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HOMOEPATHY AND IMMUNOLOGY
BY Dr. Leela D’Souza Francisco B.H.M.S. (Bom)
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment for the degree of HMD (P.G No. 27). The British Institute of Homeopathy.

Abstract
The thrust of this thesis, is an attempt to understand in depth the function of the Immune System from a homeopathic perspective. Today a wealth of information is available on various function of the immune system, and daily even more is being discovered. A serious attempt has been made to correlate relevant information with homeopathic principles and therapeutics.

Section 1 deals with mainly with all relevant information from a homeopathic point of view, gained from various authorities with a major contribution form Ivan Roitt's 'Essential Immunology'. These include an understanding of the basic functioning of the Immune system and its anatomy, as well as signs of immune system breakdown. These signs finally are manifested as Hypersensitivity Reactions and Autoimmune Diseases.

Section 2 explores the scope of homoeopathic remedies in various functions of the immune system as well as their application in several autoimmune diseases. There has been an attempt to suggest possible mechanisms of action of the Similimum in a given disease condition. Suggestions are also made for documenting the modifying action of homoeopathic drugs. These are indicative rather than definitive, and aim at giving an insight into further scope for research in homoeopathy.

Conclusion
Homoeopathic remedies have a definite effect on the immune system, through various mechanisms, directly or through hormonal changes, emotional changes, salt-electrolyte variations and other metabolic functions.  The relevant immunological and physiological mechanisms which could be modified by homoeopathic remedies, have been detailed in Section 1.

A lot of work needs to be done to prove and document this.  This thesis has suggested a number of laboratory methods and procedures with this aim in mind, and identifies various mediators of inflammation that could be modified by homoeopathic drugs directly.

The specific action of certain remedies on the immune system, as described in Section 2, is indicative of the power contained in the infinitesimal dose, when homeopathically prescribed.  The superiority of our medication in this regard is unparalleled and only with further research will this fact be accepted worldwide.  Regarding the therapeutics of hypersensitivity diseases and autoimmune diseases, various ongoing clinical trials manifest the curing capacity and healing possibilities of the Similimum. These conditions are the next frontier that science needs to find a " cure " for, and the Similimum, I believe, is the only long-term safe and permanent solution.

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Interesting further reading :
Ongoing Research in Homeopathy and Immunology 

» The Biological Action of Dilutions of Aspirin
Professor DOUTREMEPUICH (University of Bordeaux, France)

In the past ten years, studies have been conducted in the Hematology Department of the School of Pharmacy of Bordeaux (France).

 After having defined the validity and sensitivity of this experimental model, the authors conducted a comparative study on the effect of injecting several dilutions of aspirin (of between 100 mg/kg and 30 CH) on several parameters:

  • area of thrombus provoked by arteriolar lesion and by venous lesion

  • number of emboli induced by arteriolar lesion and by venous lesion

  • length of embolization period induced by arteriolar lesion and by venous lesion

  • amplitude and speed of platelet aggregation (in vitro).

     

» The Synergistic Effects of Dilutions of Antitumoral Agents
Professor BONAVIDA (UCLA, USA

Professor Bonavida's work consists in evaluating the toxicity of a certain number of substances used at concentrations below those at which their cellular toxicity has been demonstrated to date.
There are essentially four of these substances in question:

  • TNF Tumor Necrosis Factor

  • CDDP Cis-Platin

  • ADR Adriblastin

  • DTX Diphtheria Toxin


» The Effect of Dilutions of Antigens and Various Biologic Factors on the Activity of Basophil Leukocytes
Dr. SAINTE-LAUDY (France), Professor MANNAIONNI (University of Florence, Italy), Professor ENNIS (Queen's University, Belfast)

The action of centesimal dilutions of various substances on several types of white blood cells has been under study since 1981. Polynuclear basophils are studied most often

...After publication of an article on basophil activation with high dilutions of anti-IgE, then the resultant investigation, it became difficult to publish on the inhibition of basophil activation with high dilutions.
The criticisms raised by the scientific journals where these results were presented focused on:

  • the reproducibility of the phenomenon described (inhibiting activity of high dilutions of histamine)

  • the subjectivity and cell counts under the microscope.

 

» Center for Complex Infectious Diseases
John Martin, M.D. Ph.D.

What are Stealth Viruses?
Viruses are submicroscopic infectious agents that replicate inside cells. Viral illnesses are normally controlled by the body’s immune system acting primarily through white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells recognize certain viral proteins that provide the antigens targeted by specific lymphocytes, leading to an anti-viral inflammatory response.

Atypically-structured cell-damaging (cytopathic) viruses were initially identified in patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome and in patients with more severe neurological and neuropsychiatric illnesses. The term “stealth” was introduced to highlight their basic property of evading effective immune recognition, and also because they had gone unrecognized by the medical community.