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Wednesday, September 27, 2006


There are number of Indian drugs which were commonly used in our ancient time & today in Ayurvedic system of medicine, now proved in homeopathy & giving great assistance in the speedy recovery . Further more it is a intresting fact that these drugs have a selective action & do not require totality of symptoms. Now in next few days I like to take number of common Indian plants & their homeopathic uses.


Abroma augusta Linn.
(Ulat kambal)
Common Name : Ulat kambal
English : Devil's cotton
Hindi : Olat Kambal
Family : Sterculiaceae

It is mostly found in the hotter parts of India. It has showy, deep scarlet flowers. Root bark is used for medicinal purposes. It is popular in the indigenous system as a good emmenagogue, and in the congestive and neuralgic variety of dysmenorrhoea. It has also proved to be an effective medicine for diabetes mellitus & inspidus.

Homoeopathic uses
Fragmentary provings were conducted by Dr. D.N. Ray of Calcutta in 1919 and Dr. Jugal Kishore of New Delhi in 1972. It has been subsequently proved by CCRH and has shown its affinity for female reproductive organs producing symptoma of dysmeSnorrhoea and leucorrhoea, which have been confirmed during verification trials too.

Diabetes mellitus - Urine profuse < at night and of high specific gravity. Excessive thirst with dryness of mouth. Patient suffers from insomnia and prostration, and patient is averse to do any physical and intellectual labour. Mentally patient is of irritable nature, forgetful and morose.

Dysmenorrhoea - Colicky pains in lower abdomen. Menses are irregular, lasting for short or long time. Blood is dark and clotted.

Bronchitis - Pain in chest and sides on coughing. Cough < in the evening and during night. Respiration is rapid & expectoration white.

Potency-6 & Q


Aegle folia
(Bel leaves)
Common Name : Bel leaves
Hindi : Bel
Sanskrit : Bilwa, Tripatra
English : Bengal quince
Family : Rutaceae

It is indigenous to India and is found wild all over sub-Himalayan forests. It is considered to be very auspicious and sacred to Hindus as it is offered to Lord Shiva. It is considered as an emblem of fertility.

The fruit of this tree is mainly used for treating diarrhoea & dysentery. Mostly half ripe fruit is used for medicinal purposes. Aegle marmelos is prepared from the fruit and Aegle folia is prepared from leaves of bel plant.

Homoeopathic uses

Like Aegle marmelos this drug has also been found effective in gastro-intestional affections particularly dysentery & piles.

Dysentery-Flatulent colicky pains with loose mucoid stool & mixed with blood. Urga starts soon after taking food. Pain griping in abdomen > passing flatus.

Piles- Blind, painful with itching. Constipation, stool hard & scanty. Persons suffering from indigestion with sour eructations.

Potency-Q & 6


Aegle marmelos (Linn.) Correa
(Bel fruit)
Common Name : Bel fruit
Sanskrit : Sriphala, Bilwa
Hindi : Bel
English : Bengal quince
Family : Rutaceae

It is indigenous to India and is found wild all over sub-Himalayan forests. It is considered to be very auspicious and sacred to Hindus as it is offered to Lord Shiva. It is considered as an emblem of fertility.

The fruit is mainly used for treating diarrhoea & dysentery. Mostly half ripe fruit is used for medicinal purposes.

Homoeopathic uses

Conjunctivitis & Styes - Pain, stitching with sensation of dust particles in eyes with lachrymation. Stye, mostly over upper eyelids.

Rhinitis (Cold & Coryza) - With the symptoms of coryza, sneezing, redness of eyes and blockage of nose.

Coccygodynia - Pain in coccyx especially on getting up and better by walking.

Nocturnal seminal emission with amorous dreams.
Chronic dysentery - Alternate diarrhoea & constipation, stool, loose with mucus.

Potency-30 & Q

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Explanation of the workings of homeopathy. Beautiful video.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Distribution of Steroid like Compounds in Plant Flora

Medicinal herbs constitute an effective source of traditional (Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathy) and modern medicine. The plant is a biosynthetic laboratory, not only for chemical compounds, but also a multitude of compounds like glycosides, alkaloids etc. These exert physiological and therapeutic effect. The compounds that are responsible for medicinal property of the drug are usually secondary metabolites. Alkaloids, glycosides, neutral principles, resins, oleoresins, sesquiterpene lactones are some of the common active constituents of medicinal herbs. The article reviews distribution of steroid like compounds and their pharmacological importance.
1The practice of medicinal herbs for treating the diseases is very well known from ancient times. There are number of synthetic medicines which have been derived from medicinal herbs. Digioxin, Aspirin, Reserpine, Ephedrine, Quinine, Vincristine, Vinblastine, Taxol, Artemisinin, Hypericin, Silymarin are some noteworthy examples and their mechanism of action is beyond doubt as far as efficacy is concerned. Number of studies is available to show their effectiveness. These are regarded as active constituents of the herbs and are present in standardized form in the herbal extracts, if not isolated as single entity.
In addition to the alkaloids, glycosides, resins, oleo-resins, aromatic & volatile oils, neutral principles etc, a number of other compounds are also known to exists in plant flora which are responsible for curative action of the herbs, although are relatively less known compounds. Recently some light has been thrown on steroid like compounds present in number of medicinal herbs. Chemically the compounds are known as sterols and are considered to be derivatives of the steroids. They resemble in structure with steroids and modern clinical studies have supported their role as anti inflammatory and analgesic agents.
2Beta -sitosterol is the most commonly studied sterol compound isolated from number of medicinal herbs and it has shown effectiveness in reducing serum cholesterol levels. 3Modern studies have indicated the usefulness of beta-sitosterol in benign prostate hypertrophy and the compound has been detected in Serenoa Repens commonly known as Saw Palmetto. 4The medicinal herb has been traditionally used in treating prostate symptoms the clinical trials have shown promise in stages 1 & 2 in reducing difficulties associated with BPH but it has nothing to do with enlarged size of the gland. In addition the medicinal herb is known to contain sterols including beta sitosterol-3-o-glycosides, beta-sitisterol-3-o-glycosides, beta-sitosterol-fatty acid esters and their glycosides.
5,6,7 Disogenin is another compound present in number of herbs like Hedichyum spicatum, Trigonella foenum- graecum, Pueraria tuberosa & Dioscorea villosa. Oral contraceptives & sex hormones are derived from Disogenin. It is extracted from medicinal herbs as well as prepared commercially. Due to wide the distribution of the compound in above herbs, they have been used in various types of sexual disorders like impotency. 8Ruscogenins are other compounds present in Yucca liliaceae that are used in treating pain and inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism. Yucca filamentosa is other known species, which contains Ruscogenin as active principle. 9,10Ruscogenins are also present in Ruscus aculeatus and in animal tests; there was increase in venous tone and an electrolyte-like reaction on the cell wall of the capillaries.
Smilax officinalis is medicinal herb that is known to contain steroid like compounds-saponin glycosides and according to some researchers actually the herb contains male hormones. 11It also has been used in herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent in curing arthritis and rheumatism. Rubus idaeus, commonly called as raspberry, is also known to contain such type of compounds.
12 Phyto-estrogens are group of pharmacologically active compounds present in Asparagus officinalis where they are known as Asparagosides A, B, D, F, G, H $I [16]. Although the herb finds application in female sexual disorders but effectiveness for the claimed application has not been sufficiently documented. 13In Asparagus adscendens, active compounds are called Shatavarins 1-4 and in clinical studies they shown estrogen like activity. According to Mitchell Deborah these phyto-estrogens inhibit the conversion of testosterone to dihyrotestosterone, thereby increasing the count of testosterone in the body. Co- incidentally the role of the herb has been described in old texts of Ayurveda as sexual tonic. Coriander sativum [commonly known as fennel] also contains phyto- estrogens and has shown promise in treating premenstrual syndrome. Some glycosides on hydrolysis produce aglycones like gitogenin and tigogenin, which also are being used in steroid synthesis.
14 Balsamdendron commiphora mukul commonly known as Guggul contains special group of compounds called Guggulsterones, which range from E to Z. 15,16,17They are known as active principle of the herb and accounts for the use of the herb in hyperlipidemia and arthritis. 18Withania sominifera commonly known as Ashwagandha contain pharmacologically active compounds called Withanolides, which are considered to be responsible for various applications of the herb as adaptogen and immunomodulator. 19Withaferin-A is the most important group of Withanolide and has shown promise as potent anti cancer agent. 20The Withanolides are basically steriod lactones and various types have been isolated.
A special group of compounds called cardioactive steroids [better known as cardiac glycosides] deserves special mention. Digitalis purpurea, Stropanthus gratus and Urginea indica are reputed remedies as cardiac tonics. Clinically they find application in congestive cardiac failure. All of them contain steroid saponins as active constituents. 21Calotropis procera is known to contain cardioactive glycoside calotropine, which has shown an antitumor effect in vitro on human epidermiod carcinoma cells of the rhinopharynx. Besides it also acts as expectorant and diuretic.
In Homeopathic system of medicine, Convallaria majalis is a reputed remedy in various heart diseases. It also contains cardioactive steroid glycosides, which vary in the herb according to geographical source, and main active constituents are convalloside, convallatoxin and convallatoxol. In clinical studies they have shown positive inotropic effect on the myocardium and it lowers the elevated left ventricular pressure as well pathologically raised venous pressure.
Glycyrrhiza glabra works like steroids but without any side effects. The roots contain glycrrhizin and allied compounds. Research has indicated that it is anti inflammatory, hel;ps in biosynthesis of cholestrol and also promotes excretion of cholestrol.
From above it can be concluded that that sterol compounds are less known for their medicinal importance. Some of them have been isolated and researchers are studying hard to find their exact mode of action. In future a number of compounds can be expected from the sterols that can provide us with life saving drugs. The only need of the hour is to investigate the compounds with open mind so that maximum benefit can be withdrawn from them.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


The repetition of the remedy is always a controversial issue & under constant debate in homeopathy. There is no clear-cut rule that can be laid down, and it is very difficult thing to teach and to understand; rather it can only come by experience and by using powers of observation .
The safe rule to follow is, never repeat the dose after reaction begins.
If more than one dose is necessary repeat the dose until there is improvement and then stop; more doses will only retard the cure. When reaction is taking place never repeat the remedy; when reaction ceases or improvement stops, the remedy may be repeated.

1.-Hahnemann’s view on repetition:-
We find certain rules given us for the repetition of the remedy in Chronic Diseases and Hahnemann discusses these on pages 209-213, in speaking of the third mistake in the treatment of diseases. Quoting in part, we find, on page 209: “The third leading mistake that the Homoeopathic physician cannot too carefully or steadfastly avoid is in hastily and thoughtlessly giving some other medicine ... but if once a medicine ... is acting well and usefully, which is seen by the eight or tenth day, then an hour or even half a day may come when a modern homoeopathic aggravation again takes place. The good results may not appear in their best light before the twenty-fourth or thirtieth day. The dose will probably have then exhausted its favorable action about the fortieth or fiftieth day, and before that time it would be injudicious and an obstruction to the progress of the cure to give any other medicine. Experience teaches that a cure cannot be accomplished more quickly and surely than by allowing the suitable antipsoric to continue its action so long as improvement continues ... Whoever can restrain his impatience as to this point will reach his object the more surely and the more certainly ... periods of aggravation will occur, but so long as only the original ailments are renewed and no new, severe symptoms present themselves, they show a continuing improvement, being homoeopathic aggravations which do not hinder but advance the cure. The physician must; therefore, in chronic diseases, allow all antipsoric remedies to act thirty, forty or even fifty and more days by themselves, so long as they continue to improve the diseased state perceptibly to the acute observer, even though gradually; for so long the good effects continue with the indicated doses and these must not be disturbed and checked by any new remedy.”
In footnote, page 212, we find: “But he who will not allow himself to be convinced of this and imitate what I now teach, he who is not willing to imitate it exactly, can leave the most important chronic diseases uncured.”
2:- Kent’s Observation:-
From the study of the Organon and the Chronic Diseases, we learn that there are certain other things that we may expect after the prescription has been made.Kent gives these observations as eleven in number. I will simply give them without further comment, as an explanation may be found in Kent’s Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy.
Following the dose one of the following results is to be expected:
1st. A rapid cure will take place with no aggravation of symptoms.
2d. The aggravation will be rapid, short and strong, and is followed by rapid improvement of the patient.
3d. A long aggravation with final and slow improvement of patient.
4th. A long aggravation with final decline of patient.
5th. Full time amelioration of symptoms with no special relief of patient.
6th. Amelioration comes first and aggravation come afterward.
7th. Too short relief of symptoms.
8th. Old symptoms are seen to appear.
9th. New symptoms appearing after the remedy is given.
10th. Patients who prove every remedy given.
11th. That symptoms take the wrong direction.

. Yesterday I was reading an article of Dr Rajan Sankaran in Homeopathic Links & this article impressed me a lot. I am quoting the whole text of this article from Homeopathic Links.

3:- Dr Rajan Shankaran’s view:-

Dr Gerhardus Lang, M.D., posed a question to Rajan Sankaran: How often can we repeat a dose? Dear Rajan Sankaran, you wrote in your book The Spirit of Homoeopathy that we have to repeat when the dose is exhausted. In chapt. 25 you describe a case of Aurum met. and you gave him Aur.m.200 and 1 M over a period of a year in weekly doses. I should like to know if Aurum was always exhausted after a week and if you did really observe the patient to be sure if the dose was exhausted.

Rajan Sankaran, Bombay :
I have, in the past ten years of practice, in some chronic cases of definite structural pathology, repeated the dose of the indicated remedy despite amelioration. I did this because I found that sometimes by not repeating the dose of the medicine progress comes to a standstill and despite the patient feeling better the pathology remains the same. Further, I found that such repetition did not seem to create any kind of trouble. I must also state that in some cases I found even chronic structural pathology reversing with a single dose. I therefore started thinking in which case a repetition is needed and in which case it is not needed. My conclusions are as follows:
One of the cases I would definitely repeat regularly would be osteoarthritis that requires a remedy like Calc.fluor. A similar example would be a case like hypertension which is chronic and persistent. A third example would be a case of vitiligo. These kind of cases which share a common feature, namely they are chronic and slow in progression. I found in such cases that even though a single dose acts, its action seems to stop after some days or weeks and another dose takes it one step forward, its action lasting for another few weeks and so forth. Gradually I started experimenting with repeating doses even when the person was improving as if anticipating that the dose would exhaust its action. I found this kept the progress uninterrupted. It seemed to depend upon the onset of pathology. If the onset was slow and gradual, repetition was needed in days or weeks. If the onset was sudden and the exciting factor was not there, then repetition was not needed, e.g. sprain or an injury or a fright etc. If the exciting factor was present e.g. certain severe infective pathology as in severe tonsillitis, severe pneumonia, typhoid etc. then repetition would be called for every few hours. The same happens in chronic cases especially in cases where the exciting factor is found in the life of a person, these cases require definite repetition. One must remember that an exciting factor is one that excites a sick person - the same factor may not excite healthy people.
Another factor that influences repetition is excitability of the root within. If the root is strong, the dose exhausts its action quite soon. The excitability of the root can be judged by how sensitive the person is to the exciting factor. Taking all these above factors into consideration, when we look at the case of Aur. given in my book we find
1) Very excitable Aurum root as shown in the fact that increased responsibility excited in him a intense state of Aurum.
2) Such a responsibility was still present (felt by him) as a continuous exciting factor.
3) The pathology was slow and gradual showing the need of repetition. Pathology in the form of IHD (Ischaemic Heart Disease) HT (Hypertension) and diabetes and also peripheral vascular disease - all slow progressive pathology which I feel cannot be reversed by a single dose.
In such cases I can anticipate that the dose will be exhausted very soon. I judge how long to wait by seeing how long the first dose lasts. When its action is over I repeat the dose at the same interval each time, even before the improvement stops. If I know that the first dose lasted two weeks I would repeat the remedy once in 12 days in anticipation.
From experience I found that if other things are constant, i.e. there is no new addition or subtraction of exciting factors, the dose acts for almost the same amount of time. There comes a point, after a few days, months or years, where the dose stops acting or acts for a much shorter time. This is the time to raise the potency. Each time the potency is raised it is advisable to again wait and watch for how long the dose of the new potency works and to repeat at this interval.
The logic of repetition.
What I have stated is from clinical experience of innumerable cases. I have thought about this phenomenon and explain it thus:
1) What is repetition?
Repetition is giving a reminder (an awareness) and is needed as fast as the person forgets the previous lesson. Who is likely to forget and need a reminder? The one who has fallen into such a pattern that just telling him once doesn't make enough impression. There is a tendency to fall into the same pattern again and again and we see this in a chronic or acute case which has a strong exciting factor.
For example, a person coming for an interview is nervous for 3 days before. You give an awareness and his nervousness recedes until he is faced with the interview. His nervousness returns and he needs to be reminded again. As the period of interview comes closer and closer he needs repeated doses of awareness. So, in such a case you might have to repeat Gelsemium again and again.
Where is repetition not required?
An acute where the exciting factor which is not repeated, can easily be dealt with in one dose. Even a chronic case which began with one exciting factor which is no longer there needs very little repetition, I have seen this with Carcinosin. E.g. Carc. is a situation of a child where the parents are asking for perfection and the child fits into this pattern, but if in adulthood this exciting factors no longer exists a single awareness is enough. Here the exciting factor doesn't exist in the present, and little or no repetition is necessary. If you see a case of Calc.fluor where the fellow is struggling about money, with an excitable root from the past plus exciting factors from present, it is impossible to cure with a single dose and the dose will exhaust its action very soon. Even when there is no pathology, but there is only a prominent state, repetition may be needed if the state has come from a very excitable root and there are continual exciting factors around e.g. we see a very strong Bar- carb child coming from a very strong Bar-carb mother. This child is slow dull, laughed at, criticised which makes him even more vulnerable to criticism. People start laughing at him, his family itself considers him an idiot, this child surely requires repetition of Bar-carb very often to get out of this state. The same child in the family which is encouraging and doesn't laugh at him will require less repetition of Bar-carb. Similarly if the child's state has resulted from a strong state of the mother during pregnancy this child is likely to require repetition. If the child's present state resulted from some incident in the child's own past, one isolated incident like fright, this child is not likely to require repetition.
"It is impractical to repeat the same unchanged dose of a remedy once, not to mention its frequent repetition (and at short intervals in order not to delay the cure). The vital principle does not accept such unchanged doses without resistance, that is, without other symptoms of the medicine to manifest themselves than those similar to the disease to be cured, because the former dose has already accomplished the expected change in the vital principle and a second dynamically wholly similar, unchanged dose of the same medicine no longer finds, therefore, the same conditions of the vital force. The patient may indeed be made sick in another way by receiving other such unchanged doses, even sicker than he was, for now only those symptoms of the given remedy remain active which were not homoeopathic to the original disease, hence no step towards cure can follow, only a true aggravation of the condition of the patient. But if the succeeding dose is changed slightly every time, namely potentised somewhat higher then the vital principle may be altered without difficulty by the same medicine (the sensation of the natural disease diminishing) and thus the cure brought nearer" - said Hahnemann in the Organon. This goes against not only my experience, but that of many homoeopaths. As far as I know no homoeopath has refrained from repeating the same dose and so not only Hahnemann's explanation goes beyond logic but goes beyond experience also.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

WHO puts final stamp of approval on homeopathy

WHO recognition for homeopathySunday December 25 2005 00:00 IST THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Deviating from the trend of rejecting homeopathy treatment and medicine as mere placebos, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that homeopathy is the second-most used medical system internationally.“Clinical trials have proved that this method of treatment has been successful if the practitioners have taken into account the individual holistic nature of the patient before opting for homeopathy,” says Dr T N Sreedhara Kurup, assistant director in charge of the Central Research Institute for Homeopathy. Different patients will receive different treatments for the same disease making it difficult to conduct randomised control trials, he said.“Homeopathy is that stream of medicine which prescribes medicines suitable to the individual and the cost of treatment is affordable when compared to allopathy. Besides, it is claimed that homeopathic medicines are devoid of any harmful side-effects,” says Dr Ravi M Nair, a homeopathy specialist.About 50 crore people rely on homeopathy treatment in the world. As a system of medicine, it draws support from over lakhs of doctors, teaching institutions and universities where homeopathy is taught. Research centres and manufacturing units with focus on developing newer drugs for treatment of diseases provide ample proof that homeopathic medicines are not mere placebos, Nair said

"I cherish my right to believe as I wish, and I will defend the right of others to believe differently. We need to learn to live together in peace by focusing on our similarities, not our differences. I'll go to my Church and you go to yours but let's walk along together. " - David M. Breshnahan.

Monday, September 04, 2006


A few years back I saw the dramatic representation by NISHA in ABC FORUM. At that time I saved it & yesterday when I was searching the documents, I suddenly came across the wonderful script, ‘Homeopathy prescribed Allopathically’
Why do u not enjoy the script?

Homeopathy prescribed Allopathically - This for That.
Let all Homeopath prescriber’s prescribe all Homeo medicines on the policies of Allopathy. That is “THIS FOR THAT” and so CON’VENIENT “THAT FOR THIS” . Why bother for Repertorisation. Why bother for similimum and provings. Why bother for the root cause and why bother for constitution and why bother understanding the Organon (Bible of homeopathy).
A small play to temporary’ly break the monotonic postings of this forum :
AFTER Kent (USA) and Boenninghausen (Germany) invented the repertories and Hahnemann (Germany) invented the Homeopathic world.
Hahnemann, Kent, Boenninghausen start squirming together, in their caskets, six feet under the compacted earth.
Hahnemann : Hey, Why did I not think of this before ?
Kent : Think of what ? Arnica for Hair growth ? Yeah Why ?
Boenninghausen : (seriously) or for deep refreshing Sleep. ? Yeah Why ?
Hahnemann : sob … sob … my 50 years of invention gone down the drain.
Boenninghausen : Would you re-pharse that to “Gone with the Wind”. Please be more civil.
Kent : Atleast, you could have tried giving Arnica, as a placiebo for Hair Growth.
Boenninghausen : (accusingly) don’t forget its use as a palliative for the refreshingly deep beauty sleep.
Hahnemann : I guess, I over-slept over Arnica. How could I miss out on the Arnica provings. Must be my acidity & my obesity.
Boenninghausen : (sneeringly) Hey, that’s OBESITY or FAT, I see on your middle.
Kent : You must take NatriumPhos-6X and you will loose (not lose) 1 kilo every week.
Boenninghausen : (suspiciously) Hey, isn’t that the one you discovered on 25th december 2004.
Kent : Yeah….. Yeah. I gifted my discovery to this world, on christmas day.
Boenninghausen : (sighhh) Great ..isn’t it. Just like Santa Claus, the ho-ho-ho-go man who always brings us gifts on christmas day.
Boenninghausen : (with a far away look - nostalgically starts singing)
— Jingle bell … Jingle Bell …. Jingle all the way …
—– Santa Claus is coming along, riding on a sledge.
—— HEYyy … Jingle Bell …… Jingle Bell…… Jingle all the way ……
Hahnemann : Will it work on my hippopotamus. The doorway is getting too narrow for him.
Kent : Let’s all take Arnica-6 and go for sleep.
Boenninghausen : (urgently) Yes. Yes ….. But let’s first fizzle and succucess it … hmmm … how many times was it. Hold it … I’ll take Arnica-30 and not Arnica-6. I’ll bang the water bottle against my casket.
Hahnemann : Squirm … Squirm … There isn’t enough room in this casket.
Kent : Ohh nooo … my bottle did’nt fizzle.
Boenninghausen : (squintingly) … Wow … I just increased the dilution by 0.007 times.
Kent : Hey how un-hahnemann’ien ……. that’s a discovery. What a dilution. What a BOND. What a secret service to humanity.
Boenninghausen : (hissess) Yeeeesssss. This is “my discovery” and “I gift” it to this world.
Kent : Which world … below this earth world or above this earth world ?
Hahnemann : Hey …. Hey … What about me ? I proved the Arnica.
Kent : Who are you ?
Boenninghausen : (staringly) forget your dilution. Homeopathy is re-written, Herewith.
Hahnemann : (succumbs) OoohKkay. Can I borrow some Arnica from your bottle. I have balded from the top.
Kent : That’s good. Now you are talking our lingo.
Boenninghausen : (obsessingly) Hope “my discovery” is written in Gold letters on a Platinum plate.
Kent : DONE ……. let’s all say “AMEN”
(special appearance) HERING : AMEN
play written, composed and directed by NISHA-INDIA.