What is it?

The complete name of this form of treatment is "Homeo-Biochemic Formulation Therapy", it was formulated by Dr Gunvant Oswal from the University of Pune in India. G-Therapy is part of the Ayurvedic medicine, it is essentially based on a remedy whose substance is extracted from plants. The remedy is diluted according to the homeopathic process which states that the higher a substance is diluted the greater its effects will be, and added to biochemical salts or body salts. The final product is available in form of tablets and like homeopathic remedies; the tablets have to be taken sublingually (under the tongue).

Dr Oswal explains that "the body salts bring about the necessary changes in neuro- transmission while the herbal extracts act as a catalyst", he believes that G-therapy can improve speech, concentration, communication, sleep, motor co-ordination, it can reduce spasticity, involuntary movements, hyperactivity and tantrums.
Dr Oswal doesn't claim to have found a miracle cure; he suggests that G-therapy is more efficient when used in conjunction with other therapies.

G-therapy is a controversial treatment: since the beginning of the nineties numerous articles in the press have reported cases of children whose condition improved greatly thanks to the therapy; Dr Oswal claims that none of the 1700 children he treated with the G-therapy showed any signs of side effects, he also estimated a 70% rate of improvement in "reduced hyperactivity", "improved speech" and "improved motor control", and that the results were visible within twelve weeks. According to the Cerebra (previously known as The Rescue Foundation, a charity which focuses on brain injuries), more and more parents in the UK are interested in this treatment. However after several years no one is able to explain exactly how the therapy works, there is a lack of evidence: there has been no clinical trial so far to prove the benefits and safety of the therapy.

Practical facts: The duration of the therapy varies according to the condition of the child. It can take up to 12 weeks before the therapy starts working. The cost of a 6 months supply is £700.

Conditions that may benefit from G-therapy

Dr Oswal claims that children with the following disorders can be treated:
Brain injury
Cerebral palsy
Congenital brain anomalies
Down's syndrome
Learning disabilities
Retts syndrome

For more information:

G-Therapy Support Group UK
c/o 77 Sunderland Street
Doncaster DN11 9QH
Tel: 01302 742650

Dr Oswal
Sanjivani Clinic, 1215
Bhavani Peth
Palkhi Chowk
Pune - 411002
Tel: (0091) 20655511

Principality Buildings
13 Guildhall Square
Wales SA31 1PR
Freephone: 0800 32 81 159

http://www.egroups.com/community/g-therapy American G-therapy list - cerebral palsy network

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