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Homeopathy – What is it used for?

Homeopathy – What is it used for?

Being holistic, homeopathy has a remedy that has been traditionally used to cover the symptoms for every body part and system, and for a broad range of health issues.  Both the traditional use of homeopathy, and research on specific conditions, have been included below.

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Aiding client goals

What homeopathy is used for often depends on the specific goals of a client. For example, it could be used to assist with:

  • Acute or chronic conditions
  • A specific issue or health goal
  • Residual impact from a previous condition or trauma
  • Functioning of an organ or body system
  • Strengthening the constitution to promote general wellness
  • Enhancing the effects of other treatments
  • Managing the side effects of other treatments.

Typical conditions or health issues

Below is a sample list of acute and chronic complaints that people seek homeopathic support for.

Its important to remember that homeopathy tailors treatment to the individual, so even for the same health condition, each client will likely be prescribed a different remedy.

  • Allergies – hay fever (allergic rhinitis), skin allergy reactions
  • Cardiovascular – varicose veins, circulation disorders, hypertension
  • Childhood – teething pain, colic, diarrhoea, ear infection (otitis media)
  • First aid, injuries, cuts – coughs, travel sickness, bruises, burns, fever, punctures, bites, sprains & strains, post operative support
  • Gastro-intestinal – digestive disturbances, constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, gas/bloating
  • Head – headaches, migraines
  • Male reproductive system – impotence, prostate conditions
  • Metabolism – thyroid disorders, fatigue/burn-out, obesity, diabetes support
  • Mind & mood – depression, anger, fear, anxiety, specific emotional crisis (e.g. support during grief or loss), oversensitivity
  • Muscular-skeletal – plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, cramps, knee and joint conditions, back or neck pain, sciatica
  • Nervous system – pain states, neuralgia
  • Respiratory tract – sinusitis, bronchitis, colds, flu (influenza), tonsillitis, laryngitis, asthma support, emphysema, ‘stuffy nose’
  • Senses (eyes, ears) – eye inflammation, vertigo (dizziness), tinnitus
  • Skin – psoriasis, eczema, hives, boils, abscesses, acne, itching, scar tissue, warts
  • Sleep – insomnia, snoring
  • Toxic states – heavy metal detox, alcohol detox, tobacco detox, sepsis (bacterial)
  • Urinary system – incontinence, frequent urinary tract infections
  • Vague symptoms – where there is no identifiable cause of disease, but the person feels unwell
  • Women’s health – premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, fertility, preparation for birth, lactation/breastfeeding, menopause (hot flushes), ovarian pain or cysts.

Clinical research on specific conditions

Where available, clinical trials related to many of the conditions or health issues for which clients seek homeopathic care, are listed below. Its by no means complete, and this page will be updated periodically. In some of the listed examples, homeopathy is used as a support (adjunct) to another treatment.

Cardiovascular

Condition Research
Varicose veins Ernst E, Saradeth T, Resch KL (1990). Complementary therapy of varicose veins – a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. Phlebology; 5:157–163.

Respiratory tract diseases

Condition Research
Bronchitis Diefenbach M, Schilken J, Steiner G, Becker HJ (1997). Homöopathische Therapie bei Erkrankungen der Atemwege. Auswertung einer klinischen Studie bei 258 Patienten [Homeopathic therapy in respiratory tract diseases. Evaluation of a clinical study in 258 patients]. Zeitschrift für Allgemeinmedizin; 73:308–314.
Flu (influenza) This study found that the homeopathic medicine Oscillococcinum for the treatment of influenza was effective at treating influenza, but ineffective for preventing it, see:

Homeopathic Oscillococcinum(®) for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like illness.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23235586

Ferley JP, Zmirou D, D’Adhemar D, Balducci F (1989). A controlled evaluation of a homoeopathic preparation in the treatment of influenza like syndromes. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology; 27:329–335.
Papp R, Schuback G, Beck E, Burkard G, Bengel J, Lehrl S, Belon P (1998). Oscillococcinum® in patients with influenza-like syndromes: a placebo-controlled double-blind evaluation. British Homoeopathic Journal; 87:69–76.

Tonsillitis Malapane E, Solomon EM, Pellow J (2014). Efficacy of a homeopathic complex on acute viral tonsillitis. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; 20:868-873.
Tracheal secretions Frass M, Dielacher C, Linkesch M, Endler C, Muchitsch I, Schuster E, Kaye A (2005). Influence of potassium dichromate on tracheal secretions in critically ill patients. Chest; 127:936–941.

Sleep

Condition Research
Insomnia Kolia-Adam N, Solomon E, Bond J, Deroukakis M (2008). The efficacy of Coffea cruda on insomnia: a double blind trial. Simillimum; 21: 91-99.
Naudé DF, Couchman IMS, Maharaj A (2010). Chronic primary insomnia: efficacy of homeopathic simillimum. Homeopathy; 99:63–68. [Published erratum: Homeopathy 2010; 99: 151]
Harrison CC, Solomon EM, Pellow J (2013). The effect of a homeopathic complex on psychophysiological onset insomnia in males: a randomized pilot study. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine; 19:38-43.
Snoring Lipman D, Sexton G, Schlesser J (1999). A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled evaluation of the safety and efficacy of a natural over-the-counter (OTC) medication in the management of snoring. Sleep and Breathing; 3: 53-56.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11898106

Female reproductive system

Condition Research
Female infertility Bergmann J, Luft B, Boehmann S, Runnebaum B, Gerhard I (2000). Die Wirksamkeit des Komplexmittels Phyto-Hypophyson® L bei weiblicher, hormonell bedingter Sterilität. Eine randomisierte, plazebokontrollierte, klinische Doppelblindstudie [The efficacy of the complex medication Phyto-Hypophyson L in female, hormone-related sterility. A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical double-blind study]. Forschende Komplementärmedizin und Klassische Naturheilkunde; 7:190–199.

Gerhard I, Pateck A, Monga B, Blank A, Gorkow C (1998). Mastodynon bei weiblicher Sterilitat. Randomisierte, plazenbokontrollierte, klinische oppelblindstudie. [Mastodynon for female infertility. Randomised, placebo controlled, clinical double-blind study]. Forschende Komplementärmedizin; 5:272-278.

Menopause, hot flushes Colau JC, Vincent S, Marijnen P, Allaert FA (2012). Efficacy of a non-hormonal treatment, BRN-01, on menopausal hot flashes: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Drugs in R&D;12:107-119.
Premenstral syndrome Yakir M, Kreitler S, Brzezinski A, Vithoulkas G, Oberbaum M, Bentwich Z (2001). Effects of homeopathic treatment in women with premenstrual syndrome: a pilot study. British Homeopathic Journal; 90:148–153.

Injuries

Condition Research
Acquired brain injury Chapman EH, Weintraub RJ, Milburn MA, Pirozzi TO, Woo E (1999). Homeopathic treatment of mild traumatic brain injury: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; 14: 521–542.

Toxins

Condition Research
Heavy metals Belon P, Banerjee A, Karmakar SR, Biswas SJ, Choudhury SC, Banerjee P, Das JK, Pathak S, Guha B, Paul S, Bhattacharjee N, Khuda-Bukhsh AR (2007). Homeopathic remedy for arsenic toxicity? Evidence-based findings from a randomized placebo-controlled double blind human trial. Science of the Total Environment; 384:141-50

Khuda-Bukhsh AR, Pathak S, Guha B, Karmakar SR, Das JK, Banerjee P, Biswas SJ, Mukherjee P, Bhattacharjee N, Choudhury SC, Banerjee A, Bhadra S, Mallick P, Chakrabarti J, Mandal B (2005). Can homeopathic arsenic remedy combat arsenic poisoning in humans exposed to groundwater arsenic contamination? A preliminary report on first human trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; 2:537-548

Belon P, Banerjee P, Choudhury SC, Banerjee A, Biswas SJ, Karmakar SR, Pathak S, Guha B, Chatterjee S, Bhattacharjee N, Das JK, Khuda-Bukhsh AR (2006). Can administration of potentized homeopathic remedy, Arsenicum album, alter antinuclear antibody (ANA) titre in people living in high-risk arsenic contaminated areas? I. A correlation with certain hematological parameters. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; 3:99-107

Khuda-Bukhsh AR, Banerjee A, Biswas SJ, Karmakar SR, Banerjee P, Pathak S, Guha B, Haque S, Das D, De A, Das D, Boujedaini N (2011a). An initial report on the efficacy of a millesimal potency Arsenicum Album LM 0/3 in ameliorating arsenic toxicity in humans living in a high-risk arsenic village. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine / Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao; 9: 596-604.

Sepsis Frass M, Linkesch M, Banyai S, Resch G, Dielacher C, Lobl T, Endler C, Haidvogl M, Muchitsch I, Schuster E (2005). Adjunctive homeopathic treatment in patients with severe sepsis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in an intensive care unit. Homeopathy; 94:75–80.

Allergies

Condition Research
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) The homeopathic medicine Galphimia glauca for hay fever, see:

A Meta-Analysis of the Homeopathic Treatment of Pollinosis with Galphimia glauca

https://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/210233

Taylor MA, Reilly D, Llewellyn-Jones RH, McSharry C, Aitchison TC (2000). Randomised controlled trial of homoeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial series. British Medical Journal; 321:471–476.

The isopathic medicine Pollen 30c for hay fever, see:

Is homoeopathy a placebo response? Controlled trial of homoeopathic potency, with pollen in hayfever as model.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2876326

Skin allergy reactions Naidoo P, Pellow J (2013). A randomized placebo-controlled pilot study of Cat saliva 9cH and Histaminum 9cH in cat allergic adults. Homeopathy; 102: 123-129.
Sinusitis Friese K-H, Zabalotnyi DI (2007). Homöopathie bei akuter Rhinosinusitis. Eine doppelblinde, placebokontrollierte Studie belegt die Wirksamkeit und Verträglichkeit eines homöopathischen Kombinations-arzneimittels [Homeopathy in acute rhinosinusitis. A double-blind, placebo controlled study shows the efficiency and tolerability of a homeopathic combination remedy]. HNO; 55:271–277.

Weiser M, Clasen B (1994). Randomisierte plazebokontrolierte Doppelblindstudie zur Untersuchung der klinische Wirksamkeit der homöopathischen Euphorbium compositum-Nasentropfen S bei chronischer Sinusitis [Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study of the clinical efficacy of the homeopathic Euphorbium compositum-S nasal spray in cases of chronic sinusitis]. Forschende Komplementärmedizin; 1:251–259.

Zabolotnyi DI, Kneis KC, Richardson A, Rettenberger R, Heger M, Kaszkin-Bettag M, Heger PW (2007). Efficacy of a complex homeopathic medication (Sinfrontal) in patients with acute maxillary sinusitis: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial. Explore (NY); 3:98–109.

Wiesenauer M, Gaus W, Bohnacker U, Häussler S (1989). Wirksamkeitsprüfung von homöopathische Kombinationspräparaten bei Sinusitis. Ergebnisse einer randomisierten Doppelblindstudie unter Praxisbedingungen [Efficiency of homeopathic preparation combinations in sinusitis. Results of a randomized double blind study with general practitioners]. Arzneimittel Forschung; 39:620-625.

Skin

Condition Research
Psoriasis Bernstein S, Donsky H, Gulliver W, Hamilton D, Nobel S, Norman R (2006). Treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis with Reliéva, a Mahonia aquifolium extract – a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. American Journal of Therapeutics; 13:121-126.
Uraemic pruritus (renal itch) Cavalcanti AM, Rocha LM, Carillo R Jr, Lima LU, Lugon JR (2003). Effects of homeopathic treatment on pruritus of haemodialysis patients: a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind trial. Homeopathy; 92:177–181.

Childhood illnesses

Condition Research
Diarrhoea A meta-analysis of three placebo-controlled randomised trials showed that homeopathic treatment reduced the duration of diarrhoea in children, see:

Homeopathy for childhood diarrhea: combined results and metaanalysis from three randomized, controlled clinical trials.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12634583

Ear infection (otitis media) Individualised homeopathic treatment for ear infections in children, see:

Homeopathic treatment of acute otitis media in children: a preliminary randomized placebo-controlled trial http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11224838

Jacobs J, Springer DA, Crothers D (2001). Homeopathic treatment of acute otitis media in children: a preliminary randomized placebo-controlled trial. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 20:177–183.

Randomized controlled pilot study to compare Homeopathy and Conventional therapy in Acute Otitis Media

Taylor MA, Reilly D, Llewellyn-Jones RH, McSharry C, Aitchison TC (2000). Randomised controlled trial of homoeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial series. British Medical Journal; 321:471–476.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22226309

Rheumatoid and related conditions

Condition Research
Fibromyalgia Bell I, Lewis D, Brooks A, Schwartz G, Lewis S, Walsh B, Baldwin C (2004). Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo. Rheumatology; 43:577–582.

Joints, ligaments & tendons

Condition Research
Plantar fasciitis Clark J, Percivall A (2000). A preliminary investigation into the effectiveness of the homeopathic remedy, Ruta graveolens, in the treatment of pain in plantar fasciitis. British Journal of Podiatry; 3:81–85. 

Pregnancy and birth

Condition Research
Lactation Berrebi A, Parant O, Ferval F, Thene M, Ayoubi JM, Connan L, Belon P (2001). Traitement de la douleur de la montée laiteuse non souhaitée par homéopathie dans le postpartum immédiat [Treatment of pain due to unwanted lactation with a homeopathic preparation given in the immediate post-partum period]. Journal de gynécologie, obstétrique et biologie de la reproduction; 30:353–357.

Managing side effects of other treatments

Condition Research
Radiodermatitis (from radiotherapy) Balzarini A, Felisi E, Martini A, De Conno F (2000). Efficacy of homeopathic treatment of skin reactions during radiotherapy for breast cancer: a randomized, double-blind clinical trial. British Homeopathic Journal; 89:8–12.
Stomatitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes) Oberbaum M, Yaniv I, Ben-Gal Y, Stein J, Ben-Zvi N, Freedman LS, Branski D (2001). A randomized, controlled clinical trial of the homeopathic medication Traumeel S in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis in children undergoing stem cell transplantation. Cancer; 92:684–690.

Other

Condition Research
Vertigo The complex homeopathic medicine Vertigoheel for vertigo, see:

Treatment of Vertigo with a Homeopathic Complex Remedy Compared with Usual Treatments

http://www.biopathica.co.uk/Articles/Dizziness/19%20-%20Vertigo%20Treatment%20with%20a%20Homeopathic%20Complex%20Remedy.pdf

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David Haubenschild
Homeopath

<p>David is a homeopath from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.<br /> He is passionate about helping people change their lives for the better, achieving a level of freedom from disease, and promoting general happiness and wellbeing using natural approaches, that last.</p>

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