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Ministry to try homeopathy in Sing Buri to fight dengue
The Sunday Nation

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BANGKOK: -- The Public Health Ministry is thinking of implementing alternative therapy homeopathy in all districts of Sing Buri this year, after a report that it could boost the human's body immunity to fight dengue fever, an inspector-general at the ministry said.

Homeopathic medicines had been given to Sing Buri volunteer students from kindergarten to lower-secondary level in a 2012-13 trial and it yielded satisfactory results, said Dr Jakkriss Bhumisawasdi, director of the Inspector-General Region 4 Bureau of Inspection and Evaluation.

The number of dengue fever cases in Sing Buri have gone down, taking its rankings from No 67 in the country (with one death) in 2011 to No 76 in 2012. As there was a nationwide dengue fever outbreak in 2013, Sing Buri reported the country's lowest prevalence at 44.95 per 100,000 population.

Jakkriss said "homeopathy" was safe and low-cost and had been used in various countries including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the United States, Australia, India and Malaysia.

Pilot project

Next, the system of medicine would be implemented in Region 4 Bureau's seven other provinces: Nakhon Nayok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Sara Buri and Ang Thong. If this one district per province pilot project went well, they would consider implementing it across the country, he said.

Sing Buri Hospital paediatrician Dr Wali Suwatthika said the preparation involved dissolving Eupatorium herbal pills in drinking water. Each child would be given 3cc of this tasteless water every three months. The trial, which began in July 2012, covered 4,250 children in Muang district and only four of them developed mild dengue fever in one year, while seven out of the district's 2,856 remaining kids who didn't get the medicine had dengue fever, in a more severe condition.

Thailand reported 150,934 dengue fever patients last year, double the previous year's number, and 133 deaths. As there is no vaccine for dengue fever, the Public Health Ministry used a combination of several measures, including the eradication of mosquito larva incubation grounds and a campaign for people to install mosquito nets.

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-- The Nation 2014-03-16

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Medical use

The common names for the plants are all based on the previous usage of one species, Eupatorium perfoliatum, as an herbal medicine. Despite its name, boneset is not used to treat broken bones[1], instead the common name apparently derives from the herb's use to treat dengue fever, which was also called breakbone fever because of the pain that it caused. The name thoroughwort also comes from Eupatorium perfoliatum, and refers to the perfoliate leaves, in which the stem appears to pierce the leaf (i.e. go through, note that in older usage "thorough" was not distinguished from "through", compare for example the word thoroughfare).

Boneset, although poisonous to humans and grazing livestock, has been used in folk medicine,[6] for instance to excrete excess uric acid which causes gout. Caution is advised when using boneset, since it contains toxic compounds that can cause liver damage.[citation needed] Side effects include muscular tremors, weakness, and constipation; overdoses may be deadly.

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[sarcasm Alert]

Of course, they do realize that homeopathy will also prevent aids and pregnancy, so encourage lots of sexual activity in young people!

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Ah, yes, it's Amazing Thailand in so many ways.
It has so many fine medical doctors, then were have this:

"Jakkriss said "homeopathy" was safe and low-cost and had been used in various countries including
the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the United States, Australia, India and Malaysia"

And, some people in the above countries have likely tried as iridology, reflexology, aromatherapy, accupuncture,
magnetic therapy, collodial silver, reiki and other unproven or fraudulent medical practices to cure various
diseases and ailments.

If Jakkriss were to read any of the _ethical_, peer-reviewed, medical journals, he would find that
homeopathy is mere insubstantiated quackery.

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Anyone with even a modicum of scientific knowledge knows that homoeopathy is bunkum. So, the question must be, who profits from the sale of the so-called "medicine"?

Homoepathy shows very good results.....on the bank account....and that is the reason.

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