A Controlled Evaluation of a Homoeopathic Preparation in the Treatment of Influenza-like Syndrome
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
A Controlled Evaluation of a Homoeopathic Preparation in the Treatment of Influenza-like Syndrome
  • Author(s)

    Ferley JP, Zmirou D, D’Adhemar D, Balducci F

    Journal

    British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1989, Mar, 27, 3, 329-335

    Notes

    487 people suffering from influenza were assigned to either Oscillococcinum (Anas barb.) 200CK or placebo, twice daily for 5 days. Significant results were achieved with the medicine over the placebo in all areas measured. This trial was repeated in 1998 (Papp R, Schuback G, Beck E, Burkard G, Bengel J, Lehrl S, Belon P. Oscillococcinum in Patients with Influenza-like Syndromes. British Homeopathic Journal, April 1998, 87, pp69-76) with 372 people with the same results.

    Abstract

    1. A controlled clinical trial was conducted to assess the effectiveness of a homoeopathic preparation in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes.
    2. 237 cases received the test drug and 241 were assigned to placebo. Patients recorded their rectal temperature twice a day, and the presence or absence of five cardinal symptoms (headache, stiffness, lumbar and articular pain, shivers) along with cough, coryza and fatigue.
    3. Recovery was defined as a rectal temperature less than 37.5 degrees C and complete resolution of the five cardinal symptoms.
    4. The proportion of cases who recovered within 48 h of treatment was greater among the active drug group than among the placebo group (17.1% against 10.3%, P = 0.03).
    5. The result cannot be explained given our present state of knowledge, but it calls for further rigorously designed clinical studies.

    Category: Human Studies

    External url

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2655683

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