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The following was published in New York Times under The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Arnica for Pain Relief September 17, 2009, 11:52 am
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71. September 18, 2009 1:18 pm Link
I have used homeopathic preparation Arnica in 200 CH potency twice a day alternating with Colocynthis 200 CH, Both the remedies have been used twice a day in alternation and independant of each other, in osteoarthritis of knee joints in people over 55 years of age. I have over 30 such patients. This regimen has benefited all from 85-95 % in symptoms of stiffness and pain in 7-10 days of treatment. I have never used Arnica gel or cream for local application.
Open for others for trial.
Best wishes
Dr. V. P. Singh MD(Hom)

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Comment by Dr.M.K.Sahani on October 24, 2009 at 2:21am
discussion on Arnica has really created more thought revealed to be shared by Homoeopaths. Congratulation
Comment by Dr. Nisanth Nambison MD on October 23, 2009 at 7:48am
I am highly pleased by your personality of being true. I have seen many Homeopaths tell lie, but your simplicity & lucid way of explanation is highly appreciable. May you keep me inspired to become a simple person with high thinking.
with best
Comment by Dr V P Singh on October 21, 2009 at 2:18am
I am happy that my comment on Arnica has generated some interest. I would like to clarify the points raised in the comments by Drs. Nishant, Guillermo and Sunny.

Dr. Nishant- I have used these medicines for a week to start with. Later when pain became minimal and tolerable, the patients were advised to take medicines 3 days a week and still later whenever the pain became acute. In most cases which experienced relief, medicine free period was as much as 4-5 months. I was myself skeptical in the begining about using high potencies so repeatedly, but when there was persistent relief from pain and there were no adverse symptoms recorded after their prolonged use, it became routine for me. I may also mention that I consistently use Colocynth and Rhus tox, both in 200 CH potencies which provide relief to patients with Osteoarthritis, especially of knee joints. Five to ten per cent of the patients who do not experience any benefit are given Arnica instead of Rhus tox. I have not seen any adverse signs and symptoms which may be attributed to proving of these drugs after prolonged use.

Incidently I may also inform that once I gave a bottle of Arnica hair oil which is commonly available in India and elsewhere, to my maid servant for use on her scalp. Instead, she used it on her painful joints and the pains were ninety per cent less within a week. Later 3-4 ladies asked me for the oil and purchased it on my suggestion. I do not know what happened to them, but the case of the maid servant is still fresh in my mind.I have, however, not used the oil on other patients.

2.Dr. Sunny: I have been a homeopathic researcher for over 30 years. As such I have an open mind and enjoy freedom to experiment. I agree that Homeopathy is a designer therapy and medicines are usually prescribed on the presenting signs and symptoms and Individual's characteristic attributes, both mental/emotional and physical. But there is an exception. In endemics and epidemics we go by the common symptoms of the disease as well as 20-30 cases down with the malady and find out Genus epidemicus.

Same is true about Osteoarthritis except that it is degenerative and no acute like a viral or bacterial epidemic. Futher all patients with osteoarthritis of knee joints would give a set of common symptoms, including severe, cutting pain. The condition is irreversible. Calcium supplements and analgesics provide some relief which is seldom long lasting. Even a homeopath aims at providing relief from the pains.

As for the medicines I may inform that I have never used these medicines in combination form. I have used them independent of each other as many homeopaths use Nux vomica at night and Sulphur in the morning.

It is interesting to note that not very many homeopaths would consider using Colocynth for pain in knees. I used it on patients who were least benefited with medicine(s) such as spigelia, magnesium, indicated on the basis of individualization. I used Colocynth rather empirically. It reminded me of Boenninghaushen's theory- particulars to generals.

I know for sure that medicine has always been empirical and continues to be empirical. Most of successful clinical practices are based on physician's own experiences accumulated over time. Please think it over.

3. Dr. Guillermo: I think I have already answered your query above.

Best wishes

Comment by Dr N Sunny MD (Hom) on October 20, 2009 at 12:59pm
Sir your forget the primary theory of homoeopathy,without individualization, can you give a say allopathically homoeopthic way of treatment
Comment by Dr. Nisanth Nambison MD on October 15, 2009 at 3:43am
Sir, for how many days do you advice to give Arnica in 200 & Colocynthis 200?

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