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Introduction of Homoeopathy Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced almost all over the world. In India it has become a household name due the safety of its pills and gentleness of its cure. A rough study states that about 10% of the Indian population solely depend Homoeopathy for their Health care needs and is considered as the Second most popular system of medicine in the Country. It is more than a century and a half now that Homoeopathy is being practiced in India. It has blended so well into the roots and traditions of the country that it has been recognised as one of the National System of Medicine and plays a very important role in providing health care to a large number of people. Its strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. The word ‘Homoeopathy’ is derived from two Greek words, Homois meaning similar and pathos meaning suffering. Homoeopathy simply means treating diseases with remedies, prescribed in minute doses, which are capable of producing symptoms similar to the disease when taken by healthy people. It is based on the natural law of healing- "Similia Similibus Curantur” which means "likes are cured by likes”. It was given a scientific basis by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann ( 1755-1843) in the early 19th century. It has been serving suffering humanity for over two centuries and has withstood the upheavals of time and has emerged as a time tested therapy, for the scientific principles propounded by Hahnemann are natural and well proven and continue to be followed with success even today.
Nipah Virus epidemic and Homoeopathy Last updated : 25/5/2018 This article highlights the probable homoeopathic genus epidemicus based on the data collected from the care takers of the affected victims in Calicut, Kerala of South India after detailed study and discussion by RAECH – Rapid Action Epidemic Cell Homoeopathy Govt of Kerala Compiled by Dr Mansoor Ali Nipah virus (NiV) was initially isolated and identified in 1999 during an outbreak of encephalitis and respiratory illness among pig farmers and people with close contact with pigs in Malaysia and Singapore. Its name originated from Sungai Nipah, a village in the Malaysian Peninsula where pig farmers became ill with encephalitis. Given the relatedness of NiV to Hendra virus, bat species were quickly singled out for investigation and flying foxes of the genus Pteropus were subsequently identified as the reservoir for NiV Transmission of Nipah virus to humans may occur after direct contact with infected bats, infected pigs, or from other NiV infected people. Signs & Symptoms Infection with Nipah virus is associated with encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). After exposure and an incubation period of 5 to 14 days, illness presents with 3-14 days of fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and mental confusion. These signs and symptoms can progress to coma within 24-48 hours. Some patients have a respiratory illness during the early part of their infections, and half of the patients showing severe neurological signs showed also pulmonary signs Diagnosis Virus isolation attempts and real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from throat and nasal swabs, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, and blood should be performed in the early stages of disease. Antibody detection by ELISA (IgG and IgM) can be used later on. In fatal cases, immunohistochemistry on tissues collected during autopsy may be the only way to confirm a diagnosis. Treatment in conventional medicine Treatment is limited to supportive care. Because Nipah virus encephalitis can be transmitted person-to-person, standard infection control practices and proper barrier nursing techniques are important in preventing hospital-acquired infections (nosocomial transmission). Prevention Nipah virus infection can be prevented by avoiding exposure to sick individuals, pigs and bats in endemic areas. Avoiding personal contacts is the best option. Source : Lesson from Andhra Pradesh- BCT programme Between 1993 and 1999 there were 5308 recorded cases of Jpanees encephalitis in the state, of which 1511 resulted in fatalities. The Government of Andhra Pradesh recruited homeopaths to help curb the JE epidemic at a mass scale in 1999. After the commencement of BCT (Belladona, Calc Carb & Tuberculinum) in 1999 in Andhrpardesh, both mortality and morbidity rates of JE fell significantly. A total of 343 cases were reported in 2000 with 72 deaths, in 2001 only 30 cases with 4 deaths, in 2002 only 18 cases but no deaths, in 2003 and 2004 no cases were recorded. The Government had officially published the statistics and acknowledged the efficacy of homeopathy. This is the first major involvement of homeopathy in the field of prevention of epidemic diseases in our country. Neighbouring states which have not adopted this method continued to show higher incidence of JE cases. After witnessing the decline in India other nations are showing keen interest in this innovative method. Currently homoeopathy donot have a specific curative treatment for Nipah virus infection. But we can manage and help the public to a great extened by giving genus epidemicus. Based on the data collected from care takers in Calicut, Kerala – after detailed study and discussion with experts of RAECH, on the principles of homoeopathy GE, we worked out the following symptoms and found the probable Genus Epidemicus as par with BCT programme in Andhra Pradesh. The main symptom found in patients in Calicut Kerala Fever with intense heat and chilliness Delirium Severe Head ache Suppression of urine Symptoms of encephalitis Unconsciousness and coma within hours Perspiration in diffrent parts of body Rapid pulse in different parts of body Rubrics Selected ( Synthesis Repertory) Fever – Zymotic Mind – Delirium Fever during Kidney – Suppression Urine Head – Inflammation- brain Fever – perspiration heat with Mind – Coma Head – Pain heat during Fever – Chilliness with Mind- Unconsciousness General – Sudden Manifestations Perspiration : Single parts Pulse Rapid Tachycardia Chill during – Complete repertory Final marks Bell : 28/12 Ars : 22/12 Apis : 21/11 Phos : 21/12 Medicine, Dose and Repetition – RAECH Kerala protocol Belladonna 30 – 4 pills twice daily for 5 days (For children upto 12 years 2 pill twice daily) On 6th day : Calc Carb 200 2 dose (1 grain) If epidemic continue can continue Bell 30 every 3rd day after the sixth day (Scarlatina by Hahnemann)