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Marcus Zulian Teixeira
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February 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Salvatore Chirumbolo, Geir Bjørklund
INTRODUCTION:  Homeopathic remedies usually contain a significant amount of ethanol as a co-solvent with water, a pharmaceutical formulation that may raise some concern when remedies are tested in vitro or in laboratory animals, due to the assessed toxicity of ethanol on cell cultures and organisms. The amount of alcohol in a homeopathic remedy is adjusted following the different homeopathic pharmacopoeias but it is rarely below 30% v/v, which is a molar mass established to meet both Hahnemann's traditional heritage and the hypothetical role of ethanol in "imprinting" water, through the formation of nanobubbles, with the homeopathic activity of the remedy...
February 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Sinem Şeker, Celal Güven, Handan Akçakaya, Nurten Bahtiyar, Fahri Akbaş, İlhan Onaran
BACKGROUND:  Gene expression analysis of cells treated with extreme dilutions or micro amounts of drugs has been used to provide useful suggestions about biological responses. However, most of the previous studies were performed on medicines being prepared from a variety of herbal and metal sources. This study investigated the effects of ultramolecular dilution of the taxane anti-cancer drugs, which are not commonly used in homeopathic medicines, on mRNA expression profiles of five key genes ( p53, p21, COX-2, TUBB2A and TUBB3) in the breast cancer cell line MCF-7...
February 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Steven J Cartwright
BACKGROUND:  The use of solvatochromic dyes to investigate homeopathic potencies holds out the promise of understanding the nature of serially succussed and diluted solutions at a fundamental physicochemical level. Recent studies have shown that a range of different dyes interact with potencies and, moreover, the nature of the interaction is beginning to allow certain specific characteristics of potencies to be delineated. AIMS AND METHODS:  The study reported in this article takes previous investigations further and aims to understand more about the nature of the interaction between potencies and solvatochromic dyes...
February 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Susanne Ulbrich-Zürni, Michael Teut, Stephanie Roll, Robert T Mathie
BACKGROUND:  The randomised controlled trial (RCT) is considered the 'gold standard' for establishing treatment efficacy or effectiveness of an intervention, but its data do not infer response in an individual patient. Individualised clinical care, a fundamental principle in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including homeopathy, seems well disposed in principle to being researched by single-patient (N-of-1) study design. Guidelines for reporting N-of-1 trials have recently been developed...
February 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Michelle L Dossett, Gloria Y Yeh
Homeopathy is used by just over 2% of the U.S. population, predominantly for respiratory, otorhinolaryngology, and musculoskeletal complaints. Individual users who see a homeopathic provider for care are more likely to perceive the therapy as helpful than those who do not; however, only 19% of users in the United States see a provider. The rest presumably rely upon over-the-counter products. Recent clinical trials highlight several areas in which homeopathy may play a role in improving public health, including infectious diseases, pain management, mental health, and cancer care...
February 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Paolo Bellavite, Marta Marzotto, Clara Bonafini
Arnica montana is a popular traditional remedy widely used in complementary and alternative medicine, in part for its wound-healing properties. The authors recently showed that this plant extract and several of its homeopathic dilutions are able to modify the expression of a series of genes involved in inflammation and connective tissue regeneration. Their studies opened a debate, including criticisms to the "errors" in the methods used and the "confounders and biases". Here the authors show that the criticisms raised on methodology and statistics are not consistent and cannot be considered pertinent...
March 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Dimitri Papagiannopoulos, Daniel Holst, Seth K Bechis, Roger L Sur
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March 6, 2018: Urology
Lawrence C Nwabudike
BACKGROUND: Acne vulgaris is a self-limiting disorder of the pilosebaceous unit. The aesthetic aspect of the disorder may provoke depression and diminish the quality of life. A number of agents are used for acne treatment, e.g., retinoids, antibiotics, benzoic acid, azelaic acid, and hormones. These agents have side-effects, sometimes severe ones. CASE REPORTS: Presented are 2 cases of severe acne treated with individualized homeopathic medicines. Both patients were treated using the classical method of homeopathy, i...
2018: Complementary Medicine Research
Alexandre de Nonneville, Anthony Gonçalves
Homeopathic medicines are used by many patients with cancer, usually alongside conventional treatment. A recent report by the European Academies' Science Advisory Council concluded that "that there are no robust and reproducible evidence that homeopathy is effective". This literature review aims to make the analysis of published controlled randomized trials involving homeopathic treatment in the field of oncology.
February 24, 2018: Bulletin du Cancer
Jürgen Pannek, Susanne Pannek-Rademacher, Mohinder S Jus, Jens Wöllner, Jörg Krebs
Context/Objective to investigate the usefulness of classical homeopathy for the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Design prospective study. Setting rehabilitation center in Switzerland. Participants patients with chronic SCI and ≥3 UTI/year. Interventions Participants were treated either with a standardized prophylaxis alone or in combination with homeopathy. Outcome measures The number of UTI, general and specific quality of life (QoL), and satisfaction with homeopathic treatment were assessed prospectively for one year...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Heiner Frei
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February 21, 2018: Complementary Medicine Research
Shubhamoy Ghosh, Taraknath Ghosh, Ramkumar Mondal, Supratim Patra, Sumantra Das, Sk Swaif Ali, Munmun Koley, Subhranil Saha
BACKGROUND: Among the post-immunization adverse events, especially of Diphtheria-Pertusis-Tetanus (DPT), fever is a common systemic reaction. There is anecdotal support for the use of the homeopathic medicine Arsenicum album in preventing post-vaccination fever. The investigators intended to evaluate its efficacy in preventing febrile episodes following vaccination. METHODS: In the community medicine out-patient of Mahesh Bhattacharyya Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, West Bengal, India, between August 2014 and January 2017, a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted on 120 children (verum: 60, placebo: 60) who presented for the 2nd and 3rd dose of DPT-HepB-Polio vaccination and reported febrile episodes following the 1st dose...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Faizan Y Shah, Sameena Batool, Aabid Keen, Iffat H Shah
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January 2018: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
Paolo Bellavite, Clara Bonafini, Marta Marzotto
Gelsemium sempervirens L. (Gelsemium) is traditionally used for its anxiolytic-like properties and its action mechanism in laboratory models are under scrutiny. Evidence from rodent models was reported suggesting the existence of a high sensitivity of central nervous system to anxiolytic power of Gelsemium extracts and Homeopathic dilutions. In vitro investigation of extremely low doses of this plant extract showed a modulation of gene expression of human neurocytes. These studies were criticized in a few commentaries, generated a debate in literature and were followed by further experimental studies from various laboratories...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
James M Weinberger, Justin Houman, Ashley T Caron, Jennifer Anger
BACKGROUND: Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a highly prevalent condition. Nevertheless, the scientific literature has only recently begun to accumulate evidence for treatment modalities that address the underlying etiologies of FSD. AIM: The purpose of this systematic review is to elucidate what treatments are effective across the various symptom complexes of FSD. METHODS: Utilizing Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology guidelines, we conducted a systematic review of PubMed, EMBASE, clinicaltrials...
February 3, 2018: Sexual Medicine Reviews
Sabine D Klein, Sandra Würtenberger, Ursula Wolf, Stephan Baumgartner, Alexander Tournier
OBJECTIVES: The last systematic review of physicochemical research performed on homeopathic preparations was published in 2003. The aim of the study is to update and expand the current state of knowledge in the area of physicochemical properties of homeopathic preparations. In part 1 of the study, we aim to present an overview of the literature with respect to publication quality and methods used. In part 2, we aim to identify the most interesting experimental techniques. With this, we aim to be in a position to generate meaningful hypotheses regarding a possible mode of action of homeopathic preparations...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Diana Keller, Albert Sundrum
Based on the widespread use of homeopathy in dairy farm practice when treating mastitis, a blind randomised controlled trial (RCT) was conducted to assess the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment of clinical mastitis on four dairy farms. The study considered specific guidelines for RCTs as well as the basic principles of individualised homeopathy and involved 180 lactating dairy cows. Evaluation of cure rates was based on clinical investigation of the udder and on laboratory analysis of milk samples. In culture-positive cases, the antibiotic treatment provided suboptimal bacteriological cures (60-81 per cent) but was more effective than individualised homeopathy (33-43 per cent) whose effects appeared little different to those of placebos (45-47 per cent) (P≤0...
January 26, 2018: Veterinary Record
Rajesh Kumar Jain, Shagun Goyal, Sushma N Bhat, Srinath Rao, Vivek Sakthidharan, Prasanna Kumar, Kannanaikal Rappayi Sajan, Sameer Kumar Jindal, Ghanshyam D Jindal
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of homeopathic medicines (in higher potencies) in normal subjects, Peripheral Pulse Analyzer (PPA) has been used to record physiologic variability parameters before and after administration of the medicine/placebo in 210 normal subjects. METHODS: Data have been acquired in seven rounds; placebo was administered in rounds 1 and 2 and medicine in potencies 6, 30, 200, 1 M, and 10 M was administered in rounds 3 to 7, respectively...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
G Giunti, D H Giunta, E Guisado-Fernandez, J L Bender, L Fernandez-Luque
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. The use of mobile software applications for health and wellbeing promotion has grown exponentially in recent years. We systematically reviewed the breast cancer apps available in today's leading smartphone application stores and characterized them based on their features, evidence base and target audiences. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed to characterize breast cancer apps from the two major smartphone app stores (iOS and Android)...
February 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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