Homeopathy was recently name checked in the movie "Contagion". This inspired me to write a series of blog posts on the use of Homeopathy during epidemics. Homeopathy has been used for 200 years to successfully treat outbreaks of scarlet fever, cholera, typhoid, typhus, diptheria, whooping cough, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.
As always with Homeopathy, the rule is to match the pattern of symptoms in an outbreak to a homeopathic remedy that is capable of producing similar suffering in a healthy person. The Deluxe Kit has many remedies for infectious, contagious diseases.
Homeopathic remedies can be used to treat someone who has already contracted the disease and can also can be given preventatively, during an outbreak. This is known as homeoprophylaxis. Dr Gustavo Bracho works at the Finlay Institute, which has used homeopathy to treat and prevent outbreaks of Hepatitis A, leptospirosis, conjunctivitis and dengue fever in Cuba. Some of the largest scale research and community health projects involving homeoprophylaxis are currently taking place there. To give you an idea of the scale of this work, the leptospirosis project successfully treated 2.5 million people*.
Homeopathy is ideal for developing countries because it is inexpensive, easy to administer, side effect-free and highly effective. In the film clip below from Something to Say Productions, Dr Bracho talks extensively about how homeopathy has been used and the benefits it brings.
He begins talking about epidemics at 2:43
Talks about the delays involved in conventional vaccinations at 4:35
Mentions the diseases he and his colleagues have worked on using homeopathy at 5:18
*Bracho G, Varela E, Fernández R, et al. Large-scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control. Homeopathy 2010; 99: 156–166.
Sadly no mainstream medical journal has so far agreed to publish this paper.