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Schizophrenia and Homeopathy Part 1
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Healing Through Homeopathy: Schizophrenia
A Case of Schizophrenia
© Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D., M.S.W.
Schizophrenia is considered by most physicians to be very difficult to treat. Psychotropic medications may suppress the frank psychotic symptoms, however they create additional problems due to their many side effects and most patients need to remain on these major tranquilizers indefinitely. Both of us worked extensively on psychiatric wards prior to becoming naturopathic physicians and wanted very much to find a more natural effective form of treatment for schizophrenia. We have found homeopathy, at least in some cases, to be the answer we were seeking. Many homeopathic physicians, however, discourage the use of homeopathy to treat psychosis. Although we agree that such cases can be very difficult to manage outside of an inpatient psychiatric setting, we have had some real successes, of which this case is one. We have found , as is true in orthodox medicine and other areas of holistic medicine, that patients in their first or second psychotic break, especially those who have not been hospitalized for their schizophrenia, are those who respond best to our treatment.
We also want to emphasize that, although the remedies mentioned in this case were of considerable benefit to this patient, homeopathic treatment is highly individualized. Another patient, experiencing his or her own form of psychotic symptoms, would need entirely different remedies. We presented this case recently at the annual case conference of the Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians in Seattle and hope that you will find it as fascinating as we do.
K.S. was a 35 year-old woman of Japanese, French, and German descent whose stated chief complaint was difficulty losing weight. However, as soon as the interview began, she reported being in the middle of a "nervous breakdown", diagnosed by her psychiatrist as "brief, reactionary psychosis" for which he had given her Navane l0 mg h.s. When she began to develop torticollis, he added Benadryl and Cogentin. She had been on the medications for less than a month when she came to see us. She felt "like a zombie" with the drugs and complained that the Navane had also made her jittery, anxious, and fearful at night. She had decided on her own to discontinue them them the day before she came to see us (which made us somewhat nervous but made it easier to treat her homeopathically). The psychiatrist had offered her a psychiatric hospitalization, but did agree to try to treat her as an outpatient.
She had begun hearing voices two months prior. The voices invited her to join the man she'd had a crush on in the past and his girlfriend in sexual intercourse. As an aside, she mentioned having been sexually abused for a number of years as a child. One week prior to her breakdown she had visited a clairvoyant who told her he opened her psychic abilities. The voices increased after that. She tried to ignore them, but they continued to test her and she felt the devil was trying to "take her". She was tormented by a constant stream of obscenities and the voices instructed her to masturbate frequently. She feared her soul would be lost. She also experienced burning of both inner canthi which the voices told her was a "devil's stye". She had experienced depression since age l9, during which she lost track of time, and was prescribed antidepressants. She always had problems with low self-esteem, described herself as oversensitive to criticism, and had difficulty with being too empathetic to others' problems. She also complained of being impulsively generous, easily influenced and manipulated by others, and socially awkward. . . continued
Alternative Mental Health News Classical Homeopathic Management of Schizophrenia Naturopathic Medical Research Clinic (N.M.R.C.) Toronto, Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.nmrc.ca
Copyright © 2002 by Raymond J. Pataracchia B.Sc., N
Homeopathic medicine is sometimes employed and cited in literature as an important part of therapy for severe mental illness including schizophrenia. Anecdotal evidence over the past two centuries leaves us supportive evidence in favor of using classical homeopathic therapy for people with schizophrenia (Frei & Thurneysen, 2001; Chapman et al, 1999; Davidson et al, 1997; Cook, 1992(~); Saine, 1997; Perez & Tomsko, 1994; Bohn, 1970; S., 1968; McDonough, 1965; Smith, 1956; Rueckert, 1949; Givens, 1905; Thacher, 1910(~); Cooley, 1898; Talcott, 1890; Worcester, 1881; Jahr, 1855; Hahnemann, 1842).
Controlled clinical trials are lacking in homeopathic literature. However, some research is available for evidence-based appraisal. One study from India reported successful efforts of managing schizophrenia in a 1 to 8 week trial with 70 people with schizophrenia on one of two well-known remedies with psycho-tropic action in high dose. Medicines were chosen ‘classically’ by the principle of ‘totality of symptoms’ and administered in low dose (200 to 1000) homeopathic potency (Balachandran, 1976). These cases were treated in a clinical hospital setting at the Regional Research Institute between 1972 and 1974 in Kottayam, India.
Other supportive evidence comes forth through records of Homeopathic Insane Asylums (The Homeopathic World- editor, 1925). Good examples of asylums in the United States date back to the 1870’s and include the New York Homeopathic Asylum in Middletown, NY, which came under direction of a noted homeopath, Dr. S. H. Talcott, M.D.; and another asylum in Stamford, CT, which came under direction of Dr. Amos J Givens, M.D.; and a sanitarium in Cincinnati, Ohio (Grimmer, 1940; MED INV- editor, 1874).
A review of the 1901 book by Talcott “Mental diseases and their modern treatment” gives a plethora of information on homeopathic usage in mental illnesses (Talcott, 1901). Some presenting symptoms of patient cases described suggest that several people in this account have thought disorder and perceptual changes suggestive of schizophrenia.
André Saine, N.D., D.H.A.N.P., is a renowned master of classical homeopathy (Saine, 1997b). He practices in Montreal, Canada, and has noted success in managing severe cases of schizophrenia (Saine, 1997). His book on Psychiatric Patients is a testament of work, experience, and successful application of classical homeopathy with mental illness (Saine, 1997).
Therapy is not always a smooth process as patients may relapse and remise over the course of a treatment witch may last 2 or more years.
The more aware the homeopath is of the nature of the disease symptoms of schizophrenia (i.e. the natural presenting psychosis) and the actions of conventional medicines (i.e. neuroleptic psychosis) and the influence of the disease on human nature the more likely he or she will be able to determine an effective homeopathic medicine/remedy (Hahnemann, 1842).
The chosen medicine has the potential in high doses to create similar behavior patterns as the determined key elements of the case but in low homeopathic prescription doses has the potential to balance the human vital energy that has somehow become mis-tuned. Low dose medicines are made by careful dilutions and succussions and attempt to ‘capture’ the energy of the substance being diluted. Some scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of low dosage conventional medicine versus high dose (Davenas et al, 1988; Nature, 1988). In classical homeopathy, “the similar remedy, the single remedy, and the minimum dose- is the basis for every homeopathic prescription” (Stearns, 1926; Hahnemann, 1842).
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Schizophrenia & Natural Remedies |Withdrawing Safely from Psychiatric Drugs by Dr Maureen B. Roberts [Director: Schizophrenia Drug-free Crisis Centre] The neuroleptic 'medications' prescribed (or forcefully administered) for schizophrenia are not medicines which heal, but rather toxic drugs which can produce permanent disability, irreversible brain damage, even death. [See the 1991 book Toxic Psychiatry, by Peter Breggin, MD, or visit his website at ]
Alarmingly, over half of the people receiving 'treatment' for schizophrenia are being forcefully drugged. Safe, natural, healing remedies are not funded by Medicare. Instead, the Australian Government continues to condone biopsychiatric human rights abuse, by funding drug-based, coercive psychiatry.
In the vast majority of cases, schizophrenia is an acute psychospiritual crisis which has usually been triggered by a traumatic life conflict. However, the following physical conditions can also trigger psychotic disturbances:
Cerebral allergies, Vitamin B-3 and B-6 dependencies, vitamin deficiencies (e.g. scurvy, pellagra), EFA deficiencies, mineral (e.g. zinc) deficiencies, toxic ractions to (e.g.) lead, or drugs (including psychiatric drugs), LSD, marijuana and other hallucinogens, infections such as rheumatic fever, syphilis, food allergies (e.g. to milk)
Withdrawing Safely from Toxic Psychiatric 'Medications':
Reference Source: Patients Rights Advocacy Waikato Inc.: Resource Handbook, 5th ed., Hamilton, NZ, 2001
Gradual withdrawal is preferable, since it allows for slow re-adjustment and reduces withdrawal cramps. Withdrawal symptoms may last 35 days after you have finished taking tablets, for every year you took 'medication'.
Use the 10% Formula. Gradually reduce drug intake in 10% steps, taking as long as required. It may take months to withdraw completely.
Example: Reduce by 10% at each step, e.g. 500mg dosage (per day) minus 10% =
450mg/day. Take a week or longer, until free of withdrawal symptoms.
Step Two: Go from 450 to 400mg/day and wait a week, or until you feel OK.
Step Three: Go from 400mg to 350mg/day and so on, until you have completely withdrawn from drugs. It is easier to reduce a morning tablet first.
Restoring Normal pH:
Your body pH, or level of acidity, should be 7. If your body pH is acidic (less than 7), you will need to drink 'Cal-Mag' formula (an anti-drug) until your pH returns to normal. (A caring GP can monitor blood pH).
Purchase from a Natural Healthcare Laboratory:
Calcium Gluconate [500g.]
Magnesium Carbonate [200g. low grade]
Cider Vinegar [500ml.]
Put into a normal glass 1 level tablespoon of Calcium Gluconate, half a level teaspoon of Magnesium Carbonate and 1 tablespoon of Cider Vinegar. Stir into a paste, then add half a glass of boiling water. Stir until powder is dissolved and liquid is clear. Add some cold water. Use 2 drinks per day, one in the morning and one at night. Use while coming off of drugs.
In addition to the above, try any combination of the following natural remedies (for which no prescription is required):
[A] ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE & MEGAVITAMIN THERAPY
Reference Source: A. Hoffer, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), Orthomolecular Treatment for Schizophrenia, Los Angeles: Keats Publishing, 1999.
Seek out a compassionate GP who practices (drug-free) orthomolecular medicine and who is fully supportive of your wish to withdraw from psychiatric drugs. S/he will be able to monitor blood levels and other physical parameters during the withdrawal process. Present them with a copy of this printed information as a guideline to safe withdrawal.
3 - 6g daily, in 3 doses, after meals. Normal does is 3 - 4.5g daily. [Dose can be increased to 30g]
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine):
Under 1,000mg/day. [Do not exceed 2,000 mg/day]
3g./day, or more
Folic Acid & Vitamin B-12:
Large doses preferable
Omega-3 EFAs (e.g. Fish Oil):
3 - 9 x 1,000mg. capsules/day
(2) MINERALS [from Health Food store, or naturopath]:
Selenium (antioxidant/antidepressant) 200-600 micrograms/day)
Manganese 30 milligrams chelated manganese, or 5-10 drops daily of a solution containing 10% zinc sulphate and 0.5% manganese chloride
Dolomite Good aid to sleep
Zinc 50mg per day in tablet form
[B] HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE [from Homeopathic Pharmacies]:
Hyocaimus 200c [for hearing voices, or desires to go about naked]
Aurum Met 200c [for blackness, depression, suicidal urges]
[C] BACH FLOWER REMEDIES [From Health Food stores]
Rescue Remedy [all-round help for panic, or anxiety]
Cherry Plum [fear of mind giving way]
White Chestnut [unwanted thoughts]
Sweet Chestnut [extreme mental anguish]
Rock Rose [terror]
Crab Apple [self-hatred]
[D] HERBAL REMEDIES [Available at Health Food Stores]:
Hypericum (St John's Wort)
*Improves mood and relieves anxiety, fear, nervousness and depression without the side-effects of antidepressant drugs. It works best if combined with the herb Valerian.
*Improves brain circulation, memory and other mental functions; helps with poor balance, fatigue, mood swings and headaches
Korean Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Spirulina, Chelated Iron
* Good energy boosters
[E] AROMATHERAPY 100% Essential Oils [Health Food Stores and Chemists].
Use in baths, oil burners, or diluted for massage, as directed.
For Anxiety: basil, bergamot, geranium, lavender, vetiver, sandalwood, neroli
For Depression: bergamot, sage, lavender, chamomile, geranium, rose, rosemary, patchouli, neroli, jasmine
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, beans, beetroot, alfalfa and soybean sprouts, avocado, walnuts, paw paw, banana and a high intake of fluids (not coffee) to flush out toxins. Avoid chocolate, alcohol, cough syrup, nose drops, pickled meat and sweets. Do moderate exercise (e.g. walking, bike riding).
For diarrhoea, take rice with cinnamon.
Highly recommended further reading:
Richard Gosden, PhD, Punishing the Patient: How Psychiatrists Misunderstand & Mistreat Schizophrenia, Melbourne: Scribe Publications, 2001.
See also 'Schizophrenia: Your Questions Answered' http://www.jungcircle.com/SQuest.html
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