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Our study on
ARSENIC TOXICITY FROM HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Reported work done by SOES

Arsenic Toxicity from Homeopathic Treatment. Dipankar Chakraborti, et. al Journal of Toxicology: Clinical Toxicology, 2003, 41(7),963-967.

Introduction: Homeopathic medicine in Indian subcontinent is commonly believed to be harmless and widely used for its easy availability and low cost.  Contrary to the belief, homeopathic treatment may be quite unsafe as exemplified in our three patients developing arsenic toxicity following homeopathic medicine ingestion.
Case Report:
Case No. 1 – A 42 year old diabetic female presented with both melanosis and keratosis as the dermatological manifestations of arsenic toxicity following ingestion   of Arsenic Bromide 1-X for seven days and other arsenic containing homeopathic medicines for some time.  Case no. 2 – A 44 year old male developed melanotic arsenical skin lesions after taking Arsenic S.F. 1-X for a year to treat his white skin patches. Case no. 3 – A 39 year old male after consuming Arsenic Bromide 1-X for six days to treat his diabetes developed acute gastrointestinal illness followed by leucopenia and thrombocytopenia and then diffuse melanosis of skin with patchy desquamation. About two weeks after acute illness, he developed quadriparesis due to polyneuropathy.
Conclusion:
  Arsenic consumption in all 3 cases of arsenic toxicity was measured to be very high.  Arsenic content in the homeopathic medicines they used and in their tissue samples (hair, nail, skin scale) were much higher than the normal level. The myth of harmlessness of traditional homeopathic medicine use has been broken in our patients who developed arsenic toxicity from homeopathic treatment. 

 

 

Table A: Arsenic conc. in the homeopathic medicine and biological samples of the patient
Arsenic in Arsenic Bromide 1X
(mg/l)

Arsenic in Urine
(μg/l)

Arsenic in Hair
(mg/kg)

Arsenic in Nail
(mg/kg)

Arsenic in Skin Scale
(mg/kg)

26000

29

2.6

10

2.7

         
Table B: Dermatological features of the patient
Melanosis
Keratosis

Diffuse

Spotted

Leuco

Palm

Sole

+

++

++

+

+

 

 

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