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Schwabe News Volume 3| Issue 1 | February 2012


Homoeopathy has been facing unjustifiable criticisms from a section of western lobbyists and big-pharmas funded organisations, especially in the European continent. Despite this many Governments continue their budget allocation for homoeopathy services in order to respond to people’s demand giving justice to democracy. Just a few days ago, there was a report in The Guardian, one of leading British dailies, about the British Government’s continued funding of homoeopathy ignoring the advice of the Chief Scientific Adviser. Recently the Swiss Confederation has produced the report ‘Homoeopathy in Healthcare - Effectiveness, Appropriateness, Safety, Costs’ with the consideration of fundamental researches, rigorous clinical trials, safety profile and cost effectiveness. This is considered as an important development during the current scenario. Our ‘News’ section covers this along with others.

Parthenium hysterophorus, a species of flowering plant in the aster family, Asteraceae, is found in Indian sub-continent since last century. It has entered in to India as a weed with imported wheat. Due to its toxicity and allergy causing substances in it, there have been reports on the effect of its contact to the skin, ingestion, inhalation, etc. Contact with this plant causes dermatitis and respiratory malfunction in humans, dermatitis in cattle and domestic animals, due to the presence of toxin parthenin. Like cures like. Homoeopaths have started using this drug in the homoeopathic doses to treat its toxic symptoms. Though many material medica(s) have published this drug, recent clinical verification enlightens our knowledge on its curative symptoms, which is given under clinical verification. This drug is available with Schwabe India in 6CH, 12CH, 30CH, 200CH and 1M.

Justicia adhatoda is a useful mother tincture for respiratory complaints even when many of the known drugs fail. It has been used in Indian medicine since centuries. It was first proved by Dr. S.C.  Ghose. The complete information on this mother tincture is under ‘Mother tincture info’.

Cold and flu are the most common affections. It generally involves a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and fever along with other minor symptoms. As per report cold is the most common reason that children take off from the school and parents take leave from the office. Though cold can occur at any time of the year, it is most common during winter and rainy season. Schwabe India offers a product to tackle this common problem, called Alpha - CF (Cold and Flu). The complete details of this product are given under ‘Product watch’.

Ignatia is a drug often prescribed by homoeopaths for grief, depression, anxiety, etc. A study published in the recent issue of homoeopathy, has demonstrated its effect on these lines in mice model. Another study on cancer with the so-called psorinum therapy has demonstrated its effectiveness in 3 cases of various pathologically confirmed malignancies. Both the studies are reported under ‘Research news’.

Hope you will enjoy reading this issue of Schwabe News.


Dr. R. Valavan, BHMS, MD (Hom)