Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine (e-Book)
OverviewConnecting Research to Quality Homeopathic Care
Ullman organizes a wealth of information both on current research and practical treatment. Written for the non-professional and of interest to the professional as well.
Over 400 pages.
In his e-book, Dana Ullman demonstrates that there is a much greater body of research evaluating homeopathic treatment than many people presently realize.
Here you will find a modern, even futuristic overview, of what homeopathic medicine is and the potential it has for treating you and the people close to you.
Ullman organizes the existing research, and presents it along with practical clinical information, all in an easy to follow manner:
- He begins each ailment with a "Bottomline" statement, summarizing:
- the existing research
- how amenable this condition is to homeopathic treatment by those who are not professional homeopaths
- advice on whether a person with this condition should seek professional homeopathic care.
- Then he discusses the homeopathic understanding and approach to treating people with this ailment.
- Next, he presents the details of existing homeopathic research for treating people with this condition.
- The following section of the text lists the most important homeopathic medicines to consider first in treating people with this condition - and continues by listing any other important remedies to consider.
- Next we get the information about the basic dose and potency of the remedy to use in this case.
- And finally, the book provides full references for the studies that were cited, as well as referrals to other homeopathic books that discuss the treatment of this condition.
From the Book
Relief of acute arthritic pain can be provided through homeopathic primary care, either using individually chosen homeopathic medicines or homeopathic formula products, and there is mounting evidence for this in the scientific literature. For deeper and longer-term relief, it is highly recommended to seek professional homeopathic care.
Homeopaths do not simply treat arthritis but the person with arthritis. Because arthritis is usually only a part (sometimes a significant part) of the disease, the homeopathic approach makes sense and is often very effective.
The best results tend to occur in people who are in early onset or in people who have not taken massive doses of corticosteroid drugs, though at least some relief can be provided to people in varying stages of arthritis using the correct remedy.
Two reviews of research have concluded that there is a body of evidence to suggest that homeopathic medicines, either individually prescribed or used in a homeopathic formula, can provide relief for people with rheumatic disease (Jonas, 2000) or osteoarthritis (Long, 2001), though more research is warranted.
One study on the homeopathic treatment of people with rheumatoid arthritis was published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. This study found that 82% of those patients prescribed an individually chosen homeopathic medicine experienced some relief of their arthritic pain, while only 21% of patients prescribed a placebo experienced a similar degree of relief (Gibson, 1980).
Another study compared the results of a homeopathic formula product with acetaminophen in the treatment of osteoarthritis, and the homeopathic remedy was found to be safer and more effective than this conventional drug (Shealy, 1998).
A third study on patients with osteoarthritis tested a single homeopathic medicine (Rhus toxicodendron 6C); this remedy was not found to be more effective than a placebo or a conventional drug (Shipley, 1983).
However, the study was fundamentally flawed because Rhus toxicodendron is more commonly effective for people with rheumatoid arthritis, not osteoarthritis.
One new study that was not a part of the above mentioned reviews of research compared a homeopathic topical application with a conventional drug, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. This randomized, double-blind trial found that a homeopathic topical gel was as effective and as tolerated as piroxicam gel (van Haselen, 2000).
This trial evaluated the care of 172 osteoarthritic patients over 4 weeks as they applied either a homeopathic gel or piroxicam gel three times daily. The homeopathic gel contained Symphytum, Rhus toxicodendron, and Ledum palustre.
Another new trial that was not a part of the above reviews of research was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial on the individualized homeopathic treatment of people with rheumatoid arthritis (Fisher and Scott, 2001).
It found no difference over a 6-month period in those given a homeopathic medicine and those given a placebo. The researchers theorized that the negative results may have been because the patients were selected from a conventional clinic's practice, and the patients were regularly self-medicated with over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
The following short list is primarily to provide relief of the acute phase of the arthritic inflammation. It is best to obtain professional homeopathic care to obtain deeper and more significant relief and cure.
Rhus toxicodendron (poison ivy)
This is the most common remedy for acute arthritic pain. It is indicated when a person experiences a "rusty-gate" syndrome of arthritis, that is, when a person experiences great pains upon initial motion, reduced pain the more he or she moves around, and then becomes stiff again after resting for awhile.
Typically, these people are particularly stiff in the morning upon waking and after they sit or lie still for a period of time.
People who benefit from this remedy also tend to be very sensitive to cold and wet weather, and they tend to have aggravations of their symptoms at night and in bed. Warm bathing or showers and continued motion provide temporary relief of pain.
Bryonia (white bryony)
This remedy is indicated when arthritic pain is aggravated from any type of motion and the more the person moves, the worse pain the person experiences. Usually, this pain is sharp and excruciating.
They experience some relief from lying still, heat, direct pressure, and lying on one's painful side, while their symptoms tend to be worse after exposure to cold, from simple jarring, and after eating.
These people tend to be irritable, don't like to be examined, tend to be constipated, and want to be alone.
When a person experiences great swelling in the joint(s) with hot, burning, stinging pain, this remedy can be highly effective.
Warm or hot applications as well as touch or pressure tend to aggravate their condition, while cool air and cold applications provide some relief.
Belladonna (deadly nightshade)
When rapid and violent onset of throbbing arthritic pain arises in red, hot, swollen joints, this is the remedy to consider. The arthritic symptoms are aggravated by touch, jarring, and especially by motion, and warm wraps relieve them.
This remedy is sometimes given when the condition develops at the site of an old injury.
The symptoms are aggravated by motion or touch, in the morning, and from exposure to cold, wet weather and are relieved by rubbing and warmth.
It is also indicated when sensitive nodules develop on the periosteum and tendons after an injury.
Rhododendron (yellow snow rose)
Think of this remedy if Rhus tox seems indicated but doesn't work.
It too is known for arthritic pains that are aggravated during cold and wet weather (especially storms), during night, and during rest (from sitting too long) and which are relieved by continued motion or walking.
It is also known for arthritic pain in the small joints, lower back, or shoulder, with pains that wander from one place to another.
Kalmia (mountain laurel)
This remedy is useful for a sudden onset of severe acute arthritis, especially when the pain is paralyzing and tends to come and go. The arthritis pains may even move from one joint to another or tend to travel downward.
Numbness, weakness, and trembling may also be experienced. A heart condition may alternate with arthritic symptoms. Motion of any sort and exposure to cold aggravates the pain, while hot bathing provides temporary relief.
Caulophyllum (blue cohosh)
This remedy is useful when arthritis primarily affects the small joints of the body, specifically those in the hands and/or feet.
In particular, closing one's hands creates a lot of pain. This remedy is more often given to women than men, especially when the woman is pregnant or experiences concurrent menstrual or hormonal disturbances.
Consider this remedy when arthritic pains tend to move from one place to another.
The symptoms are worse from initial motion or during rest, in the evening or at night, and definitely from exposure to warmth. The symptoms are relieved by cold applications and by slow motion.
This remedy is also invaluable when a person has a Pulsatilla constitution: a gentle, mild, yielding, moody, sympathetic person.
Fisher, P., and Scott, D.L., A Randomized Controlled Trial of Homeopathy in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatology, 2001,40:1052-1055.
R.G. Gibson, S. Gibson, A.D. MacNeill, et al., "Homeopathic Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Evaluation by Double-blind Clinical Therapeutic Trial," British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 9(1980):453-59.
L. Long and E. Ernst, "Homeopathic Remedies for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review," British Homeopathic Journal, 2001;90:37-43.
W.B. Jonas, Klaus Linde, and Gilbert Ramirez, "Homeopathy and Rheumatic Disease," Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, February 2000,1:117-123.
C.N. Shealy, R.P. Thomlinson, R.H. Cox, and V. Borgmeyer, "Osteoarthritis Pain: A Comparison of Homeopathy and Acetaminophen," American Journal of Pain Management, 8(1998):89-91.
M. Shipley, H. Berry, G. Broster, et al., "Controlled Trial of Homoeopathic Treatment of Osteoarthritis," Lancet, January 15, 1983, 97-98.
R.A. van Haselen, P.A. Fisher. "A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Topical Piroxicam Gel with a Homeopathic Gel in Osteoarthritis of the Knee," Rheumatology. 2000;39:714-719.
Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century
Introduction: Homeopathy as "First Medicine"
What is Homeopathy, Anyway?
Primary Assumption: Respecting the Wisdom of the Human Body
Primary Principle: The Principle of Similars
Individualize the Remedy to the Person, not the Disease
The Experimental Basis of Every Homeopathic Medicine
The Unique Homeopathic Pharmaceutical Process
Why Homeopathy Makes Sense
Evidence That Homeopathy Works
Differentiating Real Healing from Palliation and Suppression of Disease
How to Make Homeopathy Work for You
Classical Homeopathy and Commercial Homeopathy: The Interface
The Place for Professional Homeopathic Care
Homeopathic Family Medicine
A Note About Dose And Potency
Allergies (food) (no medicines listed)
Attention Deficit Disorder
Bites and Stings
Boils and Carbuncles
Break-up of a Relationship
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cold Sores (see Herpes)
Cuts and Scrapes
Fears and Phobias
Food Poisoning (see Diarrhea, Indigestion, and Nausea & Vomiting)
Hay Fever (see Allergies)
Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome and Disease
Menstrual Cramps (see Premenstrual Syndrome)
Nausea and Vomiting
Ovarian Cysts or Tumors (no medicines listed)
Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac
Pregnancy (no medicines listed)
Sciatica (see Backache)
Shock of Injury
Sprains and Strains
Sunstroke or Heatstroke
Tendonitis (see Sprains and Strains)
Ulcers (no medicines listed)
Vertigo (see Motion Sickness)