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The Use of Potentized Cortisone in a Homeopathic Clinic

Thierry Clerc
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The author finds that previous use of cortisone can prevent well selected remedies from working. He uses potentized cortisone and other remedies to ameliorate this.

Introduction

Many chronic patients, especially children in the developed world or in locations with widespread access to allopathic medicines, have been prescribed some form of corticoid medications (cortisone acetate or a chemical variant). Cortisone has a major influence on the immune response of a patient and over-dosage can have lasting effects that may need to be rebalanced homeopathically.

In my experience, even if taken long ago and for a short time, cortisone can be considered as an obstacle to cure, if a well-indicated remedy does not work. This is especially true with children who have been prescribed cortisone drugs for asthma or skin issues, and start developing allergies. This article will help explain what happens in a case with cortisone toxicity, and the strategies to adopt.

Role of Cortisone Hormone in the Stress Response

Cortisone is an important hormone in the body, secreted by the adrenal glands and involved in the various key functions. It is often nicknamed “the stress hormone”. Normally, it is present in the body at higher levels in the morning, and lowest at night. Cortisone is secreted in higher levels when the sympathetic system is activated (the ‘fight or flight’ response to stress).

Cortisone is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body, which will drive body resources towards key organs such as the brain, muscles, heart and lungs, and away from the digestive and immune systems.

It is important that the body’s relaxation response (“parasympathetic system”) be activated, so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event.

If not, chronic and long-term exposure to high levels of cortisone will lead to fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems, and a weakened immune system.

Cortisone Levels and Immunity

Cortisone has become an allopathic medication of choice because of its ability to switch off the immune response, or put more simply, “to prevent the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation”. No inflammation – No symptoms!

Cortisone actually has an important role to play in immune response. At the cellular level, the immune system relies on two types of immune cells to eliminate toxins and pathogens during the early phase: TH-1 and TH-2 cells are pro-inflammatory lymphocytes whose main task is to trigger and stimulate the defenses against a specific antigen:

  • TH-1 cells are responsible for cellular immunity. They trigger natural killer cells (NK-cells) and macrophages which phagocytose micro organisms.

  • TH-2 cells direct extra-cellular immunity. Once triggered, their activity results in a stimulation of antibody production (B-cells, plasma cells) so that antigens outside the cells are eliminated.

The Tspan and Tspan responses are auto-regulating in that they inhibit one another. In essence, when there is inflammation, the immune response will swing from the TH-1 phase to the TH-2 phase until inflammation is fully cleared. In healthy persons there is a harmonious balance between TH-1 and TH-2 activity.

Local presence of hydrocortisone inhibits TH-1 reactions. A long term secretion of Hydrocortisone, either through stress or medications will reduce the TH-1 immune reaction and increase the TH-2 reaction.

Allopathically, cortisone is given to switch off the immune response and prevent inflammation. In effect, giving cortisone medications will reduce the Tspan cellular phase of the immune inflammatory response. It is an obvious short-term win from an allopathic point of view: no inflammation, no symptoms!

However, a blocking in the TH-1 state will reduce the self-balancing abilities of the immune response. In effect, the immune response will be less able to balance, and this will increase the risk of auto-immune diseases, such as Crohn’s or allergies.

It can also create a situation where the immune response is not working effectively. This is especially the case with newborns or babies having exposure to cortisone medications.

Reported Side-effects of Cortisone Overdose

Here is the description provided to consumers:

COMMON side effects

Difficulty sleeping; dizziness or light-headedness; headache; increased appetite; increased sweating; indigestion; nervousness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; changes in menstrual periods; chest pain; eye pain or increased pressure in the eye; fever, chills, or sore throat; joint or bone pain; mood or mental changes (eg, depression); muscle pain or weakness; seizures; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; stomach pain or bloating; swelling of feet or legs; unusual weight gain or loss; vision changes; vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds.

Here is also a detailed description of the side-effects by body organs:

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects including myocardial rupture following recent myocardial infarction, fluid retention, sodium retention, congestive heart failure, potassium loss, alkalosis, and hypertension have been reported with cortisone therapy.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects including peptic ulcer with potential perforation and haemorrhage, perforation of small and large bowel, pancreatitis, abdominal distension, nausea, increased appetite, and ulcerative oesophagitis have been reported.

Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal side effects including muscle weakness, steroid myopathy, loss of muscle mass, osteoporosis, vertebral compression fractures, aseptic necrosis of femoral and humoral heads, pathologic fracture of long bones, and tendon rupture have been reported.

Psychiatric

Psychiatric side effects including euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, severe depression, and psychotic manifestations have been reported.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects including convulsions, increased intracranial pressure with papillo-edema, vertigo, myalgia, arthralgia, malaise, headache, and psychic disturbances have been reported.

Endocrine

Endocrine side effects including development of Cushing’s state, suppression of growth in children, and secondary adreno-cortical and pituitary unresponsiveness have been reported.

Ocular

Ocular side effects including posterior sub-capsular cataracts, increased intraocular pressure, glaucoma, and exophthalmos have been reported.

Hematologic

Thrombo-embolism has rarely been reported.

Genitourinary

Increase/decrease in motility and number of spermatozoa in men and menstrual irregularities in women have been reported rarely.

Homeopathic picture of Cortisone Acetate

Cortisone was proved in 1953 by W.L. Templeton on eight persons and by B.K. Sarkar in 1966. Here is a short description of the leading symptoms, and you can see that this corroborates the drug’s toxicity picture listed above:

Affinity: Endocrines, Digestions

Mental Picture:

Unstable mood, alternating between euphoria and excitement

Alternation of excitability with increased activity and a state of fatigue with weariness

Irritable and impatient, > occupation

Irritability when travelling too slow

Causeless weeping

Sad mood

General Picture:

Fat persons with round face

Tendency to obesity with retention of water

Slow irritable subjects with a dull mind

Increased growth of hair in unusual places

Lack of reaction

Weakness after acute or prostrating diseases

Disposition to catch cold

< warmth, warm room, sun , heat

Ravenous hunger

Milk and fat badly digested

> menses

Particulars:

Right-sided headache, above right eye, < motion, pressure, sun – or headache as from a band around the head

Allergy Rhinitis & allergic conjunctivitis

Acne of face, shoulders and back

Sensation of fullness in hypogastrium, > menses, walking

Pain in sacroiliac regiun, < right side, < sitting, rising from sitting

Useful Homeopathic Remedies for Cortisone Toxicity

In my experience, giving the drug or the hormone in potency, a practice called tautopathy or isopathy, is the simplest and most effective method. A well indicated remedy will also help the patient.

For this, Frans Vermeulen compares Cortisone with Sulphur, Psorinum, Sepia, Pulsatilla and RNA.

Robin Murphy lists the following remedies for Ailments from Cortisone poisoning: apis, arsenicum, cortico, cortisone, mercurius, natrum muriaticum, sepia, sulphur.

I have also commonly given Silica to people who had digestive disturbances, or eye problems after taking eye drops.

The remedy that fits the symptom picture the most, will be the most effective. In my experience, Sepia and Arsenicum have been most commonly indicated.

Other Strategies after Cortisone Overdose

The liver and the adrenal glands usually need to be supported after long intake of cortisone. This can be done homeopathically and by following a strict diet amicable to the liver, but rich in good quality fat, which is necessary to the nervous system and adrenal glands in particular.

The following advice during the treatment will help:

– Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco, as they are highly toxic to the adrenals and other glands.

– Consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables especially leafy green vegetables.

– Eat a diet rich in brown rice, legumes, nuts, olive oil, safflower oil, seeds, wheat germ and whole grains.

– Eat deep-water ocean fish at least 3 times a week

– Eat good quality oils, such as olive or coconut oil. Nuts and seeds can be hard to digest sometimes.

– Avoid all processed foods such as ham, sugar, white flower, fats and fried foods.

Also helpful are adding nourishing herbs such as Milk Thistle and Cynara for the liver, and Avena Sativa for the nervous system.

Case Example – 5-year old child with chronic cough

This is a very simple case to illustrate the impact of cortisone medication on the immune system. A very pleasant Italian family came to see me with their 5-year old daughter who had been suffering from a chronic dry cough for the last 8 months.

The family was well aware of alternative medicine and were followed by a medical doctor using homeopathy in Italy. They had tried a series of homeopathic remedies such as Tuberculinum, Antimonium Tartaricum and Dulcamara.

About the author

Thierry Clerc

Thierry Clerc

Thierry Clerc LCPH, MSc practices homeopathy in Cambridge (England). He is a graduate of the College of Practical Homeopathy (London). Prior to this, he enjoyed a successful career as an executive in the telecommunications industry. When fate hit him with a severe bout of arthritis, he went back to France to see his old homeopath, and after prompt cure, decided to study and become one!

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19 Comments

  • I am a still a student and fond of Homoeopathy after a incident compelled me to study. I am retired Pharma Marketing personnel with a Pharmacy back ground. I have used as antidote for Allopathic cortisone side-effects in 30c. I found very effective.
    If any body is interested to discover the benefits of Cortisone, one should go and read Dictionary of Homoeopathic Materia Medica By French Dr. O.A. Julian. This book has 131 New Homeoremedies which have been used in Allopathic practice.

    Qureshi IKRAM,
    Karachi Pakistan.

    • sir it s wonderful to tell about the working capacity of the drug cortisone thank u very much giving information about the usage of the cortisone in day to day practice of homeopathy can u give information about the Dictionary of Homoeopathic Materia Medica By French Dr. O.A. Julian is available or where from we brought thank u sir

    • sir good evening am dr sn babu kathi from hyderabad, a.p. india thank for giving the information about the book Dictionary of Homoeopathic Materia Medica By French Dr. O.A. Julian and requested u sir that the above named book is available where can u inform us thank u

  • A very educative article for all homeopaths. Potentised cortisone was not known to me and is news to many a homeopath. I thank with full heart Dr Thierry Clerc for this wonderful article.

  • I commend the author Theiry Clerc for his efforts in giving his valuable experience and detailed information of the cortisone use and and its side effects. He also explained the the role of cortisone in our body. Cortisone misuse and the side effects in short term duration are enormous. The use of Cortisone by Homoeopath are very little since they are unaware the benefits in Potencies.

    The author has rightly said Cortisone is used by Drs. in Respiratory ailments and in derms diseases by Dermatologists.

    Good work.

  • In my area a lot of cotton factories are working and due to its dust, so many peoples are suffering with dust allergy. Im also using homeo cort, for anti doting cortisone’s side effects which peoples are suffering badly with. Will wait for more reccomendations from my dear drs in this regards
    Thanks

  • Thank you all for your valuable comments. It is a great pleasure to contribute to Hpathy and the world of homeopathy, and getting readers’ feedback make it even more enjoyable.
    Keep bringing homeopathy forward!

  • sir thank u for giving this information about the picture of cortisone now a days each and every homeopathic doctor getting such types of cases cases it helps to relieve them with confidence and prediction o k

  • Well written article,shows the author is a professional homeopath. In time too, I was beginning to think that there is no good article nowadays in the ezine. some new methods are just inventions of a section of homeopaths who haven’t even understood how to make a correct prescription.methods introduced to overcome the inefficiency or incompetence are being elevated to the level of the works of the great masters ! But Thierry clerc stands out distinctively because he has given reference to some master homeopaths like Murphy and suggested antidotes like apis mel, arsenic alb etc which are of help to the real homeopaths.(this shows his grasp of homeopathy too)This is in contrast to some recent provings of new remedies in some earlier issues of the ezine without giving a single antidote let alone the characteristic symptoms, making it impossible to employ the remedy excluding (eliminating)all other contending remedies ! The side effects of cortisones given by the author can be taken as the provings and this information may be utilised by others while individualising a case. I hope the hpathy team ensure all articles to conform to atleast this minimum quality so that they are really useful from the professional point of view.

  • Sir,
    This has been very educative and I am much inspired by your article, the way it has been presented from a homoeopathic point of view.
    I have been using Cortisone 30 in many cases, especially acute cases, and have seen good results from it. However, never used it to anti-dote effects of allopatic cortisone.
    Will try to use it as suggested by you and shall try to comment here.
    Good Luck with your article and hope to read more from you.

  • Dear Sir,
    The comment on cortisone,the homeopathic medicine, is well written and informative. I have successfully used cortisonum 30 in treatment of hypothyroidism and obesity.These symptoms were developed probably as abuse of cortcoides in allopathic system.
    O.K.

  • Ran into your article while researching the use of low potency steroids for counteracting long term steroid usage. Your presentation is very informative.

    Do you see similar results with 6x preparations?

    • Dear Vatsala, thank you for finding my article useful. It is difficult to suggest a potency without know the specific case. I rarely use 6X for drug detoxification, but it has its place. For example, long term usage of steroid can create several issues. If it is orally taken it can also impact the digestive system and liver, impacting food absorption, and cause low vitality and a reduced ability to heal. In these cases, a very low potency like 6X would be well indicated, as well as investigating nutritional supplements.

  • Dear Sir
    I want to know if use of homeopathic cortisone can reduce buffalo hump on the neck, or between shoulders