Homeopathic Prophylaxis of Headaches and Migraine? A Systematic Review

Department of Complementary Medicine, School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (Impact Factor: 2.8). 12/1999; 18(5):353-7. DOI: 10.1016/S0885-3924(99)00095-0
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Homeopathy is often advocated as a prophylaxis of migraine and headaches. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the clinical trials, testing the efficacy of homeopathy for these indications. Independent computerized literature searches were carried out in 4 databases. Only randomized, placebo-controlled trials were included. Four such studies were found. Their methodological quality was variable but, on average, satisfactory. One study suggested that homeopathic remedies were effective. The other, methodologically stronger trials did not support this notion. It is concluded that the trial data available to date do not suggest that homeopathy is effective in the prophylaxis of migraine or headache beyond a placebo effect.

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    • "Meta-analyses of clinical trials that disregarded therapeutic individualization [14] [15] [16] and prescribed one and the same remedy to several patients suffering from a same disease did not show significant results. "
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    • "A follow-up study revealed that the benefits persisted after 1 year, regardless of the treatment allocation [29]. A 1999 systematic review of homeopathic medications in the prophylaxis of migraines concluded that the trial data available to date do not suggest that homeopathy is effective in the prevention of migraines or headaches beyond a placebo effect [30]. "
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