Homeopathy

Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether any pre-clinical research in homoeopathy has been independently replicated. SEARCH STRATEGY: CISCOM was searched using the key words 'homeopathy' and 'basic research'. Further references were obtained from reviews, bibliographies, citation tracking and contact with experts. SELECTION CRITERIA: Studies comparing the effects of one or more homoeopathic medicines to no homoeopathic treatment on any live biological material apart from humans or animals under veterinary care. Research on intoxication and basophil degranulation was excluded.

Author(s): 
Vickers, A. J.
Publication Title: 
Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

Questionable or unproven methods are used by cancer patients throughout the world. Treatments include drugs, vitamins, herbs, diets, healing, "psychological" treatments, folk medicines, and homeopathy. The exact frequency of questionable methods in cancer is difficult to evaluate because of the variety of methods, some being used as complementary treatments to conventional ones (and often not mentioned by patients) and others, as curative treatment (alternative treatment).

Author(s): 
Schraub, S.
Publication Title: 
Health & Place

An increasing number of people are using alternative medical care. The literature suggests that there are important between place variations, however. This paper tries to assess the extent of these variations and mechanisms behind them for the utilization of homeopathy, paranormal healing and manual therapy. Are these variations a matter of level of supply, degree of urbanization, GP characteristics or simply a matter of composition of populations? Data are derived from the Dutch National Surgery of General Practice and analyzed using multilevel logistic regression models.

Author(s): 
Verheij, R. A.
de Bakker, D. H.
Groenewegen, P. P.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

BACKGROUND: Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) affects 750,000 persons in the United States annually. Five to fifteen percent have persistent dysfunction and disability. No effective, standard pharmacological treatment exists specifically for this problem. We designed a pilot research project to study the clinical effectiveness of homeopathic medicine in the treatment of persistent MTBI. METHOD: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 60 patients, with a four-month follow-up (N = 50), was conducted at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH).

Author(s): 
Chapman, E. H.
Weintraub, R. J.
Milburn, M. A.
Pirozzi, T. O.
Woo, E.
Publication Title: 
Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America

Despite a growing interest in uncovering the basic mechanisms of arthritis, medical treatment remains symptomatic. Current medical treatments do not consistently halt the long-term progression of these diseases, and surgery may still be needed to restore mechanical function in large joints. Patients with rheumatic syndromes often seek alternative therapies, with homeopathy being one of the most frequent. Homeopathy is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies worldwide.

Author(s): 
Jonas, W. B.
Linde, K.
Ramirez, G.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

OBJECTIVE: To document educational and research programs in complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) at US veterinary schools and to develop recommendations for additional curriculum development and research in these modalities. DESIGN: Mail questionnaire. SAMPLE POPULATION: Deans, curriculum committees, and interested faculty at US veterinary schools. PROCEDURES: Questionnaires were mailed to personnel at all 27 US veterinary schools. Nonrespondents received a follow-up letter and telephone contact. Information was used to establish the current status of CAVM.

Author(s): 
Schoen, A. M.
Publication Title: 
The British Homoeopathic Journal

To evaluate the efficacy of homeopathy in preventing migraine attacks and accompanying symptoms, a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted. There was a one-month registration period without treatment, followed by four months individualised homeopathic treatment or identical placebo. Patients were stratified for common or classical migraine. Seventy-three patients were randomised, 68 completed the trial. Baseline values were similar in the two groups.

Author(s): 
Straumsheim, P.
Borchgrevink, C.
Mowinckel, P.
Kierulf, H.
Hafslund, O.
Publication Title: 
The British Homoeopathic Journal

Complementary medicine appears to be an increasingly popular option amongst both doctors and patients. General practitioners (GPs) in more affluent parts of Britain have showed considerable interest in its use. Our objectives were to ascertain the use of and attitudes towards homeopathy amongst GPs working in a socio-economically deprived urban area such as Liverpool. A postal questionnaire survey was carried out of all general practice principals in Liverpool, using freepost envelopes and one reminder after three weeks.

Author(s): 
Perry, R.
Dowrick, C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: Homeopathy is controversial, primarily because of the use of medicines diluted beyond the Avogadro limit. This article examines the scientific debate on whether homeopathy can have effects greater than placebo in humans. METHODS: Five rigorous English-language clinical studies published in high-impact journals that favored homeopathy were identified. Letters and other articles written in response to these articles were then retrieved and analyzed.

Author(s): 
Vickers, A. J.
Publication Title: 
Annali dell'Istituto Superiore Di Sanità

The term "unconventional medicine" refers to a remarkably heterogeneous group of theories and practices (homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupuncture, etc.) different from those peculiar to the dominant health system of a particular society. An unifying characteristic of these practices is that they have not been scientifically tested and that unconventional practitioners largely deny the need for such testing.

Author(s): 
Raschetti, R.

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