labelling medicines

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PD 2009-02-07 20:34:09


I was asked to give a calcium supplement by the paediatrician, for my son Raghav as he does not like to have milk / milk products. I was shocked to find that the syrup that I bought was extracted from oyster shells! And there was no sign/symbol on the packaging that suggested that it was not vegetarian! Today, when all other food products carry the brown or green symbol for non-veg / veg, I think all medicines too should carry this symbol. What do you all think? .......And did you know that many ayurvedic medicines are extracted from things that are not vegetarian?!

We look at these symbols on food products, but how many of us have looked at the way medicines are packaged and what ingredients some of them may have?

I brought this to the notice of my father who is a consumer activist. He has promised to take this up with the people concerned. Do any of you have any such experience? Please share it with the group.......

aanchal 2009-04-13 13:40:48


most of the allopathic syrups have the required green dots to denote veg. i have noticed red dots in those tablets(especially multivitamins) which have egg shells as ingredients. but not all of them follow the norm. i have made it a habit to check the ingredients before i consume a new medicine. doc fail to take care of allergies to any ingredient the medicine has. so its best to be on our guard.

psss...more than 50% homeopathic medicines have animal origins. this fact is no where mentioned on the bottles. u can find such 'petty' details only on websites these days


PD 2009-04-13 15:09:59




Thanx for the reply....thought noone here thought this was important enough to discuss!...I have not seen any of the labelling that u have mentioned on medicines here....could u share the names of those medicines / supplements with me?

I am taking this father is looking into it and is making some enquiries before he takes it up at the national whatever ideas, opinions and information u have would be useful.

Yeah I know homeopathy is kind of "mysterious" in the sense u don't know what goes into it! I am taking that up as well....but what I didn't know is that more than half of the homeo medicines have animal origin! Thanx for enlightening me!



aanchal 2009-04-13 15:25:07


these days there are two multivitamins in my house: revital has a red dot on the bottle..zincovit has a green dot.. last year, my dr prescribed me a multivitamin, which i didnt take coz of the red dot..i asked her to change the drug.

but u r right that they ought to mention the dots on all drugs, not just a couple of them. if u google the origin of homeo medicines, u will be amazed to see the sources of many of them..some come from fish-bone, some from blood (yuck). unfortunately, this is not mentioned on the bottles..we consume them, nevertheless.


aanchal 2009-04-13 15:32:07


posting you an example:



Spanish fly


Popularly known as Spanish fly, cantharis is actually a beetle found in southern France and Spain. It produces an irritant so caustic that the skin will blister if exposed to it.

Cantharis has had a long career in medicine and has been used for all manner of disorders. In high concentrations the irritant can be toxic, prompting abdominal cramps and burning pains in the throat and stomach, vomiting of blood, diarrhea, kidney damage, convulsions, coma, and death. Homeopaths prescribe Cantharis for patients whose ailments are coupled with symptoms like those of cantharis poisoning.

According to homeopathic tradition, the beetles are collected at daybreak, when they are still sluggish from the cool of the night, and heated in the steam of boiling vinegar until dead. The beetles are then crushed and mixed with successively greater amounts of milk sugar, a pharmaceutical process called trituration. The resulting powder is highly dilute.

Parts Used

Whole, live beetle.


Cantharis is mainly used to treat severe cystitis with a burning, scalding pain that gets worse as urine is passed. It is also given for other urinary tract infections and for scalds and burns that are helped by cold compresses.

This remedy is also effective for irritation of the digestive tract that leads to a distended abdomen; !burning pain and scalding diarrhea; a burning sensation on the soles of the feet at night; icy hands with red, hot fingernails; pus filled rashes on the hands; and black-centered stings.

Other physical symptoms eased by this remedy include loss of appetite, burning sensations in the throat, and a great thirst but no desire to drink.

Mental problems alleviated by Cantharis include an excessive desire for sexual intercourse, fits of rage, irritability leading to violence, severe anxiety, screaming, and insolence.


Found mainly in southern France and Spain.


Crotalus hor.

Rattlesnake / Pit viper

Crotalus horridus

The rattlesnake is distinctive because of its tail, which makes a rattling sound when it is about to strike. The homeopathic remedy was first proved by Dr. Hering in 1837 and is used today for a range of serious illnesses.

The Latin name for the rattlesnake derives from the AGreekkrotalon, meaning "rattle" or "castanet." This is due to the distinctive rattling sound made by the snake's tail, which vibrates at 50 beats per second as the creature prepares to strike its prey. The remedy, proved by the US homeopath Dr. Constantine Hering in 1837, is prescribed primarily for a range of serious disorders, including hemorrhaging, angina, strokes, and infection.

Those who respond best to Crotalus tend to be sluggish and melancholic. They are prone to forgetfulness, al;ld may lose their way in their own neighborhood, or even f,orget the names of close friends. An aversion to family members is typical of these people, and a desire for meat, especially pork, is common.

Crotalus is considered to help stop bleeding from any orifice, making it highly useful for hemorrhaging. It is given following the onset of a state of total collapse, which may be due to a severe septic state, a stroke, or a heart attack. In addition, it may help cases of delirium, throat infection, or retinal hemorrhage.

Venom "milked" from live snakes is used to make antivenins. which trigger production of antibodies that neutralize the poison from a snakebite.

Venom obtained from a live snake by "milking" it is dropped onto lactose sugar.The resulting mixture is then triturated.

Parts Used

Fresh venom.


Crotalus hor. helps stop bleeding from any orifice, especially when it is slow and the blood is dark, thin, and does not clot. The remedy is used for jaundice, sepsis, and total collapse. It is also given for right-sided strokes, cancer, and heart problems where the person is worse lying on the left side and the pain extends to the left hand. Sometimes it is given for swelling in the whole body; for example in liver failure and blood poisoning. It can also be helpful for alcoholism.

Bleeding - Copious bleeding from any orifice. The remedy is especially effective for slow bleeding, or for thin, dark blood that does not clot well. It may seem as though blood is present in the Perspiration or tears. The bleeding may be associated with a state of collapse or severe infection. Crotalus is used for septicemia with hemorrhaging where the breakdown of red blood cells is so great that the liver becomes overwhelmed, leading to the onset of serious conditions such as jaundice.

Stroke - Weakness or total collapse after a stroke. There may be paralysis or impaired function in the limbs, which is generally right-sided and accompanied by pain that extends down to the left hand. Other symptoms may include retinal hemorrhaging and nosebleeds. There may be signs of delirium

Heart disorders - Partial or total collapse following angina or a heart attack. There may be weakness, fainting, and pain that is worse on the left side of the body and that possibly extends down the arm to the left hand. There may be great reluctance to move due to a feeling that somethingls going to burst underneath the breastbone.

Delirium - Confused and disordered thoughts as a result of a serious infection, stroke, or heart attack. There may be irritability, anxiety, and an inability to answer questions. Insomnia is another possible symptom: those affected may suddenly jump out of bed and try to run away, muttering and babbling. These symptoms may also be associated with the delirium tremens caused by alcoholism.

Throat infections - Inflammation or infection of the throat, often due to laryngitis or tonsillitis. The pain is particularly sharp on the left side of the throat, and is often accompanied by a dry, irritating cough. Another characteristic symptom linked with Crotalus is soreness in the throat with associated difficulty in swallowing.


Found in arid regions of Canada, the US, and South America.

Native range, like that of many other species of rattlesnakes, is Canada, the US, and South America. Found in arid terrain and desert areas.



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