The pandemic of COVID-19 expands aggressively all over and the impact can also be seen through the daily increasing number of infected patients around us. All the medical services have been trying hard to overcome this mishap, but nobody has achieved the desirable outcome.
The natural and gentle way of homoeopathic healing helps the individual to recover his health without any side effects or harm. Homoeopathy can prove very helpful in a such pandemic crisis.
Confusion about Genus Epidemicus
Now we are going through a time, when different stalwarts are recommending different remedies, so there is a lot of confusion in all homoeopaths about the Genus epidemicus.
During the epidemic of scarlet fever, after treating numerous patients Dr. Samuel Hahnemann observed patients with similar clinical presentations. After analysing the symptoms, he found ‘Belladonna’ useful in curing those patients. According to Dr Hahnemann this remedy could not only cure those patients but could also be used as an effective prophylactic medicine. Thereafter he termed this the ‘Genus epidemicus’ in that epidemic situation.
The knowledge which is essential for enabling us to choose a most suitable homoeopathic remedy can only be obtained by a complete survey of the disease picture, not only of a single patient, but deducing it from a number of patients.
After a thoroughly individualized examination of each patient, only then can a homeopath, succeed in finding a suitable homoeopathic remedy. Thus, the Genus Epidemicus can only be identified after closely studying the symptom picture of the outbreak.
In the present scenario, the WHO has declared COVID-19 a pandemic disease.
Even though homoeopathy can treat and control such a viral outbreak, the homoeopathic fraternity is lacking in clinical trials for treating COVID-19.
(Specifically in India with very few confirmed cases.) So as of now we can’t declare any remedy as a Genus epidemicus.
How Homeopathy Can Help
As per the current available data on the manifestation of corona virus, we can give homoeopathic treatment and homeoprophylaxis for it.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
• Dry cough
• Shortness of breath
• Sore throat
• Body ache and pain
• Runny or stuffy nose
– Kidney Failure
The above symptoms and complications clearly tell us about the severity and acute emergency nature of the disease. So, we should select the remedy which covers the similar pathophysiological state of disease.
Treatment in Homeopathy
As per my experience considering the totality of COVID-19, the most probable remedy is Napthalinum 30. (Ref. Clarke’s Materia Medica) (Note: It is not a Genus epidemicus.)
- Acute High grade fever with coug.
• Respiration: labored and irregular
• Cough in incessant paroxysms almost arresting breath
• Night cough preventing sleep
• Cough with blue or purple face
• Expectoration: free, thick, tenacious, almost absent
• Cough in violent paroxysms compelling the patient to hold his head from the pain
• Fever: Sudden onset of fever
According to the principles of Homoeopathy, it works on maintaining the immunity of the individual, so it can be used as an effective prophylactic medicine.
Homoeopathic prophylaxis includes selection of an individualized remedy by considering the peculiar characters of a person. Some general characteristics which should not missed during remedy selection are:
Thermals, Thirst, Modalities, Sleep, Food aggr, Desires, Aversions
Some remedies which can be considered are:
Aconite, Antim.Tart, Arsenic, Ars. Iod, Belladonna, Bryonia, Camphora, Carb.Veg,coccus cacti, Chelidonium,Dulcamara, Drosera, Gelsemium, Hep.Sul, Kali.Bich, Kali.Carb, Mephitis, Merc group , Merc I.F., Nux Vom, Phos, Puls,Pyrogen, Rhus Tox, Rumex, Spongia, Stan.Met.
Selection of potency should depend upon these factors:
– Suitable for all age groups
– Works in all susceptibilities
– Does not provoke homoeopathic aggravation.
– Has the capacity to work on severe acute conditions.
So, considering these few things, as per our experience, the 30c potency, which is a medium potency, covers all possibilities. (Note: The remedy should be taken under the guidance and observation of a homoeopathic physician.)
Together we can and we will –
As there is no proper treatment for Covid-19, I request the WHO to extend their research include all modalities.
Homeopathy is a science and art, so there is the possibility of differences in remedy choices by different homoeopaths. But to conquer this worldwide crisis we as a fraternity need to come together. We must keep a record of our treatments with proper evidence. And we should discuss this, and take the opinion of other homeopaths about it, which will help us for further research to find a prophylaxis and treatments. Let the world know, Homoeopathy can be an effective treatment for such crisis.