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Why Homeopathy Works in my Practice

Published in Pulse – 23 October 09

Dorset GP Dr Tim Robinson explains why he’s a firm believer in homeopathy in general practice.

I have been incorporating homeopathy into my general practice for almost 15 years.

I have found homeopathy effective as an alternative to conventional medicine for problems in all the systems: respiratory, digestive, skeletal, hormonal, skin and mental/emotional health. It is also extremely useful in situations in which conventional medicine is ineffective or non-existent such as bruising, recurrent cold sores, chilblains, leg cramps, glandular fever, growing pains, teething, infantile colic and children with bedwetting and sleep problems.

Incorporating homeopathy into my general practice has also reduced my referral rate to secondary care, as well as saved my drug budget. Along with these advantages I believe that I have benefited through dealing with my heart-sink patients more effectively. Homeopathy has enhanced my communication skills and resulted in a greater ability to connect with my patients.

The provision of a homeopathic service in routine general practice is very straightforward. As with all consultations the patient presents their particular problem or set of symptoms from which I make a diagnosis and decide upon a management plan for the case. If I consider homeopathic treatment is an appropriate, safe and valid alternative I offer my patient the choice at that point.

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Homeopathy Effective in Moderate to Severe Depression

Homeopathy Remedies Shown to Be Effective for Moderate to Severe Depression

Posted on August 28, 2009 by homeopathyresource
A study in Brazil published in an Oxford Journal has shown homeopathy to be effective for depression.

Homeopaths world wide use homeopathy to treat individuals with severe to moderate depression. The active control in the study was fluoxetine- Prozac and using homeopathy was as good as or better in the treatment of depression using standard ratings.

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WHO warns against homeopathy use…but read the evidence.

The Society of Homeopaths, the UK’s largest body of registered homeopaths, is concerned to learn, in an online article by the BBC (“WHO warns against homeopathy use’), that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued caution against the use of homeopathy for childhood diarrhoea following a letter by the charity Sense About Science.

However, both the BBC and WHO have failed to acknowledge the evidence base for the use of homeopathy in the treatment of childhood diarrhoea in which, using randomised, double-blinded trials, the results were significant versus placebo(1). Chief Executive, Paula Ross says, “this is just another poorly wrapped attempt to discredit homeopathy by Sense About Science. The irony is that in their efforts to promote evidence in medicine, they have failed to do their own homework. There is a strong and growing evidence base for homeopathy and most notably, this also includes childhood diarrhoea” ————– (1)

Diarrhoea in children Treatment of acute childhood diarrhoea in NicaraguaThis trial involved 81 children aged from 6 months to 5 years in a randomised, double-blind trial of intravenous fluids plus placebo versus intravenous fluids plus homeopathic remedy individualised to the patient. The treatment group had a statistically significant decrease in duration of diarrhoea.Jacobs J. Treatment of acute childhood diarrhoea with homeopathic medicine: a randomized clinical trial in Nicaragua. Pediatrics 1994; 93: 719-725.

Treatment of acute childhood diarrhoea, repeated in NepalIn a replication of a trial carried out in Nicaragua in 1994, 116 Nepalese children aged 6 months to 5 years suffering from diarrhoea were given an individualised homoeopathic medicine or placebo. Treatment by homoeopathy showed a significant improvement in the condition in comparison to placebo.Jacobs J., Jimenez M., Malthouse S., Chapman E., Crothers D., Masuk M., Jonas W.B., Acute Childhood Diarrhoea- A Replication., Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 6, 2000, 131-139.

A meta-analysis of childhood diarrhoea trialsThis meta-analysis of 242 children showed a highly significant result in the duration of childhood diarrhoea (P=0.008). It should be noted that the World Health Organisation consider childhood diarrhoea to be the number one public health problem today because of the millions of children who die every year from dehydration from diarrhoea.J. Jacobs, WB Jonas, M Jimenez-Perez, D Crothers, Homeopathy for Childhood Diarrhea: Combined Results and Meta-analysis from Three Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trials.

Swine flu drug ‘can harm children’

Children should not be given the anti-viral drug Tamiflu to combat swine flu, Oxford University researchers have said. They urged the Department of Health to urgently rethink its policy on giving the drugs to youngsters affected by the current flu pandemic.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), warned that Tamiflu can cause vomiting in some children, which can lead to dehydration and the need for hospital treatment. Some 300,000 people in England, including children and adults, have received courses of Tamiflu through the Government’s National Pandemic Flu Service for England.

The researchers said children should not be given the drug if they have a mild form of the illness although they urged parents and GPs to remain vigilant for signs of complications. Parents of children with a compromised immune system or a condition like cystic fibrosis should discuss the harms and benefits with their GP, they said. But overall, the researchers said, children who were otherwise healthy could suffer more harm than benefit from taking Tamiflu or another anti-viral, Relenza.

They found the drugs had little or no effect on asthma flare-ups, ear infections or the likelihood of a youngster needing antibiotics. The researchers also found that using anti-virals preventatively had little effect – reducing transmission of flu by 8%. This means 13 children would have to be treated to prevent one additional case of the flu. Dr Carl Heneghan, a GP and clinical lecturer at Oxford University, said the current policy of giving Tamiflu for mild illness was an “inappropriate strategy”. He added: “The downside of the harms outweigh the one-day reduction in symptomatic benefits.”

Do you have the guts to be happy?

Do you have the guts to be happy?

What’s your gut got to do with happiness?

When you feel depressed, stressed or anxious, the chances are you don’t think that your digestive system has anything to do with it. Yet science is discovering that the gut acts like a ‘second brain’, producing substances which can affect your mood. For example, in a healthy person, the vast majority of serotonin – the feel-good neurotransmitter – is made in the digestive tract.

Ensuring your digestive system is in good shape is therefore vital to both your physical and mental health.

If your gut health is compromised, it can also cause your immune system to over-react to certain foods and generate allergic reactions. According to a study published in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care, you can encourage this process to ‘switch off’ by increasing your intake of omega 3 fats, both from fish and from seeds such as flax and pumpkin seeds.

Weight and stress increase food reactions.

Being overweight, diabetic – or suffering with stress – also increases your likelihood of reacting against the food you eat, inhibiting its proper digestion and absorption. Likewise, if your gut has any degree of damage – often caused by everyday lifestyle practices – you are also more likely to react against your food.