First Published : 05 Jun 2009 Courtesy: Express News Service
KOCHI: The Health Department has moved fast to check the outbreak of epidemic in the district.
The number of fever cases are much less than other districts, said Health Minister P K Sreemathi.
Addressing a meeting of health officials in the city the other day, she said that even though there was control over monsoon fever, the Health Department in the district has started all possible steps for the prevention of infectious diseases.
The Minister called for a joint-operation of medical departments such as allopathy, ayurveda and homoeopathy by imparting awareness classes and providing preventive medicines for the public. The Minister requested the DMOs to inform the number of persons who are admitted because of fever in ayurvedic and homoeopathic hospitals.
The authorities should inform the DMOs every day by calling the control room number: 2373616 by fax or phone.
As some of the Corporation areas are untidy with water-logging and improper waste management, the minister had given notice to all health officers including the Corporation to do all the cleaning works before monsoon.
Until the completion of monsoon season, the taluk hospitals, PHCs, CHCs and government hospitals have been asked to open a special clinic till 4 p.m. The government hospitals have been asked to open special additional wards with mosquito nets for the patients who are admitted due to fever.
The Health Department has decided to hire watchmen for three months for controlling visitors in viral fever wards. Authorities are required to use hospital development funds for giving special treatments for the needy. The Minister has given permission to the DMO to appoint 25 additional Junior Health Inspectors from the PSC lists and to give training for the effective prevention of viral fever.
To ensure that there are no interruptions in the smooth functioning of the government hospitals, the Minister requested the DMO to appoint more doctors, staff and nurses through NRHM. The discussion stressed on the importance of cleaning hospitals and surroundings by utilising the services of more cleaning staff in hospitals. The Minister said that all public hospitals should inform the availability of medicines to the pharmacies before three weeks regarding the distribution of medicines. Allopathy, ayurveda, homoeopathy DMOs, NRHM programme managers, district Programme Officers and Hospital Superintendents were also present.
Thursday, 4 June 2009, 10:36 am
The New Zealand Council of Homeopaths (NZCH) welcomes a survey of the use of Homeopathic medicines that reported 92% of people who have taken Homeopathic remedies experienced a positive effect.
The study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal surveyed 124 people in Doctors’ surgeries . Of these 65% said they had used homeopathic remedies with 92% reported experiencing a positive result. These findings confirm the results from studies conducted overseas (2,3,4).
This study revealed that positive responses to homeopathic remedies were achieved even though patients did not understand how homeopathic medicines worked.
Gwyneth Evans, spokesperson for the NZCH states, “The results demonstrate that an adult, child or, animal does not have to know how a remedy works for it to be beneficial."
Consumer demand for a system of medicine that is natural, safe and effective has driven the rise of homeopathy in New Zealand and throughout the world. However, very few surveys on homeopathy have been conducted in New Zealand to date so it is pleasing to see that funding is being made available for this purpose.
Homeopathic consultations are individualised to each patient, taking into account all presenting symptoms, together with a detailed family and personal history, including the context in which the patient became unwell.
A homeopathic prescription is then selected based on the client’s unique symptom presentation. Homeopathic treatment facilitates the body’s ability to fight infection and to decrease susceptibility to disease by gently stimulating the body to heal itself.
“This research is the beginning of an exciting development into adding to previous studies understanding homeopathy. I hope that funding will be made available to conduct further surveys and trials with practicing homeopaths in their clinics, to further add to the body of scientific knowledge of the natural healing powers of homeopathic remedies" said Ms Evans.
1. Holt S and Gilbey A,. (2009) Beliefs about homeopathy among patients presenting at GP surgeries, New Zealand Medical Journal, Vol 122 No,1295
2. A meta-analysis of three trials on homeopathic immunotherapy. Result: significant effect in favour of homeopathic treatment.
3. Reilly D, Taylor MA, Beattie NGM, Campbell JH, McSharry C, Aitchison TC, Carter R, Stevenson RD. Is evidence for homoeopathy reproducible? Lancet. 1994; 344:1601-1606.
4. Cucherat, M., Haugh, M. C., Gooch, M., & Boissel, J. P. 2000, "Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy. A meta-analysis of clinical trials. HMRAG. Homeopathic, Medicines Research Advisory Group", Eur.J.Clin.Pharmacol., vol.. 56, no. 1,
Monday, 1 June 2009 courtesy: www.vithoulkas.com
"British scientists ask WHO to condemn homeopathy for diseases such as HIV"
Ian Sample, science correspondent.
Clinics throughout Asia and sub-Saharan Africa offering ineffective remedies for serious illnesses, putting lives at risk, researchers say
British scientists have appealed to the World Health Organisation to publicly condemn homeopathy as a treatment for serious diseases, such as HIV, TB and malaria.
Comment by George Vithoulkas to the article of Ian Sample in Guardian (1.6.2009)
The article in your newspaper dated 1 June 2009, "British scientists ask WHO to condemn homeopathy for diseases such as HIV" by Ian Sample, is obviously unbalanced.
Monday, May 25, 2009 Courtesy:www. Daijiworld.com
Mangalore: National Conference of Indian Homoeopathy Medical Association
Mangalore, May 25: "The state government has realized the efficacy of homoeopathic treatment and plans are under way to appoint 150 homoeopathic practitioners," revealed Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister Krishna J Palemar. He was speaking after inaugurating the national conference of Indian Homoeopathy Medical Association (IHMA) and the scientific workshop, ‘Homoeomed - 2009' held on the occasion.
Self-confidence is the single most important tool necessary for maintaining health. Homoeopathy is a system of medicine, whereby instilling of courage and confidence in the patients is a way of treatment. This treatment in real sense, cures diseases and brings a sense of contentment among the patients, he appreciated.
"In rural places, even today the homoeopaths are looked upon like incarnations of Gods. It is true that under this method, it takes longer time to cure a disease. There is a need to spread awareness about the benefits of this system of medicine and popularize the system," the minister felt. He lamented, that the people of late, have been giving undue importance to increasing their earnings, to the detriment of their health. Once their health gets spoilt, they start spending their earnings to get treatments and buy medicines. Because of this tendency of overlooking health and leading a hurried life style, the life span of the people is coming down considerably," he lamented.
IHMA president Dr S Sanjeev expressed his grave concern at the fact that the homoeopathic practitioners, wilting under the pressure exerted by patients for hastening the curing process, have been dispensing allopathic treatments to their patients.
The Mangalore unit of IHMA presented a memorandum to the minister on this occasion, urging the government to give importance to homoeopathic method of treatment. IHMA national general secretary Dr Roshan Pinto read out the memorandum. Fr Mullers Homoeopathy Medical College administrative officer Fr Wilfred Prakash D'Souza, Dr Abraham Zacharius of the city-based St George’s Homoeopathy Laboratory and Moodbidri Alva's Homoeopathy College principal Dr Varnekar were felicitated on the occasion.
Dr Prasanna Kumar and Dr Girish Navada were present.
2nd OCTOBER 2008
Canara Bank Launched Rural Clinic Scheme
Rural Homoeopathic clinic was inaugurated by the District Collector Mrs.R.Vasuki I.A.S. Dindigul, on 2nd October 2008.
Canara Bank launched rural clinic scheme at chennamanaickenpatti near Dindigul on 02.10.08 which is a homoepathic clinic.The district collector Mrs. R. Vasuki I.A.S., launched the scheme in the presence of Mr.S.Nagarajan DGM, Canara Bank Trichy circle and Mr. M. Fazil Chief manager, Canara Bank Dindigul Main welcomed the gathering. While addressing the District collector emphsised the need of the homoepathic treatment to the rural people and the service minded approach. Mr.S. Nagarajan DGM, Canara Bank, informed the gathering about the various features of the rural clinic scheme and the bank is paying incentive to the Doctor in charge of the clinic. Miss.K.Bala Bharathi M.L.A greeted the function and told about the importance of homoeopathy.
Dr.V.Charuvahan B.H.M.S., incharge of the rural clinic presented memento to the guests. Mr.G.Chandrasekaran, District Revenue Officer, Mr. P.Ponniah Project officer DRDA, Mr.B.Jambunathan Lead District Manager, Canara Bank Greeted the Occasion. The function was attended by large gathering of village public and manager staffs of Canara Bank.
21st January , 2009 Courtesy: expressindia.com
Homoeopathy is fast emerging as an effective therapy to cure kidney stones without surgery
Changing lifestyles, physical activities, lack of exercises, habits, late nights, extensive use of vehicle and family history can be among the reasons why the number of people suffering from kidney stones is on the rise. Homoeopathy is an effective therapy to cure kidney stone without surgery. According to Dr Nilesh Kataria, a well known homoeopathy expert, more than one thousand patients have been cured in the last ten years by use of homoeopathy treatment.
Kataria did a research to use homoeopathy for the treatment of kidney stone and found out that some medicines, which are not directly mentioned as cure of kidney stone in homoeopathy, can be effective in the treatment of kidney stone. Kataria has now developed his own treatment based on the medical history of each patient, his current health condition and the type of kidney stone. People in the age group of 15-45 are more prone to kidney stone problem, he says.
Non-vegeterians and vegetarians who consume excessive amounts of roots, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers or fruits such as guava or figs which have multiple seeds are more prone to this health condition. Also, people who suffer from acidity and are under medication for that are susceptible to kidney stone problem. People who live in tropical regions or those who drink less water or drink water with high mineral content too are easy targets for the problem. Of course all those who are in this condition don't suffer from kidney stone. As each person is different from the other, we have to study individual cases deeply before arriving at a conclusion.
About 80 per cent of the kidney stones are calcium, they can be treated by homoeopathic medicines. The rest of the stones can be Struvite (Triple Phosphate), Urates and Cystine out of these, the harder stones like urates less than 5 mm can be treated by homoeopathic medicines. Harder stones more than 5mm may require surgery
Sonography is used to detect kidney stone. If however a patient is suffering from gastronomic problems, the stones cannot be detected even in Sonography. A stone like urate can not be detected even in an X-ray. In such circumstances, we resort to intravenous Pylography — insertion of a dye in the kidney and taking X-ray images of the dye at different stages .
Kataria says adding, "Normal, small size stones can be treated by hydrotherapy (flushing out the stone by urine pressure) whereas larger size stones need lithotripsy and Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy. Stone still larger are removed by surgery. This surgery costs anything between Rs 15,000 and Rs 1 lakh. Homoeopathy treatment costs just about 30 per cent of this. A patient is not required to follow any routine except drinking lots of water."
January 30, 2009 Courtesy: The Times
Universities drop degree courses in alternative medicine
Alexandra Frean, Education Editor
Universities are increasingly turning their backs on homoeopathy and complementary medicine amid opposition from the scientific community to “pseudo-science” degrees.
The University of Salford has stopped offering undergraduate degrees in the subjects, and the University of Westminster announced yesterday that it plans to strengthen the “science base” content of its courses after an internal review which examined their scientific credibility.
Both universities are following the lead of the University of Central Lancashire, which last year stopped recruiting new students to its undergraduate degree in homoeopathic medicine.
The decisions by Salford and Westminster open a new chapter in the fierce debate about the place of awarding of Bachelor of Science degrees in subjects that are not science.
Several universities run degree courses in complementary medicine, which include a range of therapies including homoeopathy, crystal healing and herbal medicine. But academics opposed to such courses regard them as misleading and damaging to the reputation of the universities that offer them.
In a letter to The Times today a group of scientists led by Professor David Colquhoun, a pharmacologist at University College London, say that they are encouraged that such courses are being closed down. However, they add that although some universities are now taking sensible actions in cancelling such courses, government policy on regulation of alternative medicine is in a mess because there is no official view on “which treatments work and which don't”.
The University of Salford said it planned to wind down the undergraduate programme in traditional Chinese medicine “for financial and strategic reasons”.
He acknowledged that the course had been criticised by the scientific establishment, but said that the university would continue “to encourage and promote research into complementary and alternative medicine”.
He added: “It is not our role to comment on the views of others.”
A spokesman for the University of Central Lancashire said that it would not be drawn into a debate about the scientific basis of certain forms of complementary medicine. However, he accepted that some of its courses had attracted “bad publicity” and said the university had commissioned a review of its courses in this area, which would be published at the end of March.
“We have had academic debate within the university on whether these courses are scientific or not,” he said.
A spokesman for the University of Westminster said the university had recently undertaken a review of its undergraduate Complementary Therapies courses as part of an internal restructure.
“The review recommended that the delivery of the courses' distinctive scientific base be reinforced, along with the capacity of the department to conduct high quality research with due academic rigour,” he said.
He would not say whether the review had been ordered as a direct result of criticism of the courses, adding only that “graduates will continue to receive a grounding in scientific understanding and analysis”.
Other universities have got around “pseudo science” accusations by offering such courses as arts degrees. The University Campus Suffolk, for example, offers a two-year foundation degree in holistic therapy as an arts course.
Other universities are more robust in their defence of their courses.
Ian Appleyard, principal lecturer in acupuncture at London South Bank University, said that acupuncture should be studied for the very reason that it was not well understood from the standpoint of Western scientific medicine. Acupuncture had been used by a significant proportion of the world's population for thousands of years.
“Recent large-scale clinical trials such Haake and meta-analysis from reputable institutions such as The Cochrane Collaboration, have shown that there is evidence to support the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture treatment for back pain and migraine,” he said.
Sunday 1st February, 2009 Courtesy:bombaynews.Net
Homeopathy gets a boost in Gujarat
As many 675 homeopathy doctors have been recently appointed in Gujarat and 182 part-time homeopathy dispensaries will be upgraded shortly, a top official said Sunday.
February 3, 2009 Courtesy: The Hindu
Homeopathy offers treatment for infertility, says a Chennai hospital
Chennai (PTI): Homeopathy offered cost-effective treatment options for infertility without any surgery, a city-based hospital has claimed.
A recent workshop and a public awareness programme on infertility, organised by AKP Homoeopathic Clinical Research Centre here at Anna Institute of Management, highlighted that homoeopathy could find solutions for low sperm count in men and can increase sperm count in varicocele (an enlargement of the veins of the spermatic cord) without surgery.
About 250 homoeopathic physicians participated in the workshop while 25 infertile couple attended the public awareness programme, a release from the centre said on Monday.
In men, absence of sperms or low sperm count were the most common cause for infertility. Low count mostly resulted from hormonal imbalance, smoking and alcoholism.
Varicocele was a common disorder for low sperm count, in which the blood vessels around the testes engorged with blook, increased temperature prevents sperm production.
Presently the condition was being handled with surgery, but homoeopathy could solve the problems without hormone therapy and surgery, the release claimed.
Similarly, in women the most common cause for infertility was poly cystic ovarian syndrome, in which the cysts in the ovary give hormonal imbalance and homoeopathy had proved clinically effective in these conditions also, it maintained.
Homeopathy can also treat 'auto-immunity' condition which is the cause of delay in conception in normal couples.
Dana Ullman, MPH, citizen journalist
NaturalNews) Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) showed a special interest in and appreciation for homeopathic medicine. In 1854, before Lincoln was elected president, he was retained as a lawyer to prepare a state legislative proposal to charter a homeopathic medical college in Chicago. Because Chicago was the home of the American Medical Association, which had been founded in 1847 in part to stop the growth of homeopathy, Lincoln's job was no simple effort. However, many of Chicago's most prominent citizens and politicians participated on the board of trustees of the proposed Hahnemann Medical College, including Chicago's mayor, two congressmen, an Illinois state representative, a Chicago city councilman, the co-founder of Northwestern University, the founder of Chicago Union Railroad, and several medical doctors who were homeopaths (Spiegel and Kavaler, 2002). Despite significant opposition, Lincoln was successful in obtaining a charter for the homeopathic college.
Monday, February 16, 2009 Courtesy: Orissadiary.com
Orissa Finance Minister inaugurates National Homoeopathy Congress
Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Bhubaneswar : Orissa Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai has inaugurated a two days 17th National Homoeopathy Congress here at Jayadevsadan on Monday .The National Homoeopathy Congress organised by the joint coordination of Homoeopathic Education, Training & Research Institute and Indian Homoeopathic Research Society .
Addressing the occasion as Chief Guest Finance Minister Sri Ghadai called upon the Homoeopathic Doctors to effort jointly for the development of the Homoeopathic Treatment. Prof. Dr. L.K.Nanda Presided the congress. Indian Homoeopathic Research Society President Dr. C.P.Singh, Secretary Dr. Anirudha Burma, Member of Parliament Brahmananda Panda, Vice-chancellor of Utkal University Prof. Binayak Rath, Vice-President of CCH New-Delhi Dr. Ramji Singh have given stress upon Cheap and harmless homoeopathic treatment. Secretary of the Congress Dr. Pramod Kumar Biswal read out the annual report of the Homoeopathic Education, Training & Research Institute.
Lucknow, Feb 20 (IANS) Announced by the central government with much fanfare nearly two years ago, a scheme to promote and provide homeopathic medicines to pregnant women and new-borns is yet to bear fruit in Uttar Pradesh.
“Due to the estranged relations between the state and the central government, the scheme could not be worked out as the central government is still to release funds for the scheme,” a senior health directorate official claimed, preferring anonymity to avoid any controversy.
The state government decided to implement the central government’s National Campaign on Homeopathy for Mother and Child Care (NCHMCC) last year after citing its success in Gujarat.
The scheme was launched in November 2007 by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss in the national capital and subsequently in the state in February 2008. While launching the scheme, Ramadoss had stressed that there was a good homeopathy infrastructure in the country.
“There are 185 homeopathic colleges in the country and 33 of them offer postgraduate courses. There are around 217,000 registered homeopathic practitioners,” the health minister had said.
“It is necessary that the practitioners in particular be brought into this national campaign so that the message that there is effective and affordable homeopathic treatment can be effectively communicated,” Ramadoss had then said.
“We decided to launch NCHMCC (in Uttar Pradesh) after it showed good results in Gujarat,” Singh said.
It was proved that if homeopathic medicines were administered timely to pregnant women it helped reduce complications at the time of delivery and also resulted in birth of healthy babies, he added.
Intensive training programmes for officials and doctors of the homeopathic department were carried out and it was also decided that doctors from the allopathic and ayurvedic streams, along with the health workers of all government hospitals, will also be imparted similar training.
The trained doctors were to be provided with a kit of homeopathic medicines that were to be administered to pregnant women and newborns via extensive campaigns similar to the pulse polio drive.
However, things came to a standstill within a month and the state government has till now failed to launch even a single campaign.