Homoeopathic Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
Homoeopathic Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Author(s)

    Chapman EH, Weintraub RJ, Milburn MA, Pirozzo TO, Woo E.

    Journal

    Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, 14, 6, December 1999, 521-42.

    Notes


    In a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial involving 60 subjects and a 4 month follow-up period, homoeopathy provided significant improvement in parameters using measures such as “Difficulty with Situations”, “Symptoms Rating Scale” and a “Participation in Daily Activities” scale.
     

    Abstract

    BACKGROUND:

    Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) affects 750,000 persons in the United States annually. Five to fifteen percent have persistent dysfunction and disability. No effective, standard pharmacological treatment exists specifically for this problem. We designed a pilot research project to study the clinical effectiveness of homeopathic medicine in the treatment of persistent MTBI.

    METHOD:

    A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 60 patients, with a four-month follow-up (N = 50), was conducted at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH). Patients with persistent MTBI (mean 2.93 years since injury, SD 3.1) were randomly assigned to receive a homeopathic medicine or placebo. The primary outcome measure was the subject-rated SRH-MBTI Functional Assessment, composed of three subtests: a Difficulty with Situations Scale (DSS), a Symptom Rating Scale (SRS), and a Participation in Daily Activities Scale (PDAS). The SRH Cognitive-Linguistic Test Battery was used as the secondary measure.

    RESULTS:

    Analysis of covariance demonstrated that the homeopathic treatment was the only significant or near-significant predictor of improvement on DSS subtests (P =.009; 95% CI -.895 to -.15), SRS (P =.058; 95% CI -.548 to.01) and the Ten Most Common Symptoms of MTBI (P =.027; 95% CI -.766 to -.048). These results indicate a significant improvement from the homeopathic treatment versus the control and translate into clinically significant outcomes.

    CONCLUSIONS:

    This study suggests that homeopathy may have a role in treating persistent MTBI. Our findings require large-scale, independent replication.

    Category: Human Studies

    External url

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10671699

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