Research: OBERBAUM and colleagues,

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Abstract

OBERBAUM and colleagues, The Institute of Research on Complementary Medicine, The Center of Integrated Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, P. O. Box 3235, Jerusalem 91031, Israel, oberbaum@netvision.net.il, assessed the efficacy of a homeopathic remedy, TRAUMEEL S(R), in the management of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth) in children and young adults undergoing bone marrow transplantation .

Background

Stomatitis is a common consequence of chemotherapy and a condition for which there is little effective treatment . The incidence of stomatitis is increasing because of more intensive treatment and is often a dose-limiting factor in chemotherapy.

Methodology

32 patients aged 3-25 years who had all undergone allogeneic (n=16) or autologous (n=16) stem cell transplantation entered a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial and were assigned to either placebo or TRAUMEEL S as a mouth rinse administered five times daily from 2 days after transplantation for a minimum of 14 days or until at least 2 days after all signs of stomatitis were absent . Stomatitis scores were evaluated according to the World Health Organization grading system for mucositis.

Results

30 patients were evaluable (15 on placebo and 15 on TRAUMEEL S). 5 patients (33%) in the TRAUMEEL S group did not develop stomatitis compared with only 1 patient (7%) in the placebo group. Stomatitis worsened in only 7 patients (47%) in the TRAUMEEL S group compared with 14 patients (93%) in the placebo group. The mean area-under-the-curve (AUC) stomatitis scores were 10.4 in the TRAUMEEL S compared with 24.3 in the placebo group (p<0.01).

Conclusion

TRAUMEEL S may significantly reduce the severity and duration of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis in [patients] undergoing bone marrow transplantation.

References

Oberbaum M et al. A randomized, controlled clinical trial of the homeopathic medication TRAUMEEL S in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis in children undergoing stem cell transplantation. Cancer 92 (3): 684-90. Aug 2001.

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