September 15, 2010


Sep 13, 2010 at 01:32 PM
Issued by: Leap Communiations

Two top Swiss homeopaths are in SA on a national tour of the
health trade to explain the principles of homeopathy and how it can
complement conventional medicine in achieving optimum wellness.

Carlo Odermatt, homeopath, author and lecturer at the School of
Natural Medicine in Baar and Carla Wullschleger, a homeopath and
pharmacist with particular focus on acute conditions, will present
seminars around the country on homeopathy, the development of
homeopathic remedies and how it can be used sustainably to treat
various conditions, in particular, problems affecting the throat,
nose, ear and eyes.

First developed in Germany in the late 18th century, homeopathy
is a system of healing based on the “principle of similar”, i.e.
disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms
in healthy people. Homeopathy works in harmony with the immune
system and stimulates the body’s own defence system and healing

It is now an essential part of commonly practised forms of
treatment and will continue to grow in importance, Odermatt said.

“Six out of seven published quantitative meta-analyses of
randomized clinical trials (RCT) on specific indications, found a
significant difference between patients treated with placebo versus
homeopathy. All the published, non-randomized cohort studies of
the last 10 years show that homeopathic treatment is equivalent or
superior to conventional treatment and has fewer side-effects,”
said Odermatt, who is also a developer and researcher at Similasan,
one of Switzerland’s leading homeopathic companies.

Odermatt has more than 25 years experience in classical
homeopathy and is also a specialist in over-the counter-homeopathy.
He says both complement each other. “For health professionals with
limited experience in homeopathy as well as for self-medication,
finished products combining several homeopathic remedies are the
best choice for treating acute health problems, whereas classical
homeopathy is ideal for treating chronic, recurrent conditions”.

“Homeopathy can actually cure chronic diseases. Mainstream
medicine only provides treatment for the symptoms of many chronic
diseases and is thus unable to provide a sustainable cure for the
problem. The underlying disease worsens, and the situation is
further exacerbated by the side effects of the medications,”
Odermatt added.

Odermatt says complementary medicine, including homeopathy, is
becoming increasingly popular and in some countries, such as India,
homeopathy is an essential part of commonly practised forms of

“Since 1973, homeopathy has stood on equal terms with other
systems of healing in India by law and is state-subsidized.
Homeopathy is also part of the public health system in Brazil,” he

Odermatt believes homeopathy and conventional medicine can work
together. “I am convinced that both systems are needed and that
they could mutually help each other. Depending on the type of
disease, homeopathy and allopathy are complementary.”

“This is demonstrated, for instance, by the randomized study
(RCT) on severe sepsis1 where homeopathy was used in addition to
mainstream medicine. In the group of patients in which mainstream
medicine and homeopathy were applied, about 75% of the patients
survived whereas in the group using mainstream medicine and placebo
globules only 50% survived (Frass M et al. Homeopathy 2005;

Carlo Odermatt ‘s and Carla Wullschleger’s 10-day seminar tour
of the health trade, public and media in SA will provide further
insight into the above-mentioned issues and the latest developments
in the world of homeopathy with particular focus on eyes. They will
present seminars in Jhb, Pta, PE, Cape Town and Dbn from 13 – 21

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