Research: BERREBI and colleagues,

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Abstract

BERREBI and colleagues, Federation of Gynecologie-Obstetrique, Service de Pharmacie, CHU La Grave, 31052 Toulouse Cedex, France, investigated the efficacy of a homeopathic treatment in inhibiting lactation in new mothers unable or not wanting to breast feed.

Background

Dopaminergic agents such as Parlodel (R) are widely used to inhibit lactation. However, some countries, such as the USA, no longer use these drugs in this indication because of sometimes serious side effects.

Methodology

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 71 parturients received basic treatment comprising naproxen and fluid restriction and in addition received either a homeopathic combination (APIS MELLIFICA 9 CH and BRYONIA 9 CH) or placebo.

Results

Patients treated with homeopathy showed a significant improvement in lactation pain (the main criterion of the study) on Day 2 (p<0.02) and Day 4 (p<0.01), and significant improvement in breast tension and [inhibition of] spontaneous milk flow on Day 4 (p<0.05). No significant differences were seen for other criteria measured.

Conclusion

The homeopathic combination was effective in relieving pain of lactation and should be integrated into the therapeutic armamentarium.

References

Berrebi A et al. (Treatment of pain due to unwanted lactation with a homeopathic preparation given in the immediate post-partum period). Journal de Gynecologie, Obstetrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (Paris) 30 (4): 353-7. Jun 2001.

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