Homeopathy 2004; 93(04): 193-198
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2004.07.004
Original Paper
Copyright ©The Faculty of Homeopathy 2004

Effect of Atropa belladonna and Echinacea angustifolia in homeopathic dilution on experimental peritonitis

C.M.V Pedalino
1  Faculty of Health Sciences of São Paulo, FACIS, Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Homeopáticos, IBEHE, Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmão, 86. 04111-020 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
,
F.F Perazzo
2  Laboratory of Phytopharmaceuticals, Universidade de Alfenas, Alfenas, MG, Brazil
,
J.C.T Carvalho
1  Faculty of Health Sciences of São Paulo, FACIS, Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Homeopáticos, IBEHE, Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmão, 86. 04111-020 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2  Laboratory of Phytopharmaceuticals, Universidade de Alfenas, Alfenas, MG, Brazil
,
K.S Martinho
3  Laboratory of Veterinary Pathology, Universidade de Santo Amaro, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
,
C. de O Massoco
1  Faculty of Health Sciences of São Paulo, FACIS, Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Homeopáticos, IBEHE, Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmão, 86. 04111-020 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
,
L.V. Bonamin
1  Faculty of Health Sciences of São Paulo, FACIS, Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Homeopáticos, IBEHE, Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmão, 86. 04111-020 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3  Laboratory of Veterinary Pathology, Universidade de Santo Amaro, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
4  Laboratory of Pathology, Instituto de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Paulista, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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Publication History

Received06 February 2004
revised15 April 2004

accepted05 July 2004

Publication Date:
27 December 2017 (online)

Atropa belladonna and Echinacea angustifolia have been used in homeopathy as modulators of inflammatory processes, in simple potency or ‘accord of potencies’, as recommended by homotoxicology. We evaluated their effects on leukocyte migration and macrophage activity induced by experimental peritonitis in vivo. Mice were injected (i.p.) with LPS (1.0 mg/kg) and treated (0.3 ml/10 g/day, s.c.) with different commercial forms of these medicines. Echinacea angustifolia D4—a simple potency preparation—and Belladonna Homaccord ®, Belladonna Injeel ®, Belladonna Injeel Forte ®, Echinacea Injeel ® and Echinacea Injeel Forte ®—all in ‘accord of potencies’—were tested.

The association of A. belladonna and E. angustifolia in ‘accord of potencies’ produced an increase of polymorphonuclear cell migration (Kruskal-Wallis, P=0.03) and a decrease of mononuclear cell percentages (Kruskal-Wallis, P⩽0.04), when compared with control, mainly in preparations containing low potencies. The proportion of degenerate leukocytes was lower in the treated groups, compared to a control group (P⩽0.05). The treated groups showed increased phagocytosis (P⩽0.05), mainly in preparations containing high potencies. Our results suggest that A. belladonna and E. angustifolia, when prepared in ‘accord of potencies’, modulate peritoneal inflammatory reaction and have a cytoprotective action on leukocytes.