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Is there a role for Homeobotanicals in Conventional Medicine?

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Homeobotanicals are scientifically prepared herbal formulas prepared in a laboratory in New Zealand and have been utilized for the last several decades by Naturopathic providers. These products have been created and tested for correct dosages and blended to become formulas for use in patient's healthcare. They were discovered by the late Dr. Brian Murray to use in patients who could not afford the expensive naturopathic treatments. This paper discusses their preparation, uses, and suggests that they could be complimentary in treating patients in conventional medicine where standard treatments have failed.

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Is there a role for Homeobotanicals in Conventional Medicine?

  1. 1. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 1 Is there a place for Dynamic Phytotherapy in Conventional Medicine? Kimmer Collison-Ris, MSN, FNP-C, WOCN Homb 501 ACHS December 31, 2012
  2. 2. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 2 Abstract Effective treatments for medical conditions like the common cold and seasonal flu have been difficult to develop due to the number of viruses that are responsible for these conditions. Complimentary Alternative medicine has begun to influence Conventional and Integrative medicine practice with the use of botanical treatments that have been validated through clinical studies. DP applications (Homeobotanical remedies) have been researched extensively in New Zealand (Hirt, Nobel, and Barron 2000) and were clinically evaluated in this paper as a means of preventing or alleviating illness and injuries with good results. This paper explores the types of medical treatment and introduces Dynamic Phytotherapy applications. Recommending DP applications: Hb C, #3 First Aid, and Hb X as effective treatment in the management of cold and influenza symptoms. Other health conditions were evaluated and treated with DP applications and similar positive results were demonstrated. This clinical evaluation was conducted at two (2) sites over a 3 month period of time using persons between the ages of 15-70 years. The cold/flu sample group consisted of sixteen (16) individuals with recent onset of cold and flu virus symptoms. Six (6) individuals received only supportive therapy. The DP clinical evaluation patients received either Hb C, #3, or C and #3 alone or in combination with Hb X. All patients were assessed and a symptom interview was used to track the duration and the severity of symptoms. At evaluation’s end, the average duration of cold and influenza symptoms was approximately 26.7 hours in the DP application group compared to the non- treatment control group with an average duration of 164 hours (6.8 days)—a significant difference. Patients assessed for other conditions such as myalgias and neurological symptoms reported swift symptoms improvement after receiving DP applications. This paper suggests that DP remedies might serve as a viable complimentary treatment in the management of resistant medical conditions and should be explored for incorporation into Conventional and Integrative medicine practice.
  3. 3. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 3 Introduction Modern medical providers must assess, diagnose, and treat many individuals who suffer with acute or chronic illness while required to perform abbreviated exams and contain costs. Many of today’s illnesses have treatments that are expensive and often inadequate. Dynamic Phytotherapy (aka DP or Homeobotanical therapy) offers scientifically based formulas that could solve these dilemmas. DP Therapy (Hb) is the modern use of botanicals involving the extraction of natural and active agents from plants for the purposes of treating health. DP appears to boost the immune system and rebalance homeostasis. Through clinical evaluation there is enough evidence to suggest that Dynamic Phytotherapy could be incorporated into Conventional medicine to strengthen weak medical treatments. DP applications appear to reduce or reverse the severity of illnesses, where modern medical practice falls short. Additionally it offers treatment options for infants, children, elderly, and chemically sensitive individuals; where synthetic medications are too harsh. This paper explores the possible role DP applications might serve if incorporated into Integrative and/or Conventional medicine practice. In New Zealand Dynamic Phytotherapy has demonstrated solid patient treatment solutions in situations where Conventional medicine fails; among these are reducing the length and severity of common cold and flu viruses. This novel and fairly new alternative medical practice shows promise and should be explored further. Conventional medicine is actively seeking evidence- based treatments to offer patients in the management of acute and chronic illnesses. Aggressive viruses and resistant bacteria coupled with nutrient poor foods have created weaker immune systems and treatment resistance. Individuals are becoming more susceptible to aggressive illnesses resulting in unusual debilitating medical as well as chronic health conditions. DP is a scientifically based treatment solution that blends the principles of plant based medicine,
  4. 4. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 4 homeopathy, and molecular medicine (Bone, 2003). The mounting cost of healthcare along with community viral and bacterial resistance has become a worldwide health concern. Modern Healthcare still lacks reasonable treatment options that are cost-effective, readily available, scientifically based, well regulated, amenable to special populations, easy to use, and have low side effect profiles. Consequently, this Integrative medicine provider, impressed by the results of DP therapy applications, is proposing Dynamic Phytotherapy applications as a viable method of complimenting Conventional medicine practice. Modern Medicine is struggling to provide adequate symptomatic treatment for patients overcome by viruses, non-addicting/non-sedating pain management, pediatric ADD/ADHD, non-toxic pediatric parasite/infestations treatment, as well as pediatric and adult anxiety and depression. Management of these problems remains expensive and plagued with side-effects, and treatment failures. DP applications appear to resolve and/or ameliorate many symptoms in a non-toxic manner due to their bioavailable botanical components and do so for significantly less expense. Current Conventional medicine tends to suppress symptoms and disease; instead of addressing individual chemistry and underlying causes of illness. Homeobotanical therapy addresses underlying disease/illness causes while presenting as a valid science. Because DP remedies are comprised of familiar traditional herbal treatments, many of the world’s population might be amenable to adopting the use of these remedies. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated, that as many as 80% of the world’s population is dependent upon traditional herbal medicine. Even in developing countries like India, 65% of the rural population use traditional medicine (from http://cms.cnr.edu.bt/cms/medicinalaromaticDIP). An Australian Documentary reported that multidrug resistance is rampant in both India and Australia due to overuse of antibiotics in the community and new affordable and alternative
  5. 5. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 5 medical treatments are needed to decrease the rise of the “superbugs” (2012). Homeobotanical remedies could offer solutions to the problems experienced worldwide in conventional medicine practice. Background People are dynamic beings, characterized by energy or effective action. Every individual is unique and their body systems though similar; all handle stress, injury, and illness differently. Likewise, age and gender along with environmental and genetic influences play a role in a person’s recovery from illness and injury. Add emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions and their ability to adapt changes once again. Conventional medicine relies on diagnostic tests, brief exams/medical histories, symptoms, and medical algorithms. Gaps in healthcare and recovery can be the result of only addressing the physical aspect of a person without incorporating these other areas. Conventional Medicine Conventional (Allopathic) medicine is an expression commonly used by homeopaths and proponents of natural medicine to refer to mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or illnesses. Using synthetic drugs and surgery to treat health conditions, this medicine is exclusive to westernized hospitals and clinics. Often expensive and invasive, it is ideal for handling emergency conditions like massive injury or a life-threatening stroke. (retrieved from http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02054/Andrew-Weil-Integrative-Medicine.html). Conventional medicine relies upon evidence-based practice, which is a process of turning clinical problems into questions and then systematically locating, appraising, and using contemporaneous research findings as the basis for clinical decisions. Critical appraisal is used
  6. 6. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 6 to determine the validity and applicability of the evidence, which is then used to inform clinical decisions. Conventional practice is largely influenced by pharmaceutical industry, where validation comes from randomized controlled trials (Rosenberg 1995). Complimentary Alternative Medicine Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. As the name implies, therapies are used to complement or enhance conventional medicine practice (retrieved from http://progressivehealthcenter.org/integrative-medicine /National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website. http://nccam.hih.gov). These therapies often include the use of vitamins and nutrients to control heart disease, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, edema, digestive problems, prostate enlargement, and a myriad of other health conditions. Complimentary therapies work with conventional medicine to help restore balance to an individual’s health; where many “folk wisdom” practices have been clinically tested, validated, and incorporated into CAM practice. Integrative Medicine Integrative Medicine blends the best of both CAM and conventional medicine (retrieved from http://progressivehealthcenter.org /integrative-medicine) and combines the practices and methods of alternative medicine with evidence based conventional healthcare practices (retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_medicine). This practice also affirms that healing- oriented medicine takes account of the whole person including all aspects of their lifestyle; emphasizing the therapeutic relationship while making use of all appropriate conventional and alternative therapies (Rakel 2007). Integrative Medicine practitioners combine CAM treatments with Conventional medicine
  7. 7. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 7 therapies. They never encourage patients to abandon conventional therapy, but utilize complimentary alternative therapies alongside conventional medicine. Integrative medicine emphasizes the difference between 'healing' and 'cure' affirming that healing can take place in absence of cure (retrieved from http://progressivehealthcenter.org/integrative-medicine). Conventional, CAM, and Integrative Medicine all attempt to utilize best practice standards of care. This the generally accepted way of providing patient care and refers to a specific treatment for an illness or disease that has been judged optimal after weighing the available outcome evidence. (retrieved from http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Best_practices). Evidence-based practices eliminate subjective professional judgment when developing appropriate plans of action. Homeopathy Unlike westernized medicine, Homeopathy is well known and practiced in Europe and Asia. Homeopathy is a therapeutic method using preparations of substances whose effects when administered to healthy subjects correspond to the manifestations of the disorder (symptoms, clinical signs, and pathological states) in the individual patient. Samuel Hahnemann developed this method which is now practiced throughout the world. Homeopathy is based on two main principals: the first, ‘like cures like’. Here patients with particular symptoms can be treated with homeopathic remedies that produce the same symptoms in healthy persons. The second principle is that homeopathic remedies retain biological activity after repeated dilution and sucussion even when diluted beyond Avogadro's number (Ernst 2002). Homeopathic remedies are prepared through a process called potentization. This involves a series of systematic dilutions and succussions (forceful shaking actions). Homeopathic practitioners report that these actions eliminate chemical toxicity and enable the therapeutic
  8. 8. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 8 effect. Homeopathic potencies are designated by a combination of a number and a letter (for example, 6X or 30C). The number refers to the number of dilutions that the tincture has undergone in series to prepare the remedy. The letter refers to the proportions used in each dilution of the series (the Roman numeral X means 10 and the Roman numeral C means 100) and the number of succussions that the vial of solution undergoes at each successive stage (Oberbaum, Yaniv, Ben-Gal, et al, 2001). The law of infinitesimals in homeopathy states that dilution increases the curative power of homeopathic medications. This means that a 1-part-per-million solution of a substance is more medicinally powerful than a 1-part-per-thousand solution, which in turn has more curative power than a 1-part-per-hundred solution. In contrast, many modern drugs are ineffective at low doses, with their efficacy increasing with increasing dosage. Dynamic Phytotherapy/Hb Dynamic Phytotherapy (Homeobotanical) is a careful balance between herbalism and homeopathy that draws upon and combines the benefits of both fields (ACHS HomB 501, 2012). Phytotherapy is an age-old tradition, yet new research is being generated and published; demonstrating how plant molecules act to balance hormones naturally. Phytocrine is a term that refers to biologically active plant molecules and they share several key features with our own hormones (Oberbaum et al 2001). Hb Remedies (DP) consist of unique blends of organic and wildcrafted herbs that naturally have more balanced constituents when compared to cultivated plants. DP applications are biologically active plant constituents; which are potentized via succession to magnify their synergistic effects (Blomgren 2003) in treating symptoms of imbalance and illness. Hb concentrates are classical blends of herbal extracts and tinctures that have been prepared to cover
  9. 9. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 9 common problems; then diluted and potentized in the homeopathic manner. These remedies are held to stringent standards and could bridge the gap in the treatment of cold viruses, emotional and psychological stresses, hormone imbalance, and drug resistance (Oberbaum et al 2001). Hb remedies are classed as Dietary Supplements, designed for use as part of a comprehensive health care program. The classical and traditional indications arise from herbal or Homeopathic literature and were supplied for academic interest (ACHS HomB 501, 2012). Developed by Dr. Brian Murray in 1984, Homeobotanical Therapies (DP) involves the application of natural plant extracts for symptom control, health treatment and immune system restoration. The term “homeobotanical” was coined by a team of natural health practitioners and is a combination of Homeopathy and Botanical Therapy. The remedies in this system consist of blends of Botanicals which are diluted from concentrated fluid extracts to mother tincture strength. Each of the primary remedies is organ or system specific (Blomgren 2003). Research involving DP applications have identified active components that quantify and qualify therapeutic effects and are deemed comparable to pharmaceutical results. This suggests that Hb remedies may provide specific alternatives or adjuncts to conventional medical treatment, in both dosage, and the management of adverse reactions. DP technique additionally combines practices from both herbal and homeopathic medicine in patient treatment (Bone 2003). Hb remedies are supplied as a concentrate of blended herbal tinctures to be diluted and manually potentized by the specialist consultant and these blends (unlike homeopathic tinctures have only one potency). The 1V potency means the original blend is diluted to one in five. Unlike Homeopathy, further dilutions are not carried out; otherwise, the delicate balance of
  10. 10. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 10 physical and dynamic properties would be lost. Every remedy in the range stimulates healing in either an organ or a system of the body and each primary tonic is identified alphabetically (ACHS HomB 501, 2012). Dr. Murray and colleagues conducted a DP/Homeobotanical research program involving hundreds of patients and whole staff practitioners. The relationship between herbal indications and their corresponding references in Homeopathic literature was researched extensively. All remedies within the range were found to be mutually compatible and dosages varied from 1-40 drops three times daily; the liquid remedy ingested either sublingually, or added to tea, fruit juice, or water (Blomgren 2003 and Murray 2009). Therapeutic Action Through homeopathic potentization, each DP application is found to be capable of selectively stimulating homeostasis. Hb therapy is a “mix and match” philosophy where the Consultant addresses the holistic symptom picture presented by each client on an individual basis. A typical blend contains a combination of three or four primary DP remedies to reinforce the natural efforts of the body to restore health. The physical action that occurs is a physiological affect of the remedy on the body (Murray 2009). An application, may dry up mucus, or slow heart rate, or decrease spasm. Hb remedies stimulate the removal of toxins from the various organs of elimination. A DP remedy can provide nutritional support on a physical level, enhancing the assimilation of nutrients. The components possess synergistic action thus amplifying other healing techniques or remedies. According to homeopathic principles, the low potency adopted produces a gentle, sustained response resulting in remarkably few problems in sensitive clients. Components from these botanical extracts and tinctures are often employed in both herbal and homoeopathic manners. Indications for the botanical components are determined using both
  11. 11. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 11 homoeopathic and botanical indications for therapeutic purpose (Peterson 2012). Homeobotanical remedies are made from herbal tinctures that are supplied to the Practitioner in liquid concentrate. The formulas are prepared by stabilizing various components with ethanol, glycerol and purified water. Concentrates are then blended into various combinations with several different solvents which are used to prepare an integrated “remedy” that is stable and fully dispersible in water. During a clinical consultation, the DP Practitioner determines which of the 42 Hb formulas are needed to rebalance and reinforce the healing activity in the patient. A selected Hb concentrate is then diluted 500% and potentized in the classical Homoeopathic manner through succession. The resulting remedy produced is considered midrange of herbal and homoeopathic medicine but retains the unique clinical combination of both the physical and dynamic chemical action (Murray 2009). Liquids that are used to dilute Hb concentrates are called "bases". When using DP concentrates, one volume of concentrate is diluted into four volumes of finished remedy and then potentized by succussion. Several bases are often used for different applications depending upon the specific use. The solvents that are used in making up the variety of bases are comprised of a combination of ethanol, vodka, glycerol, acetic acid, and/or purified water (Peterson, 2012). Conventional Medical Treatment Challenges Conventional medicine faces many challenges and has numerous treatment gaps that do not address or fail to restore an individual’s health. Moreover, conventional medicine is expensive and plagued by side effects, chemical sensitivities, and age related contraindications. Standard medicines are powerful and often interact with both food and nutritional supplements that are aimed to restore homeostatic balance. Persons suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities
  12. 12. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 12 and/or allergies often react to conventional medicines and must have alternative choices. Infants, children, elderly adults, and immunocompromised persons are often not candidates for taking certain standard medicines deemed appropriate for adults. Although many medications are useful in eradicating symptoms or disease, there are numerous medical conditions where treatment is inadequate or put the client at risk for adverse reactions. Among those named are anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, chronic ear infections, chronic yeast infections, depression, Dysmenorrhea, Fibromyalgia, gluten intolerance, infertility, influenza, migraine, irritable bowel, insomnia, perimenopause management, post-concussive inflammation with headache, post traumatic stress, restless legs, stress induced myalgias, tension headaches, and the common cold. The common cold is caused by a viral infection in the nose. Its symptoms vary in severity, including sneezing, rhinorhea, nasal congestion, sore and/or itchy scratchy throat, cough, hoarseness, and mild general symptoms such as headache, fever, and body aches. The lack of effective treatments of the common cold is of concern because adults contract an average of approximately 3 colds per year and children experience twice as many. The number of work days lost per year is substantial (Hirt, Nobel, and Barron 2000). The use of DP supplement remedies for boosting the immune system for the treatment of the common cold and flu viruses has been studied in New Zealand by the formula creator, Brian Murray, DO, ND, PhD with great success. DP remedies continue to be fairly new but are increasingly being used by some Integrative medicine physicians and Naturopaths around the world. Unlike medicines, they are considered only food supplements. Because the U.S. has no viable treatment to decrease the duration or severity of the common cold and because the only
  13. 13. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 13 treatments for seasonal influenza are an injection and/or an expensive antiviral medication, Tamiflu; other affordable remedies and treatments need to be explored. Materials and Methods This researcher utilized the following Hb applications on human subjects in this informal clinical evaluation from October 2012 through December 30, 2012. Employed in this evaluation were the following DP Remedies: Hb A, Hb B, Hb C, Hb E, Hb F, Hb H, Hb I, Hb J, Hb M, Hb N, Hb Q, Hb W, Hb X, and Hb #1. Symptom control was assessed on individuals who had either early onset of viral cold and influenza, symptoms, respiratory allergies, topical dermatitis, chronic reoccurring headaches related to neck and shoulder tension, restless leg syndrome related to nerve compression, restless leg syndrome related to Multiple Sclerosis, stress induced myalgias, anxiety, post-concussive syndrome with headache, and premenstrual tension. Findings were based upon observation of symptom resolution or improvement or patient report after administering Homeobotanicals (DP) utilizing custom patient Hb remedies over a course of a few hours to a few days. The methodology involved recruiting family members and friends who complained of specific symptoms and with their consent, provided them with Hb applications. The study consisted of 12 total subjects in the Edmonds, WA and Lake Forest, CA area. They were assigned Hb remedy drops or lotions based upon their symptoms and given instructions on dosing and frequency. Only subjects who manifested symptoms within the first 24 hours were utilized in this clinical evaluation. Cold and flu symptom subjects were required to have at least three of the following complaints: cough, headache, soreness, myalgias, fever, nasal drainage, nasal congestion, scratchy throat, sore throat, or sneezing. None of the clinical evaluation participants were pregnant, immunocompromised, had symptoms prior to 24 hours, or were
  14. 14. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 14 undergoing medical treatment with Tamiflu or antibiotics. The Hb Remedy bases consisted of either an Herb Water Stabilizer or a Non-alcoholic Acetract. Hb remedies were created utilizing 1 part concentrate to 4 parts of base. DP remedies that were mixed into an aqueous base were blended in at 1 part concentrate to 10 parts aqueous base. Only subjects presenting with cold and flu symptoms were placed in treatment and control group . Patients receiving Hb remedy formulas either received them alone or in combination based upon their presenting symptoms. All patients were interviewed twice daily by researcher who documented the severity of their symptoms based upon patient report. Twice each day (morning and evening) patients were queried on the severity of their symptoms and placed on a graded Likert scale 0 (absent) to 1 (present) scale. The initial symptom scores were added together. The primary endpoint for cold and flu symptoms was the complete resolution of symptoms. The primary endpoint for patients experiencing non-influenza type symptoms was their self-report and satisfaction of significantly lessened or absent symptoms. Subjects were interviewed by researcher for verification and follow up to validate resolution or improvement of symptoms. Results The duration of each patient’s symptoms was defined as the number of days from the evaluation entry to the improvement or resolution of symptoms. Hb remedies had significant effect upon the improvement or shortened duration of symptoms. The average cold and flu severity was 8.1 (SD 1.44) and resolution time was 26.7 hours (SD 13.08) for the 10 Hb remedy patients; compared to 6 controls with a severity average of 10 and duration of 164 hours (SD 16.39). This difference is striking (see Table 1). Subjects did not report any unusual side effects to the Hb treatments which could have
  15. 15. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 15 included nausea, rash, bad taste, odor, dizziness, or drowsiness; and asked during the evaluation and at the end whether they had experienced any of these symptoms or others. Patients receiving Hb remedy treatments for other conditions reported overall improvement via interview and described their symptom improvement through remarks (see Table 2). Discussion DP Therapy is about balance between herbalism and homeopathy (from http://www.examiner .com). Conventional Medicine is an evidenced based practice that is relied upon in most of the western world and throughout Europe. The improvement of patient reported symptoms in this preliminary broad clinical evaluation highlights the need for a more formalized clinical study on the use of Hb remedies in patients with common cold and influenza symptoms, myalgias, restless legs, post-concussive headaches, and attention deficit or Fibromyalgia. Clinical Observations This researcher observed resolution or improvement of specific patient symptoms after administering customized Hb remedies over a course of a few hours to a days. Early onset of cold and flu symptoms within a 2 to 24 hour period of time was tested on 10 individuals utilizing remedies prepared with Hb C , Hb C and X, Hb C and #3, or Hb #3 (First Aid). Cold and flu symptom resolution was directly observed by the researcher and reported as significantly improved or resolved by 26 hours in patients receiving the Hb Formula. Severity of symptoms was subjective per patient report and this may account for the difference in severity between the treatment and control groups. Length of illness in the control group averaged 6.5 days. Five individuals with chronic muscular pain and spasm in the shoulders, neck, and upper back were treated with 10% Hb EIN and EJM formulas mixed into an aqueous cream base and massaged into the affected areas. Patients reported muscular relaxation with decreased spasm
  16. 16. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 16 and a calming response. One female suffering from Fibromyalgia type headache with inflammation of the neck, shoulders, thorax, and lumbar back was given a formula containing Hb F, M, I, and B and mixed into an aqueous base solution and massaged into the neck, shoulders, arms, and back; reported decrease in spasm, pain, headache, inflammation, fluid retention, and tension. She further reported a loss of 2.5 lbs of water retention in the area of the thoracic and lumbar back with extensive relief the following day and a total cessation of headache within 24 hours of the Hb formula massage. Two male individuals, aged 46 and 75, previously diagnosed with neurologic pain from restless leg syndrome, and previously unresponsive to conventional medicines received a 10% Hb NZ formula mixed into an aqueous cream base and were instructed to apply the cream into the calf muscles of the lower extremities before bed. Both clients were told that the cream may or may not help yet they both individually reported a decrease in burning pain significant enough to allow them to sleep soundly. The researcher verified improvement with a daily observations and patient interviews. Based upon observation, documentation, and patient report; the researcher concluded that the various DP treatments administered had merit and appeared to be effective in decreasing or ameliorating symptoms in a timely manner. Further clinical trials involving larger treatment groups and crossover studies are recommended for comparison and future evaluation. Mechanism of Action The precise mechanism of action of specific Hb remedy applications upon common complaints such as cold, influenza, myalgias, mood, or restless legs has yet to be elucidated but this preliminary clinical evaluation suggests that an individual’s immune system is enhanced. Dr. Murray suggests that in using low potency Hb remedy formulas, the body is able to drain and
  17. 17. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 17 eliminate viruses, inflammation, and toxins leaving an absence of illness or disease to treat. Murray reports that by stimulating homeostasis a healing cascade occurs in the patient. The underlying principal is that the body has an innate intelligence and Hb remedies provide it with a wide range of choices to cause a therapeutic response (Murray 2009). Although Hb remedies are considered nutritional supplements not intended for use as prescribed medical treatments the dramatic patient reports and swift resolution of cold and influenza symptoms indicate that these nutritional supplements are underestimated and underutilized. Further study and evaluation by independent Conventional and Integrative medicine providers utilizing larger groups of study subjects is warranted. Summary and Recommendations Alternative and Complimentary Medicine is practiced worldwide. A study published in 1995 in the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, reported 69% of family practice physicians expressed interest in learning about Homeopathy. Increasing public and professional use calls for further research to study and validate Homeopathy, folk medicine practices, botanical medicine, and Dynamic Phytotherapy. Systematic quantitative and qualitative studies on these practices can influence their incorporation and standardization into Conventional and Integrative medical practice. Currently, there is a growing number of CAM centers affiliated with major medical teaching institutions. All of this helps to merge evidence-based medicine with emerging Complementary Alternative Medicine modalities (Merrell and Shalts 2002). Dynamic Phytotherapy is a new CAM treatment that is practiced by numerous Naturopathic and Medical healthcare providers around the world. Despite the fact that it is considered a nutritional supplement, it appears to be a solid complimentary therapy with promise and could offer patients expanded and specific treatment options if incorporated into an Integrative or
  18. 18. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 18 Conventional medicine. Larger formalized double blind and crossover clinical studies are needed to consider utilizing Hb remedies with modern medical practice. Formalized clinical study is the standard by which new therapies can be introduced into Conventional and Integrative medicine practice. Validating DP therapy application as useful treatment options for symptom management and resolution of viral illnesses and influenza may be part of the solution to curb the overuse of unnecessary antibiotics. DP treatments have other indications for health applications as well, and may bridge the gap for clients experiencing minimal conventional treatment success or offer therapy for age-related contraindications. Additionally, because these therapies are cost- effective, they may offer both successful treatment options and cost-containment of medical care to poor and impoverished communities. Clinical trials could start with local Community Health Centers which are already underfunded and overburdened. Further areas of study could include investigating the effectiveness of DP remedies upon individuals with post concussive inflammation, early onset dementia, anxiety, and migraine management. Substance abuse and mental health practitioners may find their patients benefit from non-addicting treatment alternatives for balancing out mood, cravings, physical withdrawal symptoms, and anxiety. Additional inquiry could explore the use of DP therapies as complimentary treatment for clients with Fibromyalgia, restless legs, neuropathic pain, and arthritic pain. Because DP Therapies have a gentler action, young children might respond positively to remedies verses standard drugs for the treatment of ADD/ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, food allergy, Hypoglycemia, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress, sleep disorders, and learning disorders.
  19. 19. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 19 Conclusion This informal clinical evaluation of Hb remedies upon a wide variety of medical conditions and illnesses, demonstrates convincing evidence that DP formulas offer treatment options for several modern medicine challenges. Having treatment alternatives that work with western medicine for persons with standard treatment contraindications is exciting. Although conventional medicine has historically been resistant to naturopathic solutions; the strict standards of DP concentrate preparation and quality may appeal to evidenced based medicine values. This may open the door to unbiased conventional medical inquiry. These remedies, despite being classed as food supplements could be utilized as complimentary therapies or stand alone in certain medical situations; offering a wider range of treatment choices to patients young, old, and immunocompromised. If formal research trials with larger populations of patients can be conducted and verified; then DP therapies might be the missing treatment option for boosting and enhancing an individual’s immune response. Perhaps the United States in its endeavor to provide cost effective evidenced-based practices to address nationalized healthcare needs, will consider Hb therapies. In the future, perhaps Hb remedies will offer the solution to reversing or reducing the severity of symptoms in the common cold and influenza. Perhaps DP remedies will be the new treatment that conventional and integrative medicine providers can offer patients in place of supportive care or inappropriate antibiotic use. For our future, this could potentially reduce the worldwide problem of multidrug antibiotic resistance.
  20. 20. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 20 TABLE 1: Cold & Flu Evaluation Age Sex Initl Complaint Symptoms Hb Tx Directions Results/Report 46 M DG Cold/Cough Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, Cognitive Fogginess,congestion, myalgias Hb C Take 5 gtts 5x daily Start 10/17 12 @1700 Finish 10/19 10A 1 Score: 7 Duration:40h 48 F KCR Cold/congestion Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, myalgias, HA, cognitive fogginess, congestion Hb C Take 5 gtts tid Start 10/28/12 8A finish 10/28 10p 2 Score: 8 Duration:14h *“ “ “ Sinusitis Sudden onset Periocular edema, facial px w/palp, fever, congestion, dizziness,cognitive fogginess,myalgias,HA Hb #1 Take 5 gtts q1h x 5 then qid till sx abate Start 11/26/12 Finished 11/29/12 3 Score: 10 Duration:48h “ “ “ Influenza Sudden onset Cough, congestion, fatigue, Headache, myalgias, Fever, anorexia, nausea,Cognitive fogginess Hb #3 First Aid Take 10 gtts qh x 5, then qid x 2 days, then bid x 1d Start 12/25/12 @1700 Finish 12/26 11A “dramatic difference w/in 1h!” “felt almostnormal” “wears off at end of day if >4h gap ininitially” 4 Score: 10 Duration:18h 15 F LCR Cold/Congestion Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, myalgias, nausea,HA, cognitive fogginess Hb C Take 5 gtts q1h x 5, then 5x daily till sx abate Start: 10/30/2012 12N Finish:10/31/12 9A 5 Score:8 Duration:21h “ “ “ Cold/Congestion Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, congestion, myalgias,HA, cognitive fogginess Hb C & X Take 5 gtts q1h x 5, then 5x daily till sx abate Start: 11/20/12 Finish:11/22/12 “feel a lot better” “less congested & hoarse”“I can sing” 6 Score: 8 Duration:30h “ “ “ Influenza Sudden onset Cough, congestion, fatigue, Headache, myalgias,runny nose Fever, anorexia,nausea Cognitive Fogginess Hb #3 Take 10 gtts qh x 5-6, then qid x 2d, then bid x 2d Start: 12/28/12 10A Finish:12/28/12 12MN “felt better w/in 1h of firstdose” “way better than tylenol cold” 7 Score: 10 Duration:14h 12 F RB Cold/Congestion Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, myalgias, HA, Cognitive Fogginess Hb C & X Take 5 gtts q1h x 5, then 5x daily till sx abate Start: 11/16/12 9P Finish:11/18/12 1800 “feel a lot better” “less congested & hoarse” “I can sing”
  21. 21. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 21 8 Score: 7 Duration:45h 70 F JG Cold/Cough Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, HA, myalgias Hb C Take 3gtts 5x daily whilesymptomatic Start: 10/20/12 1800 finish:10/21/12 1200N “worked great, noticed a difference that firstday” “I need my own” 9 Score:6 Duration:18h 48 M DCR Cold/Congestion Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, congestion, myalgias,HA Hb C Take 5 gtts qid while ill Start: 12/1/2012 1900 finish:12/2/2012 1400 “symptoms went away fast!” 10 Score: 7 Duration:19h Av Severity: 8.1 SD: 1.449137675 Av Duration:26.7h SD: 13.08986037 15 M DR Influenza Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, congestion HA, myalgias,runny nose, Cognitive Fogginess Supportive care Start: 12/23/12 Finish:6.5d 11 Score: 9 Duration:156h 62 F SW Influenza Sudden onset cold,chills, congestion, fatigue, fever, diarrhea,vomiting,HA, myalgias,Cognitive Fogginess Supportive care Start: 12/23/12 Finish:6.5d 12 Score: 10 Duration:156h 19 F AM Influenza Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, fever, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, HA, myalgias, Cognitive Fogginess Supportive care Start: 12/25/12 Finish:7d 13 Score: 11 Duration:168h 19 M JS Influenza Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, fever, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, myalgias,HA Supportive care Start: 12/25/12 Finish:7d 14 Score:11 Duration:168h 46 M DG Influenza Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, fever, diarrhea,vomiting,HA, myalgias,Cognitive Fogginess Supportive care Start: 11/22/12 Finish:6d 15 Score: 10 Duration:144h 70 F JG Influenza Sudden onset cold,chills, cough, fatigue, fever, diarrhea,vomiting, myalgias,HA Supportive care Start:12/1/2012 Finish:8d 16 Score: 9 Duration:192h Av Severity: 10 SD: 0.894427191 Av Duration:164h SD: 16.39512123
  22. 22. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 22 Table 2: General Problems Age Sex Initl Complaint Symptoms Hb Tx Directions Results/Report 46 M DG Insomnia Freq night awakening re: restless legs Hb Q Take 5 gtts at HS “Improvedsleep w/o night time awakeningx 5 nights” “ “ “ Restlesslegs MS, burningpain Hb N Take 3 gtts at HS “no problems at night” “slept well” “ “ “ Allergycongestion Irritant, sneezing, nasal congestion, post nasal drip Hb A Take 3 gtts bid “Its better” “barelynoticeable” 48 F KCR Allergies Congestion, sneezing, post nasaldrip Hb A Take 3 gtts tid Oct-Dec 2012 “no am congestion” “no am phlegm” “no am foreheadHA” “ “ “ Hyperglycemia FSBS>120 Hb P Take 3 gtts tid Oct 2012 No change noted “ “ “ Muscular Tension Trapezius, SCM w/palpable inflammation Hb N Massage into affectedarea prn Oct-Dec 2012 “Noticedreliefwithin 30 min, lesstension” “less edema next day” “ “ “ Dysmenorrhea “8-9” pelvic pain w/first 2d of menses Hb F Take 3 gtts tid Oct-Dec 2012 “mildpremens cramps” “1 dayof cramping” “no mid cycle cramping” “ “ “ Post concussive inflammation w/Headache Injurysite HA, palpable inflame at sutures, dizzy, word finding diff, irritability Hb Cerebra Take 3 gtts tid Dec 2012 “HA resolvedslowly” “no HA next day” “felt clearer, less foggy” 62 F JB Immune dysfunction Food sensitivities, skin breakouts, ruddyskin Hb I Take 3 gtts tid Oct-Nov2012 “skinless red, feelless tired, less breakouts” “ “ “ Lymphedema Abn Labs Chronic venous stasis, edema, abn bloodwork Hb B Take 3 gtts tid Oct-Dec 2012 “improved” “Abn bloodwork resolved” “BPdecreased” “ “ “ ReoccurringTropical wound Hx of wadingthru monsoonwaters & obtainingsores Hb W Place 3gtts topicallyin wound x 3d bid Oct-Nov2012 “slowlyhealing” “new tissue & healthy granulationnot seen before” “ “ “ Allergies Chronic conjunctivitis, erythema, eczema, dry scaly, erythemic skin;mult food allergies Hb A Take 3 gtts tid Oct-Nov2012 “ “ “ Wound & Lower extremityPain Burning, deepaching, Stretching, topical Hb N Take 3 gtts tid & place 1 gtt in wound w/dsg changes Oct-Nov2012 “ “ “ Varicose Veins Tortuous lower extremity from pedal to groin varicosities Hb V Take 3 gtts tid Oct-Nov2012 15 F LCR Stress/Emotions Hb EQ Rub creaminto affectedarea tid & prn Oct-Nov2012
  23. 23. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 23 “ “ “ Muscular Pain-upper back Hb NJ Rub creaminto affectedarea prn Oct-Nov2012 “ “ “ TensionHeadache low grade Neck/shoulder pain Pressure behindeyes Tense neck& shoulder muscles Hb M Massaged cream into shoulders, neck, temples, forehead “Relief w/in half hour” “able to relax” “decreaseddiscomfort byhalf-nearlygone” “ “ “ Premenstrual Mood Swings Irritability, short temper, sadness, frustration, inabilityto concentrate Hb FQ Take 3tts tidx 3d “eased frustration” “less irritable” “not as upset & sad” “felt calmer” 70 F JG Anxiety/Depression Tension, suspiciousness Persistent sadness Hb EQ Massage cream into affected area at HS “felt relaxedandslept soundly, didn’t wake up in night” “felt peaceful” “ “ “ Forgetfulness Short term memory Easilylost in familiar places Forgets recent conversations Hb Cerebra Take 3gtts tid Oct 17-23 “don’t notice big affect but I do feel clearer” “less distracted” “interrupts less freq” “ “ “ Muscular Tension Upper neck, shoulders, arms, fullback tension, achiness Hb JM appliedcream into affected area prn “dramaticallycalmer and relaxedwith short application” “noticed muscles hurt less within minutes” “could tell the difference betweenside not applied to” 75 M DLG Restlesslegs Insomnia “Legs feelhot & jumpy, Burning lower leg pain at night, Wakesme upfrom sleep, Sleepinterrupted, can’t go backto sleep once I wake fromsleep” Hb NQ Rub creaminto affectedarea at HS & prn Oct 2012 “worked great” “reallyhelpedtake symptoms down” “didn’t goaway completelybut really helped” “I was able to sleep through the night” 23 F NW Depression/Anxiety Dysmenorrhea Tense Chronic anxiety Painful periods Hb EQF massage lotion into shoulders, neck, feet, and arms at HS Nov-Dec 2012 “relaxed& calmedme” “less irritable next day” “ “ “ Muscular Tension/ TensionHeadache “band like painaround head” “pressure behindeyes, temples, cheeks” Tight neck/shoulder muscles, tender forearms, scapula Hb NM massagedlotion into shoulders, neck, arms, hands for relief “improvedsignificantly on face, headtightness” “Noticeddifference right away-weird!” “it reallyhelped, nearly gone—wow!” 52 F MC Low grade whiplash 2--MVA Neck/shoulder px Myalgias HA Hb N, Trauma Rub lotioninto affectedarea 12/20/2012 “reallynoticedlesspain” “reallyexperienced relief right away” “didn’t feel I neededto take strong medication because of it” “less stiff/sore next day
  24. 24. RunningHead:Role forDP Therapyin Conventional Medicine? 24 as well” 49 F MS Muscular Tension/Tension Headache Bandlike tensionaround head, neck, shoulders, upper backswollen, inflamed Lower backtight, full, inflamed, tender to touch Hb ME Had friend lightlymassage lotion into neck, shoulders, upper & lower back 12/24/2012 “Wow, noticeda big difference in relaxation right away” “next daydroppedton of water weight and inflammation gone from neck, back, shoulders” “Noticeda HUGE difference—what didyou give me it was AMAZING!” “ “ “ Upper/Low Back Px “ Hb BJ “ “ “ “ “ Dysmenorrhea “ Hb F “ “ “ “ “ Premenstrual fluid retention “ Hb U “ “ 48 M DR Chronic red eye Chronic eye strain Chronic erythemic conjunctiva & sclera Hb O (mixed w/distilled water only) Place 1 gtt in affectedeye 12/13/12 “felt & lookedbetter overnight” 12/14/12 “remarkable improvement w/inhour 50 M RR Focus/ADD Depression/Anxiety Hb cerebra Hb Q Take 3 gtts tid Oct-Dec “noticed I felt less anxious” “I reallythinkit helped me be lessgrumpy”
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