New Study Shows Homeopathy as Effective as Conventional Treatment for Acute Ear and Respiratory Conditions; but with Faster Response Times and Fewer Adverse Drug Reactions
A new study comparing homeopathic treatment with conventional treatment in a primary care setting shows homeopathy comparing more than favorably with conventional treatment for an acute respiratory and ear complaints. Moreover, while both groups responded very similarly over the time parameters the onset of improvement within the first 7 days after treatment was significantly faster with homeopathic treatment; both in children and adults.
Furthermore, adverse drug reactions occurred more frequently in adults of the conventional group than in the homeopathic group; whereas in children the occurrence of adverse drug reactions was not significantly different.
However, for a copy of the abstract and a downloadable PDF of the whole report please go to: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/7/7
Homeopathic Treatment Seems to Offer a Viable Alternative to the Potential Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for the Treatment of Menopausal Problems
Moreover, a new study published this week adds to the growing body of evidence showing homeopathic treatment to be potentially effective of the menopausal problems of women. Meanwhile there is growing controversy surrounding the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT); with recent research linking it with increased risk of certain types of cancer; cardiovascular disease as well as strokes (1,2).
Nonetheless, the latest volume of the journal ‘Homeopathy’ contains a study showing the potential benefit of homeopathy in the treatment of hot flushes (3). However this study builds on earlier studies (4, 5, 6, 7); which also show potential positive benefit of homeopathic treatments for menopausal women.
While the debate on how homeopathy may work continues
Meanwhile, the increasing research evidence that it is helpful in an area; such as the menopause where conventional treatments would appear to hold some risks. However, these should make homeopathic treatments a first option for consideration by women; as well as their health professionals seeking help in this area.
1) BMJ 2007;335:239 (4 August), doi:10.1136/bmj.39266.425069.AD (published 11 July 2007); Research Main morbidities recorded in the women’s international study of long duration estrogen after menopause (WISDOM): a randomized controlled trial of hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women.
2) Christopher Li et al. However, relationship between menopausal hormone therapy and risk of ductal, lobular, and ductal-lobular breast carcinomas; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, January 2008
3) MF Bordet1, et al. Treating hot flushes in menopausal women with homeopathic treatment–Results of an observational study Homeopathy Volume 97; Issue 1; January 2008, Pages 10-15.
Homeopathic treatment of hot flushes
4) Relton C, Weatherley-Jones E. Homeopathy Service in a National Health Service community menopause clinic: audit of clinical outcomes. Journal of the British Menopause Society; Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2005.
5) Thomas KJ, Luff D, Strong P. Complementary Medicine Service in a Community Clinic for Patients with Symptoms Associated with the Menopause: Outcome and Service Evaluation. ScHARR, University of Sheffield, 2001.
6) Clover A, Ratsey D. Homeopathic treatment of hot flushes: a pilot study. Homeopathy 2002;91:75-9.
7) Thompson EA, Reilly D. Lastly, the homeopathic approach to the treatment of symptoms of oestrogen withdrawal in breast cancer patients. A prospective observational study. Homeopathy. 2003 Jul;92(3):131-4.
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