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Homeopathy ‘not a cure’ for dengue

By The Nation

 

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A Thai health officer sprays chemicals to kill mosquitoes at a residence inside a military camp in Bangkok, Thailand, 17 June 2019. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

 

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DEPARTMENT BACKS DOWN ON CLAIM AMID CRITICISM

 

THE DEPARTMENT of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine has backtracked from its claim that its homeopathic formula is highly effective for dengue-fever protection. 

 

“It’s just a supplementary measure that needs further research,” Dr Sun-pong Ritthiruksa said yesterday in his capacity as the chair of the department’s centre for herbal medicine, Thai traditional medicine, folk medicine and alternative medicine. 

 

He spoke up after several prominent figures, including Chulalongkorn University’s lecturer Jessada Denduangboripant, raised questions about the claim. 

 

Sunpong himself said last Friday that a homeopathic formula made from eupatorium perfoliatum 200C had been proved effective in preventing dengue fever. His agency is now handing out it for free. 

 

“It’s 89.9 per cent effective,” Sunpong said last Friday, just a day ahead of Asean Dengue Day, as he cited findings from a journal. 

 

Jessada then quickly argued that homeopathy was pseudoscience, something that the Public Health Ministry should not promote. 

 

“The promotion can be dangerous,” he warned. 

 

Dengue fever has hit more than 28,000 people in Thailand so far this year – up by 1.7 times from the same period a year earlier. Of them, 43 died. 

 

Sunpong said he sought to support the use of homeopathy as a supplementary measure for protection against dengue fever. 

 

He reiterated that to prevent dengue-fever infections, people still needed to focus on measures such as changing the water in flower vases weekly, keeping their home tidy, eliminating mosquito-breeding grounds and covering water containers. 

 

Mosquitoes are the main carriers of dengue fever. 

 

“I am worried that people may misunderstand what I said earlier,” Sunpong said. 

 

He then clarified that eupatorium perfoliatum 200C was not for treating dengue fever. 

 

“If patients develop symptoms that can be associated with dengue fever, [they should] go see a doctor to get treatment based on modern medicine,” he said. 

 

Jessada said he had looked into several studies previously associated with the department and saw multiple flaws.

 

According to him, the efficacy rate cited for vaccines against dengue fever is not as high as the rate found by the department’s research, hinting at the possibility that the cited efficacy rate for eupatorium perfoliatum 200C might have been exaggerated.

 

Jessada explained that while eupatorium perfoliatum could reduce fever and boost the immune system, there was no clear proof that it could treat or prevent dengue fever. 

 

According to the Disease Control Department, the main factors associated with fatal cases of dengue fever are living in communities hosting a large number of mosquito larvae, buying medicine for self-treatment, delays in seeking treatments from doctors, and having underlying illnesses such as obesity, diabetes and asthma. 

 

Statistics compiled by the Disease Control Department show the number of dengue-fever patients this year is far higher than the number five years ago.

 

As of June 11 this year, dengue fever hit 28,785 people in Thailand. During the same period in 2014, the number stood at 10,670. The figures from the same period from 2015 to 2018 were at 24,248, 19,029, 13,961m and 17,302 respectively.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30371263

 

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One can try this alternate medicine to alter one's life completely.

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There is no cure for dengue.What you get is supportive care while your immune system fights the infection. Homopathy is as good as anything else ie neutral. 

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2 hours ago, Emdog said:

Homeopathic "medicines" don't cure anything. If "alternative medicines" work they become "regular medicine"

Only when there is money to be made! - otherwise they are ignored and the Big Pharma marketing machine labels them as useless or dangerous!

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they have missed juice from leaves of fruit bearing papaya. To be taken up to 15ml 3x daily. Because very bitter mix with water, sugar or honey

http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4661/rr-4

 

this remedy is known only in some places in thailand, but wildly used on neighbouring countries and africa

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There's a Thai department claiming that homeopathy actually works in any way, shape or form? Wow, I'm at a loss for words. People who believe in homeopathy are right up there with anti-vaxxers.

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9 minutes ago, Myran said:

There's a Thai department claiming that homeopathy actually works in any way, shape or form? Wow, I'm at a loss for words. People who believe in homeopathy are right up there with anti-vaxxers.

Quite right! to believe that mother nature has the ability and resources to heal is a ridiculous assumption & off course sticking as many obnoxious chemicals in our bodies as possible can only increase our health - & the wealth of Big Pharma 🙂 

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3 hours ago, Emdog said:

Homeopathic "medicines" don't cure anything. If "alternative medicines" work they become "regular medicine"

if something works in nature, big pharma takes a look, changes one molecule and increase the price between 100 and 10.000 times... for their patented molecule

 

they really tried recently to patent CURCUMIN but India objected as it is only used for the last 5000 years...

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1 minute ago, faraday said:

One would expect that if people read articles like this with an open mind that there are many alternatives to paying for drugs to the usual culprits, but then the vast BF marketing machine kicks in, pay off a few "scientists" threaten to withdraw advertising from newspapers................ and the sheeple shall believe 🙂 

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