The advantages of Homoeopathy in developing immunity in combating COVID 19
Dr Pratip Banerji
Eminent Homoeopath and co-founder of
Prasanta Banerji Homoeopathic Research Foundation
News desk, News Nation 360: The outbreak and spread of Covid19 has left most of us panic-stricken as people across the globe strive to combat this pandemic. The primary issue is that this is a viral infection, and all as human beings have no natural immunity to viruses. While the frontline medical community, actually facing the pandemic, is doing a very good job despite all and every limited resource available to them, the research community is perplexed because any useful and viable vaccine/virus targeted treatment will take at least 18 to 24 months from the drawing board to disbursement and application. The only real and effective way for a population to combat viral infection is to develop “Herd Immunity”. Herd immunity can only be developed in two ways, firstly, by massive cross-community infection or secondly, by mass vaccination. Another problem with vaccinations is that they are viral strain-specific, the scientific community also knows that mutation of viruses is a given fact and it has already been reported that the Corona viral strain in India has already mutated from the original strain that caused the outbreak in China. The COVID virus found originally in humans in Wuhan, China has been labelled Type A. Subsequently, there has also been the detection of Type B and C, which seem to differ amongst different races of humans. Due to this, and due to the
fact that there will be further mutations, there is a fear that different strains of the virus may not respond to vaccines whose sphere of action will necessarily be limited to certain strains. Thus, we are all caught in a difficult situation. Currently, conventional treatment of COVID 19 infections is being done with some anti-viral medicines and antibiotics. While these anti-viral medicines were found to have some effect on earlier SARS and MERS infections, which were caused by a similar virus, so far there is no definite information that they are having an effect on COVID 19 cases. Anti-biotics are usually used to treat bacterial infections and have no effect on viruses and at best may help secondary bacterial infections in COVID 19 positive cases. This is where Homeopathy has its advantages. Homoeopathy is an accredited and recognized system of medicine in India and for this reason alone, there should be no bar to its use in any disease, let alone COVID 19. This system of medicine is in very popular use and other than this, historically homoeopathy has an excellent track record\ in the treatments of Epidemics / Pandemics. Homoeopathic medicines are safe to use and all can expect very little if any, side- effects as can be experienced by using other systems of medicine. In homoeopathy, an agent is used to treat the same symptoms in a diseased human being, that it can produce in a healthy one. Thus the homoeopathic arsenal against any disease already exists and it is only a question of matching the symptoms of the contagion to the known symptoms of medicine which is the most similar. Taking this into consideration the symptoms and the physical systems the COVID 19 is affecting, can be analyzed and a Protocol for treatment can be designed. Thus the reaction time between diagnosis and treatment is reduced dramatically. Homoeopathy has tremendous success in treating viral diseases, such as the common cold and different types of flu, dengue, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, shingles, hepatitis B and C, herpes and cold sores, polio and even the odd case of rabies. Thus, all are confident that homoeopathy will make a difference in the fight against COVID 19. They stand shoulder to shoulder with all other medical systems against the most virulent threat so far faced by the population. The Protocol has been put up on the website, please have a look through the link: banerji-protocols-for COVID 19.html. In this scenario, they are getting many enquiries from COVID positive cases and are in the process of getting into place a COVID 19 Survey, in collaboration with an American colleague, associated with a major American University. Through this survey, they will be able to gather data and observe the effects of their medicines on the prevention and treatment of cases, but it is too early to share information on these developments. Results of this will help to validate their suggestions for a successful measure for all to build an effective immunity against COVID 19, circumventing the 18 to 24 months required to create a useful conventional vaccine. Also important, and this is being enforced, is to spread sanitary awareness to populations most prone to spread, such as those where it is impossible to maintain Physical Distancing and appeals for civic sense and social responsibility amongst populations who are in defiance/denial of their vulnerability to this infection thus posing a threat to all efforts by the aware and the Government to deliver the country Corona Free.
Report: Anustup Kundu