Researchers from University of Kalyani, West Bengal, have discovered that a homeopathic remedy, effectively cured mice afflicted by arsenic poisoning.
Research, published this week in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine , suggests that Arsenicum Album could reduce the liver damage caused by arsenic poisoning in humans. It was also inexpensive, easy to administer, effective in low doses as well as non-toxic.
Arsenic contamination of groundwater is a major health problem for people from India , Bangladesh and at least fifteen other countries.
Drinking arsenic contaminated well-water has caused the rapid spread of skin diseases and liver damage. Although chemical treatment can remove arsenic contamination, such efforts to provide safe drinking water have not been widely implemented.
The researchers write: “As supplying arsenic-free drinking water cannot totally rule out the chances of arsenic contamination from other sources, the problem of eradicating arsenic related diseases cannot be addressed through such effort alone. The potentised homeopathic drug, Arsenicum Album, not only has the ability to help remove arsenic from the body, but these drugs in microdoses appear to have the ability to detoxify the ill-effects produced by arsenic in mice”.