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Schwabe News Volume 4 | Issue 4 & 5 | April & May 2013



Essential medicines, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) are "those drugs that satisfy the health care needs of the majority of the population”. All over the world, countries make efforts to have such medicines widely available at all times in adequate amounts and in appropriate dosage forms, at a price the community can afford. Health authorities worldwide publish periodically a list of ‘essential medicines’ to enable different bodies to take necessary steps to make them available. Perhaps on these line, now the Department of AYUSH issues a list of essential medicines of Homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani medicines. There are 257 drugs listed under homoeopathy. The list will serve as reference to procure homoeopathic medicines by different health bodies. A piece of news on this is given under current news section along with another news of early inclusion of homoeopathy and ayurvedic medicines in mediclaim insurance.

Symphytum officinalis is a drug used in homoeopathy for wounds, fractures, pains, etc. Recently its proving by Schwabe Group with the help of Dr. David Riley has been published. A combined material medica of this new proving along with old literature are presented to the readers under provings. Mother continue to be in high demand for healing of fracture, etc.

Aegle folia and Aegle marmelos are the two Indian drugs prepared from the same plant. While Aegle folia is prepared from the leaves of the Bael (Hindi) tree, Aegle marmelos is prepared from the pulp of the fruit of same tree. Many scientific works have been done on these. A collection of information on these mother tinctures from various sources has been provided.

Rheumatic conditions are at times difficult to manage. Many well indicated remedies fail to give relief to the patient perhaps due to its varying pathological nature. To manage these problems, a product of Schwabe Germany has been in existence since many decades. Bryorrhoea is one of the fast selling product in German range and many a times it outnumbers the sale predictions. The scientific information on this drug is under product watch.

A couple of new publications on role of homoeopathy in post-surgical dental implants paresthesia and homoeopathic dilutions under NMR study have been given under research news.

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