An experimental in vitro study to evaluate the antimalarial activity of select homeopathy preparations
Samidha Joshi, Renuka Munshi, Gitanjali Talele, Rajesh Shah
Malaria has become the public health concern worldwide. Although it is preventable and curable; P. falciparum and P. vivax have developed resistance to nearly all anti-malarial in current use. New drug discovery and novel drug leads are required to control the current malaria disease burden. The inventor has developed malaria nosode and has subjected it for evaluation of antimalarial activity in vitro assay along with few other homeopathy preparations. The potential antimalarial activity of the Malaria nosode, Malaria officinalis and China officinalis was evaluated by β-Hematin Formation Assay. The hemozoin content was determined by measuring the absorbance at 400 nm. The results were recorded as % inhibition of heme crystallization compared to negative control (DMSO) Malaria nosode, Malaria officinalis and China officinalis exhibited inhibition of hemozoin and the inhibition was greater than the positive control Chloroquine diphosphate used in the study. The study has shown anti-disease activity of an ultra-dilute (potentized) homeopathic preparation. The Malaria nosode prepared by potentizing Plasmodium falciparum organisms has demonstrated antimalarial activity, which supports the basic principle behind homeopathy, the law of similar.