a cure for all ills?
Homoeopathy, an alternative
medicine long practiced in Sri Lanka, but given
step-motherly treatment by orthodox medicine
hardliners, is finally to gain recognition in this
country. After years of battling for their rightful
place in the medical world, homeopaths in Sri Lanka
must surely welcome the good news that the Cabinet
of Ministers a few days ago, gave its nod of
approval of a new Act replacing the Homoeopathy Act
No. 76 of 1970, to promote the homoeopathy science
of medicine in this country.
Under the new Act, several innovative measures will
be taken to promote this popular alternative
medicine and give it due recognition in he country’s
A separate College of Medicine will be established
for homoeopathy system of medicine with the approval
of the University Grants Commission. The government
will also set up a Homoeopathy Council of Medicine
to register homoeopathy institutions, pharmacists
and practitioners, thereby preventing irregularities
and abuse by quacks.
The monitoring and administering process will also
be assigned to the new Council. So will the
monitoring, production, imports, sale and
distribution of homoeopathy drugs .
In addition to these timely measures, the Indigenous
Medicine Ministry will step in to train homoeopathy
physicians and provide their services to patients.
The Ministry has further promised to supply stocks
of quality medicines that are on par with the
required standard and even undertaken to popularise
All these measures are no doubt very pertinent,
filling gaps that long needed to be filled to put it
on par with allopathy medicine in years to come.
As an additional boost, under the new Act, the
government will recognize those having
qualifications approved by the Medical Council of
Sri Lanka as well as those who have obtained foreign
qualifications in recognised Medical Councils
So what exactly is Homoeopathy? What does it set out
to do? How different is it from other methods of
alternative medicine? What do those who have
practiced it have to say on its outcomes?
The Nation gives our readers a glimpse into some
real life cases provided a layman albeit a long time
self taught practitioner who says he has
successfully treated family members and friends free
of charge at his home during his spare time.
Joe de Livera is living proof that the system has
worked at least for himself. At 82, he looks much
younger and healthier than most people his age. Not
only does he keep himself busy treating streams of
patients visiting his house for curing their varied
ailments during the evenings, he continues to remain
at the helm of his father’s well known establishment
in Pettah, which he has been running almost single
handedly for over 40 years as its Chairman.
In an interview with The Nation on his pet subject
Homoeopathy, he says it is, “the secret to longevity
and good health which I have enjoyed all these
He says that for years homoeopathy has been vilified
and rejected by allopathic doctors. “What these
doctors say it can’t, it can. So it is important
that they have an open mind and accept the fact that
certain shortcomings in the western medical system
can be filled by Homoeopathy. It is time they shed
their prejudiced views”, he emphasises.
Now, with the new Homoeopathy Act, it looks as if
his long cherished dream of giving Homoeopathy its
rightful place in our curative system is about to be
Joe de Livera - Why I believe in Homoeopathy and
some case histories:
“I have been a firm believer in Homoeopathy for over
forty years. Ever since I began following the
Homoeopathy principles, I have never taken any
medicinal drugs to treat an illness - not even a
Panadol, since any medical drug can have an adverse
side effect, which could have a lasting effect. As a
result, I am very fit and able to lead an active
life, when most of my contemporaries with whom I
grew up have aged beyond their years, and have ended
up as invalids or become senile and wheel chair
Q. Who introduced you to Homoeopathy?
It was Dr Latif (senior) who first introduced me to
the world of Homoeopathy when I was taken to him as
a young school boy to be treated for catarrh. His
treatment was like a magical cure for me as I
recovered completely with no further attacks of
running nose. That was when I decided that this
alternative medicine held the key to good health and
longevity. What attracted me to this science was
that it used nature’s cures - vegetables, flowers,
roots in low potency, to bring about long lasting
cure for practically any illness or disease -
leaving no adverse side effects.
Q. What kind of diseases?
Almost all diseases. From asthma, bronchitis, skin
ailments, migraine, arthritis, hypertension,
obesity, ulcers, to serious illnesses like heart
defects, and cancer.
I had a hands on experience of these cures, when I
worked with a leading homoeopath who was here after
the tsunami and his two colleagues who I helped set
up a clinic at Hikkaduwa to treat the people who
were suffering from all sorts of diseases due to the
tsunami. I personally witnessed how they were able
to cure hundreds of these patients of skin, eye
diseases, respiratory infections and even non
Q. What about diabetes? Can it cure this
disease which allopathic doctors say you can’t?
It can control diabetes which is a big help for
patients who want to lead a normal and quality life.
Q. You say you have been treating patients for
a long time as a kind of hobby, not for commercial
gains, and have had some positive results. Can you
cite any recent ground breaking cases you have
My most recent case was my own cook who I treated
for what I thought was dengue as all the symptoms he
had were very similar to dengue. It happened two
weeks ago, when he developed a high temperature,
began vomiting and shivering and started complaining
of severe body aches. He also said he had a violent
headache. So I gave him one of my medicines – plain
water medicated with three drops of Eupatoritam
perboliatum 200C. It was the first time I had tried
this medicine on what appeared to me was dengue, and
imagine my surprise when the next day he reported to
work saying he was perfectly well. That I considered
as a ground breaking case in my long years of
My second case was when a friend hearing how I cured
my cook, contacted me and asked me to try the same
treatment on him. He said he was diagnosed with
dengue and had to enter a private hospital and that
his temperature was still high and his platelet
count had fallen drastically. So I gave him the same
medicine and by mid day he had begun sweating and
his temperature had left him, and his platelette
count had also gone up.”
Q. Any other cases?
In response, de Livera directs me to his website
www.Joepathy in which he has recorded some outcomes
of homoeopathy treatment he has personally given to
close friends and family, including himself - with
success. We reproduce some of these cases for our
Case history- 1
*Treating falling hair
About 20 years ago I discovered that I was losing
hair at an alarming rate daily. I was 60 years old
at that time and I started experimenting with
various Homeopathic remedies and have finally
evolved what I feel is the best therapy to help with
the Loss of Hair.
- The following ingredients are required:
Arnica Q or Mother Tincture 30ml bottle
Olive Oil 200 ml
Arnica 30c in the Liquid Dilution in Ethanol
500ml bottle of Spring water or Bottled water sold
Any good Fish Liver Oil in capsule form.
Pour 100ml Olive oil into a bottle and mix it with
5ml Arnica Q. Shake the bottle and the Arnica will
form an emulsion with the Olive Oil.
Wet the finger tips with the emulsion and part your
hair and apply the oil on the roots of the hair and
spend some time in massaging it into the scalp which
should show an oily shine. This is done daily for
best results after a shower.
Make a Wet dose of Arnica 30 as follows:
Order Arnica 30c in a 5ml in the Liquid Dilution in
Ethanol in a bottle with a dropper arrangement.
Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest
Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave
Insert three drops of the remedy into the bottle and
shake the bottle hard before you take a cap full
which is a dose twice daily. This is best taken
first thing in the morning and last thing before
Shaking the bottle hard is homoeopathy succession
and this shaking must be done every time before a
capful of the bottle is sipped as directed.
Take a capsule of the Fish Liver Oil daily.
Avoid harsh shampoos. Use Baby Shampoo instead.
It is also an excellent under arm deodorant for
Please note that the Roll on Stick Deodorants have
been found to cause Cancer as they block the pores.
Avoid coffee, preserved meats like sausages, ham and
bacon, and all canned cola beverages as they
antidote the therapy.
Drink plenty of water and exercise daily for at
least 45 minutes like walking or jogging depending
on your age. The idea is to sweat it out. This is
essential to promote the circulation of blood in the
body which Arnica will help to promote.
Patients who suffered from severe hair loss who were
losing over 200 hairs daily have confirmed that they
discovered in about a week that the loss of their
hair had been arrested. They also noticed that the
new growth was plainly visible above their scalp
when their hair was parted in about six weeks.
In my case I still have a good head of grey hair at
age 80 although it has thinned down to about half
the hair I had 40 years ago.
How I dislodged a kidney stone from a patient
I would like to share the therapy I used to treat a
Kidney Stone which can be useful to members who may
be diagnosed with one or who may find that a friend
suffers from a Kidney Stone. It is interesting to
note that modern medicine does not seem to have any
treatment for Kidney Stones other than shattering
them with a Lithotrypter or by using drugs to
dissolve them which usually does not seem to help
the patient quickly. This patient had been under
treatment by specialists of the General Hospital in
Colombo for some months but with no amelioration of
He presented with acute pain in his back which
had been diagnosed by specialists as Kidney Stones.
An X-ray did not show any shadows but his urine
report showed that he had Calcium Oxalate Crystals
I gave the patient Berberis Vulgaris 6c in the Wet
Dose but this did not help him for a week as this
remedy works slowly to dissolve the stones. On the
8th day he reported acute pain radiating down from
his right kidney and was unable to stand erect. I
diagnosed that a stone had been discharged from his
right kidney and that it was blocking his right
Ureter. I gave him six pellets Colocynthis 200 in
the dry dose which he took sublingually around 7pm.
He reported on the morning after that he had woken
up around 2am with excruciating pain, the likes of
which he had never suffered before in his life. The
pain radiated from his back down through his abdomen
on the right side and down to the bladder. His urine
was bloody shortly after.
He had passed the stone with just one dose of
Colocynthis 200 and he is now completely free of all
pain and discomfort. A urine test does not show any
signs of Calcium Oxalate Crystals.
I am recording this incident in the hope that
members will remember that Colocynthis 200 in the
dry dose has an almost miraculous effect in
dislodging Kidney Stones. Berberis Vulgaris 6c in
the Wet Dose will slowly dissolve the Calculi and it
helped this patient to dislodge the stone that was
in his right kidney and its passage through the
Ureter caused him this unbearable pain which was so
bad that he had passed out for a short while.
I have advised him to take a teaspoonful of Berberis
V 6c in the Wet Dose daily to ensure that his urine
does not cause another Kidney Stone to form and to
also drink at least three liters of liquids daily.
How to quit smoking
You may like to know that I pioneered in helping
chronic smokers to quit smoking with Arnica 30c in
the Wet dose taken twice daily. I discovered this
unusual effect of Arnica quite accidentally in 2005
when I gave this remedy to a patient who was
suffering from some ailment and was also a chronic
smoker. Since that time I have conducted experiments
with about 20 chronic smokers and about 85% have
confirmed that they lost the urge for that next
cigarette after about four doses taken over two days
on Arnica and within a week they were able to quit
History of Homoeopathy and what it sets out to do
Homoeopathy is based on ‘Totalistic Approach’ (also
called holistic approach). As a person is a single
identity, so is the disease which makes the person
sick as a whole. One can not consider individual
part or system as sick and treat individually. Here
the ‘diseased individual’ is treated with
revolutionary totalistic approach. The sole aim is
to treat the sick patient and not the diseased part.
This principle of totalistic approach was first
brought before this world by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann of
Germany in 1796. The homeopathic medical science
(also called homoeopathy) is in one way called
modern science as it is just 211 years old.
Originated by an allopath who was frustrated by the
limited approach and side effects of the medicines.
Now homoeopathy is practiced in more then 85
countries. It is one of the most popular alternative
medical science. In one way also now becoming a
medical science at par with allopathy. Homoeopathic
medical science is taught in homoeopathic medical
colleges, with more and more new homoeopathic
colleges are opening up in US, UK, India and other
parts of the world.