Homoeopathic versus Conventional Treatment of Children with Eczema: A comparative Cohort Study.
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
Homoeopathic versus Conventional Treatment of Children with Eczema: A comparative Cohort Study.
  • Author(s)

    Keil T, Witt CM, Roll S, Vancea W, Webera K, Wegscheiderb K, Willich SN.

    Journal

    Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2008) 16 :15-21.

    Notes

    This was a prospective, multi-centre, parallel-group, comparative cohort study was conducted in urban and mixed urban rural regions of Germany. 118 children suffering from clinically defined eczema seen at 54 homeopathic practices and 64 conventional medical practices were treated for the condition with the respective therapeutic protocols normally used in these clinics, i.e. individualised homeopathic or conventional medical therapy. Treatment occurred over a period of 12 months and the outcomes of the 2 different methods of therapy were assessed at 6 months and 12 months by the children or their parents on the basis of eczema signs and symptoms and the quality of life. Overall, on the basis of clinical symptoms and quality of life, there was little difference in the response rates of both groups to their respective therapies although at 12 months after starting treatment, those children who were treated homeopathically had a greater level of recovery from symptoms than those treated with conventional medicine. No adverse reactions were reported for either group

     

    Abstract

    OBJECTIVES:

    To assess, over a period of 12 months, whether homoeopathic treatment could influence eczema signs/symptoms and quality of life (QoL) compared with conventional treatment.

    DESIGN:

    Prospective multi-centre cohort study.

    SETTING:

    Children with eczema aged 1-16 years were recruited from primary care practices.

    INTERVENTIONS:

    Conventional versus homoeopathic treatment.

    OUTCOME MEASURES:

    Patients (or parents) assessed eczema symptoms by numerical rating scales as well as disease-specific Atopie Lebensqualitaets-Fragebogen (ALF) and general quality of life (KINDL, KITA) at 0, 6 and 12 months.

    RESULTS:

    A total of 118 children were included: 54 from homoeopathic (mean age+/-S.D. was 5.1+/-3.3 years; 56% boys) and 64 from conventional practices (6.2+/-3.8 years; 61% boys). Eczema symptoms (assessed by patients or their parents) improved from 0 to 12 months for both treatment options, but did not differ between the two groups: 3.5-2.5 versus 3.4-2.1; p=0.447 (adjusted). Disease-related quality of life improved in both groups similarly. In the subgroup of children aged 8-16 years the general quality of life showed a better trend for conventional treatment compared with homoeopathic treatment (p=0.030).

    CONCLUSIONS:

    This observational study is the first long-term prospective investigation to compare homoeopathic and conventional treatment of eczema in children. Over a period of 12 months, both therapy groups improved similarly regarding perception of eczema symptoms (assessed by patients or parents) and disease-related quality of life.

    Category: Human Studies

    External url

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18346624

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