Abstract Title:

In vivo study of the anti-inflammatory effect of Rhus toxicodendron.

Abstract Source:

Homeopathy. 2007 Apr ;96(2):95-101. PMID: 17437936

Abstract Author(s):

A L dos Santos, F F Perazzo, L G V Cardoso, J C T Carvalho

Article Affiliation:

A L dos Santos


BACKGROUND: Homeopathic Rhus toxicodendron (Rhus tox) is used in various inflammatory conditions. We screened its effect compared to succussed ethanol controls and appropriate active controls.

METHOD: We initially experimented with Rhus tox 6, 12, 30 and 200 cH, using carrageenan-induced paw oedema in rats. The 6 cH dilution appeared most effective and was used in subsequent assays. We used pre-treatment and single treatment regimes in Wistar rats, and mice.

RESULTS: We found significant reductions compared to control in carrageenan-induced paw oedema, vascular permeability, writhing induced by intraperitoneal acetic acid and stress induced gastric lesions.

CONCLUSIONS: Rhus tox in homeopathic dilution appears to interfere with inflammatory processes involving histamine, prostaglandins and other inflammatory mediators.

Study Type : Animal Study

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