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Schwabe News Volume 2 | Issue 1 | February 2011


In 17th century, the great philosopher and astronomer, Galileo faced severe criticism and opposition for his work on heliocentrism (Sun as the centre of the universe) from his contemporary philosophers. That was a period when the science and technology were undeveloped. But even now in a highly scientific era, people refuse to accept certain scientific facts that are proved. The Nobel laureate Prof. Luc Montagnier in an interview, voiced the above concerned and stated that similar kind of intellectual terrorism exists towards such experiments like Benveniste’s water memory study. Excerpts from the interview are given under ‘News from the world of homoeopathy’.   It supports the homoeopathic micro-diluted potentised medicines.

Aegle marmelos is a proved Indian drug and its pathogenesis is available in the literature. But how far those proving symptoms are clinically effective? A clinical verification study has confirmed some of the proving symptoms, and found certain new symptoms as well. Materia medica with these symptoms given under ‘Clinical verification’ will definitely be a useful tool in the clinical practice.

Mother tinctures are helpful in managing critical conditions where individualistic symptoms are weak. In severe respiratory ailments they are very handy and efficient. Yerba santa is one of such promising drugs in addition to Grindelia, Aralia, Lobelia, Ephedra, Ipecacuanha & Justicea in bronchial affections. Its indications in asthma and other respiratory affections are described under ‘Mother tincture info’.

Asthmatic patients need immediate relief. It is bothersome if it is not controlled in the early stage itself. Schwabe India has recently introduced Grindelia Pentarkan (Tablets) for mild bronchial asthma and allergic bronchitis. It has five well known effective homoeopathic drugs as ingredients, Ephedra vulgaris, Grindelia robusta, Ipecacuanha, Justicia adhatoda and Lobelia inflate. The composition is formulated in the right potency and proportion to give a proper outcome. A complete detail of the product is given under ‘Product watch’. With this new product, we are sure that homoeopaths can handle such cases with more ease.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as joint pains, muscular pains, lumbago, arthritis, etc. are conventionally managed by NSAIDs and analgesics. They tend to give immediate relief but fail to produce fruitful outcome in the long run. Continued use in majority of case produces many side effects.  Homoeopathy manages such cases and certainly improves quality of life over a period. But how far it is true on scientific scale? A study conducted in France was aimed to find out which type of cases frequently visits homoeopaths and other practitioners. Study details like methodology, results and conclusion are given under ‘Research news’.

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