Research: WITT and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

WITT and COLLEAGUES, Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charite University Medical Center, 10098, Berlin, Germany. claudia.witt@charite.de conducted a prospective observational study to evaluate homeopathic treatment for dysmenorrhoea.

Background

Methodology

Prospective multicentre observational study in primary care, using standardized questionnaires to record for 2 years diseases, quality of life, medical history, consultations, all treatments, other health services use.

Results

Fifty-seven physicians treated 128 women (age 32.4 +/- 7.5 years, mean +/- SD) and 11 girls (13.7 +/- 4.0). Women had dysmenorrhoea for 11.6 +/- 9.0 (girls 3.1 +/- 1.5) years. Patients received 7.5 +/- 6.5 (5.9 +/- 3.7) homeopathic prescriptions. Diagnoses and complaints severity improved markedly [at 24 months, dysmenorrhoea relieved by > 50% of baseline rating in 46.1% (59) of the women and 45.5% (5) of the girls] with large effect sizes (24 months: Cohen's d from 1.18 to 2.93). In addition, QoL improved (24 months: SF-36 physical component score: 0.25, mental component score 0.25, KINDL sum score 0.27). Conventional medication changed little and use of other health services decreased.

Conclusion

Patients with dysmenorrhoea improved under homeopathic treatment. Controlled studies should investigate efficacy and effectiveness.

References

Witt CM and Ludtke R and Willich SN. Homeopathic treatment of patients with dysmenorrhea: a prospective observational study with 2 years follow-up. Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 280(4): 603-11. Oct 2009.

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