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Hi, I am Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan. I am a Family Physician with a deep interest in Diabetes and Alternative Medicine. I live and practice in Mumbai, India. My aim is to make the world a better place by introducing Alternative medicine with the main stream, so as to have an Integrative System of Medicine, that is both gentle and holistic.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 175.

SULFUR.

This remedy is derived from Sulfur and this remedy owes its existence to Dr. Hahnemann and this one of the greatestanti-psoric remedies.

Its action is centrifugal having an affinity for the skin, where it cures the burning heat and itching sensation made worse from the heat of the bed.

 

The subjects requiring Sulfur are often dirty, filthy personalities prone to skin infections, with a dry hard hair and skin and red orifices.  Most subjects requiring Sulfur are averse to bathing. Mentally, subjects requiring Sulfur are ‘RAGGED PHILOSOPHERS’, very forgetful by nature and they have peculiar delusions and feel that the rags that they wear are beautiful.  These subjects are often extremely selfish and have no regard for others.  Some of these subjects suffer from religious melancholy and are lazy and averse to business. Subjects requiring Sulfur are generally depressed, thin and weak, but with a good appetite.  Patients who require Sulfur are extremely nervous in temperament, quick tempered and sensitive to atmospheric changes.  These patients usually lead sedentary lives.They are usually very warm blooded.

This remedy is extremely useful in stimulating the host defenses when carefully selected remedies fail toact.  This remedy is also useful when diseases have a tendency to relapse.

This remedy is useful whenever all discharges are offensive in nature.  It is useful in chronic ailments, which occur from suppressed eruption

 The subjects requiring Sulfur feel a constant heat on the top of the head, with a sick headache recurring periodically.  This remedy is useful in Taenia Capitis (fungal infection of the scalp), with a dry scalp and falling ofthe hair, which is worse from washing the head. This remedy is also useful for itching in the scalp with burning.

 This remedy is useful whenever there is burning and ulceration at the margins of the eyelids.  This remedy is useful in Chronic Ophthalmitis.

This remedy is useful when there is a whizzing or a buzzing sound in the ears and combats the bad effects of a suppressed ear infection (otorrhoea).

This remedy is useful in Herpes across the nose.  It is also useful when the nose is stuffed up indoors, with chronic dry catarrh.  It is also useful in polyps and in swelling of the adenoid glands.

This remedy is useful when the tongue is white with a red tip and borders.

This remedy is also useful when there is a total loss of appetite or when there is an excessive appetite.  This remedy is useful in putrid eructation,when the subject drinks a lot of fluids and eats little.  This remedy is useful when milk disagrees and in subjects who have a great desire for sweets.

This remedy is very useful when there is great acidity and a PECULIAR SYMPTOM IS THAT THE SUBJECT FEELS VERY WEAK AND FAINT AT 11 A.M.

This remedy is useful for pain and soreness in the liver region and colic in the abdomen after drinking.

This remedy is useful when there is itching and burning of the anus, piles, frequent unsuccessful desire forpassing stools and the stools are hard, knotty and insufficient.  This remedy is also useful in morning diarrhea,which drives the subject out of bed.

This remedy is useful when subjects have frequent urination in the night, with burning of the urethra during urination, associated with mucous and pus in the urine. This remedy is also useful when subjects have to hurry to urinated and pass great quantities of colorless urine.

 This remedy suits male subjects who have involuntary emissions and when the penis seems to be cold and the erections are unsatisfactory.

This remedy also suits female subjects who have a thick black leucorrhoea, which makes the vulval region sore.

This remedy is useful when subjects experience a difficulty in breathing and have a loose cough with a greenish purulent sweetish expectoration.  This remedy is also useful whenever there is a ‘RATTLING SOUND IN THE CHEST’.  This remedy is useful in breathlessness inthe middle of the night, relieved by sitting up.

This remedy suits subjects, who have hot sweaty hands, burning in the soles and hands at night.  This remedy is useful in dissolving GANGLIONS (cysts that occur in the wrist).

This remedy is useful in subjects, who talk and have jerky twitches in the sleep and it is useful all subjects who cannot sleep between 2 am to 5 am.

This remedy is useful in certain forms high fever where the body is extremely hot and also useful in remittent types of fever.

This remedy is useful in dry scaly unhealthy skin where every injury suppurates. This remedy is also useful in itching and burning which is worse scratching and washing. This remedy is useful in pimples, in pustular infections and in itching of the skin, which becomes worse after the subject is warmed.  This remedy is useful all ailments that recur in spring time and damp weather. This remedy suits subjects who are worse at rest, while standing, warmth of the bed, worse washing, those who are worseat 11 am and those who are worse at night from alcoholic stimulants.

This remedy suits subjects who are better from warm dry weather, lying down on the right side and those subjects who feel better after drawing up the affected limbs.

Sulfur is considered to be a  prophylactic remedy in Cholera, Malaria and in recurring boils.  It is considered to be a near specific remedy in Acne, Adenoid enlargement, Boils, Asthma, Eczema, Constipation, Diarrhea and Dysentery, Urtcaria and many Rheumatic disorders.

 Remedies that follow SULFUR are ALOES, PSORINUM & ACONITE.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

The remedies most frequently useful for arthritic pain and muscle spasm are a somewhat unusual and surprising list.  In incipient or early chronic arthritis, the statistics of my practice have shown that NATRUM MUR leads the list.  The second most frequent remedy in early arthritis I have found to be SULFUR. The 3rd in frequency is RHUS TOX.

Dr.E. W. Hubbard, M.D.

In insomnia during pregnancy, if it continues without any other ailment, a dose of COFFEA or BELLADONNA will often bring back the sleep.  If nightmare occurs, give ACONITE or SULFUR.

Dr.Jahr.

 SULFUR has been used for many years by a friend to abort an attack of PUERPERAL FEVER, which is a distressing occurrence after childbirth.  I would give a dose of SULFUR 2 C and go home to a peaceful sleep, knowing it would begone tomorrow.

Dr.T. K. Moore, M.D.

NITRIC ACID was a favorite remedy of Dr. Jahr for flat, superficial erosion of the cervix uteri (THUJA, SEPIA); Ludlam recommends its persistent use in alternation with SULFUR at long intervals.

Dr.Laura. B. Hord, M.D.

In pericarditis with effusion, you may give SULFUR with great confidence when there is plastic exudation if the inflammation seems to linger.

Dr.Hale, M.D.

Children who had broncho pneumonia treated with SULPHA ANTIBIOTICS, if they have chronic conditions later, with a degree of cyanosis: SULFUR 30 C clears quickly.

Dr.Paterson, D.P.H.

SULFUR is the head remedy for colitis(chronic dysentery). Treatment should be started with this remedy. It would cure large number of cases without the help of any other remedy. Use 200dilutions.

Dr.R. B. Das.

Dr. Mc. Laren in a recent Homeopathic Recorder (45:840) claimed that SULFUR would cure 9 out of 10 case of chronic gastric ulcer, with CARBO VEG coming next.

Dr.Paul S. Wayne, M.D.

SULFUR is a most universal remedy for Asthma.  There is scarcely a case of asthma where SULFUR is not used.

Dr.Hartmann.

In pleurisy with exudation APIS is one of the best remedies when we have to bring about absorption of this fluid. APIS & SULFUR will cure the majority of the cases.

Dr.Farrington, M.D.

In Pneumonia with pleurisy, one dose of ACONITE followed by 1 dose of SULFUR will frequently give relief.

Dr.Kent, M.D.

SULFUR is a good finisher of relapsing colds; PSORINUM also is very useful for the same purpose.

Dr.E. W. Hubbard, M.D.

In all cases of hay-fever requiring SULFUR, you need a nosode and it is usually PSORINUM or TUBERCULINUM and I would suggest, quite humbly, if you give TUBERCULINUM to your patient, he maybe able to stand the feather afterwards.

Dr.Edward. C. Whitmont, M.D.

In chronic hoarseness, when CAUSTICUM fails, this medicine is all sufficient remedy: SULFUR.

Dr.Heselton.

When there is a marked trembling of the lower jaw in Pneumonia, think of SULFUR.

Dr.Stearn.

Paraplegia occurring in young children,caused by exposure of the back or seat to damp cold readily yields to RHUS TOX and an occasional dose of SULFUR.

Dr.Durham, M.D.

Schizophrenic patients are notoriously dirty and careless of personal appearance. SULFUR & PSORINUM are medicines to be considered.

DR.Foubister, M.B., Ch.B, D.C.H., etc.

We know that in Paris, some 30,000 or40,000 children were vaccinated after each was given a dose of SULFUR and this is supposed to prevent the vaccinia itself.

Dr.E. A. Farrington, M.D.

The so-called allergic reactions to antibiotics are often cured by SULFUR.

Dr.Jacob. Genis, M.D.

Solar dermatitis (Photosensitive dermatitis), which is a condition of great sensitivity of the rays of the sun,is benefited by SULFUR.

Dr.Jacob. Genis. M.D.

The internal use of SULFUR, a dose of ahigh potency, occasionally corrects the disposition of excessive secretion of SEBORRHOEA.

Dr.C. G. Raue, M.D.

When beginning a new case especially askin condition, unless there is clear-cut indication, always begin with SULFUR and then watch for better indications.

Dr.Boericke, M.D.

In Lachrymal fistula, I have not treateda single case, where SULFUR did not render eminent service, in many case, this remedy alone affected a cure.  If SULFUR was not sufficient, I have generally accomplished my purpose by giving CALC. Alone or a dose of LYCOPODIUM after CALC.

Dr.Jahr.

SULFUR is indicated in conjunctivitis from irritation of foreign bodies when ACONITE fails.

Dr.Farrington, M.D.

SULFUR is very often required not only to clear up but also to give a certain amount of immunity against colds and coryzas so prevalent in highly industrialized areas with their smoke polluted atmosphere.  The symptoms are usually chronically recurring and characterized by congestion of the sinuses, nasal obstruction with discharge: and sore, ulcerated burning nostrils, oppression of the chest and terrible coughing worse in the mornings and evenings and the lachrymation and heat of the face.  This observation also holds good for many miners and industrial workers especially those in the early stages of Pneumoconiosis i.e.: Silicosis, Asbestosis, Anthracosis,Siderosis, railway men and workers with industrial chemicals.

Dr.Jacob. Genis. M.D.

In confirmed Gout, I have seen much benefit from the administration of SULFUR.

Dr.Ackworth.

In the obstinate vomiting of hysterical girls, I have found SULFUR 30 often very useful.

Dr.Nankivel.

We may use SULFUR in synovitis, particularly after exudation has taken place. SULFUR here produces absorption and very rapidly too, particularly in the knee.

Dr.Farrington, M.D.

SULFUR in CM potency is generally efficacious in the case of Ganglion.

Dr.Clarke, M.D.

Experience has shown that a vitaminosis troubles arising from eating too much cooked meat are best treated with SULFUR.

Dr.F. H.  Bellokossy, M.D.

SULFUR often produces prolonged aggravation when there are many tissue changes in advanced Syphilis.

Dr.L. Hurd.

When SULFUR is prescribed in any case and produces alarming aggravation, one must think of the existence of a latent state of syphilis and the SYPHILINUM works well, and antidotes the over action of SULFUR.

Dr.Noel. Pudephatt.

SULFUR is indicated in tuberculous lymphadenitis complicated by caseation, breakdown and multiple sinus formation with super-added secondary infection – a condition described as scrofula and met with in emaciated, shriveled looking children who are always voraciously hungry, also in older subjects when tuberculosis is rife.

Dr.D. M. Gibson, F.R.C.S., F.F. Hom (Lond).

SULFUR is to be considered in deep-seated sepsis, especially when associated with hectic fever and rigors.

Dr.D. M. Gibson, F.R.C.S., F.F. Hom (Lond).

CHIROPRACTIC


 

Introduction:

 Physical manipulation techniques have been known to several ancient cultures. Chinese literature dating back to 2700 B.C. refers to manipulation as a healing technique and there is evidence in literature that, the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Syrians and Aztecs practiced these techniques.

Hippo crates, the Father of Medicine noted:

One or more vertebrae of the spine may or may not go out of place… They might give way very little, and if they do they are likely to produce serious complications and even death, if not properly adjusted… many diseases are related to the spine.

 The origin of Modern Chiropractic:

 The word Chiropractic is derived from the words, “Cheiro” and “practikos” and when combined together, means DONE BY THE HANDS.  Daniel David Palmer coined this phrase and he is considered to be the father of modern Chiropractic.

Palmer faced a lot of ridicule by doctors of his time in the early 1900’s, but it has been discovered that some cases of deafness caused by circulatory problems can be remedied by manipulation.  Professor Bechgaard of Denmark brought out these benefits of Chiropractic to the scientific world in 1963.

The Spinal Column and Chiropractic:

 

The spinal cord passes through a series of stacked-up vertebrae and between two vertebrae there are cushions called as the ‘Inter-vertebral discs”.  At various intervals, nerve connections branch off the spinal cord various parts of the body and it is at these linkage points that stress and pain occur.  Chiropractic specialists manipulate the spine and reduce the stress and pain and re-align the spine.

Chiropractors believe that man’s body structure is inherently unsuitable for the strains of vertical posture; and believe that man’s framework has not sufficiently evolved to sustain the strain of being erect.  The sheer weight of gravity causes a great strain on many body parts such as; intestines, arteries, veins – producing hernias and circulatory problems.  Many of these ailments impinge upon the spine.

Conclusion:

Chiropractic is a Holistic therapy that is becoming popular in the United States and it has been recognized as a mainstream therapy and most insurance companies cover patients for this therapy.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 174.


STRAMONIUM.

 

This remedy is derived from the plant called as Thorn Apple or as ‘Dhatura’ in India.

The entire force of this remedy is upon the brain.  It is useful in alcoholic delirium tremens.  It is useful in certain forms of Parkinson’s disease.  It is also useful in certain forms of Meningitis.  This remedy suits subjects who have chorea (graceful rhythmic movements due to brain damage), convulsions of the upper extremities in isolated group of muscles and constantly changing partial spasms.  This remedy is useful in trembling, twitching of tendons and in persons who have a staggering gait.

This remedy suits subjects who are devout and PRAYING ALL THE TIME, beseeching, ceaselessly talking, loquacious, laughing, swearing, seeing ghosts, hearing voices, talking about spirits. It suits subjects who rapidly change from joy to sadness and cannot bear solitude or darkness.  The subject MUST HAVE LIGHT AND COMPANY.

This remedy suits subjects, for whom the sight of water or any glittering object brings on spasms in the body, with a desire to escape. This remedy is suitable in Hydrophobia, where there is fear of water, when swallowing is difficult due to the constriction and spasm of the glottis, convulsions on the sight of water.

This remedy suits subjects who have pain in the head starting from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The headache is boring preceded by obscure vision, associated with auditory hallucinations, with a tendency to fall forward and to the left.

This remedy suits subjects whose eyes are prominent, dilated, associated with a loss of vision and the subject calls for light and feels that parts of his body are swollen.

This remedy suits subjects whose face is hot, red and have an expression of terror.

This remedy is useful whenever there is a dribbling of saliva associated with an aversion to water.  It is suitable in Tetanus, where the facial expression of the patient is peculiar, and is called as “RISUS SARDONICUS”.  This remedy is also suitable in stammering, and in subjects who cannot swallow on account of the spasm of the glottis.

This remedy is useful in subjects who vomit green bile and mucous with violent thirst.

This remedy suits male subjects, whose hands are constantly on the genitals, with indecent speech and in subjects who constantly dwell on sexual matters.

This remedy suits female subjects who have Metrorrhagia (bleeding from the vagina between periods), which may be associated with loquacity, singing and praying. This remedy is of paramount importance in Puerperal mania (occurring within six to eight weeks following pregnancy).

This remedy suits subjects who awaken terrified and scream with fright in sleep.  It is also a useful remedy for subjects who snore during sleep and in subjects who are constantly sleepy, but cannot sleep.

This remedy is useful in Scarlatina, which occurs as a result of suppressed eruption.

This remedy is also useful in high fevers, unrelieved by sweating.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse in a dark room, worse when alone, worse while looking at bright shiny objects, worse after sleep or swallowing.

This remedy also suits subjects who are better from bright light, company and warmth.

The remedies that follow STRAMONIUM well are HYOSCAMUS AND BELLADONNA.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 STRAMONIUM is most important when the pain is almost unbearable, driving to despair.  It ameliorates at once and hastens benign suppuration.

Dr. Raue, M.D.

 Stammering and stuttering, local forms of chorea may be greatly benefited by a prolonged use of STRAMONIUM.

Dr. Teste.

STRAMONIUM in pure tincture and 1x dilution, I have found successful in 3 very bad cases of Delirium tremens.

Dr. Dalzell.

 Over a period of 30 years, I have seen number of very serious case of Insanity and mania so of extreme violence, clear up under STRAMONIUM.  It is especially efficacious in Puerperal Mania when indicated and is frequently is indicated in these conditions.

Dr. Grimmer, M.D.

 I consider STRAMONIUM the nearest similimum we have for Hydrophobia (Rabies).

Dr. George. Royal.

 According to Dr Jeanus, STRAMONIUM is always indicated when the left hip is affected.  I have given STRAMONIUM with great success whenever abscesses form, if attended with violent pain, driving one mad.

Dr. Raue, M.D.

 

THE ENDOCRINE GLANDS AND HEALTH.


There has been a subtle shift of Medicine in the last ten years of so. Many doctors and institutions are recognizing the value of spirituality and medicine and it has been conclusively proved in many studies that, prayer and spiritual practices help the healing of patients.

There is a FOURTH DIMENSION to health, called as HOLISTIC HEALTH, where the body, mind and the soul are recognized as one entity.

In India we are singularly fortunate that spiritual practices like, meditation, yoga, prayer and many spiritual practices have been an integral part of our lives, since ages.

Recently, the understanding of the endocrine glands (ductless glands in the body) has increased and more is known on how they affect our health.  For example; under-development of thyroid glands can lead to many defects, such as, obesity, idiocy, certain skin diseases, lack of sexual development, defects in the hair and nails and many other problems.

Negative emotions like intense fear, can cause a sick feeling in the pit of the stomach. Some people even vomit. This is due to the over-secretion of bile.

Sustained anger causes a release of chemicals from the kidney and raises the blood pressure, via the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Renal Angiotensin axis.   It also alters the biochemistry of the body and causes an unfavorable Lipid profile level and this can lead to Coronary artery disease.   Sustained negative emotions can even cause cancers.

The body is the most perfect chemist imaginable and constantly tries to maintain perfect health. The food that we eat is transformed to blood; the blood provides nutrition to the tissues. The mind regulates the endocrines.   A calm silent mind can help harness the energy of the ‘soul force’.  The soul force is connected to the Cosmic Creative Spirit’ and this helps the body regain its youth and positive health.

A proper understanding of spiritual practices is important, because it helps us in changing the negative thinking and emotions. When we begin to tune in with the cosmos, we become healthy and realize the purpose of our creation.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 173.


STAPHISAGRIA.

 

This remedy is derived from a plant called as Delphinium Staphisagria and the mother tincture is prepared from the ripe seeds.

This remedy is useful in nervous affections with marked irritability.  This remedy is useful in persons, who get affected by suppressed anger after being insulted, which makes them speechless, sleepless nervous and finally they get a colic or IRRITABLE BLADDER OR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME.  This remedy suits subjects who are impetuous, violent, with outbursts of temper, hypochondriacally oriented, sad and very sensitive about what other persons say about him or her.  This remedy suits subjects who dwell a lot on sexual matters, prefer solitude and are peevish.

It is useful in Genito-urinary and skin diseases, where the ailment often comes on, due to the ill effects of suppressed anger and insults.

This remedy is also useful after subjects indulge in sexual excesses.

This remedy is useful in healing lacerated wounds and killing pain after tooth extraction.  This remedy is also useful when the teeth become black and crumble easily, with salivation and spongy gums that bleed easily.

This remedy suits subjects who have a stupefying headache and the brain feels as if it is squeezed, with a sensation as if a ball of lead is in the head.  This remedy is also useful in Lice infestation of the head, where the mother tincture is diluted with water in a proportion of 1:4.

This remedy is also useful whenever subjects have itching and eruptions above and behind the ears.

This remedy is useful in recurrent sty, chalazion cysts on the lid margins that itch.  It is useful for lacerated or incised wounds on the cornea.  This remedy is useful in bursting pain in the eyeballs associated with iritis.

This remedy is useful in pain in the ears, which is worse on swallowing.

This remedy suits subjects who have a desire for stimulants like tobacco, and who have a tendency to eat something even after the stomach is full.  This remedy is useful in subjects who complain of nausea after abdominal operations.

This remedy is also useful in colic pain in the abdomen after anger and severe pain in the abdomen after abdominal surgery.  This remedy is useful in diarrhea, which comes on after drinking cold water associated with an ineffectual desire to pass stools.

This remedy is useful in male subjects, who have an obsession for masturbation and for subjects, who constantly dwell on sexual matters.  It also suits subjects who have emissions with backache and weakness and breathlessness after coitus.

This remedy suits young female subjects, who are recently married and suffer from an irritable bladder, leucorrhoea and aching around the hips.  This remedy is very useful in Cystocoele, Cystitis (infection of the bladder) and in ‘Honey-moon Cystitis’, with a sensation as if a drop of urine is going to roll down the urethra, associated with urging and pain after urination.

This remedy is very useful eczema of the head, ears, face and the body, when the eczema is associated with thick scabs, which are dry and itch violently.  This remedy is also said to cure Fig warts that are pedunculated.

This remedy suits subjects who have a bruised feeling in the muscles, associated with a backache and a sore back, which is worse before rising in the morning. This remedy is useful when the extremities feel beaten and painful.

This remedy suits subjects whose symptoms aggravated after suppressed anger, indignation, mortification, after loss of fluids, after sexual excesses, tobacco abuse, and the least touch of the affected parts.

This remedy suits subjects who are better after breakfast, warmth and rest in the night.

This remedy is inimical to RANUNCULUS BULBOSIS, a remedy that does not follow or precede it well.

CAUSTICUM & COLOCYNTHIS are remedies that follow this remedy to complete the cure.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 STAPHISAGRIA is required when an abdominal or other operation wound is unduly painful for no obvious reason.

Dr. Foubister, M.B., Ch.B., D.C.H., etc.

 STAPHISAGRIA given before the incision for Circumcision allays the pain following incision and prevents inflammation.

Dr. Stearns, M.D.

 STAPHISGRIA is sometimes to be substituted for COLOCYNTHIS in the effects of violent emotion in women and children when the violent abdominal cramps fail to yield to the latter remedy.

Dr. E. A. Farrington, M.D.

 In nausea of pregnancy, STAPHISAGRIA has to be taken at the moment when the dizziness and nausea commenced before the vomiting sets in.

Dr. Teste.

For a child who makes a pretense of weeping but without tears, this is almost certainly the remedy: STAPHISAGRIA 30 or 200.

Dr. Foubister, M.B., Ch.B., D.C.H. etc.

 STAPHISAGRIA is well known for its effects when there is a strong sense of injustice. A number of remedies have this listed in Kent’s repertory under ‘Mortification’ but STAPHISAGRIA is most often needed when this is the leading symptom in my experience.

Dr. Foubister, M.B., Ch.B., D.C.H.

 STAPHISAGRIA is an excellent remedy for sty’s, which is normally given when PULSATILLA fails.  In my experience, I have found this remedy effective in all cases of sty’s whether chronic or otherwise or whether in lower or upper lids; recurrent sty’s.

Dr. R.B. Das.

Winning the war against Malaria.


Introduction:

Every year Malaria affects several million people. The problem is compounded by the fact that malarial parasites are rapidly growing resistant to single drugs such as chloroquine, sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine combinations and amodiaquin.  According to the World Health Organization about 300 to 500 million people develop malaria each year out of which 1.5 to 3 million children die every year.   In Africa alone, the 28 million reported cases of malaria are believed to represent only 5-10% of the total malaria incidence on the continent (Hamoudi & Sachs, 1999).

Even in India the prevalence rates of the dangerous form of malaria called as Plasmodium falciparum has gone up from 38.8% in 1995 to 47.5% in 2003.  The urgent need of the hour is mosquito control, better pesticides, a vaccine for this disease, genetic manipulation of the mosquito so that the parasite cannot invade the mosquito, genetic manipulation of the parasite to make it ineffective, introduction of certain form of fish that eat larvae and finally development of better and newer drugs.

Obstacles to the eradication of malaria

Malaria is clearly a worldwide challenge and it is different from other infectious diseases like AIDS, which can be eradicated by behavioural modification and education. Malaria is caused by the climate and ecological factors that are peculiar to tropical and subtropical regions.  What is frightening is that malaria is also seen increasingly in wealthy countries like UAE and Oman.

It is imperative that malaria should be looked with seriousness because it directly affects a country’s economy.  It takes away an individual workers productivity and creates a great burden on the GDP of already struggling economies. (Shepard, 1991; Bloom & Sachs, 1998).

The malarial parasite and its vector are both very complex. There is a constant mixing of genes and both the mosquito and the parasite acquire drug resistance, making eradication impossible. (Hamoudi, 2000).

The species-specific behaviour of mosquitoes in some regions, however, has allowed for the success of malaria control programs in those areas, while mosquitoes in other regions have posed significant obstacles to those attempting to prevent malaria infection. In some temperate regions where malaria has been eradicated, mosquitoes spend their winter in hibernation or a non-reproductive state. Control programs have used this fact to their advantage by using insecticide and drug treatments during the mosquito “off-season”.

In tropical zones, mosquitoes do not lie dormant as a result of this; individuals often receive multiple malaria infections. In African and sub-Saharan populations there is no immunity among the population to malarial disease. . (Hamoudi & Sachs, 1999).

The only way of preventing malaria is through educational prevention programs. Introduction of bed nets substantially control malaria, but distributing these nets do not offer a foolproof system to control this disease.

The other problem is the failure of Drug Treatment Programs. We first had quinine to combat malaria. It was replaced with chloroquine, which was cheap, safe, and effective. Soon worldwide resistance to chloroquine was reported. Even newer drug therapies with drugs like mefloquine, atovaquone have shown drug resistance. This is because the parasite constantly mutates.

Promising Newer drug therapies:

There are newer drugs, which combine a drug called as Artemisinin with a drug called as Lumefantrine.

Artemisinin is extracted from a Chinese herb called as Qinghao. The biological name of the plant is Artemesia Annua.  It is also called as sweet wormwood and has been used by the Chinese to kill parasites such as worms and flukes. Artemisinin has also proven itself as a safe and effective treatment for malaria. It causes a rapid reduction of the parasite biomass. It is useful against drug resistant parasite. It inhibits the sexual forms of the parasite and thus blocks its transmission. However, it has a short half-life and that factor may be responsible for development of parasite resistance.  It is surprising to note that Artemisinin is effective against a wide variety of cancers as shown in a series of successful experiments. The most effective is leukemia and colon cancer.  Lumefantrine on the other hand has a long half-life of 4 to 6 days. It also has a slower onset of action, so when combined with Artemisinin they supplement each other and there is a negligible chance of re-infection or drug resistance. No major side effects were noticed in this promising combination.

Conclusion:

Malaria is a dreaded disease and it is here to stay.  Despite resistance to drugs, some newer combinations have shown promise.  The eradication of this disease will depend on how quickly we find a new vaccine, which would be safe, inexpensive, easily administered and which conferred a life -long immunity against the disease. The other way of eradicating Malaria would be through mosquito control programs.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 172.


STANNUM.

 

This remedy is derived from Tin.

This remedy is useful for those who feel weak and faint when going downwards, but can go up well enough.  It also suits women who are sad and despondent, and feel like crying all the time, but crying makes them worse.  It is also useful in person with extreme exhaustion of the mind and body and has to sit down several times while dressing in the morning with great weakness in the chest.  This remedy suits subjects who are sad and anxious, easily discouraged and who have a dread of seeing or inter-acting with people.

 This remedy has its action centered round the nervous system and the respiratory organs.  It is suited for debility and in chronic bronchitis and chronic pulmonary conditions.  It is useful whenever there is a profuse muco-purulent discharge in an underlying tuberculous condition.  This remedy suits subjects who have an adhesive mucous in the throat, which is difficult to detach.  This remedy suits subjects who have a hoarse cough, where the mucous is expelled by forcible cough and the cough is excited by laughing, singing, talking, which is worse by lying on the right side.  The cough is copious green with a sweetish expectoration and more in the daytime.  The chest feels weak and the subject can hardly talk.

THE KEYNOTE SYMPTOM OF STANNUM IS THE PECULIAR FACT THAT ALL PAINS COME AND GO GRADUALLY.

This remedy is useful in subjects who have pain in the head, which is worse from motion, gradually increasing and decreasing, as if constricted by a band.

This remedy suits subjects, where the smell of cooking causes nausea and the colic is relieved by hard pressure.

The remedy suits subjects who sleep with one leg drawn up and the other stretched out.  This remedy suits subjects who have a paralytic weakness in the extremities; drops things and ankles are swollen.  This remedy suits subjects who find that the limbs suddenly give out when attempting to sit down.  This remedy is useful whenever there is a spasmodic twitching of the muscles of the forearm and arm and the fingers jerk when holding the pen.  This remedy is useful in subjects with Neuritis associated with Typewriter’s paralysis.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse after using the voice, while laughing, talking, singing, lying on the right side and after warm drinks.

This remedy suits subjects who are better while coughing, expectoration and with hard pressure.

PULSATILLA is a remedy that follows STANNUM in respiratory conditions.

 TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 I have been astonished at its power over the prolapsed uterus.  It seems to strengthen the uterine ligaments.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

 Do not forget STANNUM in frontal sinus conditions when the pain rises slowly to a peak and falls gradually.

Dr. Woodbury.

CHELATION THERAPY – AN ALTERNATIVE FOR CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE?


 Introduction:

 Hundreds of medical practitioners in the West are trying Chelation therapy for the prevention and treatment of degenerative circulatory diseases. Proponents of this therapy assert that it is useful in Coronary Artery disease, hypertension, Atherosclerosis, peripheral circulatory disease, premature senility and many age related diseases.

What is EDTA?

 

EDTA is the most commonly used agent for Chelation.  EDTA is a synthetic amino acid it expands as Ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid. It is administered into the body as a series of intravenous infusions. Initially, EDTA gained its reputation for removing toxic metal poisoning from the body and was used in a rare condition where the Calcium levels in the blood are high in the body. It was an accidental finding that EDTA also helps restore the impaired circulation, which has lead to its widespread use in Alternative Medicine.

How does EDTA work?

To put it in a simple way, EDTA acts as a scavenger and binds to atheromatous concretions in the blood vessels, thus cleansing the blood vessels, and helps making them supple, less hard and reduces their narrowing.

So, in chronic circulatory dysfunction, where the coronary arteries may be blocked, EDTA opens up narrow and blocked coronary artery and reduces the angina pain.   If there is a circulatory deficiency in the legs, EDTA helps by improving the circulation by removing the obstructing plaques in the lower limb blood vessels.  It works similarly on the kidney and the brain and improves their function.

 Is Chelation alone enough?

 If elderly patients have a crippling disease and are bed-ridden, then Chelation should be tried in isolation.  But, if the patient is able to comply, then Chelation must be tried with Diet modification and Graded exercise programmes as a part of a comprehensive approach, which will help improve the normality of circulation in the entire body.

Conclusion:

 Despite its wide spread use in Degenerative conditions, Chelation therapy has remained controversial; it has been much misunderstood and grossly under-investigated by mainstream medical professionals.

It is unfortunate that today, Cardiology has become extremely invasive and millions of patients are undergoing Angioplasty or Coronary Arterial Bypass Grafting.  The recurrence rate of Coronary Artery disease despite these procedures is high.  Many patients have to undergo repeat bypass operations or repeat Angioplasty, procedures which are extremely expensive, risky and emotionally painful.

A more open-minded search for a painless and a non-invasive option for these diseases should be made and perhaps, Chelation therapy may be the answer to the crippling and potentially fatal vascular diseases.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 171.


SPONGIA TOSTA.

 

THIS REMEDY IS USEFUL IN DRY COUGH WITH A TUBERCULAR DIATHESIS.

 

This remedy is derived from Roasted Sponge, which is a sea animal belonging to the natural order of Coclenterata.

 This remedy is useful in dry cough with a tuberculosis diathesis, heart affection and in exhaustion and heaviness of the body after the slight exertion.

A KEYNOTE SYMPTOM OF THIS REMEDY IS  ‘INCREASE IN THE COUGH WITH FEAR AND ANXIETY’.

This remedy is useful in chronic dry cough with nasal catarrh.  This cough is associated with tickling of the throat, which causes the cough. This remedy is useful when the cough seems to come from a deep spot in the chest and the chest feels raw and sore.  This remedy is useful in bronchitis with wheezing asthmatic cough, which is worse from exposure to cold air and is associated with profuse expectoration.

This remedy is also useful in Thyroid gland enlargement (Goiter), associated with Hyperthyroidism.

This remedy is also useful in testicular swelling with pain and tenderness (Epididymo-orchitis).

This remedy is useful for the hoarseness of the larynx, where the cough is dry, barking, croupy and worse during inspiration. It suits subjects whose cough abates after eating or drinking food, especially warm drinks.  It is useful for sore throat that comes on after eating sweet things.  This remedy is useful in Tubercular laryngitis with hoarseness.

This remedy is useful for rapid and violent palpitation associated with breathlessness in valvular diseases of the heart and in angina pectoris.

This remedy is also useful in swelling and indurations of glands. It is useful in itching of the skin associated with measles.

This remedy suits subjects who awaken with fright and feel suffocated and are generally worse after sleep.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse during midnight, with the ascending wind. It also suits subjects who are better from descending and lying down with the head low.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 I have never done better work with any other remedy in valvular diseases of the heart than SPONGIA.

Dr. Nash, M.D.

 SPONGIA TOSTA is the most valuable medicine we have when there is fibrinous deposit upon the valves of the heart.  I have repeatedly found the bellows-murmur disappear as well as the subjective symptoms become relieved under its use.  Sudden waking up in the night with a sense of suffocation is the symptom, which especially leads me to its choice I must say that for removing the valvular lesions of endocarditis, I have found SPONGIA very inferior to NAJA.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

 SPONGIA relieves the cough and other concomitants of an aneurysm of the descending aorta.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

 

SPONGIA is useful only in Asthma depending upon Tuberculosis.

Dr. Boehr.

VEGANISM – THE WAY FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE.


Introduction:

The western world has always been advocated the use of meat, fish, poultry, grains, dairy products, fruits and vegetables for a healthy living.  But recent studies have shown that this diet actually causes diseases.

More people are turning vegetarian and some are turning into vegans. Veganism is a form vegetarianism where the subjects consciously avoid diary products is eggs. Vegans also avoid using fur, leather, wool and cosmetics, where the products are tested on animals.

Comparative anatomy studies of humans and carnivores:

If we see the hands of human beings, they are rounded without claws suggesting that human hands are meant for pluck fruits rather than tearing flesh.  The incisor teeth are meant for chewing vegetables and the human canine teeth is not well developed.  The salivary secretion in humans has salivary amylase, an enzyme that is designed to digest complex vegetarian carbohydrates. The hydrochloric acid secretion from the stomach is less than 10% of that of the carnivores, suggesting that the human body is more designed to absorb and digest vegetarian food.  Lastly, the length of the large intestine in carnivores is very short and it is three times longer in humans. This is perhaps one reason, why we are meant to be vegetarian.

Non-vegetarianism is dangerous:

The consumption of animal fats and proteins has been linked to heart disease, colon cancers, lung cancers, diabetes, higher cholesterol levels, osteoporosis (brittleness of bones), kidney diseases, blood pressure, obesity and more recently the consumption of beef has lead to the fatal MAD COW DISEASE.

Animal agriculture and the environment:

Contrary to popular beliefs, animal agriculture takes a devastating toll on the earth’s natural resources because it requires enormous amounts land, water, fertilizes and other resources to feed farm animals.  It would be easier on the earth’s resources, if we all turned vegetarian.

Animals pay a heavy price for our way of living:

All of us have a distorted notion that drinking milk or eating eggs does not kill animals. We seldom realize that the cows and chickens live their short lives caged, drugged, mutilated and deprived of their most basic freedom so that we can drink milk or eat eggs.  Many of us are not aware that these animals are cruelly slaughtered when their production rates decline.

The four holistic food groups:

A vegetarian diet would be a lot healthier and holistic.

Whole grains, which include rice, bread, pasta, corn, cereals, millets, barley are rich in fiber and other complex carbohydrates, proteins, B complex vitamins and trace elements.

Vegetables are rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene riboflavin, iron, calcium and fiber.

Legumes are all good sources of fiber, protein, iron, calcium, zinc and B vitamins. Soya milk and tofu are excellent sources of vegetable protein.

Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Conclusion:

The meat industry has contributed to more American deaths than all wars, natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.

Adopting a Vegan lifestyle is not easy but it provides abundant benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health.