Safety of homeopathic injectables for subcutaneous administration: a documentation of the experience of prescribing practitioners
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Safety of homeopathic injectables for subcutaneous administration
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to chart the experiences of homeopathic injectables prescribing practitioners with regard to safety issues and the extent in which these practitioners would feel restricted in case subcutaneously administered homeopathics were banned. DESIGN: This was a survey among practitioners who prescribe homeopathic injectables in 12 European countries. SUBJECTS: Data were gathered from 1693 doctors experienced in the use of homeopathic injectables for subcutaneous use. The data are based on experience with an estimated 36 million patient contacts. RESULTS: Of the 1693 doctors 1594 (94.2%) choose subcutaneous administration because of its therapeutic effect. 96.4% of the doctors never, very rarely, or rarely, observed any adverse reactions because of the subcutaneous form of application. The reported adverse reactions were mostly harmless (local redness, hematoma, local pain). Of the doctors, 98.1% never, very rarely, or rarely observed any adverse reactions caused by the specific homeopathic medicinal product used. In addition, 99.5% of the doctors desire homeopathic injectables for subcutaneous use to stay on the market and 89% would be severely or very severely limited in their profession if homeopathic injectables were not available. CONCLUSIONS: The study suggests that homeopathic injectables have a very low risk profile. A very small number of severe adverse reactions (anaphylactic reaction, feverish symptoms, aversion/anxiety against injections, and asthma) have been reported with products with a concentration higher than 1:10,000.

Author(s): 
Baars, Erik W.
Adriaansen-Tennekes, Ruth
Eikmans, Karin J. L.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Altern Complement Med
Publication Date: 
2005-08
Publication Year: 
2005
Pages: 
609-616
Volume: 
11
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
1075-5535
DOI: 
10.1089/acm.2005.11.609
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 16131284

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Erik W. Baars, Ruth Adriaansen-Tennekes and Karin J. L. Eikmans. 2005-08. "Safety of homeopathic injectables for subcutaneous administration: a documentation of the experience of prescribing practitioners." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.) 11: 4: 609-616. 10.1089/acm.2005.11.609.

Wikipedia Citation

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