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The ingredients and benefits of Quietus, a homeopathic treatment for tinnitus

Latino, Thomas

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Thomas Latino, PhD, is a Consultant. Readers may contact Dr. Latino at One Canal Plaza Suite 702, Portland, ME 04101.

Homeopathic medicines and treatments have grown in popularity and usage over the past several decades.1 Homeopathic potencies credit their strength and efficacy to the electromagnetic signatures of the original substrate. These are dilutions and successions of medicines scientifically created so that generally not even a molecule of the original substrate or medicine is present in the medicine. This article describes the ingredients and presents the main benefits of Quietus formulations, eardrops, and the ear health tablets designed to treat ringing in the ears.

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INGREDIENTS

Apis Mellifica

Apis Mellifica is derived from the body of the Western honey bee. It is a hydro-alcoholic extract of the insect that has been used to treat various forms of inflammation. A. Mellifica became popular as a homeopathic treatment in the late 1980s. Poitever et al. conducted a study to analyze the effect of highly diluted A. Mellifica on basophil degranulation in the human lung.2 They reported that basophil degranulation induced by anti-IgE antibodies was impaired by the presence of A. Mellifica by 65.8%.

Additional support for A. Mellifica as a homeopathic treatment was found in a meta-analysis of the main homeopathic treatments for certain respiratory conditions, such as asthma. A review of studies using A. Mellifica on a variety of disorders involving swelling, pain, and general discomfort indicated that it is effective not only for treating asthma, but for any disorder involving degrees of swelling and pain.3 A study analyzing the impact of Apis Mellifica on inflammation in rats also reported a significant increase in anti-inflammatory response. Specifically, the results showed between a 10% and 28% increase in cellular, anti-inflammatory impact.4

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Aristolochia Clematis

Aristolochia Clematis may be used as a homeopathic or simply as a micro-nutritional (botanical). In small doses, it promotes the appetite, toning up the digestive organs. It has been recommended for intermittent fevers, when it may be useful as an adjunct to quinine. In full doses it produces increased arterial action, diaphoresis, and, frequently, dieresis. Zeng examined the essential components, both volatile and beneficial, of A. Clematis.5 The components that have been observed to be beneficial in treating patients who complain of pain and inflammation are n-hexadecanoic acid and (Z,Z)-9,12-octadecadienoic acid. These oils are volatile and must be administered properly to avoid complications. The oils were identified by means of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Knowing the specific compounds that make A. Clematis effective is valuable when incorporating A. Clematis into an overall homeopathic treatment regimen.

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M. Chamomilla

M. Chamomilla is a herbal remedy derived from the dried leaves of the German chamomile plant. This specific homeopathic remedy is believed to be a natural sedative. Furthermore, the oil from this plant has several topical uses for treating skin inflammations. It contains several classes of biologically active compounds, including essential oils and several polyphenols, that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically.6 The principal components of the essential oil extracted from chamomile flowers are the terpenoids α-bisabolol and its oxide and azulenes, including chamazulene and acetylene derivatives. Terpenoids, bisabolol, and chamazulene have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antipyretic, ulcer-protective, and antifungal properties.

M. Chamomilla has also been reported to have anti-angiogenic properties. A review of numerous homeopathic treatments indicates that specific treatments contained properties that prevented tumors from generating blood vessels and therefore deregulating the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients critical to vital internal organs.7 Specifically, it was reported that M. Chamomilla was effective in prohibiting such angiogenesis from occurring and assisting standard chemotherapy treatments in causing critical tumor necropathy.

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Lachesis Mutusis

Lachesis Mutusis, interestingly, is a poison derived from the venom of the lethal bushmaster snake. It is highly toxic and, if introduced into the blood stream, can lead to paralysis of the central nervous system and cardiac tissues. The venom undergoes extensive dilutive processes so that in the final form only traces of the neurotoxin remain. Recent studies demonstrated that L. Mutusis in conjunction with other homeopathic treatments alleviated inflammation and the pain associated with certain types of infections.8

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Thuja Occidentalis

Thuja Occidentalis or arbor vita was used by American Indians as a source of herbal medicine for fever, coughs, menstrual problems, headaches, and muscle and joint pain. Studies by Naser et al. indicated a variety of beneficial effects on components of the immune system, including enhanced antibody production in immune-suppressed mice and relief of swelling, inflammation, and pain caused by various infections in the ear, nose, and throat.9

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C. Officinalis

C. Officinalis is more commonly referred to as “the bark” or “Peruvian bark.” Derivations of C. Officinalis are administered to elderly patients to treat tinnitus and cardiac-related disorders and have been found effective when taken to counteract swelling and other conditions that may adversely affect the workings of the inner ear.10

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K. Phosphoricum

K. Phosphoricum is also known as potassium of potash, an essential constituent of animal fluids and tissues, notably of the brain, nerves, muscles, and blood cells. Typically, K. Phosphoricum is prescribed when there is a non-descript inflammation of the ear canal lacking the presence of any mucosal or pus-like secretions. It has been demonstrated that K. Phosphoricum can relieve specific painful sensations accompanying inner ear infections, specifically the pain described by patients as feeling like a sharp object deep within the ear canal.11

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Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is widely used in organic synthesis and functions as a plant hormone. It is a free ester that is found as crystalline in spiraea, a common shrub. It plays a role in resisting pathogens by inducing the production of pathogenesis-related proteins and is also involved in the systemic acquired resistance in which a pathogenic attack on one part of the plant induces resistance in other parts. Salicylic acid is used as a fever reducer, pain reliever, and an anti-inflammatory for such common ailments as joint pain, pain in the temples (headaches), and inner ear pain. Furthermore, this ingredient acts in concert with other homeopathic ingredients to ensure efficacy.

A study by Houston analyzing the impact of salicylic acid used in conjunction with several homeopathic treatments on patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis found a 23% decline in symptoms as compared to those who received a placebo.12 Houston concluded that salicylic acid demonstrated significant impact on traditional symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis when used in its homeopathic state.

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CONCLUSION

This article has presented the main benefits of the Quietus formulations designed to treat ringing in the ears. Furthermore, this article has attempted to demonstrate and explain the key components of each formulary along with a brief discussion of each ingredient's critical components. Also, each ingredient was corroborated with relevant and recent scientific data where applicable.

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2. Poitevin E: In Vitro immunological degranulation of human basophils is modulated by lung histamine and A. Mellificia. Brit J Clin Pharmacol 1988;25:439–444.

3. Lane DJ, Lane TV: Alternative and complementary medicine in treating asthma. Thorax 1991;46:787–797.

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5. Zeng Y: Comparative analysis of volatile components from clematis species. Analytica Chemica Acta 2006;595(1):328–339.

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9. Naser B, Bodinet C, Tegtmeier M, Lindequist U: Thuja occidentalis (Arbor vitae): A review of its pharmaceutical, pharmacological and clinical properties. Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Med 2005;2(1):69–78.

10. Bellavite P, Conforti A, Pontarollo F, Ortolani R: Immunology and homeopathy: Cells of the immune system and inflammation. Evidence-Based Complimentary Alternative Med 2006;3(1):13–24.

11. Skinner S: An Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine in Primary Care. Baltimore: Aspen Publishers, 2007.

12. Houston G: Salycilates and homeopathy. Brit J Clin Psychol 1979;7:529–531.

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