Dr. Manish Bhatia
What is SARS?
SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The illness is an acute respiratory infection of unknown cause. The main symptoms of SARS are high fever (> 38 degrees Celsius), dry cough, and shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. Changes in chest x-rays indicative of pneumonia also occur. SARS may be associated with other symptoms, including headache, muscular stiffness, and loss of appetite, malaise, confusion, rash and diarrhea. Death occurs in some cases due to respiratory failure.
What is the cause of SARS?
A new form of virus is being implicated in the recent outbreak of atypical pneumonia. The current studies show that the virus is either a paramyxovirus or a coronavirus-like virus.
Homeopathy Treatment of SARS
Considering the limitation of conventional medicine in treatment of viral disorders and the lack of any effective treatment for SARS patients in the conventional medicine, it is necessary that other alternative systems be used to combat this condition. Homeopathy with its vast range of medicines (>3000) can prove to be very effective against this atypical pneumonia. In this spirit an analytical study has been made for the relative effectiveness of Homeopathy medicines in this condition.
The information about the recent outbreak of SARS has been closely studied and the signs and symptoms have been analyzed to find out the group of remedies that can prove most effective against this form of pneumonia. The medicines for each stage are given in the order of importance. The details of this analysis are as follows:
Prophylaxis – The medicine that can prove to be a prophylactic in this pneumonia isChelidonium majus. This medicine can be taken by people working closely with SARS patients like doctors, nurses, relatives and colleagues of known patients.
First Stage – The medicines that can help most of the SARS cases in the initial phase are Aconitum napellus, Arsenic album, and Belladona. Of these, Aconite will prove most important in aborting the disease when given at the onset of flu-like symptoms. This medicine should be given as soon as one experiences flu-like symptoms.
Second Stage – When the symptoms of pneumonia are well apparent, then the medicines that can prove to be of maximum value in current outbreak are Natrum sulphuricum, Phosphorus, Chelidonium, and Bryonia alba.
Third Stage – If the patient is terminally ill with threatened respiratory failure, the medicines that can help to save many lives are Crotalus horridus, Lachesis, Ailanthus glandulosa, and Muriatic acid.
Dosage and Repetition – Considering the severity and rapidity of illness lower potencies (6c, 12c, 30c) are recommended. The medicines should be repeated at short intervals (1/2 to 2 hrs)
Patients should be placed in an isolation unit. Strict respiratory and
mucusol barrier nursing is recommended. It is very important that suspected cases are separated from other patients and placed in their own hospital room.
Health care workers and visitors should wear efficient filter masks, goggles, aprons, head covers, and gloves when in close contact with the patient.
Note – The Homeopathy medicines mentioned in this article have been worked out with theoretical assessment of current information on SARS. Most of these medicines have known action in cases of pneumonia but the author does not guarantee a cure. Homeopathy medicines when taken in low potencies for short duration of time are usually harmless. Still, it is recommended that you consult your physician/homeopath before taking any medicine.
Homeopathy Repertory – Kent
Homeopathy Repertory – Boenninghausen
Homeopathy Therapeutics – Ward
Homeopathy Repertory & Materia Medica – Boericke
Homeopathy Repertory – Phatak
US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organisation
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(SARS) / Atypical Pneumonia
— Dr. Manish Bhatia
————– Kim Kalina —————————————–
I am a homeopath in NJ (USA) who recently recovered from probable SARS. I can’t honestly agree with most of the remedies you have listed in your write-up; they simply do not address the core issue of SARS – the inability to breathe. It took me multiple doses of Carb-V 10M to recover over a period of 2 weeks, but I wouldn’t have made it through without it. Having experienced it I can honestly say that the remedies, as a group, that will be curative are severe (life-threatening) asthma remedies. I also suspect ailments from vaccination remedies, as I believe this came from a mutated form of a live-virus Corona vaccine for animals (Asia is one of the few areas where they use live virus Corona vaccines – they are killed vaccines here, and live-virus vaccines are known to “jump” to other hosts and mutate). Aconite and Ars, possibly Phos may be helpful, but remedies like Carb-V and Spongia, Thuja, etc are the remedies I found most helpful and fit the pattern of this disease. I will be writing up an article about my experience for Homeopathy Today, but I hope you find this info helpful now for others who may be afflicted. Sincerely,Kim Kalina, CCH, RSHom (NA)
————- Dr. kamal ——————————————
Greetings from a homeopath from your neighboring country for hosting an excellent website on homeopathy. I have gone through your article on SARS. It’s nice. But I cannot make it out how have you reached to Chelidonium M as the prophylaxis of SARS! Do the symptoms of SARS, at least at the 1st stage of infection, correspond to Chelid’s picture? Could you throw some light on your selection of SARS’ prophylaxis?
———— Dr. B’s Reply —————————————–
Thanks Kim, kamal, and everyone else for all those replies, inputs, objections, and suggestions. First of all I would like to point to two useful threads related to this subject.
Homeopathyhome Discussion Forums – This one has two very useful posts by Simone and Shirley
Hpathy Discussion Forums – This one has contributions from Geir
Many people have asked about the choice of Chelidonium as a prophylactic, so I will elaborate on this one first. When we select a prophylatic for a condition, the selected remedy should –
— cover the signs and symptoms of current illness.
— should have known therapeutic efficacy in the said condition.
— should be deep acting enough to create an artificial state powerful enough to work as prophylatic.
— should cover the mental state/social state at that time.
Now, while there are many medicines that can cover the common symptoms of SARS, there are not many which cover all the four criteria. For eg., Aconite covers the symptoms in the initial stages very well, but it is not deep acting enough to work as a prophylactic. The factor which tilted the scale in favour of chelidonium is that I found it to be the only medicine covering the social mental state at present. The state is that of Fear, and specifically Fear of Pneumonia. Chelidonium is the only medicine to have this (fear of pneumonia – Kent, Phatak). Since it covers all other common symptoms too, it was my natural choice as a prophylactic. In other stages also you will notice that the medicines which are coming up high have lot of ‘fear’ in general. Aconite, Arsenic, Natrum sulph, Phosphorus are all fearful remedies, with lot of anxiety, fear of disease etc.
—>> I must add a note here that the medicines were not selected on the basis of fear but on the basis of signs and symptoms of existing cases. It was only appreciated later that the remedies have something more in common – the element of fear and anxiety. Even chelidonium came up in the list by the virtue of its covering the physical symptoms. Only later it was picked up as a prophylactic because of the specific fear it covers.<<—
I still believe Aconite will hold the key in first stage, Natrum-sulph in second, and Crotalus in third. I will add Chelidonium in the second stage too. The medicines for third stage will be required by only 10-15% of all SARS cases as only this much percent of cases do not show spontaneous improvement by 7th day and start progressing towards respiratory failure.
Many homeopaths have raised the issue of general vaccine damage, or vaccine causing mutation. One thing I would like to share is that though scientists have isolated coronavirus and paramyxovirus from SARS patients, they have not confirmed them as causative as yet. Many of these viruses are found in our naso-pharynx in health too and scientists are still probing the hypothesis that this new form of disease has flared up due to a chance co-habitation of two viruses. It means that it is possible that disease has taken its current form due to simultaneous infection by two viruses. So, I still have my reservations regarding vaccine theory. But as kim has suggested the effect of live-vaccines, it may be possible that such use of vaccine may have originally resulted in this simultaneous infection.
I invite further comments on this.
Dr. Manish Bhatia
———— Dr. kamal ——————————————
Dear Dr B,
Thanks for your prompt response. I have gone through that, and here are my observations (this is a fair discussion, I think):
1. Remedy selection based on social/mental aspects are granted as the most appropriate approach, and that is commendable. However, the peculiar rubric with single remedy (fear of pneumonia) is questionable. This symptom is found only in Allen, and no confirmation has ever been reported by any other authority so far. (I searched it in Encyclopaedia Homeopathica software).
2. During the outbreak of any deadly disease, people are scared about the supposedly “deadliness” of the disease, merely by its name. As such, to capture the mental state, rubrics like “Fear of disease”, “Fear of Infection”, “Fear of death”, etc. seem to be more appropriate. Consideration of the singular rubric with only one remedy to consider the mental state of people during an epidemic may not be a sound approach.
3. Pathogenesis of Chelidonium encompass, among others, the characteristic “biliousness”; even in Pneumonia – bilious vomiting is the concomitant of the chest affection (Clarke). Do SARS patients represent such hepatic disorder? I am not sure.
Considering the high fever, dry cough, breathing difficulty, myalgia/ muscular stiffness, headache, etc. Bryonia seems to me more as the prophylaxis for SARS.
———— Dr. B’s Reply —————————————
Thanks again Dr. Kamal. Sometime after putting up the second part on this article, I added a small note to that discussion that all the medicines listed in the article were primarily selected on the basis of physical signs and symptoms. From the group of remedies so selected, Chelidonium was picked up because it not only covers the symptoms very well (high fever, dry cough, respiratory embarrassment and difficulty, muscular weakness, confusion of mind, bodyache, nausea, vomiting etc) but also had this specific fear of pneumonia. For the other medicines it was noted after the initial analysis that they all had a very strong streak of fear (of disease, of infection, of death), hence confirming their utility in the current scenario.
I do agree that this symptom is not given at too many places and there are hardly any known cases of its use but if Kent and Allen have mentioned it, there must have been some data for it. Also Phatak’s repertory contains only clinically verified symptoms and medicines. It also lists this symptom. So, if I have to begin my work, I would prefer to start with Chelidonium. If it fails, then I would move to other remedies.
Regarding the biliousness. Yes Sars patients, in later stage, do manifest gastric disorder like nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. I have not been able to confirm the nature of vomiting though. Also, I think ‘absence of a symptom’ can not be a criterion to rule out a medicine, if other criteria fit in properly. No patient can give ALL the symptoms of any given medicine.
Lastly, I would like to say that what I have written is my personal analysis, based on my understanding of the current symptoms, my knowledge of materia medica and repertory, and my clinical experience. I do not claim to be absolutely right with this analysis. My effort is just to make the homeopathic community think further into this. Your ideas about the prophylactic and indicated remedies may differ. We can not say who is right and who is wrong until we get to test our analysis in the field. But at least, we can get everyone’s opinion on this.