‘Traumeel’ – for the treatment of sports-injuries

Traumeel is a homeopathic complex preparation indicated for use in the treatment of trauma and injuries contracted in the process of physical activity [1]. It matches, in a broader sense, the symptomatology that may result from the conduction sports.

Traumeel is one of the most extensively researched homeopathic formula [2]. Trials and studies investigating the efficacy of Traumeel came to conclude that it can in fact be described as the ‘Diclofenac’ of homeopathy [3]. It´s treatment effect, tolerability and compliance, have been found to be equivalent, if not superior to that with conventional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as is for example ‘Diclofenac’ [4, 5, 6].

Traumeel is a protected brand, manufactured by Heel. It is a composition of 14 natural extracts that have been homeopathically potentised to decimal dilutions, or are included in the concoction as mother-tincture [7]. These components in combination are stronger than the single constituents when used separately [8]. Traumeel is marketed as a topical ointment or gel, injections, and for oral administration as drops or tablets. [8].

As a complex preparation Traumeel cannot be classed as a classic homeopathic medication. Complex formulations are designed to be prescribed in a generalized manner and do not follow the doctrine of individualization that is paramount in classical homeopathic prescribing. The aim of such poly-remedy prescribing is for the treatment compound to match the broad spectrum of symptomatology expressed for a specific condition [9].

Traumeel is used for the alleviation of limitations caused by pain and inflammation in muscular tissue and joints, and is as such indicated for musculoskeletal conditions that affect all major joints, the back, neck, foot, knee, arms etc.. The treatment with Traumeel is effective, gentle, and devoid of adverse effects [8].

References:

[1] Orchard, J., Best, T., Mueller-Wohlfahrt, H-W., Hunter, G., Hamilton, B., Webborn, N., Jaques, R., Kenneally, D., Budgett, R., Phillips, N., Becker, C. & Glasgow, P. (2008) ‘The early management of muscle strains in the elite athlete: best practice in a world with a limited evidence basis ‘, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 42(3), pp. 158-159 [Online]. Available at: doi:10.1136/bjsm.2008.046722 (Accessed: November 2009).

[2] Bemm, T. (2009) Leistungssteigerung mit der Homöopathie, Available at:http://www.aponeo.de/themenwelt/bewegung-und-sport/homoeopathie-im-sport/beitraege/leistungssteigerung-mit-der-homoeopathie/ (Accessed: April 2013).

[3]  DZS (2009) Individuell trainieren – Prof.Dr. P. Billigmann im Interview zum Thema Fussball, Available at: http://www.zeitschrift-sportmedizin.de (Accessed: March 2010).

[4]. Birnesser H, Oberbaum M, Klein P, Weiser M. (2004) The homeopathic preparation Traumeel S compared with NSAIDs for symptomatic treatment of epicondylitis. Journal of Musculoskeletal Research, 8(02n03),119-128 [Online]. Available at: doi: 10.1142/S0218957704001284 (Accessed November 2009).

[5]. Schneider C, Klein P, Stolt P, Oberbaum M. (2005) ‘A homeopathic ointment preparation compared with 1% Diclofenac gel for acute symptomatic treatment of tendinopathy’. Explore, 1(6), pp.446-452 [Online]. Available at: doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2005.08.010 (Accessed: November 2009).

[6] Gonzalez de Vega,C., Speed,C., Wolfarth, B., Gonzalez, J. (2013) ‘Traumeel vs. diclofenac for reducing pain and improving ankle mobility after acute ankle sprain: A multicentre, randomised, blinded, controlled and non-inferiority trial’, The International Journal of Clinical Practice, 67(10), pp. 979-989 [Online]. Available at: doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12219 (Accessed: January 2016).

[7] Heel (2009) Gebrauchsinformation Traumeel S, Available at:http://www.heel.de/upload/Traumeel_S_Tabl_K_014558_03_BPZ_7_1564.pdf(Accessed: January 2016).

[8] Heel (n.d.) Traumeel, Available at: http://www.traumeel.com/Traumeel-com-Home.html?ActiveID=10008080 (Accessed: January 2016).

[9] Pflüger (n.d.) Homöopathische Komplexmittel, Available at:http://www.homoeopathie.de/komplexmittel.html (Accessed: April 2013).

92% of football teams in the German Bundesliga use Homeopathy

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In the Bundesliga, the German football league, 92% of clubs treat their players with homeopathic remedies. In particular complex homeopathic preparations are employed in the treatment of the league professionals. About 76% of clubs use homeopathic combination/complex preparations [1].

In the professional sports industry where recuperation time is restricted [2], and players are faced with the constant demand for peak performance, treatment choices are dictated by gentle and rapid therapeutic onset and the absence of adverse effects from medication [3, 4, 5]. Homeopathic remedies meet this demand and are on top of regular benefits, devoid of falling under doping restrictions [1, 2, 6].

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References:

[1] Meyer, D. (2008) EM-Profis setzen auf sanfte Medizin [online] last accessed 13 August 09 at URL http://www.spiegel.de

[2] Zittlau, J. (2008) Blut an den Stollen [online] last accessed 14 November 09 at URL http://www.welt.de

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[4] Schepper, L. (unknown) Sports Injuries: Going for Gold with Homeopathy! [online] last accessed 11 October 09 at URLhttp://www.drluc.com

[5] Wellnessing (2007) Naturheilmittel – Umfrage unter den Mannschaftsärzten der ersten und zweiten Fussballbundesliga [online] last accessed 14 November 09 at URL http://www.wellnessing.de

[6] Pressetext.austria (2009) Homoeopathie als Doping-sichere Sportlerbehandlung [online] last accessed 08 November 09 at URL http://pressetext.ch

Mood-swings and the Pause

Menopause, whether at the peri-, mid- or post- stage, is not only a change occurring to the hormonal household or the physical body, it also impacts and has an altering effect on the emotions of women transitioning.

The disequilibrium of hormones, the fluctuation between dominance and deficiency, can cause upheaval and havoc resulting in mood swings and not seldom in extremes that can mount to depression or melancholy.

Homeopathic remedies have potential to, not only ease the effects from the change on a physical level, but can also moderate the emotions and harmonize the mood.

The table below highlights a number of homeopathic remedies that can be used to restore the equilibrium in mind and emotion.

Argentum nitricumGreat agitation, nervous excitement & fear. Hysteria. Melancholy, apprehensive of serious disease. Impulsive.
Arsenicum albumWorried, irritable, restless, anxious. Fear, preoccupied with disease and death. Compulsive, perfectionist.
Aurum metallicumBad tempered, deeply depressive, melancholic. Lacks self-confidence. Anxious.
BelladonnaEasily excited, sensitive. Restless. Changeable, disinclined to talk. Desires to escape.
Calcium carbonicumGreat anxiety, stressed, overworked. Mentally run down. Great weakness. Low spirited.
Cimicifuga racemosaSensation of carrying the ‘head in the clouds’. Fears impending evil. Agitated. Depressed, excitable.
GraphitesSadness, melancholy, hopelessness and indecision are marked.
IgnatiaDepression and fluctuations of mood with weeping and deep sadness are characteristic. Hyper-sensitive. Nervous. Wants to be left alone, does not want to engage with others. Mood changes suddenly from happiness to sadness. Sighing. Irritable.
LachesisDepression with aversion to socialising, wants to run away from the rest of the world. Suspicious, jealous, irritable. Bad tempered. Aversion to daily routine. Anxiety.
LycopodiumLack of motivation, low stamina, depression. Fear of failure. Unwilling to engage in activities. Easily discouraged.
MancinellaExtreme sadness, changeability of mood. Is very still and silent.
Natrium muriaticumBottles up her feelings, explodes after slight provocation. Cannot forgive. Self-blaming, dwells on past hurts, cannot forgive. Depressive, weeps easily.
Nux vomicaTired out by the menopause, over-born. Angry, competitive, irritable. Over-sensitive.
Platinum metallicumDepressive, unable to express emotions. Chagrin, wounded pride.
PhosphorusFearful, anxious, lack of self-confidence, fear of crowds.
PulsatillaSudden changes of mood, easily weeps. Emotionally unstable. Consolation ameliorates.
SepiaChangeable temperament, irritability, lack of affection for her family, indifference, sadness with no desire of distraction. Depressed. Frequently complaining. Aversion to work.
SulphurExplosions of passion, either energetic or lacking vitality.

References:

Boericke, W. (1999) Homeopathic Materia Medica, Available at: http://www.homeoint.org/ (Accessed: January 2019).

Castro, M. (2018) Sailing Through Menopause, Available at: https://www.mirandacastro.com/homeopathy-and-menopause/ (Accessed: January 2019).

Ikenze, I. (1998) Menopause & Homeopathy, Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.

Kent, J.T. (2000) Lectures on Homeopathic Materia Medica, Available at: http://www.homeoint.org/ (Accessed: January 2019).

Sharma, V. (2019) Beat your Climacteric Blues with Natural Homeopathic Remedies for Menopause, Available at: https://www.drhomeo.com/menopause/homeopathic-remedies-for-menopause/ (Accessed: January 2019).

Glonoinum – an explosive drug for Angina Pectoris

Angina Pectoris – what is it?

Angina Pectoris is a symptomatology that in 2009 affected an estimate of 30 000 to 40 000 people per 1 million of the European population [1], and approximately 9.8 million people in America, with tendency rising [2].

It is a syndrome that is characterized by precordial discomfort; pressure, squeezing, burning or fullness located centrally about the chest. This is frequently accompanied by pain extending through to the back, or into the shoulder and arm, and may radiate to the throat and jaw, the upper abdomen and at times the right arm [3]. The onset of symptoms is usually due to physical exertion or stress [3], heavy meals or extreme heat [4].

The etiology of Angina Pectoris is commonly an underlying condition called myocardial ischemia [3]. Myocarial ischemia refers to a reduction of the volume of blood passing through the arteries, as a consequence of which the amount of oxygen transported to the heart is also decreased [5]. This is usually due to yet another underlying more severe issue, namely coronary heart disease, where the coronary arteries are obstructed as in the case of atherosclerosis [3]. Other causes of myocardial ischemia are spasms of the coronary arteries, or an embolism caused by the plaque formation of artheriosclerosis that then ruptures and forms a clot that blocks an artery [5].

Attacks of Angina Pectoris commonly subside after a few minutes and are relieved by rest [3]. The most important element in the treatment of Angina Pectoris is the removal of the causative factors, at least the prevention of further progression of the underlying condition [4].

First aid treatment, and the most common prescriptions in Angina Pectoris, are drugs containing nitroglycerine [4]. Nitroglycerin dilates the arteries and as such permits an increased volume of blood to flow through the vessles [4].

Nitroglycerine – an explosive drug!

In 1846 the Italian chemist Asciano Sobrero sought to create a new kind of substance that had blasting power. He synthezised Nitroglycerin by combining nitric and sulphuric acid [6, 7]. In 1867 then Alfred Nobel, the scientist and initiator of the Nobel prize, patented Nitroglycerin as a explosive [6].

The first physician to suggest nitroglycerin as a treatment for Angina Pectoris was British born William Murrell (1853 – 1912) in 1879 [7, 8]. He and few of his colleagues dared to experiment with Nitroglycerin, and trialed this explosive substance in highly diluted form on themselves. Murrell had taken Nitroglycerin 30 to 40 times before using it in the treatment of patients [8].

From experiential reports and his own findings, Murrell identified Nitroglycerin to be an instantly acting substance. The ingestion of a tiny quantity sufficed to induce a sensation of fullness about the neck, slight nausea, mental confusion and drowsiness. A rushing noise in the ears was described, a heaviness in the stomach and frequently a tensive headache that was felt over the eyes and could extend to the nose and ears [8, 9].

Murrell prescribed Nitroglycerin for patients that experienced symptoms of sudden onset of intense pain about the chest that was triggered by slightest physical exertion or emotional excitement. Patients described a sensation of heat and burning in the chest that was succeeded by an acute, painful pressue. This pain could radiate to the back, between the shoulders, and along the inner side of the arm down to the elbow. Murrell points out that this pain only rarely passed below the elbow towards or into the fingers. Shortness of breath, an increased pulsation, and a sensation of coldness in an attack were also described [8].

These attacks commonly lasted no longer than 3 to 4 minutes, and the administration of Nitroglycerin cut an attack short. Murrell exclaimed that “the action of the medicine seems to commence the moment it is swallowed” [8, p.43]. Unfortunately the ingestion of Nitroglycerin almost always produced a throbbing sensation across the forehead, at the height of the hairline, a sensation of pulsation experienced throughout the body, and a noise like running water in the ears [8]. This concomitant symptomatology of Nitroglycerin is one that for most patients still accompanies an ingestion of the drug.

Murrell further noted of Nitroglycerin that the susceptibility to its action was more pronounced in weaker individuals and women. He stressed that a physiological effect could be excited by merely handling it, and pointed out that following an administration of the drug patients would experience “an immediate, irresistible need for sleep” [8, p.29].

The homeopathic origin of nitroglycerin as a healing agent

In 1848, long before the conventional medical sphere took note of the healing potential of nitroglycerin the German Homeopath Constantin Hering (1800 – 1880) had recognized its value as a homeopathically produced remedy for throbbing and congestive headaches.

Hering never considered Glonoinum, homeopathic Nitroglycerine, for Angina Pectoris [6], but it has found its way into the homeopathic Materia Medica as a remedy for many symptoms, including those of the symptomatology of Angina Pectoris. As such it is, amongst others, indicated for the following key symptoms:

– Surging of blood to the head and heart [10, 11].

– Violent palpitation, laborious action of the heart [10, 11].

– Throbbing and pulsating headache in forehead and between temples [11].

– Throbbing in front of the head [11], that becomes worse by exertion [12].

– Pressure and throbbing in the temples [11].

– Pulsation experienced throughout the body. Pulsating pains [10], felt as if the head would burst [12].

– Paleness of the face [12].

– Adverse effects from being in the sun, sunstroke [12].

– Confusion, heaviness about the head [10].

– Can bear no heat about the head [10].

Perhaps it was due to the skepticism of the homeopathic doctrine that the conventional medical sphere took 30 years to investigate the therapeutic potential of Nitroglycerin [7], but only due to these previous investigations did Nitroglycerin at all become a successful medicinal agent. As such Nitroglycerin was considered by some as the “ first breakthrough, on a large scale, of homeopathic remedies into allopathic practice” [6, p.25]. Until today it is a reliable treatment agent for managing Angina Pectoris, both as a highly diluted conventional drug, and as a highly diluted and succussed homeopathic remedy.

References:

[1] Schillinger, W., Hasenfuss, G. (2009) Angina Pectoris. Encyclopedia of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, pp.90-91. Available from: http://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-540-29676-8_108. [4th May 2015].

[2] Angina Pectoris (1994-2015). Available from: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/150215-overview . [4th May 2015].

[3] Warnica, J.W. (2015) Angina Pectoris. Merck Manuals. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/cardiovascular-disorders/coronary-artery-disease/angina-pectoris. [4th May 2015].

[4] Bhowmik, D., Das, B.C, Dutta, A.S. & Sampath Kumar, K.P. (2011) Angina Pectoris – a comprehensive review of clinical features, differential diagnosis, and remedies, Elixir Pharmacy, 40, pp.5125-5130. Available from: from elixirpublishers.com . [4th May 2015].

[5] Mayo Clinic Staff (1998-2015) Myocardial Ischemia. Mayo Clinic. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myocardial-ischemia/basics/causes/con-20035096 . [4th May 2015].

[6] Bruce Fye, W. (1986) Nitroglycerin: a homeopathic remedy Circulation, Vol. 73, 1, pp.21-29. Available from : circ.ahajournals.org/content/73/1/21.full.pdf [4th May 2015].

[7] Bruce Fye, W. (1994) William Murrell Clin. Cardiol., 18, pp. 426-427. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/clc.4960180714/pdf [4th May 2015].

[8] Murrell, W. (1882) Nitro-glycerine as a remedy for angina pectoris, H.K. Lewis, London.

[9] Murrell, W. (1879) Nitroglycerine as a remedy for angina pectoris. Lancet, 1:80-1, 113. Available from: http://site.hmc.org.qa/heartviews/vol8no3/PDF/HISTORYOFMEDICINE2.pdf. [4th May 2015].

[10] Boericke, W. (1999) Homeopathic Materia Medica. Available at: http://www.homeoint.org/books/boericmm/g/glon.htm . [4th May 2015].

[11] Hering, C. (2002) The guiding symptoms of our materia medica. Available at: http://www.homeoint.org/hering/g/glon-kn3.htm . [4th May 2015].

[12] Kent, J.T. (2000) Lectures on homeopathic materia medica. Available at: http://homeoint.org/books3/kentmm/glon.htm. [4th May 2015].