Research and advice on treating allergies and poison ivy with homeopathy.
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April Newsletter
April 11, 2018
Happy Spring Everyone Spring is a season of great beauty and a time of rebirth. It’s also a troublesome time for seasonal allergies and emergent poison ivy. In this issue of our newsletter, we’ll talk about how homeopathy can help you and your family with both problems.Spring Flowers
Homeopathy and Seasonal Allergies: What the Research Shows It’s estimated that hay fever affects some 24 million Americans and as much as 30% of the worldwide population annually. Given the magnitude of the problem, medical researchers have conducted more than a dozen studies (virtually all positive) to determine whether homeopathy is a safe and effective option for people with seasonal allergies. Here is a brief overview of a number of those studies:
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  • Swiss and Austrian medical researchers Christa Gründling, Wolfgang Schimetta and Michael Frass recently undertook a multicenter, prospective observational study to assess the real-life efficacy of classical homeopathic treatment and the potential to reduce conventional medication dosage. Forty out of forty-four patients recruited for the trial were found to meet the eligibility criteria. After homeopathic treatment, all clinical symptoms were shown to improve substantially, in most cases quite markedly.1
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  • India has an estimated number of 15–20 million patients with asthma and 30–80% of these suffer from allergic rhinitis. So, allergic rhinitis is considered a major chronic respiratory disease due to its prevalence, impact on quality of life, work/school performance and productivity, economic burden and links with asthma. In an attempt to measure the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for these patients, researchers conducted a single arm, experimental, interventional, prospective, non-randomized, before-and-after comparison pilot study without a control involving thirty patients. The researchers found that after one year of treatment, there was a highly significant reduction in symptom severity indicating that individualized homeopathic treatment was a viable therapeutic option for these patients.2
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  • Medical researchers in the Southwest region of the United States sought to investigate the possible therapeutic effects of a homeopathic drug prepared from common allergens (tree, grass, weed species) specific to the Southwest region of the United States. To conduct the study, a 4-week, double-blind clinical trial comparing homeopathic preparations with placebo was conducted in the Phoenix metropolitan area during the regional allergy season, which runs from February to May each year. Participants included 40 men and women, 26–63 years of age, diagnosed with moderate to severe seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms. The researchers found patient symptoms improved significantly during the treatment period leading them to conclude homeopathic intervention was clearly helpful in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis in the Southwestern United States.3
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  • In yet another study, this one conducted by medical researchers in Britain, a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, parallel group, multicenter study was undertaken comparing homeopathic care to placebo treatment. Fifty patients completed the study. The homeopathy group had a significant objective improvement in nasal airflow compared with the placebo group. Addition of these results to those of three previous trials (totaling 253 patients) showed a significant reduction in symptoms for those receiving homeopathy compared with placebo.4
If you would like to give homeopathy a try this allergy season, Dr. Lisa Samet has written two excellent articles you might find helpful. You can find them here: Dr.Lisa Samet 1. Grundling, C., et al. “Real-life effect of classical homeopathy in the treatment of allergies: A multicenter prospective observational study." Wiener klinische WochenschriftWorld Allergy Organ. J. 20. January 2012, Volume 124, Issue 1–2, pp. 11–17. 2. Ghosh, S., et al. “Homeopathy in treating allergic rhinitis—An interventional pilot study.” World Allergy Organ. J. 2013; 6(Suppl 1): P182. 3. Kim, L.S., et al. “Treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis using homeopathic preparation of common allergens in the southwest region of the US: A randomized, controlled clinical trial.” Ann Pharmacother. 2005 Apr;39(4): 617–24. Epub 2005 Mar 1. 4. Taylor, M., et al. “Randomised controlled trial of homoeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial series.” BMJ 2000; 321.
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The Onset of Poison Ivy Season and How Homeopathy Can Help Poison Ivy Plant According to the CDC, poison ivy is a challenge for 80–90% of all Americans. The rash caused by the plants is incited by a substance called urushiol (you-ROO-shee-ol), found in the sap of the plant. It’s often found in abundance on the leaves, and it’s most potent in the spring when the urushiol content is highest. Did you know that exposure to as little as a billionth of a gram of urushiol is enough to cause a rash on one person and that the amount that covers the head of a pin is sufficient to cause a rash on 500 people?1 Pretty potent stuff. And sadly, protective measures (e.g., clothing, barrier creams, soaps, and solvents) are often unsuccessful. Two groups of medical researchers in the United States have investigated the possibility that consumption of the homeopathic remedy Rhus tox might be an effective preventative measure against allergic reactions to the plant’s oils. In the first study, E. R. Gross, MD, evaluated whether the homeopathic remedy Rhus tox could help prevent poison ivy dermatitis by evaluating 455 patients, including 177 tree service workers, all with a history of poison ivy sensitivity. Subjects took Rhus tox until the end of poison ivy season. During the period of treatment with Rhus tox orally, Gross found 76.9% of subjects were either free of ivy dermatitis or experienced milder symptoms.2 In 2003, researchers Stein and Parsons published an open pilot study again using Rhus tox in the prevention of poison ivy dermatitis. They investigated 56 subjects ages 12 through 75 each of whom received the homeopathic remedy Rhus tox during the poison ivy season. Twenty-seven (48%) patients had less severe or fewer episodes of poison ivy dermatitis and 25 (45%) patients experienced no episodes of poison ivy dermatitis.3 You can read more about this topic here. 1.“Poisonous Plants.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Last modified July 7, 2016. Accessed March 14, 2018. 2. Gross, E.R. “An oral antigen preparation in the prevention of poison ivy dermatitis: Results in 455 cases of ivy sensitivity.” Ind Med Surg. 1958: 27(3), 142–144. [PMID: 13513172]. 3. Stein, M.F., & Parsons, E. “Effectiveness in Oral Rhus tox Solution for Poison Ivy Prevention”. Int J Pharm Comp. 2003: 7(4), 273–275.
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FAQ Logo How Can Less Be More? Simply put, when a remedy is made, it is repeatedly diluted and succussed. Thus, there is less material substance; however, as a result of the succussion, the energy of the original material has been made stronger.
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