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Homoeopathy – A Future Perspective in Dentistry

The authors give a primer of homeopathy followed by a list of dental problems and remedies that might apply.

It is often said that the mouth is the mirror of one’s own health. The manifestations which occur in the oral cavity for any systemic disease are due to its complex embryonic origin. Dentistry is one of the several areas of medicine concerned with oral mucosal lesions, which are many times an indication of underlying systemic illness. Recently there have been numerous articles about how gum disease can contribute to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, premature births, pneumonia, etc. The statistics clearly underscore the enormously important role which good dental care plays in the health of our entire population. Over the course of the past several years, however, the established methods of treatment have been increasingly challenged and criticized. In light of these facts, growing numbers of dentists have chosen to seek a means of providing effective treatment for their patients, while simultaneously maintaining a minimum of side effects. For a great variety of dental indications, homeopathic preparations are providing such means. The use of homeopathy is helping today’s dentists give holistic care to their patients.

The German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) is acknowledged to be the founder and developer of homeopathy, although some of his concepts appear early in medical history. Dissatisfied with the state of medicine at the time, which included bleeding, purging, cupping and excessive doses of mercury, he ceased his medical practice in 1782 and began translating medical and chemical texts. It was during this time that he began to seriously question the mechanisms of drug activity proposed by his contemporaries.

Hahnemann followed a tradition that viewed disease as a matter of the vital force or spirit. The concept of the vital spirit appears to be one of the earliest speculations in recorded medical history and similar forces form the proposed basis for any number of metaphysical health practices. It is an alleged nonmaterial “force” that sustains life and for which there is no objective evidence.

According to Hahnemann, “The causes of our maladies cannot be material, since the least foreign material substance, however mild it may appear to us, if introduced into our blood-vessels, is promptly ejected by the vital force”. Consistent with this philosophy is the belief that it is more important to pay attention to symptoms than to the external causes of disease. Knowing the specific symptoms of illness, treatment is then a matter of finding a substance or substances that induced the same symptoms in a healthy individual. This is the basis of Hahnemann’s “Principle of Similars.” The work of Pasteur and Koch on inoculations with very small amounts of weakened disease-causing microbes seemed to support this notion at the time.

Hahnemann and his followers went on to test the effects of almost 100 substances on themselves, a process known as “proving.” The typical procedure was for a healthy person to ingest a small amount of a particular substance and then attempt to carefully note any reaction or symptom (including emotional or mental reactions) that occurred. By this method, Hahnemann and his followers “proved” that the substance was an effective remedy for a particular symptom.

THE PRINCIPLES

The cornerstone principle:

This is based on the principle “Similia Similibus Curentur”, which means “Like is cured by Like”. This means, that a substance, which produces symptoms in a healthy person, cures similar symptoms in a sick person. This system of medicine originally formulated by a German Physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, is derived from the Greek words “homoeos” = similar and “pathos” = suffering. He was drawn to the writings of Hippocrates from 400BC where Hahnemann rediscovered the basis of homoeopathy, that like cures like.
The Law of Similars states that every plant, animal or mineral substance ingested will cause a unique pattern of symptoms in a healthy individual and that the substance will be of medicinal value to a person who shows those same symptoms in ill health. For example, a person with a cold who has a burning nasal discharge and bland watery eyes might be treated with a homeopathic remedy derived from onions. It is believed that such substances will act to stimulate the body’s natural defense mechanisms and thus allow the body to heal itself.

Second principle of homeopathy: Individuality

The homeopath attempts to best match the patient’s symptoms to a remedy “symptom picture”. A “symptom picture” is different than a disease state as defined by conventional medicine; patients with the same disease state but different symptom pictures will be prescribed different remedies. A “symptom picture” is comprised of all the patients’ symptoms (physical, mental and emotional) and includes such things as food cravings, temperature preferences and personality, as well as conventional physical symptoms. Such individualized treatment of specific symptoms is fundamental in the practice of “classical” homeopathy. Some people prescribe multiple ingredient remedies or prescribe on the basis of conventional diagnosis alone. These practices are not considered homeopathy.

Third principle of homeopathy: The Minimum Dose

This refers to the use of the smallest possible dose to evoke a healing response. The use of “infinitesimal doses” is the most controversial principle of homeopathy. This principle states that the more a substance has been potentized, the more potent it is. Homeopathic remedies are derived from original substances (plant, animal or mineral) and are reduced to an “infinitesimal dose” through a pharmaceutical process known as “potentization”. This involves the preparation of a base substance (or Mother Tincture) of the original substance in a hydroalcoholic solution, successive dilutions of the mixture and succussion (vigorous pounding) of the mixture after each dilution.

Fourth principle of homeopathy: The Potentized Remedy

Homeopathic remedies, though made from natural substances such as plants, minerals, animals, etc., are manufactured unlike any other medicine.
Homoeopathic remedies are mostly derived from plants, but minerals, animal products, healthy and unhealthy tissues and secretions and other sources are also used to prepare the remedies. These are put through a special process whereby they are serially diluted and vigorously shaken. Through this process of potentisation, no chemical or physical trace of the original substance remains past the 12th decimal dilution. What remains is the energy imprint.
Homoeopathy takes into account the role of the body, mind and spirit when selecting a remedy for any disease.

TYPES OF HOMOEOPATHY

First Aid Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy is highly effective and safe for treatment of injuries such as bruising, inflammation and minor burns.

Acute Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy is safe and effective for acute ailments such coughs, colds, influenzas and other epidemic diseases.

Constitutional Homoeopathy

This type of Homoeopathy refers to the treatment of the whole person for chronic diseases, taking into account all their symptoms and characteristics on the physical, emotional and mental planes. The medicines stimulate body and immune system to repair and heal quicker.

Homeopathy stands alone as a medical art and has also been used as an adjuvant to conventional medicine when there is constraint or limit to the use conventional medicine. A large amount of research has been carried out on homoeopathic medicines. In 1991, a review of 105 clinical trials on these medicines was published in the British Medical Journal, and 81 of these trials were successful. The governments of France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have been so impressed with the effectiveness and safety of homoeopathy that for many years these medicines have been available on the national health services of these countries.
42% of British doctors refer their patients for homoeopathy. In France, 1/3 of doctors prescribe homoeopathic medicines, and the medicines are stocked in all the French pharmacies. Homeopathy is widely used throughout the world. The World Health Organization has stated that homoeopathy is the second most popular system of medicine in the world.

Homoeopathy for Dental Problems

Here are some dental problems and the homoeopathic remedies that can be used in their management:

1. ABSCESS
Belladonna: Best used for early dental abscess accompanied by redness and throbbing.
Bryonia: Use for acute inflammation or if pricking pain is relieved by firm pressure.
Hepar sulphuris: Use for abscess accompanied by pus formation.
Myristica: Use when swelling is accompanied by numbness of the area.
Pulsatilla: Use when the pain is accentuated by heat and relieved by cold water.
Pyrogenuium: Use when pus is present without drainage.
Silicea: Use to hasten the discharge when pus is draining.

2. BRUXISM
Belladonna: Use for grinding that causes painful teeth.
Podophyllum: Use for night grinding when experiencing a burning sensation of the tongue.
Tuberculinum: Used for children who grind their teeth (must only prescribed by a professional homeopath).

3. GINGIVITIS, PERIODONTITIS AND ALVEOLITIS
Arsenicum album: Use for unhealthy, bleeding gums.
China: Use for gum tissue that is bleeding.
Ferrum phosphoricum: Use for poor gum tone or gums that bleed after brushing.
Hypericum: Use for tender gum tissue and to promote healing.
Kali chloricum: Use for acute ulcerative tissue.
Naturium muriaticum: Tissue integrity.
Hepar sulphuris: Tissue with suppuration, chronic abscesses.
Silicea: Periodontal abscess with swollen glands.
Staphysagria: Loose teeth, pain increased by pressure.
Symphytum: Injuries to periosteum. Stimulates growth of epithelium on ulcerated surfaces.
Mercurius solubilis: Use for acute ulcerative tissue with a coated tongue and metallic taste in the mouth.
Nux vomica: Use for swollen painful gums when the back of the tongue has a whitish coating and when the patient consumes a lot of stimulants such as coffee and tea.
Phosphorous: Use on swollen gums that bleed easily, and when there’s an overproduction of saliva.
Ruta graveoalens (“dry socket”): Use for injured bone and alveolitis.

4. HEMORRHAGE
Arnica: Use for bleeding accompanied by bruised soreness.
Ferrum phosphoricum: Use when there is bright red bleeding.

About the author

Manjiri Joshi

Manjiri Joshi

Dr. Manjiri Joshi M.D.S Oral Medicine and Radiology is Assistant Professor, Dept Of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Maharashtra, India. She has presented papers on oral medicine at national and international conferences and published articles in national journals.

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10 Comments

  • It is wonderful to have such a paper published. I think it will be very useful to dentists who seek a non agressive treatment for their patients, or when patients cannot receive medication easily like the cases with renal insufficiency.
    My wife is a Dental Surgeon and we have witnessed the usefulness of Silicea terra 30C when abscesses with no draining pus are present. When using this potency, pus will not drain, it is absorbed. I think this is of capital importance to clarify, and something similar is supposed to happen with Hepar sulph. A low potency will cause the abscess to drain, and a high potency will absorb pus. There is always the risk of havin git drain to an undesirable place.
    Congratulations and my best regards from Mexico,

    Nacho Cabrera

  • thanks a lot for your valuable comment. it was an attempt to give patients a multidisiplinary approach
    dr.joshi

  • Very nice concise article. I think that ailments like toothaches, headaches, other acute niggles aches and pains gives homeopathy a very good opportunity to prove itself to the lay person. With the correct selected remedy and prompt alleviation of pain, this will convince the person that this is definitely a valid healing art.

  • Dear Dr. Manjiri Joshi, Nice to see a useful article from a Dentist(MDS). How is it you came across the wonderful, holistic medicine like Homeopathy ?

  • homeopathy is abstract of ayurved . daivavyapashray { chanting of mantras } is what u do every day reads strotras . can you make a remedy of both for your so called dentistry ? it works .

  • Dear Dr Manjiri,its excellent article on multidisciplinary approach to dental ailments. Inspite of being an MDS, considertion for the homeopathic approach shows authors concern for patient care. Keep it up.

  • I’m not a doctor but I’m a patient and as being the result of any treatment I’m the best person to tell everybody how well Homeopathy works. Thans for your excellent article

  • Hello. maam.
    Myself doing MDS in periodontics would like to a research study with the homeopathy medicines and the regular tratment protocol of dentists.
    It would be greatful if you can help me guide and get through with the present literature.
    THANK YOU
    please reply

  • Dear Dr. Manjiri Joshi thank you for all information It’s very useful.I have a question about my teeth and I’m not sure which exactly of all homeopathyc remedy I should to use because I don’t have enought knowleagess of homeopathy.Could you please help me ?I have a panoranic x ray picture and all of dentists where I was explained to me that I have very hard parodontitis and I loss my bone.I strongly believe in Homeopathy.Can I send to you my x -ray picture.I want to save my teeth.
    If you don’t mind please just sent me an e-mail.I will be really greatful
    Your sincerely
    Anelia