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Title: A qualitative exploration of the homoeopathic remedies indicated for the reaction to an HIV positive diagnosis
Authors: Mvunelo, Nontuthuzelo Qaqamba 
Keywords: Homeopathy;Homoeopathic remedies;HIV diagnosis
Issue Date: 10-Jun-2020
HIV is a virus that proliferates via certain body fluids (blood, semen and pre-seminal
fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids and breast milk) and attacks the white blood cells in
the body’s immune system, called CD4 cells (or T-helper cells). There are a number
of studies that have been conducted on the use of complementary and alternative
medicine (CAM) related to HIV. This study focused on the emotional response of an
HIV positive diagnosis on patients. This study sought to determine these responses.
The overall wellbeing of a person from a physical, emotional and mental point of view
is of utmost importance. A person needs to be emotionally and physically well so that
they can live longer. A holistic approach to an HIV diagnosis enables all the spheres
of existence to be in coherence, which then impacts on a good life expectancy.
Aim of the study
The aim of the study was to determine the emotional responses of patients to their
HIV positive diagnosis and explore the potential homoeopathic remedies indicated for
The study followed a qualitative explorative design. This type of design is used to
define the problem or by developing an approach to the problem. It is also used to go
deeper into issues of interest and explore the subtle differences in connection to the
problem at hand (Mora 2010).
Purposive sampling is used and 20 participants were recruited for this study. Of the
20 participants, 12 completed the study and eight dropped out. The data was collected
and analysed using the thematic analysis procedure.
The findings from the study showed that the majority of participants had a fear of dying
as a major concern arising from their status. Furthermore, the qualitative results
showed that participants went through denial, emotional shock and pain, amongst
other emotions. when they were initially informed about their status. It emerged that participants were optimistic going forward due to the later acquired knowledge about
HIV. However, in spite of the availability of ARV’s, participants wanted a wider variety
of treatment modalities in addition to the tablet mode of administration.
The results of rubric selection and repertorisation showed that Calcarea carbonica,
Ignatia amara, Natrum muriaticum, Phosphoricum acidum, Gelsemium sempervirens,
Pulsatilla pratensis, Arnica montana and Nux vomica were the remedies most
frequently indicated for the presented emotional responses.
The prominent themes of the study strongly suggest that participants are greatly
affected emotionally at the time they first find out about their status. It also emerged
that there were lifestyle changes and adjustments that the participants had to make
as a result of their positive diagnosis. It was established that participants showed
regrets regarding unprotected sex which led to their infection and diagnosis. Based on
the results, the researcher recommends that there is a need for integration of
homoeopathy into the primary healthcare system because of its holistic approach to
treatment. This is more especially towards the emotional aspect that the research
sought to investigate. Significantly, the integration of homoeopathy will provide a wider
variety options to management of patients and reduce the workload in the government
Dissertation submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Masters of Technology degree in Homoeopathy Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2020.
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