Treatment of pain due to unwanted lactation with a homeopathic preparation given in the immediate post-partum period
ABSTRACT Dopaminergic agonists, such as Parlodel((R)), are now widely used to inhibit lactation. However, some countries, such as the United States, no longer use these drugs in this indication because of their sometimes serious adverse effects. In this context, the authors tested a homeopathic treatment designed for parturients unable or not wanting to breastfeed. The APIS MELLIFICA 9 CH and BRYONIA 9 CH combination was chosen for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. 71 patients were included in this double-blind placebo-controlled study. All received basic treatment comprising naproxen and fluid restriction. A significant improvement of lactation pain (main criterion of the study) was observed in parturients treated with homeopathy (p<0.02 on D2 and p<0.01 on D4). A similar effect (p<0.05 on D4) was observed for breast tension and spontaneous milk flow. No significant difference was observed for the other criteria of the study. The homeopathic combination studied was therefore effective on the pain of lactation and should be integrated into the therapeutic armamentarium.
- Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 08/2002; 221(2):222-9. DOI:10.2460/javma.2002.221.222 · 1.67 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Nausea and vomiting affects a large proportion of women in early pregnancy, yet because it is a physiological symptom it is often dismissed by health professionals, leaving women to find their own coping mechanisms. This leads many to try a range of complementary and alternative therapies and natural remedies, although the evidence of efficacy is variable. Furthermore, while women realise the possible risks of taking medication during pregnancy they do not see complementary medicine in the same way. This paper explores a few of the common alternatives which expectant mothers self-administer to relieve nausea and vomiting and addresses issues of efficacy and safety.Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery 12/2002; 8(4):191-6. DOI:10.1054/ctnm.2002.0651
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ABSTRACT: To achieve scientific acceptance, homeopathy must investigate several questions: 1. The activity of very highly diluted preparations. The consensus of the meeting was that there is clear evidence of this. 2. The content of very highly diluted homeopathic preparations. More research is needed but evidence exists that a specific signal is present in homeopathic preparations. 3. A theoretical framework in which the effects of homeopathic diluted preparations can be explained. The 'Body Information Theory' is such a theory. 4. The clinical effectiveness of homeopathy. Because they avoid the placebo effect, animal studies are a priority. For human trials using Quality of Life questionnaires, studies on the activity, content and theoretical basis of homeopathic preparations were reviewed approximately 70% of cases; more in children showed improvement. Homeopathy reduced costs and allowed a better improvement in work-days lost compared with conventional practice. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) implicitly test the placebo hypothesis; RCTs have been performed and meta-analyses conclude that there is clear evidence of efficacy which cannot be attributed to placebo effect. Priorities depend on the audience. More research is needed especially regarding the content of homeopathic preparations and the transmission of information. Theoretical issues are also important to avoid incorrect design of research protocols. More effort should be dedicated to veterinary research. Clinical effects analysis in humans remains important. Many other questions should be prioritised, such as the potential of homeopathy to avoid invasive procedures in children and the long-term effects of homeopathy in preventing chronic complications.Homeopathy 05/2005; 94(2):107-24. DOI:10.1016/j.homp.2005.01.001 · 0.75 Impact Factor