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Homoeopathic Medicines are not steroids
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This question is often posed by some patients during the course of a consultation. The answer is a definite “NO”.     Homoeopaths of integrity and commitment to their profession do not use     cortisone, and in fact have no need to.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ARGUMENTS

1. If one has been on long term CORTISONE, one would show some side effects like “Moon Face”, Excessive body hair,    Osteoporosis, Diabetes,etc.
2. Cortisone is not a “CURE ALL” for all the ills of the world.
3. Homoeopathic remedies have a very wide range of curative properties.
4. Using a Steroid would in fact be counter-productive as they cause suppressive effects.

One of my old patients, who had shifted to another   Homoeopath nearer her home, frantically  telephoned to infom me that the medicines she had received when checked tested positive for steroid. I therefore decided to send a few of my medicines to be tested at the same place. I sent unmedicated pills, Cina 1M, Belladonna 30 and Sulphur 30.
ALL THESE MEDICINES WERE IN A BASE OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF LACTOSE (MILK SUGAR). THESE ENTIRE    MEDICINES TESTED POSITIVE FOR STEROIDS.
The same test was   carried out on plan Lactose which also tested positive. It was now obvious that all these    medicines were giving a FALSE POSITIVE TEST for steroids (CORTISONE IS A STEROID).
The test used was the “CALORIMETRIC METHOD USING TETRAXOLIUM BLUE SALTS”.
In this test, the reaction depends upon the reduction of Tetrazolium Blue salt to give a highly coloured compound known as “FARMAZAN’. Under controlled conditions the amount of Farmazan developed is      proportionate to the quality of steroid or any reducing sugars present in the material being tested.
In fact for some years, Tetrazolium salts have been used for determination of     REDUCING SUGARS. So if the drug contains any LACTOSE it will impart a strong colour with Tetrazolium Blue salt which will give a false impression of the presence of Steroid. Secondly, if the alcohol is used in this method not completely free from        Aldehyde, it will interfere with the reaction and will impart some characteristic colour in the     reaction which may again give a false positive impression of    Steroid. So, this method is not advisable to determine the   presence of Steroids in the drug.
Most homoeopaths use lactose as a base for holding the pills containing the homoeopathic remedy together in the powders. The pills themselves are made of Cane Sugar- a reducing sugar. Moreover, almost all homoeopathic remedies have alcohol as a dilutent one can see how     homoeopathic medicines, either as pills or powder or in alcohol are likely to give a false positive test for Steroids if this method is used.

Other tests for detecting Steroids
1. Liberman Buchard Test.
2. Thin Layer Chromatography Method.
3. UV Absorption Method.

UV Absorption Method
Almost all steroids show UV  absorption between 235 to 240 NM in dehydrated alcohol or methanol in a clear solution. A complete spectrum od this     solution is taken in the range 400 NM to 220 NM on a suitable spectrophotometer.
            IF ANY STEROID (CORTISONE) IS PRESENT IT WILL SHOW MAXIMA AT 240 NM.
It was decided to test the same homoeopathic remedies for    steroids using the UV Absorption Method. None of the 4 samples showed Maxima  between 230 NM to 250 NM showing absence of steroids.
The same samples when adulterated with a steroid showed Maxima at 235 NM, showing the presence of a steroid.(The     steroid added was CLOBETASONE - 17 BUTYRATE which has Maxima at 235 NM.)

CONCULSION
Before accepting a claim that the tested medicine does contain a steroid, one must find out what testing procedures were used to eliminate the possibility of a false positive result. If tests conclusively prove that the medicine given is indeed a steroid, under the guise of a homoeopathic remedy then one must confront the doctor and seek an explanation or complain to the homoeopathic council so that a disciplinary action can be taken against the erring doctor. Unsubstantiated allegations against any  doctor are most unfair and   damaging to his/her most     cherished, professional integrity, and indeed to the profession.