Homeopathy

Publication Title: 
Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research

Patients in a family health center clinic were surveyed about their use of alternative/complementary medicine. These were mostly low-income individuals on Medicaid. The aim was to estimate prevalence and patterns of use of medically unconventional therapies such as chiropractic, homeopathy, and acupuncture in this population.

Author(s): 
Krastins, M.
Ristinen, E.
Cimino, J. A.
Mamtani, R.
Publication Title: 
Revue Médicale De Bruxelles

The European Union and the European Council are interested in the phenomenon "Homoeopathy". At the initiative of a member of the European Parliament, Mr. Paul LANNOYE, the European Commission created a study group with the aim to answer the question: "Is Homoeopathy researchable?" After 18 month, the group, including conventional pharmacologists and researchers using daily homoeopathy, answered affirmatively to the question.

Author(s): 
Van Wassenhoven, M.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Family Medicine

BACKGROUND: The use of homeopathy is growing in the United States, but little is known about practice patterns of physicians using homeopathy and the patients who seek homeopathic care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data for consecutive patient visits to 27 doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy using homeopathy in 1992 were collected and compared with the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey of 1990. RESULTS: Patients seen by the homeopathic physicians were younger, more affluent, and more likely to present with long-term complaints.

Author(s): 
Jacobs, J.
Chapman, E. H.
Crothers, D.
Publication Title: 
JAMA

CONTEXT: A prior national survey documented the high prevalence and costs of alternative medicine use in the United States in 1990. OBJECTIVE: To document trends in alternative medicine use in the United States between 1990 and 1997. DESIGN: Nationally representative random household telephone surveys using comparable key questions were conducted in 1991 and 1997 measuring utilization in 1990 and 1997, respectively. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1539 adults in 1991 and 2055 in 1997. MAIN OUTCOMES MEASURES: Prevalence, estimated costs, and disclosure of alternative therapies to physicians.

Author(s): 
Eisenberg, D. M.
Davis, R. B.
Ettner, S. L.
Appel, S.
Wilkey, S.
Van Rompay, M.
Kessler, R. C.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Internal Medicine

BACKGROUND: Studies suggest that between 30% and 50% of the adult population in industrialized nations use some form of complementary and/or alternative medicine (CAM) to prevent or treat a variety of health-related problems. METHOD: A comprehensive literature search identified 25 surveys conducted between 1982 and 1995 that examined the practices and beliefs of conventional physicians with regard to 5 of the more prominent CAM therapies: acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, herbal medicine, and massage. Six studies were excluded owing to their methodological limitations.

Author(s): 
Astin, J. A.
Marie, A.
Pelletier, K. R.
Hansen, E.
Haskell, W. L.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Dermatology

OBJECTIVE: To use scientific methods to evaluate 2 claims made by practitioners of alternative medicine. DESIGN: A placebo-controlled, double-blind study of homeopathy in children with warts, and a cohort study of the influence of lunar phases on postoperative outcome in surgical patients. SETTING: Outpatients of a dermatology department (homeopathy study) and inpatients evaluated at an anesthesiology department (lunar phases). SUBJECTS: Sixty volunteers for the homeopathy study and 14,970 consecutive patients undergoing surgery under general anesthesia for the lunar phase study.

Author(s): 
Smolle, J.
Prause, G.
Kerl, H.
Publication Title: 
Family Practice

OBJECTIVE: Complementary and alternative medicine use is increasing worldwide, and the expenses are high while its effectiveness is still in debate. The aim of this survey was to evaluate the utilization of complementary and alternative medicine in Israel. METHOD: Four-hundred and eighty patients in two primary care clinics have participated in the survey and answered an anonymous questionnaire. RESULTS: Ninety patients (18.7%) have consulted an alternative medicine therapist at least once in the past.

Author(s): 
Kitai, E.
Vinker, S.
Sandiuk, A.
Hornik, O.
Zeltcer, C.
Gaver, A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Individualized homeopathy is the most controversial form of this therapy. This review aims to summarize the actual state of clinical efficacy research on individualized homeopathy. METHODS: Electronic databases as well as other sources were searched for possibly relevant studies. Randomized or quasirandomized controlled clinical trials comparing an individualized homeopathic treatment strategy with placebo, no treatment, or another treatment were eligible.

Author(s): 
Linde, K.
Melchart, D.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

The meta-analysis of homeopathy trials that appeared in the Lancet in 1997 seemed to endorse the experience of practitioners and patients that homeopathic medicines have specific clinically relevant effects.

Author(s): 
Dean, M.
Publication Title: 
Praxis

Homeopathy can be characterized by three axioms "treating like with like" (law of similars), "increasing effects with increasing potency" (potentization) and "effects on the basis of ultra-high dilutions" (beyond-molecular effects), where it is unlikely that the dilutions contain a single molecule of the original substance. On the basis of these tenets and the clinical evidence further research priorities are developed. Current reviews indicate small homeopathic verum effects, even after adjustment for internal validity and publication-bias.

Author(s): 
Brockow, T.
Franke, A.
Resch, K. L.

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