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Homeopathy for anxiety is not a new concept. In fact, people have been using various herbs and plants to treat the symptoms of panic and anxiety for centuries. The healing nature of these plants has been well recorded and they provide a safe, gentle alternative to more traditional medications. For individuals who want to ease anxiety and avoid the possibility of serious side effects, natural treatments are the obvious answer.
Anxiety is caused by the malfunction of neurotransmitters within the brain. The resulting symptoms can include pervasive feelings of dread and uneasiness and physical conditions including sweaty palms and increased heart rate. In most cases, anti-depressants or benzodiazepines will be prescribed to help ease symptoms, but these treatments are not without their drawbacks, primarily potentially damaging side effects. Anxiety homeopathy offers a much more effective form of treatment.
Because it focuses on the body as a whole and specifically targets the physiological condition which causes anxiety, homeopathy for anxiety is considered particularly effective. The principle is based on easing symptoms by correcting imbalances within the brain. This can improve overall health and increase the body’s ability to heal itself for long term results.
Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/mental-health-articles/homeopathy-for-anxiety-the-great-healing-power-of-nature-1876011.html#ixzz15BNp5eKR
Dana Ullman has conducted a very thorough review of homeopathic research trials. He worked with a professor at the Medical University of Vienna and together they wrote this very review of research conducted on homeopathy and respiratory allergies. They considered numerous studies published in the Lancet and BMJ.
People keep claiming that there is little or no research in homeopathy, but this is just not true!
A Review of Homeopathic Research in the Treatment of Respiratory Allergies
Dana is such a respected leader in the field, and I have been following his work for many years. Many thanks to him for this work.
Dana Ullman: FB: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/dana.ullman?ref=ts
He writes regularly for : http://www.homeopathic.com/
Dana’s bio: Thanks to Huffington Post: Dana Ullman
Dana Ullman, M.P.H. is widely recognized as the foremost spokesperson for homeopathic medicine in the U.S. He has authored nine books, including his newest book, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy (North Atlantic Books/Random House, 2007), which includes a Foreword by the Physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He has also written Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants (Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam, 1992) and the best-selling Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam, revised 2004) that is America’s most popular guidebook to using homeopathic medicines at home.
Dana Ullman has written extensively on homeopathic research in an ebook entitled Homeopathic Family Medicine: Evidence Based Nanopharmacology, which describes and references 200+ clinical trials testing homeopathic medicines. Dana’s resource center, Homeopathic Educational Services (www.homeopathic.com) is a leading source for homeopathic books, medicines, home medicine kits, software, and courses.
Dana Ullman has also written chapters on homeopathic medicine for several leading medical textbooks for practicing physicians, including in Integrative Oncology (edited by Andrew Weil, and Donald Abrams, Oxford University Press, 2009), Weiner’s Pain Management: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (edited by M.V. Boswell and B.E. Cole, Taylor and Francis, 2006), and Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice (edited by A.M. Schoen, and S.G. Wynn, Mosby, 1998).
Dana Ullman co-taught a ten-week course on homeopathy at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine from 1993 to 1995 and again in 1998. He also has served or been asked to serve as a consultant or on the advisory board to alternative medicine institutes at Harvard, Columbia, University of Arizona, and University of Alaska schools of medicine. Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona asked Dana to develop their curriculum in homeopathy for their physician associate fellows.
Dana Ullman has written over 200 published articles in a variety of respected publications, including eCAM (published by Oxford University Press), Western Journal of Medicine, The FASEB Journal, Social Policy, The Futurist, Utne Reader, California Living (the Sunday magazine to the S.F. Chronicle and S.F. Examiner), as well as numerous health care and homeopathic journals. Besides authoring many books and articles, Dana has served as publisher of 35 major texts in homeopathy by other authors.
Dana Ullman has been particularly effective in working with major institutions and getting them to change their attitudes and policies towards natural health care. He has organized successful conferences that were sponsored by the federal Department of Health & Human Services (“Holistic Health: Policies in Action,” May, 1980) and U.C. Berkeley (“Conceptualizing Energy Medicine,” March, 1981). He authored the San Francisco Foundation’s Health Report, which changed the funding priorities of this major philanthropic institution. He consulted on a research project sponsored by the California medical board that ultimately recommended many of his proposals. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in 1993. He attended the Institute of Medicine’s Summit on Integrative Medicine in 2009, and he authored a report on it for Oxford University Press’ journal, eCAM.
Dana Ullman graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health (1978). U.C. Berkeley’s alumni magazine featured him in an extensive interview in 1999.
I am preparing this book for publication- here is an excerpt that I hope will help folks with CFS. I know how awful it is- how debilitating. I struggled with it for 7 years, and it was a nosode of Coxsackie B4 9a flu virus) which was a complete cure.
The book will be available within the month.
Excerpt from: “The Homeopathic Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”
If one has employed a Voll, Vega or even Kinesiological screening, a viral match may be found, the most common in CFS being Cytomegalo, Coxsackie B1-B6 (B influenza), Mononucleosis (Glandular fever), Human Herpes virus Type 6 (HHV6), or Epstein Barr. A nosode of the virus (if found) should be prescribed at this time, for example, 30c to be taken every three days for three weeks. The understanding of past homeopathic practitioners has been to employ the 30c potency of nosodes only once in 6 months, but in this author’s experience, this is simply not enough. I began my practice in this manner, and found that the patient returned in two to three weeks testing just as strongly for the virus. Yet when he took the remedy at frequent intervals for several weeks, the symptoms, and the test match disappeared in three to four weeks. It is always possible that one may have to instruct the patient to take a short break in this treatment, to allow some intermediary detoxification to take place. There have been many occasions where a 200c of the nosode tested, possibly indicating that the person has harbored the virus, or the viral memory, for a longer period of time. In this case a dose once a week for three weeks has been effective, with doses of the 30c potency, as well, every two to three days, depending on the level of illness of the patient and his or her sensitivity to remedies.
It is essential, however, to employ drainage support, as described above, during this nosode work. Without it the patient can experience a severe aggravation of his symptoms. If the patient is severely compromised and weak, it is a good idea to prescribe the drainage remedies for approximately a week or even longer, with Vitamin C and lots of pure water, before taking of the first dose of the nosode remedy. In these weakened individuals it is definitely safer and easier on the patient to start with a 30c of the nosode, even though the 200c may test.
Often, at this time, a single constitutional remedy will test, or be chosen according to standard homeopathic practice. If this is the case, one can also prescribe a 30c to be taken every other day, with the proviso that the vital force is strong enough (at least 80 on the Dermatron/RM10 Voll machine.) If the vital force is weakened, even this middle potency can cause an aggravation, an undesirable reaction in a compromised individual. If there is any doubt, it is preferable to wait until gentle drainage and nosode work has been completed, sometimes as little as three to four weeks, but often longer. Each patient is different, and will recover at a different speed. A patient whose vital force is depleted, (hand-to-hand reading is well below the ideal 84) is in a deeper, more chronic, and more pathological phase of disease.
How many of us look forward to a vacation for months, only to have some sort of calamity occur? Besides the obvious jet lag, insect bites, sunburn, and changes in water and eating habits, there are the more serious threats of food poisoning, or the flu. All those foreign viruses and bacteria just waiting to ruin your trip! Here are some easy tips to make your vacation healthier and happier.
Take air travel. When I moved here from the U.K., I became an expert in the art of flying, enduring 22 return trips from London in 24 months. For long distances, consider adjusting a bit to the time difference of your destination. I always try to get up half an hour earlier each morning starting two weeks before a London flight. It’s a bit anti-social, especially when someone calls and you’re in bed at 8:30 P.M., but it definitely works. I can adapt to at least 3 hours of the 5-hour time difference here on the East Coat, before I even leave! Then, to ensure sleep on the plane, always use little foam earplugs (try pharmacies, hardware stores, or gun stores), and an eye mask- nothing disturbs me! A couple of Calms Forte or herbal Valerian, and I’m out. Or take a Dramamine tablet to ensure you sleep.
Also, a wonderful travel idea is to try a foam neck brace from a surgical supply. It stops your head lolling about. Get the large size, so that your head is completely supported. I find them much better than those badly designed little neck pillows. And other passengers and crew are particularly nice to you!
Drink lots of good water, not alcohol or coffee on the plane, as they are dehydrating. Eat lightly, as you don’t want your body to use up its energy digesting a full stomach of food. Also the cabin air is extremely dry, and this can play havoc with the mucus membranes of your sinuses, leaving them vulnerable to possible circulating viruses from all the people in an enclosed space. Use a saline nasal spray (from any drugstore) as often as you remember, and suck on chewable Ester C through the flight- this will also help to protect you.
Try not to touch your face, especially your eyes, with your hands while you travel. This is an especially useful tip, as everything you touch has been recently touched by other hands, and the cold and flu germs are very contagious. To that end, take a little package of wipes, to clean your hands as often as possible.
At your destination, try not to sleep till nighttime if possible. At bedtime, take 2 mgs of melatonin, available at health food stores. Melatonin is secreted from the pineal gland in your brain when it is time for sleep. In short, it can reset your time clock- personally I find it amazing. Since I’ve started using it I’ve had next to no jet lag.
Digestive disturbances are a common hassle for travelers. Some people get constipated almost the minute they leave home. Take magnesium capsules with you, and take 500 mg a day for the first few days of your trip. Also there are the herbs such as Cascara Sagrada or Senna to create a gentle laxative, plus, be sure to drink plenty of water.
A bigger problem is the bacterial threat, usually caused by E. Coli, or Salmonella, the bacterias that cause dysentery, or even parasites such as the common giardia. Everyone knows to drink only bottled water, avoid ice cubes, etc., but the most important advice is to take large amounts of a good quality probiotic product from Natren, Natrol, Metagenics, Twin Labs, etc. These beneficial bifidobacteria can help protect you from attacks by unfriendly bacterias. A friend of mine recently survived a trip through the depths of India unscathed, while her traveling companions dropped one by one with severe “Montezuma’s Revenge”, known in the UK as “Delhi Belly”. They spent much of their vacation running for bathrooms. All she did was take three or four capsules of acidophilus 4 times a day. However, if you do suffer a disturbance, which does not clear up quickly, see a good practitioner when you get home, especially if diarrhea, gas, or bloating remain, or if you lose weight. I’m working now with a client who fell into a river in Thailand. Parasites can be nasty and tenacious, so don’t wait around.
Finally, consider assembling a small first aid travel kit of herbals and homeopathics to carry with you. Besides the items I discussed above, consider these:
–Traumeel from Heel for shock, bruises, injuries
–Calendula tincture for small skin wounds
–Apis 6x for insect bites
–Alpha CF to ward off colds
–Oscillococcinum by Boiron to fight flu
–Gastricumeel by Heel for stomach aches or indigestion
–Cocculus Composition by Heel for travel sickness (really great for kids)
–chewable calcium and magnesium tablets for heartburn
–And of course the indispensable Vitamin C adn Vitamin D to protect your immune system!
Also, remember to carry your kit to be hand checked by the airline- x-rays can wipe out your homeopathics.
Knowing you have some insurance in the form of this health kit, you can relax and have a wonderful time!
Diane Solomon DHM DipI.O.N. is a nutritionist and homeopath trained in London at the prestigious Institute of Optimum Nutrition and British Institute of Homeopathy. She has practiced in England since 1985, appearing on numerous radio and TV programs and lecturing at conferences. She now lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she writes books and articles, consults for the natural remedy industry, and helps clients gain maximum health.
I just found this article, and am not sure how I missed it a couple of years ago. But better late than never! It is an honest admission, by Psychology Today, that there may be something to homeopathy! Well, of course….
check it out: here are the opening paragraphs, and a link for the rest:
“There is no basis for believing that homeopathy has any effect,” says Robert Baratz, president of the National Council Against Health Fraud, in Peabody, Massachusetts. “Homeopathy is a magnet for untrustworthy practitioners who pose a threat to public safety. It’s quackery.”
Maybe homeopathy involves treatment with nothing. If true, it’s still an improvement over 18th-century heroic medicine—even if patients get little more than water.
By the late 19th century, conventional medicine had moved away from heroic measures. As they disappeared, the medical opposition led by homeopaths lost steam. The discovery of antibiotics and other modern drugs further strengthened conventional medicine at homeopathy’s expense. While homeopathy remained popular in Europe, there were fewer than 100 homeopaths in the U.S. by the early 1970s. Critics dismissed homeopathic treatment as placebo.
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Placebos have no direct impact on the body. But when given to treat almost any illness—from colds to serious conditions—about one-third of recipients report benefits. “Placebos work as well as they do because of the mind’s ability to affect the body,” says Brown University psychiatrist Walter Brown. Many studies have shown that when a doctor offers any treatment, people expect it will help, and that expectation itself can aid healing. Also, through a mind-body mechanism not entirely understood, placebos trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s mood-elevating, pain-relieving compounds. “Improvement in patients receiving homeopathy is simply a placebo effect,” Sampson says.
But studies consistently yield conflicting reports. British researchers are divided as to the power of arnica, often prescribed by homeopaths for musculoskeletal pain. Patients who received arnica after wrist surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome reported significantly less pain than did those in a placebo group; yet patients with other joint conditions had no such luck (among 58 rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, the placebo group reported significantly greater pain relief).
In 1991, Dutch epidemiologists analyzed 105 studies of homeopathic treatment from 1966 to 1990, most from French and German medical journals. Eighty-one studies found patients had benefited from homeopathy, prompting the Dutch researchers to conclude that “the evidence is to a large extent positive. [It] would probably be sufficient for establishing homeopathy as treatment for certain conditions.” A 1997 German analysis of 89 studies agreed that homeopathy is often significantly more beneficial than the use of placebos.
Ambiguous as the evidence is, homeopathy has enjoyed renewed popularity in the U.S., coinciding with Americans’ ambivalence about mainstream medicine.
One-half to two-thirds of Americans have used alternative therapies, and Americans visit alternative practitioners more often than they visit conventional practitioners—some 600 million consultations a year. They now spend $30 billion a year on alternative therapies, according to a report in Newsweek, and have as much confidence in alternative practitioners as they do in M.D.s, according to a study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
Americans have not lost confidence in physicians—they’ve just expanded their view of what’s medically helpful, believing that the combination of mainstream and alternative medicine will provide the best results. “The renewed interest in homeopathy,” explains Dana Ullman, author of eight books on the subject, “is part of the groundswell of interest Americans have shown for all the alternative therapies. People are not satisfied with conventional medicine.”
Homeopathy is not the only alternative therapy conventional medicine can’t fully explain. The energy pathways deemed fundamental to acupuncture don’t correspond to any known structures in the body, but a National Institutes of Health report concluded, “The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies.”
Nonetheless, homeopathy is nowhere near as accepted as acupuncture. A Harvard report on Americans’ use of alternative therapies shows that homeopathy accounts for less than 0.5 percent of alternative-practitioner visits. University of Maryland researchers surveyed coverage for alternative therapies by six major managed-care plans—five covered chiropractic, four covered acupuncture, none covered homeopathy. “Homeopathy,” Ullman says, “is the Rodney Dangerfield of alternative therapies: It gets no respect.”
Amy Lansky didn’t care that homeopathy is one of America’s least accepted alternative therapies. After nine months of homeopathic treatment, Max was a different child: talkative, active, sociable and popular. Under Melnychuk’s guidance, Lansky gradually decreased his dose of Carcinosin, eventually discontinuing it. Max continued to improve. By age five, he was virtually indistinguishable from any other kid. “He now sees Melnychuk maybe twice a year,” says Lansky. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s cured.” Max’s experience led Lansky to quit her job and study homeopathy full-time. In the fall, she hung out a shingle. “As a scientist,” she explains, “I recognize that homeopathy is implausible. But I’ve seen it cure my son.”
I found this great article this morning- thanks to Dr. Shreya: available here : http://www.drshreya.com/html/homeopathy-why-popular.html
The Secret Behind Popularity of Homeopathy!
If you ask for a mode of therapy that is fast becoming popular all over the world, homeopathy will be the answer! It is the therapeutic system of medicine that is around since more than 200 years ago now and still sticking to same old principles, it is advancing in its field of treating intractable diseases. The basic reason behind this popularity is obviously the fact that “it works!”
Here is the list of factors those added glitter to homeopathic mode of treatment:
(1) Safety: In the mess of overwhelming medicinal dosages leading to excruciating side effects, homeopathy is believed as a weapon that kills disease without killing the person! Utmost safety due to highly minute doses those are potentized forms of different herbs and other sources is the plus of homeopathy. No wonder we see people around who read homeopathic literature and treat themselves with homeopathy and many times find better relief for their problems. However this is true only of certain acute conditions and not chronic ones. Lot more things need to be understood for treating chronic diseases and only a qualified homeopath can do this.
(2) Ability to treat chronic illnesses: The homeopathic medicines are capable of treating cases like intractable asthma, long standing psoriasis, and recurrent kidney stones. The diseases where modern medicine at times says “no”, homeopathy’s sphere of action begins. In many illnesses homeopathy is said to replace surgeon’s knife. Even incurable arthritis is treated with homeopathic medicines without inflicting any harm upon patients.
(3) Easy to take: Available in pill, powder, or liquid form, homeopathic medicines are easy to take for sure. Chewing the pills is a pleasurable experience for kids. That’s the reason why kids enjoy visiting homeopathic doctors and never fret questioning.
(4) Enhance bodily immunity: Instead of suppressing existing disease in question. Homeopathy by its eternal principle of “like cures like” enhances bodily immunity and enables the body to repel the disease in its entirety. That’s the reason homeopathy is believed to be extremely effective even in dealing with preventive aspects of infectious diseases in epidemics like swine flu. It is recommended by homeopathic experts that instead of digging the well when it is too late, it is better to opt for homeopathy when you sense the impending attack so that herd immunity can be built.
(5) Veterinary Use: Homeopathic medicines have been found useful for dogs, cats, and animals alike. Not only veterinary but homeopathic medicines are also found useful for plant diseases. Due to this all-round safe use, homeopathic medicines have grown popular by leaps and bounds in recent years.
The following article is taken with thanks from http://tinyurl.com/yk9f62w
However, I have to note upfront that homeopathic remedies do exactly this- desensitize- without the danger, and much more quickly and easily. Natra Bio and other companies sell homeopathic allergens, and we homeopaths have been successfully helping people reduce all kinds of allergies for many years.
I am glad to see the medical world is catching on, and learning that minute doses of something will cause desensitization, though!
Here is the article:
“Good news is on the horizon for parents of children with sever peanut allergies. The Addenbrook Hospital in Cambridge, England has already run a small, but successful, program to desensitize allergic children. Now they’re attempting to duplicate their results on a larger scale. “Every time people with a peanut allergy eat something, they’re frightened that it might kill them.” Dr. Andy Clark, who lead the Addenbrooke’s Hospital program says in a press release. “Our motivation was to find a treatment that would chance that and give them the confidence to eat what they like. It’s about quality of life.”
The new, larger study will exactly replicate the earlier program, which fed peanut allergic children daily doses of peanut flour. Starting with minuscule doses, tolerances were built up gradually over six months. By the end of the original study, subjects could tolerate the equivalent of five peanuts. Not a cure, certainly, but a huge step forward for a growing population of people so allergic to peanuts that they can’t even eat food prepared in factories where peanuts are present.
One of Clark’s success stories is nine year old Michael Frost – a severely allergic patient who has found the treatment life altering.
His mother, Kate Frost, says in the press release that: “It’s very hard to describe how much of a difference it’s made – not just in Michael’s life, but for all of use. A peanut allergy affects the whole family. You can’t go out to a restaurant. If your child goes to a birthday party, he takes a packed lunch.”
Michael is going to celebrate his tenth birthday in a Chinese restaurant, a place he wouldn’t have been able to step foot in before the treatment because of the frequent use of peanut oil.
It’s still unclear if the results are permanent, but so far, if Clark’s patients maintain their five peanut a day intake, they seem to maintain enough tolerance to live fairly normal lives.”
Homeopathy clinical trial: Migraine severity decreased by 72% + frequency by 81 % at 12 months:
Cephalalgia, Journal of Hellenic Headache Association
Volume 13, Number 3, July-September 2006
OBSERVATIONAL PROSPECTIVE STUDY OF HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT IN PATIENTS WITH MIGRAINE, ATTENDING THE HEADACHE CLINIC OFNEUROLOGY DEPT “G.GENNIMATAS” ATHENS GENERAL HOSPITAL
S.Kivellos , J.Papatriantafyllou , K.Papilas , G.Vithoulkas , K.Karagerorgiou
BACKGROUND AND AIMS. Homeopathy trials of migraine prevention have yielded inconclusive results, partly due to different practice among various schools. We performed an observational prospective study of classical homeopathy in patients attending the Cephalalgia Clinic.
METHODS. Forty-two consecutive patients who attended the clinic while one of the authors was available were assigned to receive homeopathic treatment, according to the principles recommended by the I.A.C.H. and G.Vithoulkas. Additional evaluation by a neurologist was performed at baseline, 6 and 12 months. Primary and secondary measures of migraine severity and impact on quality of life were recorded and analyzed.
RESULTS. Thirty-six patients opted only for homeopathic treatment until the completion of the study, aged (mean±SD) 34±12 years, with a baseline HIT-6 score of 65±4. Significant improvement was recorded at 6 months (HIT-6 48±8, P<0.0009 vs baseline, Wilcoxon signed ranks test), which was further established at 12 months (HIT-6 41.2±7, P<0.0009 vs 6-months). Eighteen patients had been previously administered TCAs or antiepileptics for sufficient time without remarkable improvement. A difference in HIT-6 score between those ‘resistant’ to previous therapy and ‘new’ patients was found at six months (51.5±7 vs 44.5±7, respectively, P<0.01, Mann-Whitney test), but not at baseline (66±3.8 vs 64±4, respectively) or after 12 months (41.6±8 vs 40.6±5.3, respectively). Migraine severity (VAS) decreaed by 72% and frequency by 81 % at 12 months (P<0.0001 for both comparisons vs baseline). Mood was consistently higher at 12 months (Verbal Analogue Scale, P<0.001). Observed potential adverse effects on all 42 patients were an initial ‘aggravation’ of migraine symptoms in 69%, recurrence of past medical diseases (e.g. infections, eczema) in 33%, temporary emotional instability in 59% of the patients.
CONCLUSION. These results compare favorably with other modalities of migraine treatment. Therefore, homeopathy, as applied in this context, warrants further research with appropriately designed RCTs.
Great article by Sam Adkins on recent clinical trials that confirm the efficacy of homeopathy- many thanks to her, and for the whole article see :
saw Homeopathy under attack particularly in the UK but also worldwide
due to the effectiveness of the internet. There seems to be a small but
organised anti-home…opathy lobby who have very loud voices and the
press tend to provide considerable media coverage to their press
releases. When there is so much clinical evidence that Homeopathy
works, this set of individuals have to practice intellectual dishonesty
by literally ignore its existence in order to hold what is a very
negative position about this effective medicine. This article seeks to share some research
and clinical trial references with you, so if you want to know more you
can go and read them for yourself. The amount of research available is
considerable but with the permission of Robert Medhurst from Brauers, I
have reproduced some of his information, and this article contains some
useful inks for you to look further. SEE MORE:
There is a terrific article in the journal “Homeopathy,” confirming once again the efficacy of homeopathy beyond placebo.
Peter Fisher, Editor is quoted: “Throughout its 200 year history claims that homeopathy has ‘real’ (as opposed to placebo) effects have been hotly contested. Our special issue brings together a wide range of scientific work in biological systems, where there can be no placebo effect, showing that there are now several biological experiments which yield consistently positive results with homeopathic dilutions.”