Evidence for Homeopathy

The evidence for homeopathy comes from two main sources – the studies and trials undertaken, and the experience of the many people who use it. My impression is that many people don’t realize that these studies and trials exist as they often don’t appear in the mainstream media.

The individualized approach of homeopathy does not always lend itself well to clinical trial structures, and the resources needed for large-scale trials are mostly beyond the research and financial resources of those outside of the pharmaceutical industry. However, there are studies and trials that you can refer to. Some focus on patient experiences and outcomes of homeopathy, such as the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital Clinical Outcome Study, 1997-99:

“An observational study at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital included over 6,500 consecutive patients with over 23,000 attendances in a 6-year period[6]. Seventy percent of follow-up patients reported improved health, 50% referring to major improvement. The best treatment responses were reported in childhood eczema and asthma, and in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal problems and migraine in adults. Similar patient-reported outcomes have been reported from the UK’s other four NHS homeopathic hospitals[7-10].” Source: Faculty of Homeopathy website, please see link and references below.

There are also a number of randomised controlled trials looking at the effectiveness of homeopathy in various conditions. If you visit the Find A Homeopath website it can give you more details around these, and further links if you would like more information

http://www.findahomeopath.org/WhatIsHomeopathy/Evidence

The website for the Faculty of Homeopathy (involved with the education, training and practice of homeopathy by the medical profession) also offers information about trials and a download summary with full referenceshttp://www.facultyofhomeopathy.org/research/

In Switzerland the Health Technology Assessment report was “compiled on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health presented the findings of a seven-year review of the evidence on homeopathy. It concluded that homeopathy, as practiced in Switzerland, is clinically effective, cost-effective and safe. Homeopathy has since become available to the Swiss public as part of their national healthcare scheme.” (2011) Source: Homeopathy Research Institute https://www.hri-research.org/resources/homeopathy-the-debate/

Given how individually-tailored homeopathic treatment is, it can also be very interesting to look at testimonials from people who have used it, what it has helped them with and their positive experiences http://www.findahomeopath.org/Testimonials

There are also organizations where you can look up recent pieces of research and reviews such as the Homeopathy Research Institute and the recent research which detected physico-chemical difference between homeopathic preparations and water. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.homp.2015.08.002

This is a system of medicine that has been practiced for over 200 years, across the world, used by millions of people – there is a wealth of information to share about it and many, as you will see from the testimonials trust the truth of their own experience.

References

Clinical Outcome Study, Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, 1997-99 http://www.facultyofhomeopathy.org/research/

[6] Spence DS, Thompson EA, Barron SJ. Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: a 6-year university-hospital outpatient observational study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2005; 5: 793–798.

[7] Clover A. Patient benefit survey: Tunbridge Wells Homoeopathic Hospital. British Homeopathic Journal, 2000; 89: 68–72.

[8] Richardson WR. Patient benefit survey: Liverpool Regional Department of Homoeopathic Medicine. British Homeopathic Journal, 2001; 90: 158–162.

[9] Sharples F, van Haselen R, Fisher P. NHS patients’ perspective on complementary medicine. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2003; 11: 243–248.

[10] Reilly D, Mercer SW, Bikker AP, Harrison T. Outcome related to impact on daily living: preliminary validation of the ORIDL instrument. BMC Health Services Research, 2007; 7: 139.

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How to Help Ease Chronic Pet Health Problems and Reduce Toxic Loads

Many chronic health problems in today’s dogs and cats are due in part to the toxic load they carry around with them. A ‘toxic load’ is the quantity of chemicals and other biologically foreign substances that accumulate in the body of an animal over weeks, months and years. In many cases, the heavier the load, the sicker the animal.

Your pet’s liver and kidneys are assigned the task of clearing toxins from the body, just as yours are. When you consider the small size of your dog’s or cat’s organs compared to yours, it’s easy to see that it wouldn’t take exposure to too many foreign substances before your pet’s toxic load became too heavy to manage. The organs of the body begin to wear out when too much is demanded of them for too long. When your pet’s detoxifier organs can’t keep up with the toxic load for whatever reason, his body will try to remove the waste by other means — like through the skin or mucous membranes. Frequently a dog’s or cat’s itchy, flaky skin, runny eyes or nose, or mucous covered feces is the body’s attempt to help the liver and kidneys eliminate toxins and other irritants. Chronic conditions like skin itching and irritation, ear infections, and GI disturbances (typically intermittent vomiting, diarrhea or loose stools) are often signs of a build up of toxins your pet’s body is no longer able to effectively deal with.

When all waste removal systems fail or are inadequate and your pet’s body becomes overwhelmed with toxins, serious health conditions will begin to develop. 

Factors That Contribute to Your Pet’s Toxic Load

There are many sources of toxins with the potential to build up inside your pet. Three of the biggest offenders include:

  • Environmental toxins found inside and out, for example, polluted indoor air, chemical household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
  • Vaccines and other drugs, also flea/tick and heartworm preventives.
  • Processed pet foods containing allergenic ingredients, including soy, grains and other carbohydrates, preservatives and other chemicals; being fed a single source of protein day in and day out for an extended period of time.

One thing these toxins all have in common is that we, as pet parents, are almost entirely responsible for how much of them our precious companions are exposed to. Your dog or cat lives low to the ground, so she’s getting a whopping dose of whatever’s under her feet, whether it’s tile cleaner residue or a fresh application of weed killer.

If you’ve been taking your pet for re-vaccinations every year as so many traditional vets and other pet healthcare workers still insist on — and perhaps you’re also applying a chemical flea/tick preventive during the warmer months — chances are your dog or cat’s system is heavily burdened with the toxic byproducts of these chemicals.

Many pet owners feed their dog or cat the same dry pet food day in and day out for years. Pets fed in this manner sooner or later develop sensitivities to both the single source of protein in most of these foods, as well as certain allergenic ingredients.

Recommendations for Lowering Your Pet’s Toxic Load

  • Try to keep your pet away from outdoor areas known to be heavily laden with pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. If you’re not sure what your dog or cat might have been exposed to or you suspect something outdoors is causing a skin irritation, consider doing a simple paw soak when you bring your pet home. Regular foot soaks can get rid of chemicals and allergens picked up on paws.
  • Don’t hesitate to bathe your dog regularly, especially if she has irritated skin. Bathing washes allergens away, along with any chemicals and other foreign molecules that might be riding around on her fur.
  • Improve your pet’s indoor air environment by forbidding tobacco in your home and office, and switching to non-toxic cleaning products. Also consider investing in an air purifier to control dust mites. 
  • Provide clean, pure, high quality drinking water for your dog or cat. It shouldn’t contain fluoride, heavy metals or other contaminants.
  • Don’t subject your pet to regularly prescribed,  or unnecessary drugs of any kind, including the two most over-prescribed in veterinary medicine, antibiotics and steroids.
  • Use chemical pest and parasite preventives only as absolutely necessary, and for the minimum time necessary to protect your pet. Very few areas of the U.S. have flea and tick or heartworm problems significant enough to require year-round chemical protection for pets. Don’t be talked into giving preventives any more often than necessary to keep your dog or cat reasonably safe from pests.
  • Feed a balanced, species-appropriate diet, raw is usually fine, either homemade or commercial. Rotating the protein sources your pet eats is extremely important, and so is strictly limiting or eliminating grains.
  • Regular exercise provides your pet with countless benefits, including helping the body’s detoxification efforts. Physical movement promotes regular elimination, which moves wastes from the body in urine and feces. Exercise also stimulates blood circulation and lymph fluid transit, so toxins are moved efficiently to the liver and kidneys for processing.

Detoxifying Agents

The goal of natural detoxifying agents is to support and promote healthy functioning of your pet’s toxin-removal organs, including the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and immune system. I recommend you talk with your holistic vet about what detoxifiers are appropriate for your pet’s individual needs, and in what doses.

  • Herbs that assist liver function and cleanse the blood include burdock root, dandelion root, licorice, Oregon grape, yellow dock and milk thistle. Milk thistle not only helps detoxify the liver, it is proven to actually stimulate regeneration of liver cells.
  • Herbs that help support kidney function include cranberry, corn silk and marshmallow.
  • Red clover and cleavers help your pet’s lymphatic system remove toxins from the tissues of the body.
  • Garlic, echinacea and astragalus help support immune system function.
  • Chlorella is a super green food that is excellent for detoxification. 
  • Another vital liver nutrient and detoxifier is SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine). 
  • In my practice I often but not exclusively use the homeopathic detox agent Thuja for all vaccines except rabies, and Lyssin for the rabies vaccine.

Again, I encourage you to talk to your holistic vet for guidance on the best way to select and administer detoxifying agents to your pet. You should also ask me what to expect as your dog’s or cat’s body undergoes the process of detoxification.

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Scientific Studies That Verify the Efficacy of Homeopathic Medicines

“There is actually much more clinical and basic sciences evidence for homeopathy than most people realize. A leading 2014 review of clinical research in homeopathy confirmed that four of five of the meta-analyses evaluating homeopathic treatment in general found benefit as compared with placebo. There have even been numerous studies that have found that homeopathic treatment was at least as effective as conventional medical treatment…and is considerably safer. Further, numerous studies have found that using homeopathic medicines leads to reduced use of conventional medications. 

Besides health benefits to individuals and families who use homeopathic medicines, cost-effectiveness studies have shown reduced overall health care costs when people use these natural medicines. In addition to these various bodies of clinical evidence from homeopathic treatment, there is an even larger body of basic science studies, including relatively new evidence that may help explain how and why homeopathic medicines work. Using user-friendly and somewhat non-technical language, listeners to this webinar will learn how to explain how homeopathic medicines may work in a way that is even compelling to skeptics of homeopathy.”

– Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, a widely recognized author and spokesperson for homeopathic medicine in the U.S. and the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services 
www.homeopathic.com

Learn more through free webinars at http://www.homeopathycenter.org/homeopathy-academy-moms.

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The Power of Homeopathy to Stimulate the Vital Force

One evening, a Yorkie puppy fell off a bed onto a brass lamp base, resulting in a concussion and loss of consciousness.  He was taken to an emergency clinic where he developed the complication of pulmonary edema. The emergency clinic closed at 8 a.m. and discharged the puppy, having been unable to reduce the fluid accumulation in his lungs.  When the elderly clients transferred the dog to our clinic, it was evident that he was experiencing extreme breathing difficulty and was unable to eat or drink or even move.  After evaluation, I gave him a single dose of Apis 200c on his tongue.  Within about 10 minutes, it was evident the puppy was more relaxed.  Within 20 minutes, the puppy was able to walk around the oxygen cage in which he had arrived.  Within 30 minutes, the staff felt so relieved they couldn’t resist carrying him around.  I kept him for evaluation throughout the day and noted that he continually improved.  By evening, I was able to discharge him to the tearfully thankful owners, with no further medication required.

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The Wonders of the Correct Homeopathic Prescription

A woman called from from Grass Valley, CA wondering if anything could be done for a blind, eight-month old kitten she had adopted from a local shelter. This kitten had been found with a badly injured front leg; the shelter vet had performed an amputation and, post-operatively, had administered the antibiotic Baytril intravenously for several days. Some of the side effects listed in the package insert for this drug include blindness and kidney toxicity. Not knowing if the retinal damage was irreversible, and wanting to see if homeopathy could possibly help this sad case, I interviewed the owner and found these guiding symptoms: the kitten followed the sun around the house all day and seemed chilly; he had difficulty passing well-formed stool; he became irritable when touched even lightly or lifted, and he seemed reclusive, wanting to have no interaction with the owner or with the other pets at home; he showed hypersensitivity to noise, startling easily.

The prescription was Nux vomica 30c, one dose (not daily, just one dose, period). She called the next day saying the kitten had a horrible smelling, mucous-laden, mushy stool, yet seemed comfortable and sleepy and was eating well. My advice was “wait.”  The next day, I received an e-mail from her saying, “GOOD NEWS, GOOD NEWS, GOOD NEWS!”  Her kitty had changed from being a sitting lump to walking along the perimeter of rooms against the walls and had started to move his head around a little as though he were “seeing.”   A few days later, he was navigating around all the chair legs under the kitchen table and a few days after that, he was hopping up onto those chairs! He went on to make a complete recovery as far as we could tell and no further prescriptions were given.

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