Effect of Arnica D30 in marathon runners. Pooled results from two double-blind placebo controlled studies.
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
Effect of Arnica D30 in marathon runners. Pooled results from two double-blind placebo controlled studies.
  • Author(s)

    Tveiten D, Bruset S.

    Journal

    Homeopathy. 2003 Oct;92(4):187-9.

    Notes

    In this study combing the effects of two clinical trials on homeopathic Arnica D30 (30X), the homoeopathic remedy was compared to placebo in 82 Oslo marathon runners for muscle enzymes, electrolytes and creatinine (indicating cell damage) and the subjective control of muscular soreness. Those runners taking Arnica experienced less muscle soreness when compared to placebo, but there was no difference between both groups for muscle enzymes, electrolytes and creatinine.

    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE:

    To examine whether the homeopathic medicine Arnica D30 has an effect on muscle soreness and cell damage after marathon running.

    METHODS:

    The subjects were 82 marathon runners from two separate randomised double-blind placebo controlled trials participating in the Oslo Marathon in 1990 and 1995. Five pills of Arnica D30 or placebo were given morning and evening. Treatment started on the evening before the marathon and continued on day of the race and the three following days. The runners assessed muscular soreness on a visual analogue scale. Muscle enzymes, electrolytes and creatinine were measured before and after the marathon.

    RESULTS:

    Muscle soreness immediately after the marathon run was lower in the Arnica group than in the placebo group (P = 0.04). Cell damage measured by enzymes was similar in the Arnica and the placebo group.

    CONCLUSION:

    These pooled results suggest that Arnica D30 has a positive effect on muscle soreness after marathon running, but not on cell damage measured by enzymes.

    Category: Human Studies

    External url

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14587684

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