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A new Cochrane review did not find serious side effects relating to the use of homeopathic medicine in patients having orthodox cancer care.
“Furthermore, there was no indication that the homeopathic medicine interfered with conventional cancer care,” said lead author Sosie Kassab, M.D., director of Complementary Cancer Services at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital.
The Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education at LSU is conducting three clinical trials for Neuragen, a non-prescriptive homeopathic drug used to relieve nerve pain, produced by Origin BioMed Inc.
The trials test the efficacy of Neuragen for limb pain caused by a condition called peripheral neuropathy, or PN, a degenerative disease causing significant nerve damage in the extremities, resulting in pain and numbness in the hands and feet, often caused by diabetic nerve damage.
Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital is receiving NHS referrals for the next eight months before contracts are due to cease. The situation there is more complicated than the loss of a small homeopathic service and involves widespread cuts to many local services deemed to be expendable, largely due to bad management by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust. This is a regional decision with no implications for the other four NHS homeopathic hospitals.
There are 400 medical GPs who are regulated by the GMC and are members of the Faculty of Homeopathy, providing an essential service for around 200,000 NHS patients; the homeopathic hospitals provide 55,000 appointments per year. This situation has not perceptibly changed over the last 2-3 years. The reasons for the steady fall in homeopathic prescriptions in primary care over the last two years may be affected by the following factors:
Outcomes from a pilot study confirm homeopathy to be a useful treatment option for NHS patients.
Nearly 60% of patients who had received a series of homeopathy appointments reported an improvement in health that affected their daily lives. A total of 1,602 patients were seen at follow-up appointments in all five UK NHS homeopathic hospitals during one month in 2007. The study found that patients receiving homeopathic treatment often have more than one main medical problem.
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine first defined by Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century. Homeopathic practitioners contend that an ill person can be treated using a substance that can produce, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of the illness.
Homeopathy Awareness Week focuses on helping those who suffer from allergies including hay fever, allergic asthma and eczema, and it couldn't come at a better time. Homeopathy is an effective treatment for allergies. European researchers have found that homeopathy is as good as conventional medicine (which often produces unwanted side-effects) in the treatment of eczema in children.1
Homeopathic medicine should not be promoted for the prevention of malaria.
Homeopathy is the second most widely used medicinal system in the world and it has been used safely and effectively for over 200 years.
The clinical research literature in homeopathy is more positive than Ben Goldacre prefers to admit in his article.
Hyland's offers several safe, all-natural and effective homeopathic medicines to treat children's cold and flu symptoms. Hyland's Sniffles'n Sneezes 4 Kids and C-Plus Cold Tablets are both specially formulated for use by children. None of the Hyland's homeopathic medicines use the active ingredients of concern to the FDA.