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14 August, 2009

Swine Flu and Homeopathy

The media is doing its best to spread panic among the public by giving fullest coverage to swine flu. One report says that soon 200 crore people would be affected by it. In cities, you see people - men, women and children - wearing face masks to protect themselves against this dreaded disease.

Ayurveda has come up with a report saying that leaves of holy basil i.e. tulsi, the herbal plant, would protect you from swine flu.

Baba Ramdev says practice yoga and pranayama which will strengthen your immune system and protect you from flu.

I have been looking for the response of the homeopaths; but there seems to be none. What happened? My masters have taught me that the advantage of homeopathy is that you don't need a label or disease-name to treat a patient.

Because homeopathy is based on symptoms - totality of symptoms. You can try any number of permutation and combination of symptoms; you have a remedy in homeopathy for every single one of them. That way my master used to say we have medicines not only for all the known diseases but also the diseases that are going to crop up in the future. As such, I find it difficult to digest the silence of the homeopathic fraternity. In fact, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to prove the greatness of homeopathy. By now they should have set up camps everywhere for treating this deadly disease. They should have reassured people that they are there to protect them. None of this has happened. I am pained.

What the present-day masters and stalwarts of homeopathy are doing?

Homeopathy has a lot of powerful many-sided remedies (polychrests) in its arsenal. The general symptoms mentioned in the media of this disease are fever with body pain and chillness, cold, headache and loose motion. Homeopathy has great remedies like Eupatorium Perfoliatum, Natrum Mur, Nux Vomica, Arnica. I wonder whether any Homeopath has taken up swine flu for study in right earnest. I am waiting hopefully to hear some good news.

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