Imagine 43 children, all of them with severe enough ADHD problems to have their own social worker tracking them. These were the children who were chosen to take part in a trial of homeopathy.
When parents reported that improvement was not obvious, the homeopath prescribed a second or a third remedy. Follow-up interviews observed, the majority of children then experienced sustained improvement.
Homeopathy has beneficial effects in allergy-related conditions. A study investigated the effects of a homeopathic medicine for common allergens (tree, grass, weed species). Forty participants aged 26-63 years of age, diagnosed with moderate to severe seasonal-allergic-rhinitis had significant relief from the homeopathic medicine. These findings indicate the potential benefits of homeopathy in reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life.
A study was conducted in Norway, to investigate whether homeopathy is effective in preventing childhood upper respiratory tract infections (URTI). The study compared individualised homeopathic care with waiting list controls.
One hundred and sixty-nine children below the age of 10 years were included and there was a positive clinical effect from using homeopathy in the prevention of URTI in children.
Anxiety and depression are some of the most commonly treated conditions by homeopaths in Sydney. In a six year study, of 6,544 patients using homeopathy in a university hospital outpatient clinic, 205 were treated for depression and as many as 71% improved. This research confirms the positive experience homeopaths have in treating these patients.
In Kathmandu, Nepal, a research team set out to investigate whether the findings of a previous study on childhood diarrhoea could be replicated. Their results were consistent with the previous study that individualized homeopathic treatment decreases the duration of diarrhoea in children with acute childhood diarrhoea.
A randomized double blind placebo control pilot study was conducted in a private paediatric practice in Seattle, WA. Seventy-five children with early signs of ear infection received either an individualized homeopathic medicine or a placebo three times daily for 5 days, or until symptoms subsided, whichever occurred first. The results of the study found a positive effect.
A homeopathy study was conducted about intractable eczema. 17 people were given homeopathic treatment in addition to continuing their conventional dermatology therapy. Although all of the patients had previously been treated with conventional medicine, they still had severe conditions. Over 50% improvement was reported by all patients using homeopathy despite the severity of their condition.
Endometriosis is an important cause of infertility. It may also cause painful periods, heavy periods, and sometimes chronic pelvic pain.
Research has shown that homeopathy is one of a number of natural medicines that women find useful in treating endometriosis.
Some conditions, such as fibromyalgia, are more typically found in women than in men. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment for fibromyalgia giving significantly greater improvements in tender point count and tender point pain, quality of life, global health and a trend toward less depression.
The treatment results of 455 homeopathy patients were studied. They were all suffering from a chronic illness in which treatment from their doctor had either: failed, reached a plateau in effect, or was contra-indicated by side effects, age or condition of the patient. 66.8% of these people had a benefit from homeopathic treatment. 32.5% were able to stop or maintain a substantial reduction in their conventional drugs. The conditions were eczema, anxiety, depression, osteoarthritis, asthma, back pain, chronic cough, chronic fatigue, headaches and essential hypertension.
68 people suffering from high blood pressure were enrolled in a clinical trial comparing homeopathic treatment with placebo. Successful results were obtained with 82% of those using homeopathy compared with 57% of those using placebo.
When homeopathy helps with high blood pressure it is because the focus is not just on helping cure the disease but on helping the person who has high blood pressure, to deal with stress and restore their health.
An increasing number of couples experience difficulties in conceiving. Some causes in women may be hormonal imbalances, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, or in men – poor sperm quality. In many cases no apparent reason can be found.
We follow the work of Melbourne homeopath Liz Lalor who, as at August 2011, had treated 290 couples for infertility, resulting in 252 babies born. Her natural fertility program has a success rate of 87% within four cycles using a series of homeopathic remedies that are taken during each menstrual cycle.
A study on young adults with a history of coffee-related insomnia, who also demonstrated hostility or anxiety on personality tests. They were enrolled in a sleep study to assess if homeopathic remedies affected their quality of sleep. Electrodes were attached to their bodies to record their brain waves, eye movements and heart rate. This objective approach had previously shown improvement in the non rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep of animals following certain homeopathic remedies but this was the first time it had been used to assess the effect with humans.
The study showed that compared to placebo, NREM and total sleep time was significantly increased with the use of the homeopathic remedies.
The use of natural medicine for menopause is common. A telephone survey of more than 850 women showed that 76 % used alternative therapies with 22 % using these therapies to treat their menopause symptoms. As many as 89 % found these therapies to be helpful. Another study showed that 80% of women treated with homeopathic medicine experienced significant improvements in their hot flushes, tiredness, sleep problems, headaches and psychological problems.
Another study, in 2011, showed improvement in stress levels, hot flushes, and so on, but interestingly also found that cholesterol levels after homeopathy were improved significantly.
The root cause of Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) lies in hormonal disturbance and it is a complex condition. Polycystic means the ovaries have many cysts or follicles that rarely grow to maturity or produce eggs capable of being fertilised. Up to a third of women may have polycystic ovaries seen on an ultrasound, but they do not all have PCOS.
In a homeopathy clinical trial of 36 women suffering from PCOS, 32 women had complete disappearance of symptoms of PCOS, followed by the production of normal ovulating follicles. A further 4 of the 36 became asymptomatic.
A randomised controlled double-blind clinical trial was conducted about PMS. Two months baseline assessment with post-intervention follow-up for 3 months was conducted at Hadassah Hospital outpatient gynaecology clinic in Jerusalem in Israel 1992-1994. Homeopathic treatment was found to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of PMS in comparison to placebo. The use of symptom clusters in this trial may offer a novel approach that will facilitate clinical trials in homeopathy. Research has shown that 90% of women with PMS experience improvement after homeopathic treatment. Also, the number of sick-days and the use of conventional drugs was reduced.
A natural medicine prostate management plan will include an individually chosen specific homeopathic medicine, vitamins and minerals as needed. It is important to have a Hair Mineral Analysis to check if you have high mercury levels, low zinc levels or anything else that may be affecting your prostate
Also it’s great to know that exercise can reduce the risk of developing benign enlargement by 25% with a weekly regimen of 2-3 hours of walking. In an ongoing US study of over 30,000 men, it was found that the more active that the men were, the less likely they were to suffer from BPH.
A 2012 study using Homeopathy in the treatment of chronic sinusitis, was conducted by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, India. There was a statistically significant reduction in sinusitis symptoms. Radiological appearances also improved. There was a follow up period for 6 months. No complications or side effects were observed during treatment.
A previous multicentre observational study from 2009, found that patients with sinusitis treated with homeopathy showed marked health and quality of life improvements that lasted for 8 years.
A study found that children with recurrent sore throats, who were prescribed a Homeopathic medicine were significantly more likely to experience a positive result from treatment compared with those children prescribed an antibiotic. It was also found that the children given a homeopathic medicine had significantly fewer complications and a higher quality of life. Further, the study found that the parents of the children given the Homeopathic medicine had significantly less sick-leave days than the parents of children given an antibiotic. Homeopathy is a cost-effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of children with recurrent sore throats/ rhinopharyngitis.
A study set out to compare the effectiveness and safety of homoeopathic Traumeel compared with conventional therapies in the treatment of sprains, strains, bruises, trauma and injuries. Complete resolution of the symptoms at the end of treatment occurred in 59% of patients in the homoeopathy group versus 57.8% of patients in the conventional group. No side effects were reported in the Traumeel group compared to 6.3% in the conventional group. The conclusion was that Traumeel is as effective as conventional medicines in the management of mild to moderate injuries, was safe to use and better tolerated than conventional medicines.
In a multicentre study, homeopathic Lymphomyosot was found effective for the treatment of infected tonsils (tonsillitis), as well as enlarged tonsils which were not infected. Homeopathy helped to maintain a healthy immune system and lymphatic system. The study reported that for acute tonsillitis there was a "surprisingly good effect" and that homeopathy was compatible with other Doctor prescribed medications.