(An alternative approach to explain homeopathy in the light of immunology to make it acceptable to the followers of modern allopathic system of medicine. This article was presented at the four international seminars held in Bangladesh in the year 2000.)
Development of an alternative medicinal formula, to overcome the impediments of modern medicine, to combat diseases due to immunological disorders.
Oral application of the concept of Freund`s complete Adjuvant to control immunological disorders like Diabetes, cancer, etc.
Efforts to increase the capacity of the immune system, to keep human body free from diseases by the method of detoxification, started from the early period of time. The bone marrow, which produces blood cells, is the source of that capacity of the immune system. Due to various reasons, the bone marrow gets weaker and produces weak and inefficient blood cells. No medicine has yet been developed which can make the bone marrow healthier and stronger to generate healthy and efficient blood cells.
The failure on the part of the scientists to increase the efficiency of bone marrow has compelled them to develop the system of controlling the receptors, enzymes, ion-channels and the carrier molecules. By controlling these bio-chemical processes in the cells, with the help of drugs, majority of the diseases caused by immunological disorders like hypertension, hyperacidity, gastric ulcer, allergy, etc. are being controlled now a days. But this method of palliation is short acting and needs regular use of drugs. These drugs do not help to detoxify the human body but keep the disease symptoms under control and help people to lead a normal life. But a careful study shows that the intensity of the diseases go on increasing which require to increase the dosage of drugs. In the long run, the complexity of the diseases go on increasing and various organs like kidney, liver, heart, etc. gradually get damaged and ultimately stop functioning properly. But people are happy with these palliative drugs due to the prompt relief they get from this mode of medication.
But if we consider the curative action obtained by the use of the naturopathic medicines in the systems of Ayurveda, Yunani & homeopathic medicine, we can find that the curative processes are long lasting which keep the human body free from the burden of toxins and people enjoy much more healthier & disease free life without the tendency of getting attacked with the malignant and deadly diseases like diabetes, cancer and other diseases caused by immunological disorders. From our observation, it appears that the curative processes rendered by those naturopathic systems might have acted like the systems proved by the scientist Dr. Jules T. Freund in the year 1942, who used the adjuvants in the injectable form to obtain the process of immunostimulation. Freund’s system of immunostimulation or immunomodulation could not be used extensively due to the failure to develop adjuvants suitable for parenteral use. Our attempt is to compare the ancient oral use of toxic drugs from plants, minerals, animal and bacterial origin with the use of Freund’s complete adjuvant. If the oral use of toxic drugs of naturopathic systems can be proved to be equivalent to the curative action achieved by Freund’s complete adjuvant by the process of immunopotentiation, the impediments of modern medicine to use the ideal method of cure by the help of detoxification could be overcome. This effort to give a scientific explanation of the ancient systems of naturopathy will help to avoid the use of palliative and immunosuppressive drugs and will stop the process of gradual degradation of the immune system leading towards the immunocompromised condition of human body prone to be attacked with viruses like HIV, bird flu, mad cow disease and other malignant diseases and will save billions of dollars in health care research globally.
In the ancient times, all the systems of medicine used the toxic substances obtained from natural sources of plants, minerals, chemicals, animals and bacterial origin. But they did not have the clear conception about how those natural toxic substances helped to cure diseases. In order to increase the curative effect, scientists tried to isolate the alkaloids from plants which increased the toxic effects of the drugs further.
When the bacteria were discovered, the method of cure was divided into two groups, namely the naturopathy and the allopathy. Later on, antibiotics were developed, which helped to combat the infectious diseases. Simultaneously, a new branch of medicine named immunology was developed which discovered the systems of vaccination. This brought a great success for the followers of germ theory. But the scientists of modern medicine still faced great hindrance to deal with the non-infections diseases, which consisted of majority of the diseases. Scientists found out that the immune system, which helped to keep the human body free from antigens or toxins to maintain healthy life, sometimes failed to act with accuracy. The over or under activity of the immune system developed various illnesses caused by reactions like (i) hypersensitivity, (ii) Cytotoxicity, (iii) Immune complexity, (iv) autoimmunity & (v) Immunodeficiency. The bulk of non-infectious diseases are caused by these five reactions of immune system, which we are going to explain in brief.
The white blood cells are known to the common people as the soldiers of defense mechanism, which keep the human body free from foreign invaders with their act of scavenging. These white blood cells (WBC) possess an inherent capacity to differentiate and identify the toxic and non-toxic ingredients of human body. While destroying the toxic ingredients, they sometimes excite the healthy cells to produce substances called histamine which cause allergy, sometimes they destroy healthy cells and cause anemia, sometimes they combine with toxic substances and form substances called immune complex substances which damage adjacent healthy tissues and cause diseases like eczema, psoriasis, leprosy, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, liver cirrhosis and even cancer, etc. Sometimes the army of defense system makes mistakes and begins to destroy substances like insulin and cause diabetes and other deadly diseases like SLE, glomerulonephritis, infertility, etc. This reaction is called autoimmunity. The fifth reaction is caused when the defense mechanism becomes totally inactive & allows the invaders to enter into the human body and roam about freely and render the person subjected to continuous processes of diseases beginning from cold allergy to cancer.
To handle the diseases caused by these five reactions called immunological disorders, scientists developed anti-allergic drugs and also drugs called steroid etc., to suppress the immune system to stop the over-activity of the defense forces. To increase the under activity called immunodeficiency, they developed immunoglobulin (IG) to apply from external sources, which is very expensive and not very much accurate in activity. The other method is called bone marrow transplantation which is both expensive and risky.
This failure on the part of the scientists of medicine to control the immunological disorders by the method of detoxification could be overcome by the oral application of natural toxic substances as is done in the naturopathic systems of medicine together with the oral use of the products of bacterial endotoxins used in homeopathy. This mode of application of combined form of antigenic (toxic) substances resembles the system of application of Freund’s complete adjuvant (toxic natural substances with the bacterial product). The difference lies only in the mode of administration. The naturopathic systems like Ayurveda and Yunani (herbal) systems do not use the bacterial products, which are only done in homeopathy. This similarity of alternative mode of application of the Freund’s complete adjuvant was observed by Dr. S N Rashid, who named the homeopathic use of natural toxins with the bacterial products as combined oral micro-immunotherapy. But this concept of immunomodulation probably acted in the humoral and cellular level and could not fulfill the task of bone marrow stimulation, which is the actual site of origin of immunological activity, where the products used as adjuvants could not reach the bone marrow to fulfill the purpose of rectification of the controlling center of the immune mechanism.
The use of radioactive products like Uranium and Radium in the minute dose together with the natural and the bacterial products simultaneously as is done in homeopathy, makes it more competent in curing diseases by the immune system than any other systems of medicine. This makes homeopathy superior to the system of modern medicine, which failed to achieve its desired goal of immunomodulation with the help of cytokines. This is possible by homeopathy because it can achieve the effect of bone marrow stimulation. The use of various toxic substances in the attenuated oral form makes homeopathy effective in modulating the immune system in the humoral, cellular and medullar levels.
(The readers of this article are requested to have some knowledge about immunology, which will help us to enrich the principles of homeopathy to make it more acceptable to the people who consider homeopathy as an unscientific dogma as preached by the followers of modern allopathic system of medicine. Interested persons may read Kuby’s Immunology, from the internet)