The Pan American Society for Clinical Virology organised the 25th Clinical Virology Symposium from 19th to 22nd April, 2009 at Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. Sponsored by the University of South Florida, the symposium was held to foster the development of new techniques for rapid viral diagnosis, to disseminate relevant information, to coordinate activities with other organizations and to encourage collaborative research.
Dr. Baswati Bandopadhyay, Head, Dept. of Virology, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, made a poster presentation on the collaborative research study funded and coordinated by Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi. Altogether, about 250 scientific papers on virology from different countries of the world were presented in the symposium in the form of posters. Many physicians and scientists were interested in Dr. Bandopadhyay’s poster, as it was the only one that talked of Homoeopathy and its action on the JE virus. That the medicines were ultradiluted, also kept the delegates intrigued about the paper.
The presentation was based on the ongoing study on ‘Effect of homoeopathic medicines on Japanese Encephalitis (J.E.) virus infection on chorioallantoic membrane and in sucking mice’, started by Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, in collaboration with the School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata,
in the year 2007. Dr. Bandopadhyay is the Principal Investigator of the study. The research is being conducted to observe the action of homeopathic medicines in different potencies in J.E. virus infection. In the study presented at the symposium, ultradiluted Belladonna extract (10-6, 10-12), prepared as per homoeopathic pharmacopoeia, was applied on the chorio-allantoic membranes of the chick. Following that, they were exposed to standardised viral inoculum. A control set was also kept in parallel to validate the results. After incubation, the pock count was made and statistically evaluated to find out the effect of the medicine on Japanese Encephalitis virus. The result showed that ultradiluted Belladonna extract (10-12) was highly effective on JE virus and it diminished pock count significantly (70%).
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