Creating Waves of Awareness
The following article, which was published in 15th issue of THE SIMILITUDE, [an English
quarterly journal of Hahnemannian Homoeopathy, from India] was authored by Dr. Sucheta
Desai of Mumbai. Dr. Satish Kumar Rana, Member of WHC, Presents this right for
the benefit of homoeopaths-Dr. Satish Kumar Rana.
In India, people [esp. non-homoeopaths, being jealous of roaring practice of homoeopathic
doctors approach or secretly complain to the authority that homoeopaths use
steroid, which is the secret of their practice. The authorities unmindful of
the fact usually raid our clinics and collect the samples of drugs. - Dilutions, Sugar of milk and trituritions.
These samples are sometimes found positive for the steroids and sometimes the doctor
in question is let off due to negative steroid test. The following article
educates regarding the real negativity of the materials used by homoeopaths.
Do Homoeopaths Use Steroid?
This question is often posed by some patient during the course of a consultation. The answer is a definite
“NO”. Homoeopaths of integrity and commitment to their profession do not
use cortisone, and in fact have no
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ARGUMENTS
1. If one has been on long term CORTISONE, one would show some side effects like “Moon Face”, Excessive body hair, Osteoporosis, Diabetes etc.
2. Cortisone is not a “CURE ALL” for all the ills of the world.
3. Homoeopathis remedies have a very wide range of curative properties.
4. Using a Steroid would in fact be counter-productive as they cause suppressive effects.
One of my old patients, who had shifted to another
Homoeopath nearer her home, frantically telephoned to inform me that the
medicines she had received when checked tested positive for steroid. I
therefore decided to send a few of my medicines to be tested at the same place.
I sent unmedicated pills, Cina 1M, Belladonna 30 and Sulphur 30.
ALL THESE MEDICINES WERE IN A BASE OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF LACTOSE (MILK SUGAR). THESE
ENTIRE MEDICINES TESTED POSITIVE FOR
The same test was carried out on plan Lactose
which also tested positive. It was now obvious that all these medicines were giving a FALSE POSITIVE
TEST for steroids (CORTISONE IS A STEROID).
The test used was the “CALORIMETRIC METHOD USING TETRAXOLIUM BLUE SALTS”.
In this test, the reaction depends upon the reduction of Tetrazolium Blue salt to
give a highly coloured compound known as “FARMAZAN’. Under controlled
conditions the amount of Farmazan developed is proportionate to the quality of
steroid or any reducing sugars present in the material being tested.
In fact for some years, Tetrazolium salts have been used for determination of REDUCING SUGARS. So if the drug
contains any LACTOSE it will impart a strong colour with Tetrazolium
Blue salt which will give a false impression of the presence of Steroid.
Secondly, if the alcohol is used in this method not completely free from Aldehyde,
it will interfere with the reaction and will impart some characteristic colour
in the reaction which may again give a false positive impression of Steroid. So, this method is not advisable
to determine the presence of Steroids
in the drug.
Most homoeopaths use lactose as a base for holding the pills containing the homoeopathic remedy together in the powders. The pills
themselves are made of Cane Sugar- a reducing sugar. Moreover, almost all
homoeopathic remedies have alcohol as a diluent one can see how homoeopathic
medicines, either as pills or powder or in alcohol are likely to give a false
positive test for Steroids if this method is used.
Other tests for detecting Steroids
1. Liberman Buchard Test.
2. Thin Layer Chromatography Method.
3. UV Absorption Method.
UV Absorption Method
Almost all steroids show UV absorption between 235 to 240 NM in dehydrated alcohol or methanol in a clear solution. A complete
spectrum of this solution is taken in the range 400 NM to 220 NM on a suitable
IF ANY STEROID (CORTISONE) IS PRESENT IT WILL SHOW MAXIMA AT 240 NM.
It was decided to test the same homoeopathic remedies for steroids using the UV Absorption Method. None of the 4 samples
showed Maxima between 230 NM to 250 NM showing absence of steroids. The
same samples when adulterated with a steroid showed Maxima at 235 NM, showing
the presence of a steroid. (The steroid added was CLOBETASONE - 17 BUTYRATE
which has Maxima at 235 NM.)
Before accepting a claim that the tested medicine does contain a steroid, one must find out what testing procedures were used to
eliminate the possibility of a false positive result. If tests conclusively
prove that the medicine given is indeed a steroid, under the guise of a
homoeopathic remedy then one must confront the doctor and seek an explanation
or complain to the homoeopathic council so that a disciplinary action can be
taken against the erring doctor. Unsubstantiated allegations against any doctor
are most unfair and damaging to his/her most
cherished, professional integrity, and indeed to the profession.