Homeopathic pathogenetic trials produce specific symptoms different from placebo.
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
Homeopathic pathogenetic trials produce specific symptoms different from placebo.
  • Author(s)

    Möllinger H, Schneider R, Walach H.

    Journal

    1. Forsch Komplementmed, 2009, 16, 2, 105-10.

    Notes

    This study, carried out at the University of Osnabrück in Germany, builds on previous work done in the area of pathogenetic trials conducted on homeopathically prepared substances. In this work, researchers compared the pathogenetic effects of Natrum muriaticum 30C and Arsenicum album 30C with placebo. Several other groups doing similar work have then gone on to contrast the pathogenetic symptoms produced by the test substances with those generally accepted as the traditional proving symptoms for these homeopathic remedies, but this was not the objective in this case. On analysis of the results in this instance, it was found that the active substances were associated with remedy-specific symptoms that differed significantly overall and differed from those associated with the placebo.

    Abstract

    INTRODUCTION:

    Homeopathy uses information gathered from healthy volunteers taking homeopathic substances (pathogenetic trials) for clinical treatment. It is controversial whether such studies produce symptoms different from those produced by placebo.

    OBJECTIVE:

    To test whether homeopathic preparations produce different symptoms than placebo in healthy volunteers.

    METHODS:

    Three armed, double-blind, placebo controlled randomised experimental pathogenetic study in 25 healthy volunteers who took either one of two homeopathic remedies, Natrum muriaticum and Arsenicum album in 30CH or identical placebo. Main outcome parameter was the number of remedy-specific symptoms per group.

    RESULTS:

    On average, 6 symptoms typical for Arsenicum album were experienced by participants taking arsenicum album, 5 symptoms typical for Natrum muriaticum by those taking natrum muriaticum, and 11 non-specific symptoms by those in the placebo group. Differences were significant overall (Kruskall Wallis test, p = 0.0002,) and significantly different from placebo (Mann-Whitney test, p = 0.001).

    CONCLUSION:

    Homeopathic remedies produce different symptoms than placebo.

    Category: Human Studies

    External url

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19420956

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