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Homeopathy Research

(Compiled by Peter Viksveen, European Network for Homeopathy Research ENHR. For information, please refer to www.homeopathy-ecch.eu and outside Europe, www.homeopathy-ich.org)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:
36 women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and fitting the mental picture of the homoeopathic remedy Pulsatilla, were given Pulsatilla 6C, 4 hourly throughout the day for 2 weeks after the end of menstruation, and this was repeated for 4 consecutive cycles. At the end of the trial 30 of the 36 women had complete disappearance of the symptoms of PCOS and the production of normal
ovulating follicles and a further 4 of the 36 became asymptomatic.
Sanchez-Resendiz J., Guzman-Gomez F., Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Boletin Mexicano de Homeopatica, 30, 1997, 11-15.

Pre menstrual syndrome (PMS):
In a randomized, controlled, double-blind clinical trial (1992-94) 19 women suffering from PMS were treated individually with homeopathy. 90% of the patients who had received homeopathic treatment experienced more than 30% improvement. Only 37.5% of patients who received placebo experienced a similar improvement. Sick-days before menses were reduced from 0.75 to 0 in the homeopathy-group, but were unchanged in the control group. Use of conventional drugs was also reduced in the homeopathy-group.
Yakir M, Kreitler S, Brzezinski A, Vithoulkas G, Oberbaum M, Bentwich Z.
Effects of homeopathic treatment in women with premenstrual syndrome: a pilot study. Br Homeopath J. 2001 Jul ;90(3): 148-53.

Homeopathy and oestrogen withdrawal:
40 out of 45 women with breast cancer withdrawing from oestrogen and then treated homeopathically, experienced significant improvement in their primary symptoms, anxiety and depression, as well as improvement in quality of life. Primary symptoms changed from 7.8 to 5.4, and from 7.2 to 4.1 (p<0.001). The homeopathic approach appears to be clinically useful in the management of oestrogen withdrawal symptoms in women with breast cancer.
Thompson EA, Reilly D. The homeopathic approach to the treatment of symptoms of oestrogen withdrawal in breast cancer patients. A prospective observational study. Homeopathy. 2003 Jul;92(3):131-4.

Homeopathy in menopausal complaints:
In a prospective study 82% of 102 patients reported improvement of menopause symptoms after homeopathic treatment. Main symptoms noted were hot flushes and sweats, tiredness, anxiety, sleeping difficulties, mood swings and headaches. Women referred to homeopathy were those who either could not take hormone related treatment (HRT), for whom HRT was unsuccessful, who did not want to use HRT or who had to come off HRT. Mean length of homeopathic treatment was 5 months.
Relton, C. NHS Homeopathy Menopause Service. Outcome Study. In press.