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21 July 2016

Sri Lanka updates it's Homeopathy Act to improve regulation

With thanks to the Daily News we reproduce the following article published on 6 July 2016

The Homoeopathy Bill was passed in Parliament yesterday with amendments.

The Bill was presented by Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on June 7. The Bill replaces the Homoeopathy Act of 1970.

The new Act provides for the establishment of a Homoeopathic Medical Council; for the registration of Homoeopathic Practitioners and Homoeopathic Pharmacists; for the registration and regulation of Homoeopathic Institutions; to promote, foster, and regulate the Homoeopathic system of medicine and for the regulation and control of the manufacture, importation, storage, sale and distribution of homoeopathic medicine, drugs and other homoeopathic preparations.

The Minister moving the Bill for the debate, said the Homoeopathy Act had not been amended for 45 years, adding that the new Bill addresses the loopholes of the previous legislation. He said about 150-200 patients obtain treatments at the Welisara Homoeopathy hospital daily mainly for joint pains, asthma, child and women illnesses.

“Unlike western medical treatment that provides external immunisation, the Homoeopathy treatment enhances natural immunisation in the body. Medicine used in Homoeopathy is made of natural substances such as herbs and parts of animals. Adverse effects in them are low,” he said.

“The medicine is also comparatively cheap and easy to use. We need to encourage the promotion of the Homoeopathy medical system,” he said.

http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=2016/07/06/political/86714


14 May 2016
Where India leads the world will follow?

India, being a country with a huge population, must take pragmatic decisions when it comes to managing the health of its citizens. One of its most recent decisions is to draft a national policy for AYUSH (which includes the five disciplines of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) under the universal health insurance scheme, thereby integrating the 5 disciplines into the public health system. This move has been supported at the top level of the Indian Government, including the Indian Prime Minister.

With the new national policy the Indian Government aims to promote India as a centre of excellence for the AYUSH systems and harness their potential for improving primary and preventive health care.  The policy aims at making the AYUSH systems the preferred choice of treatment in primary care and will set specific targets for regulation and research as well as set standards for AYUSH medicines and treatments. A very conscious aim of the strategy is to fill the gap in the supply of doctors by training AYUSH practitioners to handle primary care needs.

As part of a wider strategy promoting AYUSH, India is seeking to collaborate with WHO and the USA  in research and development of AYUSH. One specific objective will be to establish WHO benchmarks  for the practice of the 5 disciplines.


23 February 2016
National survey reveals statistics about the use of homeopathy by US Adults
An important survey of use of homeopathy and homeopathic medicines in the USA has been 300px-samuel_hahnemann_memorialpublished in the highly respected American Journal of Public Health. The researchers used the 2012 National Health Interview Survey to compare homeopathy users with supplement users and those using other forms of complementary and integrative medicine. The results revealed that among US adults, 2.1% had used homeopathy within the past 12 months. The survey found that people who were more educated were more likely to use homeopathic medicines than people who were less educated.

Homeopathy users were more likely to use multiple complementary and integrative medicine
therapies and to perceive the therapy as helpful than were supplement users. While in the Hahnemann Memorial Washington DC, USA US homeopathy use remains uncommon; users perceive it as helpful. Two-thirds of homeopathy users ranked homeopathy as one of their top three complementary therapies.Of particular note was that homeopathy users who saw a professional homeopath were significantly more likely to feel that homeopathy was “very important in maintaining health and well-being” and that it helped their health condition “a great deal” than were homeopathy users who did not see a professional homeopath.
The survey noted that homeopathic studies “suggest potential public health benefits such as reductions in unnecessary antibiotic usage, reductions in costs to treat certain respiratory
diseases, improvements in peri-menopausal depression, improved health outcomes in chronically ill individuals. Respiratory and otorhinolaryngology complaints
were most commonly treated (18.5%). The researchers concluded, “Because of potential public health benefits associated with the use of homeopathy, further research on this modality and targeted studies of users are warranted.” This article is not available in full online. Its abstract is available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26890179
10 December 2015

High dilutions of Hydrastis and Condurango induce epigenetic modifications and alter gene expression profiles in human cancer cells in vitro

In these most recent experiments Hydrastis canadensis (HC-30) and Marsdenia condurango (Condu-30), diluted 1060 times, were analyzed against placebo 30C (Pl-30) for alterations in gene profiles linked to epigenetic modifications. The methodology involved separate groups of  HeLa cells (human cervical cancer cells) being subjected to treatment with Condurango-30 or Hydrastis-30 or Placebo-30, each prepared by serial dilutions and succussions.
Results: High dilutions of Hydrastis and Condurango triggered epigenetic modifications and alterations in microarray gene expression profiles of many genes associated with carcinogenesis in HeLa cells in vitro.
Conclusion: Laboratory experiments increasingly confirm the evidence from clinical research and daily practice that homeopathic medicines have a real impact - both in micro and macro scenarios.

http://www.jcimjournal.com/jim/showAbstrPage.aspx?articleID=S2095-4964%2815%2960201-1

26 June 2015

New study adds to the growing body of research showing homeopathic medicines produce apoptosis in cancer cells

In a new study published in The International Journal of Oncology the findings of a preclinical study clearly delineated the molecular mechanism underlying the apoptogenic effect of the non-toxic homeopathic remedy, sulphur, in non-small cell lung carcinoma cells.
Sulphur alters NF∫B-p300 cross-talk in favour of p53-p300 to induce apoptosis in non-small cell lung carcinoma
http://www.spandidos-publications.com/ijo/47/2/573

In the search for new medicines devoid of the toxic side effects associated with conventional chemotherapy, this study adds to the growing body of knowledge (1) (2) (3)  that outlines the potential of homeopathic medicines to have a role in the treatment of patients suffering various forms of carcinoma.    

1. Contribution of the ROS-p53 feedback loop in thuja-induced apoptosis of mammary epithelial carcinoma cells
http://www.spandidos-publications.com/or/31/4/1589

2. Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells
http://www.spandidos-publications.com/ijo/36/2/395

3. DNA fragmentation and cell cycle arrest: a hallmark of apoptosis induced by Ruta graveolens in human colon cancer cells
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S147549161400099X

 
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