Homeopathy

Publication Title: 
Annali Italiani Di Medicina Interna: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana Di Medicina Interna

The aim of this study is to explain homeopathy, and make a critical evaluation of the doctrine and its clinical practice. The discipline of homeopathy, a medical doctrine advanced by Samuel Hahnemann in the late eighteenth and the early nineteenth centuries, is based on a physiological theory according to which a "vital force dominates the human body in an unopposed and dynamic way"; disease processes are considered the consequence of a disturbance of this vital force. According to this doctrine, there are only three diseases: psora, sycosis and lues.

Author(s): 
Federspil, G.
Vettor, R.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Women & Aging

There has been a striking increase in Americans' awareness and use of alternative therapies over the last decade. Women, in particular, have been drawn to explore these unconventional health practices, which include herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, manual therapies, energy healing, and mind-body therapies.

Author(s): 
Gaylord, S.
Publication Title: 
Pediatric Clinics of North America

ADHD is a syndrome that can be treated effectively, safely, and economically with stimulant medications. There is no equal alternative to these agents in short-term treatment of ADHD symptoms. However, many families seek alternatives to stimulants and other drug treatments for a variety of reasons. Alternative approaches reflect the complexity and heterogeneity of the disorder by being equally manifold, complex, and often obscure in their modus operandi. Scientific evidence suggests that individualized dietary management may be effective in some children.

Author(s): 
Baumgaertel, A.
Publication Title: 
Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America

The use of complementary or alternative therapies by patients with rheumatic diseases is widespread and under-reported by patient to physician. The most commonly used forms of therapy are herbal/nutrient supplements, chiropractic, homeopathy, and acupuncture. The use of these therapies for treatment of rheumatic disease is not substantiated by review of the available medical literature. Furthermore, these therapies are expensive and potentially toxic.

Author(s): 
Kramer, N.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic review of the randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) of complementary/alternative (CAM) therapies in the treatment of non-migrainous headache (i.e. excluding migraine, cluster and organic headaches). DESIGN: Systematic review with quality scoring and evidence tables. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of RCTs per therapy, quality scores, evidence tables. RESULTS: Twenty-four RCTs were identified in the categories of acupuncture, spinal manipulation, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, homeopathy and other therapies.

Author(s): 
Vernon, H.
McDermaid, C. S.
Hagino, C.
Publication Title: 
The British Homoeopathic Journal

Over the past two decades, research into structure formation and structure conservation in water has created a significant interest among the homeopathy research community. The formation of sustained static and dynamic structures in aqueous solutions is thought to be synonymous with the possible storage of information in associated liquids. Prominent models and experiments considering this possibility are presented in this paper, and some of their subtleties, which were not given much room in the respective original publications, will be elucidated in more detail here.

Author(s): 
Schulte, J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Homeopathy is often advocated as a prophylaxis of migraine and headaches. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the clinical trials, testing the efficacy of homeopathy for these indications. Independent computerized literature searches were carried out in 4 databases. Only randomized, placebo-controlled trials were included. Four such studies were found. Their methodological quality was variable but, on average, satisfactory. One study suggested that homeopathic remedies were effective. The other, methodologically stronger trials did not support this notion.

Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
Publication Title: 
Archives De Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel De La Sociéte Française De Pédiatrie

Acute otitis media is the subject of many unresolved points of controversy: 1) correct diagnosis; 2) whether or not bacteria are present in each case of acute otitis media; 3) spontaneous course; 4) indication of antibiotherapy; 5) treatment of recurrent acute otitis media; and 6) the place of alternative medicine, such as homeopathy. There is no ideal response. It is important, however, to take into account the knowledge of the different otoscopic stages of acute otitis media and the fact that the course of the disease is spontaneously favorable in the majority of cases.

Author(s): 
Mudry, A.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To describe the practice characteristics and pediatric care of homeopathic practitioners (HPs) and naturopathic doctors (NDs). DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive survey. SETTING: Homeopathic and naturopathic practices in Massachusetts. PARTICIPANTS: Homeopathic practitioners (N = 42) and NDs (N = 23) identified from the yellow pages, regional and national society membership lists, schools, magazine advertisements, and by word-of-mouth. The response rate was 55% (23/42) for HPs and 65% (15/23) for NDs.

Author(s): 
Lee, A. C.
Kemper, K. J.
Publication Title: 
Obstetrics and Gynecology

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and types of complementary and alternative medicine therapies used by certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina. METHODS: Surveys were sent to all 120 licensed certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina requesting information concerning their recommendations for use of complementary and alternative medicine for their pregnant or postpartum patients. RESULTS: Eighty-two responses were received (68.3%). Seventy-seven (93.9%) reported recommending complementary and alternative medicine to their pregnant patients in the past year.

Author(s): 
Allaire, A. D.
Moos, M. K.
Wells, S. R.

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