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Homeopathy – Treating Disorder or Disease

Posted April 26, 2017

Classical homeopathy in the treatment of cancer patients – a prospective observational study of two independent cohorts.

Condition: Cancer

Finding: We observed an improvement of quality of life as well as a tendency of fatigue symptoms to decrease in cancer patients under complementary homeopathic treatment. Study inconclusive.

Rostock, M., J. Naumann, C. Guethlin, L. Guenther, H. H. Bartsch, and H. Walach. “Classical Homeopathy in the Treatment of Cancer Patients–a Prospective Observational Study of Two Independent Cohorts.” [In eng]. BMC Cancer 11 (Jan 17 2011): 19.

Homeopathy for Depression – DEP-HOM: Study protocol for a randomized, partially double-blind, placebo controlled, four armed study.

Condition: Depression

Finding: Ongoing study

Adler, U. C., S. Kruger, M. Teut, R. Ludtke, I. Bartsch, L. Schutzler, F. Melcher, et al. “Homeopathy for Depression–Dep-Hom: Study Protocol for a Randomized, Partially Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled, Four Armed Study.” [In eng]. Trials 12 (Feb 14 2011): 43.

Real-life effect of classical homeopathy in the treatment of allergies: A multicenter prospective observational study.

Condition: Allergy

Finding: The symptoms of patients undergoing homeopathic treatment were shown to improve substantially and conventional medication dosage could be substantially reduced.

Grundling, C., W. Schimetta, and M. Frass. “Real-Life Effect of Classical Homeopathy in the Treatment of Allergies: A Multicenter Prospective Observational Study.” [In eng]. Wien Klin Wochenschr 124, no. 1-2 (Jan 2012): 11-7.

The feasibility of a pragmatic randomised controlled trial to compare usual care with usual care plus individualised homeopathy, in children requiring secondary care for asthma.

Condition: Asthma

Finding: A future study using this design is not feasible, further investigation of a potential role for homeopathy in asthma management might be better conducted in primary care with children with less severe asthma.

Thompson, E. A., A. Shaw, J. Nichol, S. Hollinghurst, A. J. Henderson, T. Thompson, and D. Sharp. “The Feasibility of a Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial to Compare Usual Care with Usual Care Plus Individualised Homeopathy, in Children Requiring Secondary Care for Asthma.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 100, no. 3 (Jul 2011): 122-30.

Usage of alternative medical systems, acupuncture, homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine, by older German adults.

Condition: Acute disease

Finding: One should be cautious to draw predictive conclusions from studies with broad and unspecific CAM categories, for among them there are several therapies which should not be regarded as CAM.

Bussing, A., T. Ostermann, P. Heusser, and P. F. Matthiessen. “Usage of Alternative Medical Systems, Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Anthroposophic Medicine, by Older German Adults.” [In eng]. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao 9, no. 8 (Aug 2011): 847-56.

Blisters and homeopathy: Case reports and differential diagnosis.

Condition: Blisters

Finding: This article reports cases of blistering diseases successfully treated with homeopathic medicines, which represent an alternative for the treatment of such disorders

Jurj, G., and S. Waisse. “Blisters and Homeopathy: Case Reports and Differential Diagnosis.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 100, no. 3 (Jul 2011): 168-74.

Low-grade inflammation in chronic diseases: An integrative pathophysiology anticipated by homeopathy?

Condition: Inflammation

Finding: Low-grade inflammation in chronic diseases: An integrative pathophysiology anticipated by homeopathy?

Adler, U. C. “Low-Grade Inflammation in Chronic Diseases: An Integrative Pathophysiology Anticipated by Homeopathy?” [In eng]. Med Hypotheses 76, no. 5 (May 2011): 622-6.

Homeopathy for eczema: A systematic review of controlled clinical trials.

Condition: Eczema

Finding: The evidence from controlled clinical trials therefore fails to show that homeopathy is an efficacious treatment for eczema.

Ernst, E. “Homeopathy for Eczema: A Systematic Review of Controlled Clinical Trials.” [In eng]. Br J Dermatol 166, no. 6 (Jun 2012): 1170-2.

Homeopathy in paediatric atopic diseases: Long-term results in children with atopic dermatitis.

Condition: Atopic dermatitis

Finding: To the data from the literature paediatric patients treated with homeopathy seem to show a reduced tendency to maintain AD and develop asthma (and allergic rhinitis) in adult age.

Rossi, E., P. Bartoli, A. Bianchi, and M. Da Fre. “Homeopathy in Paediatric Atopic Diseases: Long-Term Results in Children with Atopic Dermatitis.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 101, no. 1 (Jan 2012): 13-20.

Adverse effects of homeopathy: A systematic review of published case reports and case series.

Condition: Not stated

Finding: Homeopathy has the potential to harm patients and consumers in both direct and indirect ways. Clinicians should be aware of its risks and advise their patients accordingly.

Posadzki, P., A. Alotaibi, and E. Ernst. “Adverse Effects of Homeopathy: A Systematic Review of Published Case Reports and Case Series.” [In eng]. Int J Clin Pract 66, no. 12 (Dec 2012): 1178-88.

Individualized homeopathy in a group of Egyptian asthmatic children.

Condition: Asthma

Finding: This study provides evidence that homeopathic medicines, as prescribed by experienced homeopathic practitioners, improve severity of asthma in children. Controlled studies should be conducted.

Shafei, H. F., S. M. AbdelDayem, and N. H. Mohamed. “Individualized Homeopathy in a Group of Egyptian Asthmatic Children.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 101, no. 4 (Oct 2012): 224-30.

Homeopathy in chronic sinusitis: A prospective multi-centric observational study.

Condition: Chronic sinusitis

Finding: Homeopathic treatment may be effective for CS patients. Controlled trials are required for further validation.

Nayak, C., V. Singh, V. P. Singh, P. Oberai, V. Roja, S. S. Shitanshu, M. N. Sinha, et al. “Homeopathy in Chronic Sinusitis: A Prospective Multi-Centric Observational Study.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 101, no. 2 (Apr 2012): 84-91.

Homeopathy in severe sepsis.

Condition: Sepsis

Finding: None provided

Ernst, E. “Homeopathy in Severe Sepsis.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 100, no. 3 (Jul 2011): 195; author reply 96-7.

Clinical trial of homeopathy in rheumatoid arthritis.

Condition: Rheumatoid Arthrtitis

Finding: None provided

Vithoulkas, G. “Clinical Trial of Homeopathy in Rheumatoid Arthritis.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 100, no. 4 (Oct 2011): 300.

Homeopathy and heart rate variability: Concerns and issues.

Condition: Cardiovascular Disease

Finding: None provided

Heathers, J. A., and A. H. Kemp. “Homeopathy and Heart Rate Variability: Concerns and Issues.” [In eng]. J Altern Complement Med 17, no. 12 (Dec 2011): 1095.

Homeopathy for mental fatigue: lessons from a randomized, triple blind, placebo-controlled cross-over clinical trial.

Condition: Mental Fatigue

Finding: Kali phos 6x was not found to be effective in reducing mental fatigue.

Dean, M. E., R. Karsandas, J. M. Bland, D. Gooch, and H. MacPherson. “Homeopathy for Mental Fatigue: Lessons from a Randomized, Triple Blind, Placebo-Controlled Cross-over Clinical Trial.” [In eng]. BMC Complement Altern Med 12 (Oct 01 2012): 167.

Homeopathy in the treatment of tubercular lymphadenitis (TBLN) – An Indian experience.

Condition: Tubercular Lymphadentitis

Finding: Homeopathy can be used as a complement to conventional anti tubercular treatment (ATT) with beneficial results.

Chand, S. K., R. K. Manchanda, S. Batra, and R. Mittal. “Homeopathy in the Treatment of Tubercular Lymphadenitis (Tbln)–an Indian Experience.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 100, no. 3 (Jul 2011): 157-67.

Epidermolysis bullosa: Report of three cases treated with homeopathy.

Condition: Epidermolysis bullosa

Finding: This article reports the case of 3 children successfully treated with individualized homeopathic medicines.

Jurj, G., S. Waisse, A. B. Sos, L. C. Lima Thomaz, M. R. Liguori Varejao, S. A. Tierno, and W. Labonia-Filho. “Epidermolysis Bullosa: Report of Three Cases Treated with Homeopathy.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 100, no. 4 (Oct 2011): 264-9.

Homeopathy for acute otitis media-time for a definitive trial.

Condition: Acute Otitis Media

Finding: None provided

Jacobs, J. “Homeopathy for Acute Otitis Media-Time for a Definitive Trial.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 101, no. 1 (Jan 2012): 3.

Homeopathy.

Condition: Social medicine

Finding: None provided

Hoffman, J. “Homeopathy.” [In eng]. Can Pharm J (Ott) 145, no. 5 (Sep 2012): 200.

The diversity of endeavour in Homeopathy.

Condition: Social Medicine

Finding: None provided

Fisher, P. “The Diversity of Endeavour in Homeopathy.” [In eng]. Homeopathy 100, no. 4 (Oct 2011): 201-2.