Creating Waves of Awareness
ZeeNews.com | Baba Atomic Research centre (BARC) has developed a Medical Analyser to enable objective study of homoeopathy.
This article publicizes what the homeopathic community has been waiting for a long time. Numerous HWC articles published by homeopathic members regarding their personal experimentation with electronic signals from heart rate, to pulse, to graphic analysis of plant or human response shows homeopathy works.
Finally, this news publication highlights some long awaited research with a placebo control. Specifically, demonstrating the response of a certain number of remedies [Sulphur, Aconite napellus, and Nux vomica} in potency.
We must all congratulate the scientists in Mumbai and the AYUSH team for their 30 years of work demonstrating the efficacy of a few homeopathic remedies. Where even just one works, this indicates more will be proven effective.
Use of Medical Analyser developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre has shown that it would enable a better understanding of the selective action of homoeopathic medicines in different strengths on human beings. An explanation of the instrumentation used to detect response is below.
Photoplethysmograph (PPG) is an optically obtained plethysmograph, a volumetric measurement of an organ. A PPG is often obtained by using a pulse oximeter which illuminates the skin and measures changes in light absorption (Shelley and Shelley, 2001). A conventional pulse oximeter monitors the perfusion of blood to the dermis and subcutaneous tissue of the skin.
Diagram of the layers of human skin
With each cardiac cycle the heart pumps blood to the periphery. Even though this pressure pulse is somewhat damped by the time it reaches the skin, it is enough to distend the arteries and arterioles in the subcutaneous tissue. If the pulse oximeter is attached without compressing the skin, a pressure pulse can also be seen from the venous plexus, as a small secondary peak.
The change in volume caused by the pressure pulse is detected by illuminating the skin with the light from a light-emitting diode (LED) and then measuring the amount of light either transmitted or reflected to a photodiode. Each cardiac cycle appears as a peak, as seen in the figure. Because blood flow to the skin can be modulated by multiple other physiological systems, the PPG can also be used to monitor breathing, hypovolemia, and other circulatory conditions (Reisner, et al., 2008) . Additionally, the shape of the PPG waveform differs from subject to subject, and varies with the location and manner in which the pulse oximeter is attached.
Researches done by BARC, Regional Research Institute of Central Council for Research in homoeopathy, Mumbai, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata and Fr Muller Homoeopathic Medical College (FMHMC), Mangalore have indicated potential use of physiological variability in fundamental research in homoeopathy.
Sun, 12 Apr 2015-07:00am
Contrary to popular belief, homeopathy is not a placebo science, said a group of eminent scientists at the World Homeopathy Summit being held in the city this weekend. It has been long believed that consuming homeopathic medicine has a psychological effect on the patient which leads to some of them getting cured. Busting this and other myths, scientists from Haffkine Institute in Parel, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Chembur, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-B) in Powai, and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) shared their research at the summit, which has attracted scientists and doctors from different parts of the world including Italy, Brazil and Austria.
Critics claim that because homeopathy medicines are very highly diluted, they are merely believed to have a placebo effect. However, research by Dr Jayesh Bellare, head of department, Chemical Engineering, at IIT-B, and his team has proved that they do contain nano-particles of medicinal molecules. "While earlier it was thought that homeopathic medicines do not contain medicinal molecules, high resolution microscopes used in the IIT-B lab to observe the medicines found that the molecules do exist in nano sizes," said Dr Bellare.
Physicists at TIFR and BARC have detected the effect of energy particles in homeopathy using laser beams and electrical devices. Former BARC scientist and physicist, Dr Akalpita Paranjpe talked about an electrical device called 'Medical Analyser' which measures the effects of homeopathy medicines on a person's physiology. "We measured the heart rate of a person before and after administering homeopathic medicine Sulphur 200. We noticed that the body reacts to Sulphur 200 and that the ill person goes back to being normal after being administered the medicine," said Dr Paranjpe.
Dr Kanjaksha Ghosh, director, National Institute of Immunohaematology (NII) vouches for homeopathytherapy to cure a bleeding disorder in haemophilia patients. "In a study conducted in Surat, Mumbai and Nasik, in 500 cases of haemophiliac patients, internal bleeding has been stalled by administering homeopathic drugs," said Dr Ghosh. "There have been cases when the Factor 8 and 9 injections for haemophilia management have been unavailable or very expensive; one-year treatment can cost lakhs of rupees.
Homeopathy drugs have proven effective in saving their lives," said Dr Ghosh. Virologist Dr Abhay Chowdhury at Haffkine Institute said they are working on a homeopathy-based drug or a nosode, which is sourced from tuberculosis germs of multi-drug resistant TB patients. The nosode, which is hoped to improve the condition of TB patients, will undergo animal trials in the near future, said Dr Chowdhury.
Where is global research in homeopathy headed? Austrian molecular biologist Dr Michael Frass and Indian scientist Dr Gaurisankar Sa have proved anti-cancer activities of homeopathy in laboratory experiments on cell lines extracted from the human body. Dr Gaurisankar also demonstrated the regression of cancer in rats after giving homeopathy medicines.
Human genes have a memory of health and diseases. Homeopathy helps to decode this information. Allopathy has scope only for curing only 40 per cent of diseases, which are mostly infectious and nutritional diseases," says Dr Arun Jamkar, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS)