MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd

We have become used to bogus claims made by homeopaths – far too much so, I would argue. Therefore, we let the vast majority of their bogus claims pass without serious objections. Yet exposing bogus claims would be an important task, particularly when they relate to serious conditions. Doing this might even save lives!

According to the website of the ‘HOMEOPATHIC DOCTOR’, homeopathy is mild in nature and tends to modify the body’s natural immunity. It is the responsibility of the immune system of the body to protect it from all sorts of damage, whether from bacteria or viruses or from any other disease. It also helps in repairing any damage that may occur at any time. Homeopathic medicines help strengthen the natural immunity of the body so that it can perform its natural functions in a more efficient manner.

5 Best Homeopathic remedies for Ulcerative Colitis

In my experience, homeopathic medicines like Merc Sol, Baptisia, Nux Vomica, Arsenic Album and Phosphorus have been found to be quite effective in the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis…

Merc Sol- One of the best homeopathic medicines for ulcerative colitis with blood and tenesmus

When there is too much bleeding with tenesmus and other symptoms, Merc Sol is one of the best homeopathic medicines for ulcerative colitis. There are frequent stools with blood being discharged almost every time. The patient is a sweaty sort of patient who keeps on sweating most of the time. Creeping sort of chilliness may be felt in the back.

Nux Vomica- One of the best homeopathic remedies for ulcerative colitis due to high life

When the problem has occurred from living a high life, Nux Vomica is one of the best homeopathic remedies for ulcerative colitis. Excess of alcohol, stimulants like tea and coffee, late night partying and other habits incident to modern lifestyle can contribute to such a problem. The patient is usually a chilly sort of patient who cannot tolerate cold. He is unusually angry and that too at trifles.

Arsenic Album – One of the best homeopathic medicines for ulcerative colitis with anxiety and restlesness

When the predominant symptoms are the mental symptoms of anxiety and restlessness, Arsenic Album is one of the best homeopathic medicines for ulcerative colitis. The patient gets anxious, worried and restless for no rhyme or reason. There may be weakness which may be disproportionately more than the problem. There is increased thirst for water, though the patient takes a small quantity or a sip at a time.

Baptisia – One of the best homeopathic remedy for ulcerative colitis with low grade fever

When there is low grade fever present along with other symptoms, Baptisia is one of the best homeopathic remedy for ulcerative colitis. The patient has great muscular soreness all over the body as if bruised and beaten. Appetite is reduced or next to nil. At the same time, there is constant desire for water. Stools are very offensive, thin and watery.

Phosphorus – One of the best homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis with increased thirst for cold water

When there is intense thirst for cold water, Phosphorus is one of the best homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis. The patient is usually tall and thin. The diarrhoea is copious. Stool is watery and profuse bleeding may be present. Patient feels too weak and more so after passing a stool.

The ‘HOMEOPATHIC DOCTOR’s first statement was ‘in my experience…’? Unfortunately most patients will not understand what this expression truly means when written by a homeopath. It means THERE IS NOT A JOT OF EVIDENCE FOR ANY OF THIS. Had he stated this clearly, it would probably have been the only correct sentence in the whole article.

People who understand medicine a bit might laugh at such deluded clinicians and their weird, unethical recommendations. However, patients who are chronically ill and therefore desperate might take them seriously and follow their advice. Patients who suffer from potentially life-threatening diseases like ulcerative colitis might then cause serious damage to themselves or even die.

And this is precisely the reason why I will continue to expose these charlatans for what they are: irresponsible, unethical, uninformed, dangerous quacks

28 Responses to Homoeopathy for Ulcerative Colitis? Not if you want to survive the condition!

  • Homeopathy for ulcerative colitis? Pah! A few minutes’ googling told me that nutritional supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic, reiki (notably the Levashov Method) and yoga all claim treatment successes, often in people who’ve already tried one or more of the other ‘treatments’ without success.

    Could it be that ulcerative colitis, a chronic, distressing disease for which science as yet has no clear explanation, is fertile territory for exploitation by all types of Big Snakeoil? The symptoms of ulcerative colitis fluctuate enormously, with symptom-free periods interrupted by serious flare-ups. Anything a patient does or tries when a flare-up is about to go into remission will naturally be credited with having cured the disease.

  • I had decided to no longer contribute to your dangerous and hypocritical blog but feel obliged to respond to this latest poisonous comment.

    My daughter suffered with this many years ago and the only solution on offer from the “conventional” medics was to remove her colon completely and connect her intestines directly to her rectum. This I trust that you will agree that this was an extreme physical and emotional violation.

    I wish I had known of the homeopathic solutions available at that time which would almost certainly have saved her from years of discomfort and ongoing health issues caused by the removal of her colon by treating the cause at the deepest level.

    What is sickeningly hypercritical is the fact that you trained in and openly praised homeopathy in your early days when you were happily practicing it on all and sundry, or was this a cynical lie in your book?

    it is about time you woke up to the fact that people need to have balanced and reasoned information including “warts and all” so that they can make informed choices about the heath care they receive.

    • “What is sickeningly hypercritical is the fact that you trained in and openly praised homeopathy in your early days when you were happily practicing it on all and sundry, or was this a cynical lie in your book?”
      I NEVER PRAISED IT; I SAID IN MY MEMOIR THAT I WAS IMPRESSED; THAT’S DIFFERENT.
      I AM NOT ‘SICKENLY HYPERCRITICAL’ – YOU PROBABLY MEAN ‘HYPOCRITICAL’ – BUT YOU MIGHT BE SICKENINGLY DAFT TO MISUNDERSTAND A FAILY SIMPLE SITUATION SO BADLY.
      Anyway, even if I had praised it, intelligent people are capable of changing their minds – in fact, this is the very definition of intelligence!
      ******
      “I wish I had known of the homeopathic solutions available at that time which would almost certainly have saved her from years of discomfort and ongoing health issues caused by the removal of her colon by treating the cause at the deepest level.”
      As there is no evidence whatsoever that homeopathy would have worked, it might have killed your daughter. Have you considered that she would not be around any more without the surgeons intervention?

      • Actually i am a 41 year old who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis since the age of 14 and i went through the medical world constantly in hospital with this disease and the drugs which when i reached my 20’s realized this was not working for me.and i was constantly suffering chronically fatigued and could not live a normal social and working life…i then turned yo alternate medicine ie naturapath, homeopathy, raeiki and finally got off my medication got my energy back and no longer suffered with flare ups this did take a good year of healing. I then was in remission for over 15 years until this year. I again turned to the medical world to help calm the inflammation through 3 different meds including steroids and then when all began to calm i went back to homeopathy and raeiki which is helping me heal again…so please unless u have gone through having ulcerative colitis and tried homeopathy and alternate medicines who are u to deter people for trying this approach when in actual fact it does helpnand esp when both the medical world and alternate medicines work together to help achieve a positive outcome when the other fails

    • There are no homeopathic solutions for this or any other disease so don’t beat yourself up. Your daughter got the care she required.

    • Stop beating yourself up: there is no homeopathic solution for this or any other disease for that matter. That’s the information you need. Your daughter got the treatment she required.

    • As someone who has had to remowe several colons destroyed by inflamation I have no other word for this than MADNESS. Surgery for colitis is a last resort in seriously ill patients.
      Colin is a prime example of the narcissistic, self centered ungrateful bastard who should be grateful for the help his daughter got. In Hahnemanns days and even not so long ago she would have died from the colitis.

    • This I trust that you will agree that this was an extreme physical and emotional violation.

      This is, of course, a matter of choice. Since such surgery is only done in very serious, life-threatening situations, the homeopaths would have “healed” her completely, in their usual competent fashion, *after* she died.

      • Then why am i still alive?

        • because not all patients die prematurely – thankfully!

        • A question that reveals a misunderstanding of how medicine, and reality in general, works: relations between events and consequences are statistical/probabilistic, not absolute.

          As a rather spectacular example of this: Vesna Vulović fell from a height of over 10 km. She survived, even though she had no parachute. There are other known cases like this. Yet, we do not recommend jumping from airplanes without a parachute. While there are several hypotheses, we do not *know* *why* or even *how it was possible* for her to survive. But she did. In other words, she was grotesquely lucky.

          There may well be a time in the distant future when we will be able to accurately predict unlikely events like these. Unfortunately, that time is certainly not now, and people’s best bet is first not to jump out of airplanes at high altitude and second to use a parachute when doing so anyway. Their worst bet would be to jump without a parachute, just because the Vesna Vulović case demonstrated that the probability of death is not absolute.

          The same is true for ulcerative colitis. You were either misdiagnosed or lucky. Both happen. Medicine has treatments for ulcerative colitis. They could be better, and researchers are working on that, but they already work right now. Homeopaths have treatments too. They don’t work. Your choice is between treatments that may and probably will work or homeopathy where the probability that it will work is next to zero. Like jumping without a parachute.

          • Good God who are u? How can you compare the 2??? Im damn sure i have ulceratuve colitis the chances of dying from the disease is not how you make it out to be and on 2 occassions in my life both very severe flare ups i managed to heal myself through diet homeopathy naturapath yoga meditation and raeiki and where i needed to for a very short time in the beginning of the severe flare ups i was on the steriods and 2 other meds to treat ulcerative colitis which all had only been masking the symptoms….for you to give such advise is criminal to try and stop people from trying alternative medicines and life style chance when the medical world fails you. This is coming from an ulcerative colitis sufferer for 37 years

          • This is coming from an ulcerative colitis sufferer for 37 years

            In this comment you said

            i am a 41 year old who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis since the age of 14

            41 minus 14 = 27 years. Please try to get your anecdotal evidence straight.

          • Antoinette Woods

            This is the funniest part of this blog. Edzard and company know more than the patients who have suffered with the allopathic medical system and got well with alternative medicine.

            The scary part is, to follow their advise and you should rather die with drugs pumped into you than to live with alternative medicine.

          • Yes, you got this almost right fellow Iqbal. Let me correct you:

            Edzard and company know more than the patients who got well.

            The rest is your usual dip-‘n’-toppings.

            Patients who have suffered are usually not doctors, so, yes, doctors know more than them. The only thing patients know is that they got well. The “with alternative medicine” part is strongly redundant.

            Dear Antoinette, alternative medicine didn’t heal you, unfortunately, no more than any prayers did, at least. You have a strong organism, you probably changed substantial things in your diet (manipulating your diet is not alternative medicine), and you are doing very well. We are all happy here, that you are doing better. May you be well for a very long time and let’s hope you don’t have any flares in the near or distant future!

          • James

            “Patients who have suffered are usually not doctors, so, yes, doctors know more than them. The only thing patients know is that they got well. The “with alternative medicine” part is strongly redundant.”

            You live in a world that is completely dissociated from reality.

            I re-print a message posted on this site some times ago: do tell me what doctors really know.

            “I do not know how many people die each year from homeopathy, acupuncture and all CAM therapies put together but NHS Information Centre reveals that conventional treatment results in killing 70-75,000 diabetic patients every year, including 24,000 deaths that can be avoided if the NHS provided better information, advice, management or treatment of this condition.

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16147731

            In 2010/11, the NHS spent £9.8bn of taxpayers’ money, about 10% of the NHS’ annual budget, on treatment that killed 24,000 patients needlessly. The NHS then forced social services, employment support and local councils to find a further £13.9bn a year to pay for patients conventional medicine made disabled or unfit for work, until they die prematurely. £23.7bn a year is a lot of money to waste every year.

            http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/04april/Pages/nhs-diabetes-costs-cases-rising.aspx

            Millions of Britons are suffering needlessly every day and hundreds of thousands are dying needlessly every year because there are many incurable conditions in conventional medicine.

            An incurable condition means that every drug and treatment available in conventional medicine is proved ineffective and harmful. If even one treatment is effective and safe, the condition cannot be said to be incurable.

            For example, MS is said to be incurable. Can anyone explain why the NHS subjects MS patients to expensive drugs to weaken their immune system when no effective or safe treatment exists?

            You don’t need to be a doctor to know that everyone dies when the immune system is weakened sufficiently. Every doctor knows that people with MS die early even though MS is not fatal. It is not rocket science that patients are killed by drugs and treatment doctors provide or fail to provide. If these drugs are effective and safe (as they all are proven effective and safe in robust clinical trials), no one would suffer progressively or die prematurely.

            Every doctor knows from NHS statistics that patients subjected to the same drugs that have always resulted in progressive suffering and in shortening life expectancy will continue to suffer progressively and die prematurely. Subjecting anyone to any treatment, knowing that the treatment has always resulted in shortening life expectancy is murder. Why do you people attack homeopaths and acupuncturists while you let so many doctors get away with murder scot-free? Why do you let people with MS die prematurely and do nothing?

            The driver of a train involved in 240 people dying needlessly will never be permitted to drive again, even if he is not prosecuted for murder or manslaughter.

            Every doctor knows that 24,000 patients will die needlessly each year yet they carry on subjecting patients to the same treatment that will result in killing another 24,000 patients this year and every year.”

            What did, the all knowing doctor’s, miss here? If they would have listened carefully to their patients, majority of the dead patients could have been alive.

          • Yes, it is good for you to repost an earlier post with an argument you have misused dozens of times before. I understand that typing the same stuff over and over can be hard, but also boring when you cannot think of something new.

            Saying that MS is not fatal is like saying that a gun is not fatal. No, but the bullet (cf. complications from the disease) can be.

            You are improving, fellow Iqbal… For once, you seem too much focused on the problem and you have avoided mentioning alternative moneymaking pastimes of treatments. That’s promising. Now, again, for once, what do you suggest? Should we ban the doctor’s profession? Otherwise, how do you suggest we treat MS? I hope not with water (shaken, not stirred).

          • Iqbal, you really are a tiresome and loathsome person.

            “In 2010/11, the NHS spent £9.8bn of taxpayers’ money, about 10% of the NHS’ annual budget, on treatment that killed 24,000 patients needlessly. The NHS then forced social services, employment support and local councils to find a further £13.9bn a year to pay for patients conventional medicine made disabled or unfit for work, until they die prematurely. £23.7bn a year is a lot of money to waste every year.” The link you provide in support DOES NOT SAY WHAT YOU STATE HERE. You have confounded a perfectly rational piece about the financial costs of the growing scourge of diabetes in the UK with your own crippled, ignorant and profoundly misleading fantasies about medicine “killing patients needlessly”.

            Such falsification and fabrication rules out your comments as worthy of consideration by any reader at all. Deaths from medical errors are far from simple to adjudicate or enumerate, but complexity is not your forte. You have an unshakeable, simple belief in a ridiculous, mystical system of ‘healing’ called homeopathy and you write poisonous lies and nonsense in an effort to support and confirm that belief.

            Your insults to the medical profession (I’m not a member), calling its practitioners ‘murderers’, go beyond all boundaries of reasoned debate. I’m amazed that you have not yet been banned from posting your venom on this blog. The time when your comments were judged to be amusing is long past.

          • Frank Odds

            You seem to be selectively blind.
            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16147731

            “Up to 24,000 diabetes-related deaths could be avoided in England each year, if patients and doctors better managed the condition, a report concludes.
            The first-ever audit of patient deaths from the condition said basic health checks, a good diet and regular medication could prevent most of them.
            The Department of Health in England said the audit had revealed shocking variations in care, and an unacceptable death toll.”

            https://www.nhs.uk/news/diabetes/diabetes-cases-and-costs-predicted-to-rise/
            “Diabetes could ‘bankrupt’ the NHS in 20 years,” the Daily Mail has reported. The newspaper said that most spending on the condition is due to avoidable complications.
            The study also reported that the cost of treating diabetes complications (including kidney failure, nerve damage, stroke, blindness and amputation) is expected to almost double from £7.7 billion currently to £13.5 billion by 2035/36.

            Does “scientific medicine” have a plan to CURE patients with diabetes? If the present process of managing diabetes continues, what would be the change in situation? NONE.

            The situation will only get difficult and expensive. That is the simple calculation projected by the study. The future does look a little bleak for guys like you. The taxes would go up to generate money to support NHS funding. So, even if you don’t have diabetes, you are finished.

          • The time when your comments were judged to be amusing is long past.

            That reminds me of what Sister Gerda, the ex-principal of one of the largest schools in Flanders, told me decades ago, namely that there comes a time one just has to accept defeat and give up, that some people simply don’t have the intellectual equipment required for understanding.

            There are, I think, two possibilities for individuals like Iqbal: either she understands what she is saying and, in that case, she is a criminal – legally or not – but certainly morally, and it would be better for society if she was removed from society and put in some type of custody, preferrably with some type of rehabilitation programme; or she is mentally retarded, in which case she needs our pity, not our scorn, and it would be better for her if she was admitted to an institution specialised in mental retardation.

            I’m inclined to think she fits in the first category, but I am also aware of our tendency to see intention where there is none, so I am trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and see her treated as a mental retard.

          • Does “scientific medicine” have a plan to CURE patients with diabetes?

            Which type of diabetes fellow Iqbal? I assume you are familiar with the types, right?. If not, better stick with investments and business models…ansonsten, you can make more money that way.

    • @Colin on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 12:32

      “My daughter suffered with this many years ago and the only solution on offer from the “conventional” medics was to remove her colon completely and connect her intestines directly to her rectum. This I trust that you will agree that this was an extreme physical and emotional violation.”

      This is nothing new. Most times, the patient cannot decide if the illness condition was better or the condition after treatment is better.

  • Colin. Since you dream that homeopathy could’ve helped your daughter, try Googling “Homeopathy cured my ulcerative colitis” and see how many people there are out there who will tell you that it has. I’ll save you the effort. There aren’t any. What there is, though, is page after page of idiot homeopaths making claims like those Professor Ernst has highlighted above. Bluster, whinge, obfuscate and dream all you like as proponents of homeopathy always do. One day, perhaps, the truth will dawn.

  • We have become used to bogus claims made by homeopaths – far too much so, I would argue. Therefore, we let the vast majority of their bogus claims pass without serious objections.

    I wonder if that is the case. Could it be that people with thinking powers are starting to address these claims with enthusiasm and are subsequently simply becoming discouraged because the homeopaths keep on repeating the same nonsense over and over, without ever addressing any objections or seriously answering any questions except by accusing real doctors, in largely the same way as Hahnemann did in the first 100 or so pages of his Organon?

  • Lets be honest here, the cause is the diet and “food” (drugs cough* cough*) consumed today. All the gluten, gmo, plastic, histimeans, ect., found in the food today.
    UC – 6 years. 23years old… i want a better option than suppressing drugs, that cause more harm than good just to feed the pigs of the pharmaceutical companies and the kick back for these doctors (drug dealers/middle men cough* cough*)

    • I’m glad you’ve sorted out the cause of IBD, AnonymousUC. You’re a genius. I have a very healthy diet, no animal products, diary, grain, GMO, I do yoga- AND I have leukocytic colitis. The steroid I take literally saved my life because I couldn’t absorb nutrients from my food.
      Go screw yourself, acting like people brought this on themselves stuffing their faces with fast food. I hope you get it. Really- I do. It’ll teach you not to pontificate about topics that you know absolutely nothing about.

  • Antoinette,

    You have my deepest sympathy for having suffered from this dreadful condition, but you should consider you might be making a common mistake: because something happened after you tried something else, then that something else MUST have been the reason for something happening. (By coincidence, Edzard’s post today deals with this reasoning fallacy and he lists a number of amusing parallel situations at the end of the post.)

    When you say “i then turned yo alternate medicine ie naturapath, homeopathy, raeiki and finally got off my medication got my energy back and no longer suffered with flare ups this did take a good year of healing.” (my italics) you just might consider the possibility that, over a year, your ulcerative colitis resolved itself spontaneously: after all, it’s the kind of condition that oscillates between long periods of remission and relapse.

    If, when you started to turn to alternative medicine, someone had told you you could get better in a year by folding a piece of paper, origami-style, every day, you would not have believed them. Doing origami doesn’t sound like anything medical, after all. But having someone wave their hands at you (reiki), and taking ‘potentized’ homeopathic medicines (i.e. water) and taking all sorts of ‘natural’ products (interesting that none of these three appeared to work on their own) apparently sounds more like medicine than origami. If you look up the way all three of these pseudo-medicines purport to work, they all claim to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Hmmm…

    So you need to ask how to prove that the alternative therapies were responsible for your remission. The answer, I’m afraid, is one you won’t like. It involves doing a properly scientific trial of the ‘therapies’ involving a lot of patients and blinding the patients and their therapists as to whether the patients received the ‘real’ treatments or something presumed to be ineffective (a ‘placebo’).

    Your sincere belief that CAM helped you is easy to understand, but your testimony is just that — an honest, subjective, anecdotal account of what you believe happened to you. Sadly, we humans are very wont to believe all manner of irrational things: our minds are extremely easy to fool. The trick is to imagine a tool powerful enough to minimize the extent to which we fool ourselves: science has proved itself pretty good for that over the years. But you have to have a mind sufficiently open to allow the possibility that what you think and believe might be wrong.

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