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.
The principle of the similitude, the basis of homeopathy, has correspondences in the clinical studies of secondary effects of many modern pharmaceutical agents through the observation of the rebound effects of these drugs. Through clinical pharmacology, I proposed a model on which to base the scientificism of the homeopathic model.
The relationship between homeopathy and the Dr Bach system of flower remedies is explored. A historical perspective is given, doctrinal similarities and dissimilarities between both systems are discussed and the relationship between remedies used in homeopathy as well as in Dr Bach's system of flower remedies is explored. It is concluded that although both systems are clearly different, some common ground exists and that both systems may have a complementary role which is perhaps insufficiently recognised.
The aim of this project is to develop a common homeopathic terminology to improve communication. A questionnaire was sent by email to an international group of experts. As a result of an iterative process we propose that a number of terms which are inaccurate, unclear or have become outdated should be replaced by new terms. The main areas in which terminology should be updated are: concepts relating to: homeopathic pharmacology, research, homeopathic medicine, the principle of similarity, homeostasis and disease imitation, miasms, experimental homeopathy, provings and pathogenic trials.
Although more than 200 years have elapsed since the beginning of homeopathy and in spite of numerous confirmatory scientific experiments, the so-called memory of water is still a highly disputable and controversial theme in scientific circles. To make a contribution to solving this riddle, our research group tried to examine memory properties of water by the method of differential corona discharge Kirlian electrophotography of water-drop pairs. The method is based on a modified form of Kirlian photography with a subsequent thorough computer picture analysis.
CONTEXT: Due to the conditions of modern industrial pig fattening in intensive livestock farms, 24% to 69% of the animals become ill. The antibiotic metaphylaxis that is routinely administered leads to several problems in animals, human health, and the environment. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether a homeopathic metaphylaxis is effective and potentially useful for replacing antibiotic metaphylaxis. DESIGN: Animal subjects were divided into groups of 10 per pen, 2 pens sharing 1 trough.
"A professor is a gentleman of different opinion" this striking and sarcastic remark, which the surgeon August Bier often quoted in his lectures, can be applied to the pioneer of the lumbar and intravenous local anesthesia himself. Bier, born in 1861, in many ways influenced surgery, anesthesia and general medicine with his contributions through the decades. A student of the Kieler surgeon Friedrich von Esmarch, he habilitated after only two years.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Rehabilitationists must be able to assess not only the diagnostic entity, but also the person who is sick. The rehabilitation community's understanding of the holism involved in healing and the limitations of conventional therapies creates an openness to consider the usefulness of unconventional therapies. This article explores the role of homeopathy in rehabilitation medicine.
We studied the effects of in vitro treatment of differentiating osteogenic cells with FMS*Calciumfluor, to determine whether it caused changes in proliferative or differentiation potential of osteoblasts. FMS*Calciumfluor was developed for the therapy of post-menopausal and age-related osteoporosis on the basis of the principles of resonance homeopathy and VTR Vega test. Its daily prescribed therapeutical usage is about 30,000-fold less in fluoride concentration than that recommended for NaF associated with calcium monophosphate.
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)
Three hundred and three (303) adults selected by a research consultancy were asked six open-ended questions about homeopathy to ascertain their beliefs, knowledge, and behavior. Just over 40% said homeopathy meant to them "natural or herbal medicine"; while approximately one third said they do not know how homeopathy "works." Just under one third believed that homeopathy was available on the British National Health Service, while two thirds agreed that it was quite easy to get homeopathic treatment.