Homeopathy

Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Complementary therapies are widespread but controversial. We aim to provide a comprehensive collection and a summary of systematic reviews of clinical trials in three major complementary therapies (acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy). This article is dealing with homeopathy. Potentially relevant reviews were searched through the register of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, the Cochrane Library, Medline, and bibliographies of articles and books.

Author(s): 
Linde, K.
Hondras, M.
Vickers, A.
ter Riet, G.
Melchart, D.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Internal Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the growth of interest, if any, in complementary or alternative medicine by the professional scientific community from the number of MEDLINE-listed and clinical trial-type articles for January 1, 1966, through December 31, 1996. METHODS: Systematic literature searches of the MEDLINE database, using the expanded terms "alternative medicine," "traditional medicine," "acupuncture," "homeopathy," and "chiropractic," were conducted in January 1998 to evaluate the number of all articles.

Author(s): 
Barnes, J.
Abbot, N. C.
Harkness, E. F.
Ernst, E.
Publication Title: 
German medical science: GMS e-journal

The prevalence of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) of 1-2% in the general population associated with high disease-related costs and the conflicting data on treatment effectiveness had led to the development of evidence-based guidelines designed to provide patients and physicians guidance in selecting among the alternatives. Until now no evidence-based interdisciplinary (including patients) guideline for the management of FMS was available in Europe.

Author(s): 
Häuser, Winfried
Arnold, Bernhard
Eich, Wolfgang
Felde, Eva
Flügge, Christl
Henningsen, Peter
Herrmann, Markus
Köllner, Volker
Kühn, Edeltraud
Nutzinger, Detlev
Offenbächer, Martin
Schiltenwolf, Marcus
Sommer, Claudia
Thieme, Kati
Kopp, Ina
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Complementary-alternative medicines are extensively used in the treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma, but evidence-based recommendations are lacking. To provide evidence-based recommendations, the literature was searched by using MedLine and the Cochrane Library to March 2005 (Key words: Asthma [OR] Rhinitis, [AND] Complementary [OR] Alternative Medicine, [OR] Herbal, [OR] Acupuncture, [OR] Homeopathy, [OR] Alternative Treatment). Randomized trials, preferably double-blind and published in English, were selected. The articles were evaluated by a panel of experts.

Author(s): 
Passalacqua, Giovanni
Bousquet, Philippe J.
Carlsen, Kai-Hakon
Kemp, James
Lockey, Richard F.
Niggemann, Bodo
Pawankar, Ruby
Price, David
Bousquet, Jean
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Complementary therapies are widespread but controversial. We aim to provide a comprehensive collection and a summary of systematic reviews of clinical trials in three major complementary therapies (acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy). This article is dealing with herbal medicine. Potentially relevant reviews were searched through the register of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, the Cochrane Library, Medline, and bibliographies of articles and books.

Author(s): 
Linde, K.
ter Riet, G.
Hondras, M.
Vickers, A.
Saller, R.
Melchart, D.
Publication Title: 
Padiatrie Und Padologie

Due to the advance of alternative medicine a critical synopsis by means of the comparison between scientific medicine (clinical medicine) and homeopathy is warranted. The review of studies carried out according to current scientific criteria revealed--at best--a placebo effect of homeopathy. Until now there is no proven mechanism for the mode of action of homeopathy. Sometimes so-called "alternative medicine" prevents effective curative measures.

Author(s): 
Kurz, R.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

BACKGROUND: Complementary/alternative therapies are used for low back pain more frequently than for any other indication, yet evidence for or against their efficacy is fragmentary. Notwithstanding this void, the high prevalence of such therapies drives their integration into our health care systems. Expert opinions on the use of complementary/alternative therapies for low back pain could therefore be helpful until more data from randomized, controlled trials become available.

Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
Pittler, M. H.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Complementary therapies are widespread but controversial. We aim to provide a comprehensive collection and a summary of systematic reviews of clinical trials in three major complementary therapies (acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy). This article is dealing with acupuncture. Potentially relevant reviews were searched through the register of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, the Cochrane Library, Medline, and bibliographies of articles and books.

Author(s): 
Linde, K.
Vickers, A.
Hondras, M.
ter Riet, G.
Thormählen, J.
Berman, B.
Melchart, D.
Publication Title: 
Revue D'histoire De La Pharmacie

In 1796 homeopathy was born by the publication of an Hahnemann's article in a periodic founded by C. W. Hufeland, a German physician, Professor in Iena, who was friendly with Hahnemann during more of thirty years. This periodic, which defended the experimental philosophy and was devoted to the practical medicine, will be nevertheless the mean instrument to spread Hahneman's ideas until the issue of the Organon in 1810.

Author(s): 
Pinet, Patrice
Publication Title: 
Klinische Monatsblatter Fur Augenheilkunde

In an overview new data from the literature regarding alternative/complementary medicine are presented. Naturopathy, acupuncture and homeopathy as well as new findings in placebo-research and their correlation to alternative medicine are discussed. In addition, as a synthesis a patient-orientated so-called anthropologic medicine is recommended to make alternative/complementary medicine unnecessary.

Author(s): 
Behrens-Baumann, W.

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