A homeopathic experiment with snake venom on the HIV virus has given rise to excitement among scientists to work on a possible relief to AIDS and Ebola patients as well.

Research by doctors at the Hyderabad-based JSPS Government Homeopathic Medical College and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) Hyderabad indicates that homeopathic medicine from snake venom - Crotalus Horridus - can positively arrest the  HIV spread.

In another pioneering study, Mumbai-based homeopath Dr Rajesh Shah has developed a new medicine for AIDS patients, sourced from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) itself.

During the two-year study, the drug has been tested on humans for safety and efficacy and the results are encouraging, said Shah. His scientific paper for debate was recently published in the online edition of Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy (IJRH), the official publication of the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH).

The Global Homeopathy Foundation (GHF), an NGO, has invited scientists and conventional doctors from across the world for the Mumbai summit. Over 25 scientists have already confirmed their presentations, said Shah, who is also the organising secretary of the foundation.

Pioneering researches at Kottayam's MG University and Bangalore's Indian Institute of Science (IIS) have proved that homeopathic dilutions contain nano-particles that are so vital for medical treatment, thus debunking the critics' view that homeopathy medicines do not have anything worthwhile.

On his own research into AIDS, Shah said: "The study has showed that the blood count (CD4 cells) of HIV patients has improved on administering the drug and this is a very positive and hopeful sign... This may encourage advanced research into the subject." Shah, in a separate research, teamed up with noted virologist Abhay Chowdhury at the premier Haffkine Institute and developed a drug sourced from TB germs of MDR-TB patients.

Homeopathy is gaining popularity and there is a resurgence of interest in many developed countries, while the system is also being criticised for inadequate clinical evidences, in spite of considerable and encouraging research work. The practitioners, students and the followers of homeopathy often are unaware about the scientific advances in the field due to inadequate exposure.

Its objectives include: to work for the growth of the science so that homeopathy could benefit those suffering from various ailments, and to support the professionals to be able to serve the society well.



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