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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 200-208

Assessing the therapeutic usefulness of Ricinus communis: A multicentric observational clinical verification study

1 Scientist - IV, Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Scientist - IV, Central Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Scientist - IV, Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Imphal, Manipur, India
4 Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
5 Scientist - II, Homoeopathic Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Former Director General, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. P S Chakraborty
Scientist - IV, Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Kolkata, West Bengal
Subhash Kaushik
Scientist - IV, Central Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-7168.147317

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Introduction: Clinical verification is an ongoing research programme of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, under which many symptoms of Indian and rarely used drugs in Homoeopathy have been clinically verified. Objectives: To clinically verify the symptomatology of Ricinus communis as observed during its proving conducted by Council and also to ascertain the clinical symptoms relieved in the process of verification. Materials and Methods: Two hundred and twenty-five patients from all age-groups and both sexes were enrolled from the outpatient departments (OPDs) of the institutes and units of the Council following the exclusion and inclusion criteria as per protocol and obtaining written consent. The presenting signs and symptoms were recorded in a predefined case recording proforma and if Ricinus communis was found very closely similar to the symptoms of the patient, the patients were enrolled in the study. The medicine was prescribed in different potencies as per the need of the case and in accordance with homoeopathic principles. The progress was noted in a follow-up sheet to determine the effects of the medicine, in relieving the symptoms of the patient. Result: Forty eight out of fifty three symptoms obtained from proving of Ricinus communis could be clinically verified. The characteristic indications were left-sided affinity, aggravation from sun, amelioration in open air, dryness of mucous membrane of gastrointestinal tract, dissatisfaction leading to irritability and anger. The usefulness of the medicine was mostly marked in relieving headache, coryza, aphthae, gastritis, diarrhoea, constipation and acne. All the verified symptoms indicated the scope of its therapeutic action. Conclusion: Ricinus communis can be considered as an important medicine for the management of acne, aphthae, backache, colic, constipation, coryza, cough, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, fever, gastritis, headache and irritability.

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