Present observations and experiences with Pleo Oku in health care practices are entirely positive. A considerable part of the relevant therapy measures relates to diarrheic illnesses in children. The following report deals with various aspects and accompanying conditions of these illnesses and offers practical instructions for the use of this Pleo Sanum remedy in both drop and tablet form.
From an article by Dr. med. Konrad Werthmann
Biomed and Terra-Medica’s repertoire of Pleo Sanum remedies includes the homeopathic agent Pleo Oku (Okoubasan), whose manufacture is based on the dried bark of the koubaka aubrevillei tree, found chiefly in West Africa. This Pleo Sanum remedy was initially only available in a 2X potency drop form, but now is also available in a non-alcohol containing 2X potency tablet. This more portable and very travel-friendly form of Pleo Oku supports the same uses as does the liquid Pleo Oku: acute diarrhea after food poisoning, infections of the gastrointestinal tract, food intolerances, prophylaxis for changes of climate and diet due to foreign travel. The properties of the active substances derived from the aforementioned tree bark, which had been used in old African folk medicine, are described in detail in the Pleo Sanum Materia Medica book.
Present observations and experiences with Pleo Oku in health care practices are entirely positive. A considerable part of the relevant therapy measures relates to diarrheic illnesses in children. The following report deals with various aspects and accompanying conditions of these illnesses and offers practical instructions for the use of this Pleo Sanum remedy in both drop and tablet form. Even though nowadays diarrheic illnesses no longer play nearly such an important role as in the past, thanks to improved hygiene and better care options, acute diarrheic illnesses still rank among the most common illnesses in childhood. In developing countries, acute diarrheic illness still exacts the highest toll among infants and small children.
In western industrialized countries the fatality and frequency of diarrheic illness in early childhood are quite low, yet one still may experience up to three episodes of the illness per year and per patient. Etiologically speaking, in our latitudes and in 70 to 80 per cent of cases, it is chiefly rotaviruses and enteral adenoviruses which cannot be cultured, which predominate in the incidence of this illness.
The basis of the treatment of acute diarrheic illness lies in compensating the loss of water and electrolytes as quickly as possible. In extreme cases – with a loss of up to 20 times the normal level – it will be necessary to treat dehydration and depressed circulation with infusions. However, most children with diarrhea can be treated with an oral re-hydration solution. According to Hirschhorn, with mild to moderate diarrhea, oral re-hydration is better than parenteral. This means that in practice one can allow a sick child to be treated at home and try a combined therapy with homeopathic and/or isopathic medicines.
Important aspects of using Pleo Oku
The best remedies to combat the loss of water and electrolytes are traditional re-hydration solutions based on glucose combined with electrolytes. These solutions meet the requirements of the initial treatment by quickly replacing fluid and electrolytes lost and simultaneously providing glucose. However, this does not ensure the binding of toxins. This can best be achieved with the Pleo Sanum homeopathic agent Pleo Oku. Due to alcohol content, tablet form is best for infants and small children. In older children and adults, tablet or drop forms equally suffice. In both cases, it is an advantage that only small quantities of the remedy are generally required. Pleo Oku has an astringent effect which limits electrolyte and water loss through the Mucosa enteralis and in addition detoxifies any imported toxins or those caused by a pathological metabolism. This remedy also promotes phagocytosis of the granulocytes. All of this leads to a reduction of the toxically conditioned blocking of the functional disorder of the pancreas.
The destruction of large areas of the Mucosa enteralis by allergic processes, accompanied by an atrophying of the villi, leads to inadequate processing of early enzymatic stages to a suspension of the activities of the pancreas. This in turn causes a failure to conjugate free bile acids and hence leads to drastic diarrhea, such as occurs with excessively fatty food, through the low water solubility of the free bile acids. The formation of gas in this process triggers colic and the familiar problems of Roemheld’s syndrome. This clinical picture can occur at any age.
The documented naturopathic fields of application for both forms of Pleo Oku (drops and tablets) are:
• Diarrheic illnesses of a general nature.
• Intestinal allergic diseases at any age.
• Diarrhea after excessively fatty food with increased gas formation.
• Intestinal infections from rotaviruses or adenoviruses.
• Infestations (Lamblia, campylobacter, salmonella, Yersinia).
• Digestive problems with advancing age.
• Dietary risks in foreign travel (Pleo Oku is a must for every travel first aid kit).
Pleo Oku administration
Nursing infants to be given one to two drops in 50 grams of chamomile tea, and sipped. If vomiting is severe the drops may be trickled on to the tongue.
Small children up to four years of age to be given one tablet once a day or two to three drops directly into the mouth two to four times a day. A few drops of raspberry juice, for example, may be used to disguise the flavour of alcohol.
Older children to be given one tablet twice a day or two to five drops two to five times a day in a little raspberry cordial or a few sips of chamomile tea after chewing a half to a whole tablet.
Adults to be given five drops one to three times a day or three to five tablets a day, with a drink of chamomile tea to follow.
For acute diarrhea, traveler’s diarrhea and food poisoning, take one tablet or five to ten drops every 30 minutes, up to 12 times a day for adults, until symptoms resolve.
Night-time teeth grinding can be due to parasites and Pleo Oku can be very supportive to reduce or stop the grinding. Also, Pleo
Oku has been known to greatly reduce or eliminate dietary allergic reactions within a few minutes.