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  1. The Role of Cina in the Field of Enriched Sericulture

    The Role of Cina in the Field of Enriched Sericulture

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    Root-knot disease of mulberry is caused by the nematode Meloidogyne incognita (Kofoid & White) Chitwood. It demonstrated important economic implications for sericulture in a field and silkworm rearing trial for the homeopathic medicine Cina (MT,200C & 1000C). Globules prepared from the flowering meristems of Artemisia nilagirica (Clarke) pamp mixed with distilled water @ 7.2 mg/ml, were applied by foliar spray once daily for 15 days @ 10ml/plant on mulberry (Morus alba L.,cv.S1) on plants naturally infected with M. incognita. Naturally infected control-plants were treated using the same procedure but with globules only (without Cina medicines). All Cina-treated infected-plants showed better growth in all respects. All the nematode infected plants treated with Cina, significantly reduced root-knot disease in terms of root gall number and nematode population in root and soil. Silkworm larvae (Bombyx mori L.) feeding on the leaves of Cina treated plants, showed improved growth, increased silk gland weight, shell weight, shell ratio (SR%) and effective rate of rearing (ERR %); They also took fewer feedings and number of feeding days, shorter starting time to spinning day and span of spinning day; shorter moulting time to cocoon formation, and zero mortality rate. This trial commercially increased silk production and effective rate of rearing (ERR%) without disturbing the biosphere. Keywords: Silk; Cina; treatment; mulberry; root-knot; field trial; homeopathy
  2. An Endeavor to Illustrate an Objective Evidence for the Action of Homeopathic Medicines by Measuring Physiological Variability in Human Body Temperature

    An Endeavor to Illustrate an Objective Evidence for the Action of Homeopathic Medicines by Measuring Physiological Variability in Human Body Temperature

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    Homeopathic medicines of 200C potency are applied orally to human subjects. 'Physiological variability in temperature' from skin of forearm is measured with the help of temperature data logger and water/soil temperature sensor. Temperature readings are taken at an interval of 1 second for 5 minutes. Time series spectral analysis is performed by using Statistical processing software. The statistical procedures like Auto Regressive Spectrum (ARS) and Parametric prediction and reconstruction (PPR) are used to study the change in temperature variability. There is marked change in temperature variability before and after applied homeopathic medicine. Key words: Homeopathic medicine, Physiological variability in temperature, temperature data logger, water/soil sensor, AR Spectrum, Parametric Reconstruction and prediction
  3. An Investigation into Whole Systems Research as an Appropriate Methodology for the Advancement in Understanding of Homeopathy as a Complex Therapeutic Intervention

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    Research using randomised controlled trials to test the efficacy of the medicines used in homeopathy have generally concluded that no specific effects can be detected. Yet, homeopathy is a popular form of alternative medicine. RCTs are the most effective designs for testing a single hypothesis but inappropriate as the model to evaluate the effectiveness of homeopathy as a complex therapeutic intervention. Many RCT designs, though of high internal validity according to reductionist scientific paradigm, have misrepresented the holistic essence of homeopathy, so have low external validity. The non-reductionist paradigm of whole systems, or complex thinking, enables research into the synergism of various components of homeopathic treatment, because it acknowledges that the combined effects of parts of a system produce emergent properties not existent in the parts themselves. Health and disease are emergent properties of a human as a complex system (Bell, 2002). The study by Thompson and Weiss (2006) exemplifies WSR in action. It employs formal quantitative and qualitative means of data collection with which to triangulate results, which provides firmer evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy than single case-studies alone. It has identified both specific and non-specific characteristics of the treatment. Many more pragmatic clinical trials of this nature will provide the evidence needed to balance the view that homeopathic effects are due to placebo action. Their innovative and ground-breaking study design heralds the beginning of a new phase in research away from RCT's in favour of WSR as the research model of choice in homeopathy. Key words: Homeopathy, research, whole systems research, WSR, randomised controlled trial, RCT, complex intervention, placebo, effectiveness
  4. A Critical Overview of Current Evidence of Homeopathic Treatment of Malignant Tumours in Humans

    A Critical Overview of Current Evidence of Homeopathic Treatment of Malignant Tumours in Humans

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    Introduction: Increased cell growth forming a clone of cells resulting in a malignant, invasive and rather fast growing tumour with the capability of migration and metastasis is called cancer. Cancer has a high incidence rate with one in 4 deaths due to cancer in the USA. CAM therapies are popular among cancer patients and have especially been known to go alongside medical treatment as a support for treating the side effects of conventional treatment, pain control and emotional issues. Historically, there is a long tradition of treating cancer homeopathically. The aim of this study is to consider if there is evidence of current effectiveness of homeopathic treatment of malignant tumours in humans. Method: A literature review was carried out to see if there is evidence of current homeopathic treatment affecting malignant tumours in humans. By current is meant treatment carried out from 1950 - 2008. Results: One systematic review, one chart review and 178 case studies were found of relevance to the study. The general standard of the reviewed cases was above average when compared to the normal limitations found in homeopathic case reports. Conclusion: This literature review shows that evidence of effect of homeopathic treatment of malignant tumours in humans does exist. Further investigation of the anti-cancer effect of homeopathic treatment should be done both in a way that is in line with the underlying theories of homeopathy and also in a meaningful way for patients. Case studies are considered as best evidence when carried out rigorously. However, the case studies need to be further refined in order to share knowledge both inside and outside the homeopathic community. Keywords: Homeopathy, cancer, neoplasm, malignancy, tumour.
  5. Research Evidence for Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in Children Using Individualized (classical) Homeopathy

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    Homeopathy is more likely to be integrated into the prevailing heath care system (giving people a choice of therapies), if there is clear evidence of its clinical utility in common diseases, and prescribing strategies are simplified (Jacobs: 2000). Richard Liang observing the high quality work done by Frei et al in ADHD, expects that this will 'open a new area of homeopathic research which may be called 'evidence-based' homeopathy.'(Liang, 2006: 95) Homeopathic methodology properly understood could underpin modification of well accepted research methods both qualitative and quantitative. This is a major field of knowledge generation to explore
  6. Homeopathy and Musculoskeletal Disorders – An Overview and Critique of Available Research

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    This report critiques the available homeopathic research on musculoskeletal disorders. A reasonable amount of homeopathic research using different methodologies and interventions has been conducted into some musculoskeletal disorders, with both positive and negative outcomes for homeopathy. However, the quality of these trials is variable in reporting clarity, design, method, recruitment capability / sample size, and intervention used, with some trials not representing how classical homeopathy is practiced in reality. However, some relatively good quality research conducted shows that homeopathy is effective in the treatment of some musculoskeletal disorders. Therefore, this report concludes that success in treating musculoskeletal conditions with homeopathy is generally positive, but not completely certain in all cases as improvements to the quality and design of research is required.