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A homoeopathy pill that can keep even swine flu at bay.

HOMOEOPATHY could help prevent flulike illness, including swine flu.

At a meeting convened by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy recently, a group of experts recommended a homoeopathic drug, Arsenicum album, as a prophylactic ( preventive) medicine against flu- like illness.

The council works under the department of Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homoeopathy, which is part of the Union health ministry.

The experts said one dose of Arsenicum album 30, that is four pills for adults and two pills for children, should be taken daily on an empty stomach for three days. The dose should be repeated after a month in case flu- like conditions prevail in an area.

Dr C. Nayak, the director- general of the council, said the decision to recommend this drug was taken after a team of homoeopathy experts went to Kottayam in Kerala last week and interacted with 15 confirmed patients of pandemic flu and two patients with flulike symptoms.

The team studied the symptoms of all the 17 patients. Since the homoeopathy system of medicine involves treating a disease based on the symptoms, the experts agreed for Arsenicum album, he explained.

In Kottayam, the council has started distributing the medicine to people free of cost. " Those who have taken vaccine against the disease can also take Arsenicum album since it has no sideeffects," Nayak said.

In future, a scientific study on prevention of pandemic flu by homoeopathy will be taken up.

A study on treatment of flu- like symptoms with homoeopathic medicines was already carried out during the last outbreak of pandemic flu, results of which are being analysed. The study used different homoeopathic medicines based on the symptoms of those suffering from the infection.

Homoeopathy doctors have been claiming that this branch of medicine offers a cure for pandemic flu, caused by H1N1 virus, without causing any side- effect.

The system is known to have been effective during the flu pandemic of 1918 which had killed over 50 million people across the world.

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Date:Jul 13, 2010
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