When 40-year-old Nisha felt muscles to the right of her abdomen go into a spasm, she gasped in pain. It recurred over the next two months. An ultrasound scan revealed she had a 30-mm cyst in her right ovary.
Each time Reena, 50, ate oily food, she suffered shooting pain in her gall bladder. Doctors said she had gallstones. The only solution advised was to remove it.
Such chronic cases are typically treated by allopaths because most people wouldn't want to hand themselves over to homeopaths. After all, hardly anyone has heard of homeopathy dissolving gall stones and causing cysts to disappear. But it can happen.
Nisha says, "I was told to take birth control pills as these prevent the ovaries from producing eggs during ovulation." Cysts, incidentally, are formed when a follicle fails to rupture and release an egg, leaving behind fluid which forms a cyst.
Nisha didn't want to take contraceptive pills. Instead, she took a three-month course of homeopathic pills and pain-relieving tablets. After three months, another scan showed the cyst had disappeared.
Homeopathy's efficacy in ovarian cysts was corroborated, says Dr. C Nayak, director, Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, by an article in the British Homeopathic Journal. The article, "Homeopathic treatment of ovarian cysts," cited a study of 40 women with ovarian cysts. "After nine months of homeopathic treatment, the cysts disappeared in 90% cases," the article said.
Gallstones are another affliction that homeopaths claim they can treat. Incidentally, the Dalai Lama too suffered from it and opted for surgery recently. The gall bladder stores bile which helps in digestion. When bile contains too much cholesterol, it can harden into stones. In allopathy, the only option is removing the gall bladder. While homeopathic doctors say removal of bladder may lead to irritation in the small intestine, detractors of homeopathy aren't convinced. Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeon, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, says, "The gall bladder needs to be removed as the actual disease is in the wall of the organ. When its concentration goes down, stones are formed. Cholesterol is another factor. Some 6.9% of these stones can become cancerous. I doubt homeopathy's efficacy here." There is excruciating pain when gallstones move and get lodged in ducts causing inflammation, fever and jaundice. A diet high in fats and low in fibre causes it. Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, a leading homeopath, counters this. "Homeopathy boosts the immune system and dissolves the stones, provided they aren't too hard," he says. "Patients should try homeopathic medicines for six months, before opting for surgery. Even after surgery, stones can recur in the bile duct."
On ovarian cysts, Dr. Neerja Batla, additional professor, AIIMS, says cysts less than 50 mm usually regress on their own. "I'm not sure how far homeopathy helps." Banerjee says, "Acute benign cysts take about six months to disappear. If it doesn't work out even then, surgery is advised." But get the cyst tested for malignancy. "If malignant, the ovaries and uterus are removed," he says. Adds Nayak, "Our council conducted a clinical study to ascertain usefulness of a homeopathic medicine, Fel taur, for gallstones. Results showed that out of 267 patients, 262 showed improvement in varying degrees." But ovarian cyst-sufferer Nisha has the last word on detractors of homeopathic treatment for her condition. "After the shooting pains I went through even with a 30 mm cyst and the consequent acidity through painkillers, homeopathy has given me a new lease of life." firstname.lastname@example.org (c) 2008 The Times of India. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.