Musculoskeletal pain allopathic & homeopathic treatment
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Allopathic medicine refers to traditional medical techniques.
Treatments that fall under the allopathic category for arthritis and musculoskeletal pain include: anti inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, immunosuppressive drugs, biologics, injections, physical therapy, and surgery.
While allopathic medicine has an excellent track record, it also has fostered disillusionment and dissatisfaction because of the following factors:
• Potential toxicities
• Technological emphasis over "human touch"
• The destruction of medicine by managed care and insurance companies
• The attitude of defensive medicine practiced by physicians because of litigation fears
• The burgeoning effort by patients to have a bigger say in what their treatment is
• The emphasis on whole body (holistic approach) rather than single organ treatments
The above factors have lead to a tremendous amount of interest in alternative therapies including homeopathic medicine. Homeopathy has an attraction because of its safety record. It also has some scientific evidence to support its effectiveness.
Scientists at a British pharmacy school found that rodents given hypericum were able to inhibit pain responses. Rodents were able to remain on a hot plate longer than the control group. When given naloxone which inhibits pain killing endorphins, the protective effects of hypericum were reduced, showing that homeopathic hypericum activates endorphins when needed. Please note that these rodents were free to walk off the hot plate whenever discomfort was noticed. (Keysall KL, Williamson KL, and Tolman BD. The testing of some homeopathic preparations in rodents. Proceedings of the 40th International Homeopathic Congress (Lyon, France, 1985) pp. 228-231.)
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a double-blind experiment on patients with rheumatoid arthritis. An impressive 82 percent of those given a homeopathic medicine experienced some relief of symptoms while only 21 percent of those given a placebo experienced any similar degree of improvement.( Gibson RG, Gibson SLM, MacNeil AD, et al. Homeopathic therapy in rheumatoid arthritis: evaluation double-blind controlled trial. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. (1980): 453-459.)
Another double-blind trial was conducted on patients with dental neurologic pain following tooth extraction. Seventy-six percent of those given the homeopathic medicine arnica and hypericum experienced relief of pain. (Albertini H et al. Homeopathic treatment of neuralgia using arnica and hypericum: a summary of 60 observations. Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, 78 (September 1985): 126-128.)
While homeopathy will not take the place of allopathic medicine, it does provide a complement to it. (See the section on alternative medicine)
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