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Homeopathy study holds ray of hope for HIV-infected patients

DNMUM331446 | 4/2/2015 | Author : Maitri Porecha | WC :375

Homeopathy may have a major role to play in effective management of patients infected with the Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, indicates a recent study done by Indian researchers. Twenty-seven HIV-infected people with a cell count (CD4) of above 350 enrolled for the study, as part of which they were administered a homeopathy medicine or a 'nosode'.
Dr Rajesh Shah, senior homeopath who conducted the study said that patients with CD4 count of 350 and above do not require allopathic medicines or anti-retroviral therapy (ART). "Because they are not on any allopathic medication, they are ideal candidates for conducting the study involving homeopathy nosodes," said Dr Shah, who runs a private clinic at Chembur.
The anti-HIV nosode was developed by isolating the HIV virus and studying its properties. "The nosode is made out of the HIV virus itself. Most homeopathic medicines are made from the very bacteria or virus that they are aimed to counter. Hence they have vaccine-like properties," said Dr Shah.
The research paper was published in Indian Journal of Research in Homeopathy on Tuesday.
Of the 27 participants, 25% infected persons (7) showed a reduction in the load of HIV virus in their blood between 12 to 34 weeks. Meanwhile, 33% infected persons (9) showed an increase in their cell count (CD4) by 20%. An increase in CD4 cell count indicates that the immunity of an infected person to tackle HIV has gone up by 12th and 24th week since the dosages were administered. "Up to 63% infected persons demonstrated a gain in weight or an increase in appetite. Moreover, 52% (14 of 27 infected persons) have shown either stability or improvement in CD4% at the end of 24 weeks," said Dr Shah. "The study results revealed improvement in immunological parameters, treatment satisfaction, reported by an increase in weight, relief in symptoms, and an improvement in health status, which opens up possibilities for future studies."
The HIV virus was discovered by French virologist Dr Luc Montagnier and his team in 1982. "Since the virus was discovered, homeopaths were closely studying the virus to observe it's characteristics. We are group of physicians, immunologists, microbiologists and other researchers working on developing a nosode since the past ten years," said Dr Shah.

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