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Jan 22, 2014

Can homeopathy help the chronically ill?


young woman in painHealthy people don’t need a cure. Those who are chronically ill hope that homeopathy could be the answer for what ails them. Is it?

 
The homeopathic community has conducted several large-scale, long-term studies that offer hope for those with chronic diseases.

David Spence, Elizabeth Thompson, and S.J. Barron conducted their study in the United Kingdom and published their findings in October 2005 as “Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: a 6-year, university-hospital outpatient observational study.”

They sought to determine if chronic health conditions improve with homeopathic treatment. They observed 6,544 patients with a wide range of chronic diseases and an equally wide range of homeopathic treatments over a 6-year period. Each patient received their first and their follow-up care in a hospital outpatient unit. At the beginning and the end of the study, patients self-assessed their health. Homeopathy provided “positive health changes” to 70.7% of study participants, with 50.7% of them reporting their condition as “better” or “much better.”

German and Swiss researchers Claudia Witt, Rainer Lüdtke, Nils Mengler, and Stefan Willich published their findings in December 2008 as “How healthy are chronically ill patients after eight years of homeopathic treatment? – Results from a long term observational study.”

Because homeopathy is viewed so skeptically by much of the medical community, the aim of this study was to extend previous research and document health changes when homeopathic treatment was chosen for routine care. Measurements in the form of patient self-assessments were taken at the beginning of treatment and again after 2 years and 8 years. Seventy-three percent of the patients in 103 homeopathic primary care practices—3,709 people—completed the 8-year study.

Results indicate that “the most frequent diagnoses were allergic rhinitis and headache in adults, and atopic dermatitis and multiple recurrent infections in children. Disease severity decreased significantly (p < 0.001) between baseline, 2 and 8 years (adults from 6.2 +/- 1.7 to 2.9 +/- 2.2 and 2.7 +/- 2.1; children from 6.1 +/- 1.8 to 2.1 +/- 2.0 and 1.7 +/- 1.9). Physical and mental quality of life scores also increased considerably. Younger age, female gender and more severe disease at baseline were factors predictive of better therapeutic success.”

Both of these studies show that homeopathy does provide long-term help for many of the chronically ill.


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