Among the 105 trials whose results could be interpreted, 81 presented positive results, while homeopathy did not have a positive effect in 24 others. The authors concluded that, "the results of this meta-analysis are incompatible with the hypothesis that the clinical effects of homeopathy are due exclusively to a placebo effect."

Proliferation of interest in the area of clinical research abounds. In April 2003, a two-day conference was held in London on the topic of clinical research. Dick Koster  reports: "Those who are opposed to homeopathy…base their conclusion on the last negative study…. Followers of homeopathy herald all positive news and complain about serious design flaws in negative studies…. Both sides claim their successes and failures as definitive while in reality, new research…would only add or subtract a small effect to or from the already existing evidence…of homeopathy being true." This being said, Koster goes on to say that "homeopaths look at their patient results and believe that no amount of negative research could topple their belief in homeopathy."
A recent double-blind study has shown the antiviral effect of homeopathic remedies. Eight of the ten remedies tested inhibited viruses in chicken embryos from 50 to 100 percent depending on the potencies used. German scientists at a Veterinary College showed use of the homeopathic remedy Chelidonium lowered serum cholesterol when given twice a day to rabbits on a cholesterol rich diet.
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a double-blind experiment on patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Of those given a homeopathic medicine, 82 percent experienced some relief of symptoms, while only 21 percent of those given a placebo experienced any similar degree of improvement.
Research has also been conducted in the use of homeopathy in cancer. In 77 mice that received a transplant in fibrosarcoma, 52 percent survived more than a year when treated with homeopathic remedies. The 77 untreated mice died within 10-15 days.
Many critics of homeopathic research site flaws in the designs of the studies, weakness in reporting and measuring techniques, small numbers of study participants, and the difficulties in replicating results. Homeopathy works and the proof is in the pudding. Because the science is based on one remedy for one person, it is difficult to construct studies and judge the results. Clinical results have noted homeopathic cures taking place around the globe for over 100 years. The miniscule doses are still immeasurable by today’s science, but in the future, equipment will be designed that can adequately measure the healing effects of homeopathy.

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Understanding Vision

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on November 24, 2008


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Can Water Remember

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on September 20, 2008


Source : Health24.com

 

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The much-anticipated documentary Water – The Great Mystery, from the creators of What the Bleep Do We Know?, has just been released in South Africa.

The blockbuster made waves in the UK and US earlier this year, and is centred on the theme of so-called “water memory” – a controversial theory which proposes that water responds to our thoughts and, through this mechanism, has a profound effect on our health.

The launch coincided with the South African tour of Japanese researcher Dr Masaru Emoto, author of the New York Times best-seller Hidden Messages of Water, who believes water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness.

Do we really know all there is to know about water? Are these theories as far-fetched as they seem to be? Take a look at some of the theories proposed in the documentary – then you decide:

Water – The Great Mystery
Scientists worldwide agree: water is unique and without it life on Earth simply wouldn’t be possible.

H2O is a particularly interesting molecule in the sense that it makes up the only substance on the planet that can exist in three states – solid, liquid and gas. Water has the highest surface tension of all liquids, it’s the most powerful solvent on Earth and has the remarkable ability to rise up through the trunks of massive trees, defying gravity and immense atmospheric pressure in the process.

This much is made clear in the introduction of Water – The Great Mystery.

The documentary features several scientists from around the world who’ve researched water. The impressive list includes, among others, Prof Kurt Wüthrich, Swiss chemist and Nobel Chemistry laureate, Prof Rustum Roy from the State University of Pennsylvania and member of the International Academy of Science, Prof Vladimir Voeikov, a biologist from the Moscow State University, Prof Konstantin Korotkov, a physicist of St. Petersburg State Technical University in Russia, and Dr Emoto, who is also President Emeritus of the International Water for Life Foundation.

Interesting theories are proposed:

1. It’s noted that water receives and makes an “imprint” of any outside influence, “remembering” everything that occurs in the space that surrounds it. Research seems to indicate that any substance coming into contact with water leaves a trace behind (incidentally, this theory is also central to homeopathy).

2. It’s further noted that, as water records information, it acquires new properties, yet its chemical composition remains unchanged. It seems that the structure of water – i.e. how its molecules are organised into clusters – is key to the remarkable properties that are proposed. It’s hypothesised that the clusters work as “memory cells”, in which water records the history of its relationship with the world.

3. Its proposed that, while water remains water, its structure reacts to “irritation”. It’s noted that “modern instruments have made it possible to record that within each of water’s memory cells, there are 440 000 information panels, each of which is responsible for its own type of interaction with the environment.”

4. Brief mention is made of the difference between free-flowing water in nature and the water that’s distributed to our homes through intricate water-supply systems – i.e. the water we most often come into contact with. It’s suggested that our tap water is basically “dead” in structural terms: when crystals are formed from this water, there’s no beauty or symmetry. Austrian researcher Allois Gruber suggests that this water “sucks energy out of people, plants and animals”.

5. Scientists quoted in the movie claim that water responds to our thoughts. As our bodies are mostly made up of water, it’s said that if the water in our cells can become peaceful, so can we.

6. Mention is made of experiments on the effect that diverse factors, such as magnetic and electrical fields, various objects and human emotions, have on samples of water. According to Prof Konstantin Korotkov, there seems to be evidence that positive and negative human emotions have the strongest influence. When study participants were asked to project emotions onto flasks with water, negative emotions (e.g. fear, aggression and hatred) reduced the energy of the sample water, whereas positive emotions (e.g. love, tenderness and concern) increased the water’s energy levels.

7. This theory is expanded with reference to experiments conducted by Dr Emoto. His research seems to show that water reacts positively to words such as “love” and “gratitude” by forming beautiful crystals when frozen in a cryogenic chamber. The opposite seems to be true for a phrase such as “You disgust me”. Water also seems to react to prayer and music.

What’s your opinion?
We’re amazed. If some of these theories are even just partly true, it certainly turns our understanding of the physics of water on its head.

But although the theories are laid forward by some heavyweight scientists, there are many other experts around the world who are extremely sceptical about the concept of water memory, branding it as “pseudoscience”.

For example, research done years ago by French scientist Jacques Benveniste has been widely discredited. The researcher made headlines when his work on water memory was published in the reputable journal Nature in 1988. His research seemed to show that water that had been in contact with an allergenic substance retained a memory of this substance even after it was diluted several times (so much so that nothing but pure water was left).

However, efforts to replicate his work proved futile and investigators found that the results obtained from Benveniste’s laboratory were unreliable. John Maddox, editor of Nature, conducted the investigation himself and, according to the BBC, later stated that Benveniste’s assistants were being subconsciously selective in the way they interpreted the data.

Regarding more recent work, only one article on Dr Emoto’s controversial theory that human emotion has an effect on the structure of water has appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. This is an indication that Dr Emoto’s theories at least (on which a large part of the documentary is built) can’t be accepted as truth at this stage. More research simply has to be done. Dr Emoto has also been criticised for the fact that he too seems to be doing selective sampling.

It’s furthermore worth noting that many opportunists have jumped on the bandwagon, and have started marketing products made from “structured” or “clustered” water as a cure for a range of ills and an antidote to ageing. To our knowledge, however, no substantial research has been done on the efficacy of these products, which means that they could very well be a waste of money.

Health24 will be following the controversy and will, in time, also conduct interviews with some of the other experts quoted in the Water documentary. In the meantime, we’d like to hear from you: post your comments below and let us know what you think!

– (Carine van Rooyen, Health24, September 2008)

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About Homoeopathy

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on March 28, 2008


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Homoeopathy?

The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. Homeopathy is an alternative medical system. Alternative medical systems are built upon complete systems of theory and practice, and often have evolved apart from and earlier than the conventional medical approach used in the United States.Homeopathy takes a different approach from conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems.

Key concepts of homeopathy include:

  • Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness.
  • Treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called remedies that, according to homeopathy, would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given in larger doses.
  • Treatment in homeopathy is individualized (tailored to each person). Homeopathic practitioners select remedies according to a total picture of the patient, including not only symptoms but lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and other factors.

 

History of the discovery and use of homoeopathy?

In the late 1700s, Samuel Hahnemann, a physician, chemist, and linguist in Germany, proposed a new approach to treating illness. This was at a time when the most common medical treatments were harsh, such as bloodletting, purging, blistering, and the use of sulfur and mercury. At the time, there were few effective medications for treating patients, and knowledge about their effects was limited.

Hahnemann was interested in developing a less-threatening approach to medicine. The first major step reportedly was when he was translating an herbal text and read about a treatment (cinchona bark) used to cure malaria. He took some cinchona bark and observed that, as a healthy person, he developed symptoms that were very similar to malaria symptoms. This led Hahnemann to consider that a substance may create symptoms that it can also relieve. This concept is called the “similia principle” or “like cures like.” The similia principle had a prior history in medicine, from Hippocrates in Ancient Greece–who noted, for example, that recurrent vomiting could be treated with an emetic (such as ipecacuanha) that would be expected to make it worse–to folk medicine.Another way to view “like cures like” is that symptoms are part of the body’s attempt to heal itself–for example, a fever can develop as a result of an immune response to an infection, and a cough may help to eliminate mucus–and medication may be given to support this self-healing response.

Hahnemann tested single, pure substances on himself and, in more dilute forms, on healthy volunteers. He kept meticulous records of his experiments and participants’ responses, and he combined these observations with information from clinical practice, the known uses of herbs and other medicinal substances, and toxicology,eventually treating the sick and developing homeopathic clinical practice.

Hahnemann added two additional elements to homeopathy:

  • A concept that became “potentization,” which holds that systematically diluting a substance, with vigorous shaking at each step of dilution, makes the remedy more, not less, effective by extracting the vital essence of the substance. If dilution continues to a point where the substance’s molecules are gone, homeopathy holds that the “memory” of them–that is, the effects they exerted on the surrounding water molecules–may still be therapeutic.
  • A concept that treatment should be selected based upon a total picture of an individual and his symptoms, not solely upon symptoms of a disease. Homeopaths evaluate not only a person’s physical symptoms but her emotions, mental states, lifestyle, nutrition, and other aspects. In homeopathy, different people with the same symptoms may receive different homeopathic remedies.

Hans Burch Gram, a Boston-born doctor, studied homeopathy in Europe and introduced it into the United States in 1825. European immigrants trained in homeopathy also made the treatment increasingly available in America. In 1835, the first homeopathic medical college was established in Allentown, Pennsylvania. By the turn of the 20th century, 8 percent of all American medical practitioners were homeopaths, and there were 20 homeopathic medical colleges and more than 100 homeopathic hospitals in the United States.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, numerous medical advances were made, such as the recognition of the mechanisms of disease; Pasteur’s germ theory; the development of antiseptic techniques; and the discovery of ether anesthesia. In addition, a report (the so-called “Flexner Report”) was released that triggered major changes in American medical education. Homeopathy was among the disciplines negatively affected by these developments. Most homeopathic medical schools closed down, and by the 1930s others had converted to conventional medical schools.

In the 1960s, homeopathy’s popularity began to revive in the United States. According to a 1999 survey of Americans and their health, over 6 million Americans had used homeopathy in the preceding 12 months. The World Health Organization noted in 1994 that homeopathy had been integrated into the national health care systems of numerous countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Mexico. Several schools of practice exist within homeopathy.

Persons using homeopathy do so to address a range of health concerns, from wellness and prevention to treatment of injuries, diseases, and conditions. Studies have found that many people who seek homeopathic care seek it for help with a chronic medical condition.Many users of homeopathy treat themselves with homeopathic products and do not consult a professional.

 

Homoeopathic remedies?

Most homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals. A remedy is prepared by diluting the substance in a series of steps . Homeopathy asserts that this process can maintain a substance’s healing properties regardless of how many times it has been diluted. Many homeopathic remedies are so highly diluted that not one molecule of the original natural substance remains.Remedies are sold in liquid, pellet, and tablet forms.

 

Have any side effects or complications been reported from the use of homoeopathy?

The FDA has learned of a few reports of illness associated with the use of homeopathic remedies. However, the FDA reviewed these reports and decided that the remedies were not likely to be the cause, because of the high dilutions.

Here is some general information that has been reported about risks and side effects in homeopathy:

  • Homeopathic medicines in high dilutions, taken under the supervision of trained professionals, are considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.
  • Some patients report feeling worse for a brief period of time after starting homeopathic remedies. Homeopaths interpret this as the body temporarily stimulating symptoms while it makes an effort to restore health.
  • Liquid homeopathic remedies can contain alcohol and are permitted to have higher levels of alcohol than conventional drugs for adults. This may be of concern to some consumers. However, no adverse effects from the alcohol levels have been reported either to the FDA or in the scientific literature.
  • Homeopathic remedies are not known to interfere with conventional drugs; however, if you are considering using homeopathic remedies, you should discuss this with your health care provider. If you have more than one provider, discuss it with each one.

As with all medicinal products, a person taking a homeopathic remedy is best advised to:

  • Contact his health care provider if his symptoms continue unimproved for more than 5 days.
  • Keep the remedy out of the reach of children.
  • Consult a health care provider before using the product if the user is a woman who is pregnant or nursing a baby.

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Homoeopathy in general…

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on March 28, 2008


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# Health and homoeopathy

  • By E. Kramer

Your health is the only thing that is really yours. Money cannot buy health once it is lost, and so your health is worth the best investment that you can make. If you invest in your health by being aware of the food you eat, the exercise that you take, your state of mind, and the stress you are under, then you will feel a greater sense of inner peace, of control, a sense of well being and of your ‘vital energy’. Long term health very much depends on taking action to change habits that predispose us to disease.

Homeopathy is an excellent system of medicine, which can support you to make the inner changes necessary to achieve and maintain your health, not only on a physical level but on an emotional level as well. Homeopathic treatment comes from an understanding that we are more then just our outer physical body, that we are an integrated energetic whole in which emotions and thoughts impact on the physical body by effecting the nervous system and the endocrine system. (Next time you feel really angry observe the effect it has on your body – tenseness, headache, tight chest?).

Once we grasp that health depends on an energy level that we cannot ‘see’ but that we can ‘feel’, we can begin to perceive health from a different perspective and take action to maintaining a healthy life style. From an energetic perspective, ill health and disease can be seen as coming from emotional disturbances such as deep sorrow, shocks & traumas, as well as from environmental factors. From this perspective it is not so much the force of the ‘shock’ that is important, but the strength of the individuals vital energy to overcome it. Homeopathic treatment is designed to support the vital energy in its efforts to keep the individual healthy.

Our ‘practical’ homeopaths use a timeline as a tool when taking the client’s case . (A timeline is a history of the client’s life in sequential order of age, paying particular attention to mental/emotional traumas, physical, traumas and poisonings). Life has always been full of risks, accidents and emotional traumas like fear, anger, humiliation, loss, or rejection. Everyone has an individual response to these trials of life, and consequently will present different symptoms of stress at different levels of severity.

Homeopathy is a safe and gentile system of medicine which empowers the client’s vital energy to begin healing their physical body. Practical homeopaths look at simple ways to support clients to make the necessary changes towards health.

# Nutrition and Homeopathy

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of health. (We are what we eat!). Many studies have been done on the link between poor nutrition and disease, (especially on the long term effects of a refined carbohydrate diet). In the West, diets are not particularly healthy due to a high intake of refined carbohydrates, irregular eating habits and the use of stimulants such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and recreational drugs, leading to deficiency in nutrition.

The long-term intake of refined carbohydrates, together with the use of stimulants, causes large swings in blood sugar. The blood sugar rises quickly because a diet rich in refined carbohydrate leads to rapid absorption of sugars. Large amounts of insulin are produced in response.

A rapid fall in blood sugar soon follows as there are no complex carbohydrates to be broken down more slowly and to allow gradual absorption of sugar. (The low points of blood sugar are known as hypoglycaemic episodes). These are associated with feelings of hunger, sweating, anxiety, irritability and agitation as stress hormones such as adrenaline and corticosteroids are released in an attempt to normalize blood sugar levels.

Then a mid-meal snack or sugar food will be taken to relieve the symptoms. This causes another peak in blood sugar level with the consequent release of insulin. This leads to constant fluctuations in blood sugar levels, eventually leading to the exhaustion of the pancreas and adrenal glands. The production of insulin declines, leading to permanently raised blood sugar levels, i.e. diabetes mellitus.

The wrong kind of food such as a refined carbohydrate diet, tea, coffee, or other stimulant (smoking) also causes the body to produce the adrenal hormone Cortisol. This competes for the same cell receptor sites as progesterone. It also requires the body to use vital nutrients in order to break down and eliminate the toxic residue.

This pattern of hypoglycaemia with raised insulin and Cortisol levels increases the risk of other inflammatory diseases such as asthma, arthritis, eczema, atherosclerosis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. (This may also explain why post-menopausal women have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease than pre-menopausal women).

A refined carbohydrate diet is particularly devoid of essential B vitamins and Zinc which support the liver, small intestine, and brain to produce many essential enzymes for the normal functioning of the body. Deficiencies in these essential enzymes result in metabolic imbalances and immune imbalance.

Our practically trained Homeopaths will take into consideration your nutritional states, and support you in developing a healthier approach to your nutritional needs and in taking action to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

 

# Can homeopathy help with Depression?

Depression is a feeling of intense sadness that persists beyond a reasonable period of time, and is limiting the person’s ability to function normally on a daily basis. It can be characterized by a ‘sense of hopelessness’. (Louise Hay sees depression as ‘Anger you feel you do not have a right to have’). Depression may be triggered as a reaction to psychological or physical abuse.

We should be clear that sadness and joy are part of every day life, (and are different from severe depression and mania). Sadness is a natural response to loss, defeat, disappointment, trauma, and catastrophes. Sadness has many psychological benefits because it allows a person to withdraw from stressful upsetting situations to begin healing and recovery. Grief or bereavement are the most common and normal reactions to the loss of a loved one from death, divorce, rejection, abandonment, betrayal.

If this process is assumed to be wrong and therefore needs to be suppressed by drugs (often the busy GP’s answer) it can lead to depression being driven deeper into a chronic state. The process of healing becomes stuck, with all the added problems of drug side effects.

Homeopathy has many remedies that not only allows clients to process the trauma, but at the same time heal, feel and move through the process of depression.

It is important to consult your practical homeopath who will take your case history using a ‘time line’ to understand the context for your depression (they may have to start a weaning program if you have been a long term user of anti- depressants) whilst they use indicated remedies to support you to heal emotionally.

If you have not been on anti-depressants then dealing with depression homeopathically produces excellent results. Homeopathy provides a safe gentle, non addictive alternative to anti-depression drug therapy.

 

# Arthritis and Homeopathy


Approximately 10% of the population have problems related to arthritis. It is more common in women, with the average age of onset being 50 years. Arthritis is related to advancing years, obesity, previous joint injury and joint deformity.

Arthritis is a chronic degenerative disorder of the joints, (characterized by loss of articular hyaline cartilage with sclerosis of underlying bone). The underlying bone is generally thickened but some areas become porous with the formation of bone “cysts”.

The key symptoms of arthritis are pain related to joint use, associated with immobility and deformity. There can be morning stiffness which tends to wear off after 15 minutes of exercise. The symptoms of arthritis are often sensitive to changes in the weather as they appear to be affected by barometric changes.

There is considerable evidence that emotional states have a major impact on our susceptibility to certain diseases. Homeopaths have observed that the underlying emotional states linked to the development of arthritic conditions appear to be resentment, feeling victimized, bitterness and lacking in love.

How does arthritis develop in the joints?

A healthy joint consists of strong bones, which move against each other. Cartilage on the edge of bones is protected from the opposing bone and cartilage by a sac containing synovial fluid which effectively lubricates the joint. Poor nutrition, allergies, infections and food sensitivities can lead to problems

Overuse and dietary imbalance can lead to a breakdown of cartilage. The synovial fluid becomes less lubricating. Loss of cartilage also leads to breakdown of collagen components in both cartilage and bone. The bone ends become uneven and large bone spurs can form leading to restricted movement and stiffness.

Calcium imbalance can lead to calcium being dumped in the soft tissues causing muscle pain. In rheumatoid arthritis the bone ends can become fused together immobilising joints permanently.

Our practically trained Homeopaths will establish the causes of your symptoms. If they can see clear causes (physical traumas or emotional shock etc), in your time line, they may treat these first before going on to a detox program. Often it is important to address traumas as they have a major impact on the body and may act as a block to your indicated remedy. They will take into consideration your nutritional states, and support you in developing a healthier approach to your nutritional needs and in taking action to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

 

# Allergies and Homeopathy


Allergies are becoming more common. They are autoimmune diseases – a term which is applied to a whole range of diseases where the immune system breaks down and anti-bodies begin to attack the body’s own tissues. (The proper functioning of the immune system is seen as being dependent on ahealthy spleen and damage to this are can create long term problems).

  • There are many types of autoimmune diseases including:

• diabetes mellitus, Addison’s disease and thyroid disease
• pernicious anaemia (which is caused by an immune attack on the stomach and Cardiovascular System).
• allergies such as asthma, hay fever, food allergies etc..

These disorders clearly indicate a deep imbalance in the body. The blood is disturbed as revealed by the presence of antibodies, the body is attacking itself, (which could be termed “suicide by immune reaction”) and the diseases can affect deep internal organs as well as the surface of the body.

  • With allergies homeopaths tend to place the emphasis on:

• physical trauma (such as car accidents)
• emotional factors (grief, divorce, redundancy etc).
• environmental factors (poor housing, air pollution etc)
• inherited factors (genetic and social)
• toxicity (through drugs, diet etc)
• on going stress
• diet (obesity, malnourishment)

Because we are unique individuals, allergies manifest differently in different people depending on their pre-disposition and general inherited weaknesses (which homeopaths call miasms). Homeopathy seeks to look for the root cause/s taking into consideration both internal and external factors. It then seeks to restore this balance by gently stimulating the body to naturally complete its healing process with the indicated remedy/remedies, without any of the side-effects associated with drug therapy. Homeopaths have developed many remedies that can treat allergies and it is also worth find out about other products like allergy relief air purifiers to suit your needs. View our resource page for information and resources on remedies and recommended allergy relief air purifiers.

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