Complex homeopathy is the use of combinations of generally low potency homeopathics together with herbs and in some cases other preparations and extracts.
The Argument for Complex Homeopathy:Although using homeopathics in this way began towards the end of the life of Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy, it has never been accepted by the establishment of classical homeopathy. Classical homeopathy can have astonishingly good results if the remedy is correct. However, to put forward the argument for complex homeopathy, there are a number of situations in which classical homeopathy does not work, and in my experience these clinical situations include:
- Where there is an excess of toxins in the body or, indeed, outside the body if the patient is working in a polluted environment;
- Where long-term conventional drugs such as steroids or antidepressants have been used;
- Where the patient is immunosuppressed, which means that the immune system is working at less than optimal level. The most common group of patients who are like this are those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, of which ME is one example.
It has been found that low potency homeopathics potentiate the action of herbal medicines and vice versa. Therefore the use of these complex preparations produces very effective medications. Essentially, complex homeopathics bring out the best from both worlds, that of herbal medicine and that of homeopathic medicine combined in one medicine.
History of DevelopmentComplexes originated in Europe, and 30 years ago a number of homeopathic manufacturing pharmacies were producing well over a thousand complexes for a whole range of practitioners. When legislation came in requiring the pharmacies to register these preparations, they decided to select only the popular ones to keep costs down. By implication this means that the preparations that worked best were retained. Therefore most pharmacies ended up producing between 100 and 200 well-tried complexes for a range of clinical situations. The most recent addition to the range of complexes has come from America and seems to be of high quality.
Organ preparations derived from animal sources are often added to those mixtures. These have the effect of targeting the medication at a particular organ, depending on which organ preparations are added. In clinical practice this is very effective, and the American complex homeopathics develop this potential to its fullest. The majority of complex homeopathics, however, does not have organ preparations in them and so are suitable for vegetarians.
Treatment with Complex HomeopathyA very efficient way of using complexes is to treat the patient using an organ-based approach as in traditional Chinese medicine, which sees the patient’s illness as being due to the malfunction of one or a number of organs. The cause of the organ dysfunction is often toxic, but can be emotional or spiritual in some cases, and in others a combination of all three.
Isolating the organs can be achieved by making electrical measurements over acupuncture points as in bio-energetic regulatory medicine (such as Vega-testing). Appropriate complexes are then chosen to treat these organs. As a rule, complexes which are directed at digestive organs, such as the liver, pancreas, stomach and colon, are taken just before a meal, and complex remedies which are directed at the non-digestive organs, such as the lungs, heart, kidneys, etc., are taken after a meal. The patient is advised to drink plenty of water while taking the remedies to detoxify the body.
Detoxification is a major part of complex homeopathy and the use of nosodes is integral to this. Nosodes are homeopathic dilutions of toxins. These toxins may come from the outside in the form of pesticides, hydrocarbons, conventional drugs, heavy metals etc., or can be generated inside the body, by bacteria, viruses and a whole range of internal pollutants.
Various complex nosodes contain a whole range of potencies of the same toxin; this is known as a potency accord. The argument is that if the body is presented with a whole range of potencies it picks out those which it actually requires at the time.
This seems to work very well from a clinical point of view. Nosodes have the effect of releasing the toxins from an intracellular position and causing them to be excreted into extracellular fluid, as shown in several studies1. Once the toxin is in an extracellular position it needs to be excreted. Complex remedies assist this, particularly the class of remedies called drainage remedies, which improve excretion from the body via the kidneys, the colon and the skin (through sweating). Drinking plenty of water and having a low-stress, non-toxic (organic) diet are essential to encourage detoxification.
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The theory of homotoxicosis assumes that illness is the end result between homotoxins (poisons) and the body’s natural defenses. The most important part of the body’s defenses lies in the immune system, which has two main methods of dealing with invasion by foreign material. Immunoglobulins, which are large protein molecules (known as antibodies), are manufactured by special white cells against specific foreign bodies (known as antigens). In cell-mediated immunity, specialized white cells engulf the foreign material (known as phagocytosis) and digest it.
A great deal is known about the immunoglobulin system but relatively little about cell-mediated immunity. Complex homeopathy makes use of combinations of herbal and homeopathic remedies which stimulate both immune system responses in order to facilitate the body’s immune competence. The autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system controlling unconscious internal body functions such as heart rate, muscle contractions etc.) has a major part to play in balancing the body’s natural defenses between activity (stimulated by the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system) and quiescence (encouraged by the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system). Many of the natural therapies work through the autonomic nervous system and therefore can be expected to improve the body’s natural defenses.
The second line of the body’s defenses lies in its methods of getting rid of toxins via the three main routes of excretion: the colon, the kidneys and the skin. Methods of encouraging elimination via these routes using bowel stimulants, diuretics and diaphoretics (substances that increase sweating) are the cornerstone of naturopathic and herbal practice. The fundamental feature of complex homeopathic therapy embodies these principals by including herbal components to encourage elimination.
The third line of our natural defenses is the lymphatic system. This consists of a vast network of tiny capillaries which permeate all the connective tissues of the body. The lymphatics drain tissue fluid away together with toxins into large aggregates of lymphatic tissue known as lymph nodes. The toxins carried by the lymph are largely excreted into the intestinal lumen via the so-called Peyer’s patches, aggregates of lymphatic tissue situated just below the intestinal lining of the small intestine.
The lymph system acts like an internal connective tissue cleansing system. Anything which impedes its flow or overwhelm it with toxins will soon give rise to a local accumulation of toxins. Also a slight rise in pressure inside the small intestine may prejudice the fine balance which allows the lymphatics to discharge into the intestine via the Peyer’s patches. Many complex homeopathic medications contain effective lymphatic stimulants; this is one of the important mechanisms contributing to the effectiveness of this form of therapy. Habitual constipation can be a major problem as it predisposes to toxins remaining in the lymphatic system. We have a lot to learn from the Victorian obsession with bowels and unfortunately much modern medicine has lost sight of these simple facts.
The Natural History of Disease Due to ToxinsThe body is constantly striving toward homeostasis or balance. The different processes which we consider as disease are in effect ways for the organism to defend itself against toxins which are damaging to the human body (called homotoxins). Homotoxicology describes six distinct phases of disease grouped together as humoral (Phases 1-3), when the toxins are present in the extracellular fluid; and the cellular (Phases 4-6), when the toxins are deposited in the cells and cause increasing degeneration.
Phase 1 Excretion phase— the physiological elimination of toxins via the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, lungs and skin
Phase 2 Reaction phase—pathologically augmented elimination, associated with symptoms such as fever, pain or inflammation
Phase 3 Deposition phase—deposits such as gout, obesity, edema, benign tumors, etc. are seen to help the body deal with the toxin load through storing them
Phase 4 Impregnation phase—toxins penetrate into the cells. Cell enzymes and structures are damaged, cell membrane functions are disturbed. This phase may remain latent and can later develop into a weak spot in the organism. Illnesses such as migraines, asthma, ulcers or toxic liver damage are manifestations of this phase
Phase 5 Degeneration phase—destruction of intracellular structures through toxins, leading to an accumulation of degenerative products. This can manifest illnesses such as tuberculosis, osteoarthritis, liver cirrhosis, nephrosis etc.
Phase 6 Neoplasm phase—the degeneration has led to uncontrolled growth of one particular cell cluster at the expense of all other cells and the organism, and cancer develops
After Phase 3, attempts by the body to excrete toxins have no effect as the most damaging toxins are locked away inside the cells. Complex homeopathic treatment attempts to reverse these six phases by using nosodes to make the toxins accessible again for the elimination process. Through the effects of the nosodes, toxins move from the intracellular fluid to the extracellular fluid. The organs of excretion are stimulated with complex remedies and can now perform the task of ridding the body of the toxins which threaten its integrity.
Lay Use of Complex HomeopathyLay people can choose a complex remedy according to their particular condition, such as a sore throat or chest infection. In addition there are books on traditional Chinese medicine which give simple explanations of the function of each organ, and by studying these, lay people can decide which organs are mainly involved in their case. The appropriate complexes to stimulate these organs can then be chosen. The most common organs involved are the liver, large intestine and lungs, more or less in that order. More complicated problems such as irritable bowel syndrome or asthma require a trained practitioner to decide what remedy the patient should take.
CautionsWhereas in Germany and France complex medicines are licensed, in the UK they are available over the counter. They are usually sold as food supplements without any medical claims made in their advertisements or packaging. Therefore, the market in complex homeopathics is largely unregulated, as it is in classical homeopathy.
This has to be taken seriously because complexes from India, Asia and South America may contain heavy metals such as mercury or lead which are toxic and tend to accumulate in the liver. Also there have been two deaths from liver failure due to the ingestion of complex mixtures although this is a very rare occurrence2. This must be set against the number of deaths from the use of allopathic medicines, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of arthritis which runs into the thousands each year in the United Kingdom alone3.
Complex homeopathy has a potential for aggravating the condition, as do many complementary therapies. However, proving of a homeopathic complex, which can happen in classical homeopathy if a single remedy is continued longer than it is required, is very uncommon.
ResearchSeveral clinical trials have been done with complex homeopathic preparations showing them to be effective4. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial demonstrated benefit in the prophylaxis of flu or the common cold. The onset of the symptoms was delayed in the test group and the severity of the symptoms was reduced5.
References:1. JC Cazin; N Gaborit; JL Chaoui; J Boiron; P Belon; P Cherruault; C Papapanayotou. A study of the effect of decimal and centecimal dilutions of arsenic on the retention of mobilization of arsenic in the rat. Human Toxicology 1987;6:315-20
2. P Fisher at al. The influence of the homeopathic remedy plumben metallicum on the excretion kinetics of lead in rats. Human Toxicology 1987;6:321-24
3. Veterinary Human Toxicology 1995;37:562-66
4. Vernon Coleman. The Betrayal of Trust. Europ. Med. J. 1994;4
5. M Weiser; PPE Clausen. Controlled double blind study of a homeopathic sinusitis medication. Biological Therapy 1995;XIII(1):4-11
6. A Heilmann. A combination injection preparation for flu and common colds. Biological Therapy 1994;XII(4):249-53
Further ReadingClausen CF. Homotoxicology—the core of a probiotic and holistic approach to medicine. Aurelia Verlag, 1988.
Kenyon JN. Modern techniques of acupuncture—a scientific guide to bio-electronic regulatory techniques and complex homeopathy. Vol 3, Thorsons, 1985.
Schimmel H. Guidelines for the treatment of chronic disease using complex homeopathy. Vol I, Pascoe Pharmaceutical Preparations, Giessen (Germany), 1984
Schmid F. Biological medicine—scientific position, medication and therapeutic techniques. Aurelia Verlag, 1991.
Reckeweg HH. Homotoxicology—illness and healing through anti-homotoxic therapy. Menaco Publishing Co., 1980
JournalBiological Therapy—Journal of Natural Medicine. Menaco Publishing Co., USA
Julian Kenyon Modern Techniques of Acupuncture: A Scientific Guide to Bioelectronic Regulatory Techniques and Complex Homeopathy
Homeopathy and CancerThe Banerji Clinic in India has been successfully using homeopathic products for cancer. Their data has been successfully audited by the National Cancer Institute and has been published.
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Homeopathy Overview [source: energymedicinereview.com]Homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years. It is recognized by the World Health Organization as the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world. While it is most popular in India and South America, over thirty million people in Europe, and millions of others around the world, also benefit from its use.
The name homeopathy, coined by its originator, Samuel Hahnemann, is derived from the Greek words for ‘similar suffering’ referring to the ‘like cures like’ principle of healing. Hahnemann was born in Germany two hundred and fifty years ago. At this time the old world-view was being renovated and traditional beliefs, many flimsily based upon superstition, were being increasingly subjected to the rigour of experimental scrutiny and assessment. The practice of Homeopathy is based upon science while its application is an art.
Homeopathy is founded on two principles that have occurred regularly throughout the history of medicine, both in eastern and western worlds. The first principle of ‘like cures like’ can be looked at in several ways. One way is to assume that the body knows what it is doing and that symptoms are the body’s way of taking action to overcome illness. This healing response is automatic in living organisms; we term it the vital response. The similar medicine acts as a stimulus to the natural vital response, giving it the information it needs to complete its healing work. Since the initial action of the vital response plus the medicine is to increase the strength of the symptoms, this is our first indication of internal healing taking place, of diseases being cured from within – pushed outwards along the established routes of past and present symptoms.
Before the medicines are decided upon, their curative powers are discovered by testing them out on healthy human subjects and carefully noting emotional, mental and physical changes. This is termed a ‘proving’. This information constitutes the basis for ‘like cures like’, for a medicine’s unique symptom picture must match up with the individual’s unique expression of their disease, that is, the present and persisting symptoms of the disease.
The second principle, that only ‘the minimum dose’ should be employed is based upon the understanding that the stimulus of the medicine works from within the vitality and is not imposed from the outside. Only enough is administered to initiate the healing process, which then carries on, driven by its own internal healing mission. Homeopathic medicines given in minimum doses, while they do stimulate the body’s vital response, do not produce the gross side effects that are so often the pit-fall of conventional treatment.
Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, suitable for everyone, young and old. Homeopathy focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long lasting benefits.
Homeopathic remedies are a unique, potentised energy medicine, drawn from the plant, mineral and animal worlds. They are diluted to such a degree that not one molecule of the original substance can be detected (after the 12c potency).
They work by gently boosting the natural energy of the body, and are very safe, even for pregnant and sensitive patients. There is no danger of addiction or toxicity.
The clinical indications of homeopathic medicines are discovered in all of three ways:
• The toxicity symptoms (or poisoning picture, eg. vomiting and diarrhoea caused by arsenic)
• The ‘signature’ of the medicine, an ancient medical idea based on the ‘affinities’ of certain substances (eg. Deadly Nightshade, Atropa belladonna has large shiny black berries that resemble the dilated pupils of the eyes in high fever)
• The ‘proving’, in which the highly diluted substances are tested blind on a group of healthy volunteers who then record the symptoms they experience. Where there is agreement amongst provers, the symptoms are documented in a Repertory.
All this information is used to match the remedies with the patients symptoms.
When visiting a homeopath they will understand that establishing good health involves treating both mind and body, so time is taken to listen to your emotional and physical symptoms. To stimulate your body’s own healing process, a remedy closest to your individual symptom picture is prescribed. Healing begins from within your body, strengthening your health and immune system, without any danger of damaging side effects.
Modern Computerized devices have now created treatments using homeopathic resonance and digital representations of the remedies.
Homeopathy is now being understood scientifically as Informational Medicine.
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