Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Other Conditions
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled]]> study of 40 people with ]]>asthma]]> severe enough to require ]]>corticosteroid]]> treatment, use of an injected homeopathic remedy consisting of Asclepias vincetoxicum and Sulphur significantly improved symptoms. ]]>1]]> See also the discussion of allergic asthma in the article on ]]>allergies]]> .
Attention Deficit Disorder
In a double-blind study of 62 children with ]]>attention deficit disorder]]> , use of constitutional homeopathic remedies proved more effective than placebo. ]]>5]]> However, a similar study of 43 children, again using constitutional remedies, failed to find statistically significant benefits. ]]>6]]>
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A six-monthy double blind study failed to find constitutional homeopathy convincingly more effective than placebo for treatment of ]]>chronic fatigue syndrome]]> . ]]>7]]> However, homeopathic consultation itself proved to have a dramatically beneficial effect, regardless of whether participants were subsequently given placebo or the actual prescribed homeopathic treatment.
In a small double-blind, placebo-controlled study, oral use of a low dilution homeopathic remedy containing potassium bromide, sodium bromide, nickel sulfate, and sodium chloride significantly improved symptoms of ]]>seborrheic dermatitis]]> (including dandruff). ]]>3]]>
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated the potential benefits of homeopathic thyroid hormone (30c) in ]]>weight loss]]> . ]]>4]]> A total of 208 people were enrolled in the study. All study participants were undergoing a fast, and had reached a plateau where they were no longer rapidly losing weight. Use of homeopathic thyroid significantly enhanced the rate of weight loss.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in Honduras failed to find a combination homeopathic remedy more effective than placebo for treatment of dengue fever. ]]>8]]>
3. Smith SA et al. Effective treatment of seborrheic dermatitis using a low dose, oral homeopathic medication consisting of potassium bromide, sodium bromide, nickel sulfate, and sodium chloride in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Alternative Medicine Review . 2002;7:59 67.
4. Schmidt JM, Ostermayr B. Does a homeopathic ultramolecular dilution of Thyroidinum 30cH affect the rate of body weight reduction in fasting patients? A randomised placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trial. Homeopathy . 2002;91:197 206.
5. Frei H, Everts R, von Ammon K et al. Homeopathic treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled crossover trial. Eur J Pediatr . 2005 Jul 27 [Epub ahead of print].
7. Weatherley-Jones E, Nicholl JP, Thomas KJ et al. A randomised, controlled, triple-blind trial of the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. J Psychosom Res . 2004;56:189-197.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Medical Review Board]]>
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