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A randomised controlled trial of fish oil given intravenously to patients in intensive care has found that it improves gas exchange, reduces inflammatory chemicals and results in a shorter length of hospital stay.
Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care investigated the effects of including fish oil in the normal nutrient solution for patients with sepsis, finding a significant series of benefits.
Philip Calder, from the University of Southampton, UK, worked with a team of researchers to carry out the study in 23 patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome or sepsis in the Hospital Padre Américo, Portugal. He said, "Recently there has been increased interest in the fat and oil component of vein-delivered nutrition, with the realization that it not only supplies energy and essential building blocks, but may also provide bioactive fatty acids.
Traditional solutions use soybean oil, which does not contain the omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil that act to reduce inflammatory responses. In fact, soybean oil is rich in omega-6 acids that may actually promote inflammation in an excessive or unbalanced supply."
Calder and his colleagues found that the 13 patients in the fish oil group had lower levels of inflammatory agents in their blood, were able to achieve better lung function and left hospital earlier than the 10 patients who received traditional nutrition.
According to Calder, "This is the first study of this particular fish oil solution in septic patients in the ICU. The positive results are important since they indicate that the use of such an emulsion in this group of patients will improve clinical outcomes, in comparison with the standard mix."
Major homoeopathic medicines prepared from fishes are
2. GADUS MORRHUA
Cod illustration. The original caption read: Fig. 606.--Gadus morrhua, cod. (After Storer.)
Date: 25 June 2007 Source: Hertwig, Richard (1909). A Manual of Zoology. New York: Henry Holt and Company. pp. p. 577.
3. OLEUM JACORIS ASELLI
4. EEL SERUM
Lepidotes elevensis, Semionotidae; Posidonia shale, Oil shale, Lower Toarcian, Holzmaden, Germany; Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Germany. Oil shale is the starting product of the extraction of Ammonium bituminosulfonate (ichthyol), used in homeopathy as remedy: Ichthyolum (Ichth.)
A kind of red mullet. Tincture of the fish is used. Prover: Dr: Burnett noticed its effect on some sailors who ate the fish. A peculiar type of red rash seen all over body. It is clinically indicated in pityriasis rubra and also in syphilis. Complimentary medicine is aurum mur.
Natural order is Gadidae. Proved by Petroz.
Tincture is prepared from the trituration of first cervical vertebra of the fish.
They said to act powerfully on the respiratory tract. Mental symptoms like hopelessness and desire for death are prominent. There is flapping of alae nasi as in lyco. There is general affections on bones. There is heat of palms of hands. Frequent cough with chest pain. Frequent breathing with movement of chest wall. There will be sharp pain in chest< from movement, deep inspiration, coughing etc; Weak voice. Usually indicated in phthisis.
OLEUM JACORIS ASELLI
Commonly called as Cod liver oil. Oils obtained from the liver of Gadus morrhua and some other allied fishes Prover: Neidhard.
It is a nutrient and hepatic remedy. The common indications are:
There is soreness of throat, chest, abdomen, kidney etc;
Palpitation is seen as a concomitant symptom.
The discharges are usually yellow.
Dry hacking cough with soreness of chest. Indicated in phthisis.
Sense of fluttering commencing in the region of sacrum rising to occiput.
Creeping sensation with rush of blood to heart.
Evening fevers with burning in palms. Chills running down back. Cold feet.
Sensitiveness to cold and damp.
Locally applied in ring worm affections.
Emaciated. Dwarfish chilly babies with increased appetite, anemia and milk intolerance.
Abnormal growth of hair on the face of women.
EEL SERUM ( SERUM ANGUILLAR ICHTHYOTOXIN )
It is commonly indicated in renal affections.
The sphere of actions are
Usually indicated in renal complaints with oliguria, albuminuria, anaemia etc; acute nephritis with uremia. Also in hypertension with oliguria without oedema.
Ammoniacum ichthyol suophonate ( combination of sulphonated hydrocarbons) prepared from a mineral of Tyrol, which is rich in fossilized remains of fish.
This has been used in the old school therapeutics as an external application for skin affections and rheumatism. It is a powerful antiseptic.
Uric acid diathesis. There will be redness due to inflammation. Indicated in chronic rheumatism. Increased appetite and thirst with nausea. Dry teasing cough as in tuberculosis. Winter cough of old people.
On the skin there is itching eczema, crops of bois, psoriasis and acne.
Two types are commonly seen.
• Trachinus draco (sting ball) and
• Trachinus vipera (sting fish).
Trituration of the poisonous fin is used for the preparation.
Intolerable stinging and pain in wounds inflicted with the fins. Swelling of the part. Gangrenous blisters. Cold clammy sweat.
Also indicated in blood poisoning, asthma, neuralgias and ulcers.
It is associated with violent thirst in nearly all complaints.
1. Almost all fishes have marked action on skin. Erythrinus: reddish coloured skin.
Oleum jacoris aselli: ring worm infection.
Ichthyolum: violent itching of skin.
Trachius: painful skin complaint.
2. Fishes seem to act on respiratory mucuous membrane. Also indicated in tuberculosis and asthma.
3. Increased appetite and thirst.
4. Heat of palms of hands.
5. Action on kidneys.
1. The encyclopedia of pure materia medica
2. Clarke’s dictionary of practical materia medica
3. Manual of materia medica, therapeutics and pharmacology by William Blackwood.
4. Indian materia medica by Dr: K.M.Nadkarni.
5. Materia medica by William Boericke.
6. Text book of zoology by Prof: K.K.Bhaskaran
Pisces (Fish Remedies) in Homeopathy
Dr: Sinsen Joseph BHMS,MD(Hom)
Medical Officer,Dept. of Homoeopathy, Govt. of Kerala
Approved Practitioner, Ministry of Health, UAE
Sea Remedy Themes | Organ affinities include the glands, particularly the thyroid and testes, the heart related to circulation, the lungs and respiration, the skin related to water retention and dryness, and the disease of cancer.
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