Indian Journal of Research in Homeopathy

: 2013  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--2

Homoeopathy in influenza like illness

RK Manchanda 
 Editor in Chief Director General, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, 61-65, Institutional Area, Janakpuri, New Delhi, India

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R K Manchanda
Editor in Chief Director General, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, 61-65, Institutional Area, Janakpuri, New Delhi

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Over the years the incidence of communicable diseases have reduced but viral infections especially influenza is on rise. It is caused by different strains of virus that produce symptoms with some variation and is better known as Influenza like illness (ILI). Even World Health Organization (WHO) has set up National Influenza Centres in Western Pacific and South-East Asian regions for its surveillance and taking prompt action during pandemic by issuing pandemic alert and helping the states to develop effective health care plans. [1] Homoeopathic practitioners successfully manage cases of ILI in their routine practice, they use centesimal as well as LM potencies with variable success. In this issue we are publishing a study which was undertaken to evaluate the effect of homoeopathic medicines in the treatment of ILI and also to compare the efficacy of LM potency vis-à-vis centesimal potency. Significant effect of individualized homoeopathic treatment in patients suffering from ILI was observed with LM and centesimal potencies being equally effective. The complications were also significantly less in the groups treated with homoeopathic medicines. [2]

In order to elicit the healing properties of medicine according to the principle of similitude, homoeopathy employs human experimentation known as homoeopathic pathogenetic trials (HPTs) as its model of clinical pharmacological research. HPT takes into account all kinds of primary actions or pathogenetic manifestations (mentals, generals, and local symptoms) elicited by drugs on the state of health of human beings. [3] In this issue, we present HPT on Gymnema sylvestre, [4] a herb commonly found in central India and is widely used for diabetes mellitus. However, from the symptoms produced during the HPT, this drug seems to be useful in clinical conditions such as headache, vertigo, common cold, cough, diarrhea, etc. Further, clinical verification is desirable to explore its therapeutic potential.

In the section on drug standardization, we present pharmacognostic and HPTLC finger printing of Pyrus malus Linn. [5] Pyrus malus commonly known as crab apple is a small, bitter variety of apple that is beneficial for general skin health with topical application. Owing to its rich vitamin and mineral content, crab apple strengthens the immune system and prevents diseases. [6]

The launch of the online manuscript management system of IJRH has added a silver lining to IJRH with receipt of varied articles from researchers all over India. These are being peer reviewed and we hope this initiative will further encourage them and provide a platform for the recognition of their research work.

However, the journal is for the fraternity and we welcome the clinicians and researchers world over to contribute and share with us their articles and experiences for the betterment of homoeopathy.


1World Health Organization. Meeting of National Influenza Centres - Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions. Wkly Epidemiol Rec 2007;45:389-400.
2Chakraborty PS, Lamba CD, Nayak D, John MD, Sarkar DB, Poddar A, et al. Effect of Individualized Homoeopathic Treatment in Influenza like Illness-A Multicentre, Single Blind, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Study. Indian J Res Homoeopathy 2013;7:22-30.
3Teixeira MZ. New homeopathic medicines: Use of modern drugs according to the principle of similitude. Homeopathy 2011;100:244-52.
4Rakshit G, Singh JP, Pathak SD, Chandra PK, Banoth Ch. Kishan, Rajpal, et al. Gymnema sylvestre: A Multi-centric double blind homoeopathic pathogenetic trial. Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy 2013;7(1):9-21.
5Rao P Padma, Subramanian P, Sudhakar P, Reddy T Sheshashena, Reddy P Ramchandra, Baburaj D Suresh. Pharmacognostic and HPTLC Finger printing of Pyrus malus Linn. Indian J Res Homoeopathy 2013;7(1):3-8.
6Pyrus. Available from: [Last accessed on 2013 Mar 30].