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Swine flu- Homeopathy in epidemics?

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History has shown that there has always been a resurgence of homeopathy every time an epidemic has struck the population. From the time of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, to the present day, homeopathy has always scored over conventional allopathic medication in the treatment of epidemics. In 1813, the retreating army of Napoleon brought with it the epidemic of typhus to Leipzig. Homeopathic treatment of 180 cases of typhus by Dr. Hahnemann saw only two cases succumbing to the illness while 30% of patients under allopathic treatment died. When cholera struck Europe, the mortality rate with allopathy was 66% and the homeopathic mortality was 33%. On account of this extraordinary result, the law interdicting the practice of Homeopathy in Austria was repealed! In Britain, the statistics were suppressed because it was found that the mortality rate with allopathy was 59.2% while under homeopathic care the mortality rate was 9%
Perhaps the most recent use of homeopathy in a major epidemic was during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918.  It was reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated allopathically had a mortality rate of 28.2% while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%.  One physician in a Pittsburgh hospital asked a nurse if she knew anything better than what he was doing, because he was losing many cases.  “Yes, Doctor, stop aspirin and go down to a homeopathic pharmacy, and get homeopathic remedies.” The Doctor replied: “But that is homeopathy.” “I know it, but the homeopathic doctors for whom I have nursed have not lost a single case.”
Why is homeopathy so effective? Irrespective of the name of the disease, homeopathy works at the immunity of the patient and strengthens it so that the body is able to protect itself from diseases. If a person has already been affected, it helps to stimulate the body’s self-healing powers the body so that the disease is controlled naturally by the body’s own defense mechanism.

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Disclaimer: A detailed history followed by constitutional treatment by a good and qualified homeopathic practitioner is necessary to treat the complaints that appear due to any disease. The homeopathic remedies mentioned in this post are for informational purposes only. The information contained on this site is general in nature and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other health care professional. None of the statements on this site are an endorsement of any particular product, or a recommendation as to how to treat any particular disease or health-related condition. It is not advisable to resort to self-medication for any disease.


  1. What should a responsible homeopath do in the face of an epidemic?
    If he was in India, he would send text messages to his patients about how homeopathy can prevent it- without even having seen a single case of the disease. Not to be out done other homeopaths would join the fray and make their own suggestions about the homeopathic medicines that can be used to prevent the spread of the disease. I call this arm chair practice.
    Suddenly a lot of names of drugs have surfaced- one of them being Influenzinum. And suddenly this medicine has had homeopathic doctors, pharmacies and cell phone companies rubbing their hands in glee and carrying sacks of loot to the bank! A homeopathic pharmacy made its employees work overtime and sold Rs. 20,000 worth of “Swine flu prophylactics”. An allopathic pharmacy that also sells homeopathic medicines reportedly sold Influenzinum worth Rs. 50,000. All that money made in just one day!Some had huge banners put up outside their establishments to draw more customers.
    A word of caution to all homeopathic doctors and their patients. A medicine can become a preventive in homeopathic practice only if it the genus epidemicus- i.e. if after observing a number of cases of the disease in his locality a homeopath finds a common set of symptoms of this disease and works out the remedy for this group of symptoms, then he can rightly call it a prophylactic or the genus epidemicus for that disease.
    Influenzinum is more often required for the after effects of influenza. Some homeopaths have found that when Influenzinum is given as a preventive, it sometimes causes the disease that has already invaded the body to come out in full force.
    Thanks to the panic created by the media in India, people have been hoarding Influenzinum and masks-which is a pity because with 10 cases of Swine flu everyone wants to wear a mask but with 1 million cases of AIDS no one wants to wear a condom.

  2. Nityanand Haldipur

    Dear Dr. Vaishav,
    Thsi is very good blog created by you. Very informative. Is there any reasurch for Dengu Fever? I read some where that the best remedy for Dengu is extract of the crushed leaves of Papaya leaf.
    Its effect is magical. Is it not worth doing research on this?

  3. Varsha Singh

    Very pertinent information in the even of this pandemic.I think I will be using it a lot to educate abt epidemics.
    I agree with Dr.Daksha that hoarding a homeopathic medication can promise the desired effect to some extenet(as a prevention). However in case of epidemic the ‘Genus Epidemicus’ may not be the same as last year..The lay people need to take advise form a their homeopath to avoid misuse.
    Thanks for a wonderful narrative with examples from history.
    It felt nostalgic..like sitting inyour class listening to you.

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