Real-life effect of classical homeopathy in the treatment of allergies: A multicenter prospective observational study. 2012
General and Homeopathic Medical Practice, Enns, Austria.
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of allergic disorders in western industrialized countries has steadily increased during the last three decades. Public acceptance of complementary treatment methods is high. The aim of this study was to assess the real-life efficacy of classical homeopathic treatment and the potential to reduce conventional medication dosage
RESULTS: 40 ...were found to meet the eligibility criteria. All clinical symptoms were shown to improve substantially, in most cases quite markedly (p < 0.001). 21 patients undergoing conventional medication therapy at baseline (62%) were able to discontinue at least one medication, while the remaining patients (38%) reported a dose reduction in at least one medication. No side effects were reported during treatment.
CONCLUSION: The symptoms of patients undergoing homeopathic treatment were shown to improve substantially and conventional medication dosage could be substantially reduced. While the real-life effect assessed indicates that there is a potential for enhancing therapeutic measures and reducing healthcare cost, it does not allow to draw conclusions as to the efficacy of homeopathic treatment per se
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The evidence base of research into the efficacy of homeopathy considers how well homeopathy works in practice, how effective homeopathic treatment is when compared to placebo and how can such dilute medicines work? One of the best places to examine these research questions is the Society of Homeopaths web site:
What about a cost - benefit analysis?
Treatment by a homeopath can achieve better outcomes for similar or lower costs
A German studyinvolving 493 patients seen in general practice found that treatment by a
homeopath gave better outcomes than conventional treatment for similar costs.
The study published in 2005 was commissioned by a German health insurance company to see whether they should continue to cover homeopathic treatment. The outcomes and costs of homeopathic and conventional treatment were compared in patients being treated for chronic conditions commonly seen in general practice. These included headache, low back pain, depression, insomnia and sinusitis in adults, and atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and asthma in children
Limitations of the study: This study was non-randomised meaning that the patients decided whether they wanted homeopathic or conventional treatment; although this reflects real life, critics would say that there may be differences between the people tending to choose each treatment which could influence the results.
Witt C, Keil T, Selim D, et al. Outcome and costs of homeopathic and conventional treatment strategies: a comparative cohort study in patients with chronic disorders. Complement Ther Med 2005; 13: 79-86
In a study involving 499 children aged 18mths to 4 years, homeopathic treatment was found to be more medically effective and cost-effective than antibiotics in the treatment of recurrent upper respiratory tract infections
This French study compared homeopathic and conventional treatment of recurrent acute rhinopharyngitis. Homeopathic treatment gave significantly better results than antibiotics in terms of medical effectiveness (e.g. number of episodes of illness) with lower direct medical costs (88 Euros vs 99 Euros) and significantly less sick-leave (9.5% of parents vs 31.6% of parents).
Trichard M, Chaufferin G Nicoloyannis N. Pharmacoeconomic comparison between homeopathic and antibiotic treatment strategies in recurrent acuterhinopharyngitis in children. Homeopathy, 2005; 94: 3-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=15751328
Treatment by a homeopath can reduce the need for conventional drugs
A survey involving 223 patients in an NHS General Practice found that over a 1 year period that treatment by a homeopath was made available, the number of consultations with GPs was reduced by 70% and expenses for medication were reduced by 50%.
Limitations of the study: The costs of homeopathic treatment were not calculated, preventing a comparison with the savings made in the area of conventional treatment.
A 500-patient survey at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital showed that many patients were able to reduce or stop conventional medication following homeopathic treatment. The
size of the effect varied between diagnoses, for example 72% of patients with skin complaints reported being able to stop or reduce their conventional medication; for cancer patients there was no reduction.
A study compared treatment by a homeopath with conventional treatment for acute ear infections in children. Out of 103 children in the homeopathy group only 5 needed antibiotics. The children receiving homeopathy had faster pain relief during the initial infection and fewer ear infections over the following year
The results found that median duration of pain during acute otitis media (middle ear infection) was 2 days in the homeopathy group; 3 days in conventional care group. 70.7% of the homeopathy group had no recurrence over the following year, compared with 56.5% of conventional care group. 29.3 % of the homeopathy group had a maximum of three ear infections within one year, compared with The study published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics concluded that homeopathy should be the first
line treatment for acute otitis media in children.
Friese K-H, et al. Homeopathic treatment of otitis media in children: comparisons with conventional therapy. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther, 1997; 35: 296-301 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=9247843
Please also have a look at the following links from the Faculty of Homeopaths which represents medical practitioners and the Homeopathic Research Institute.
Dr Luc Montagnier, the French virologist who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for his discovery of the AIDS virus has surprised the scientific community with his strong support for homeopathic medicine. In a fascinating interview published in Science Magazine in December 2010, the Professor expressed support for the often misunderstood science of homeopathy. Montagnier is also a founder and president of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention stated "I cannot say that homeopathy is right in everything but I can say that the high dilutions (that are used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of somethings are not nothing.
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