Homeopathy for childhood and adolescence ailments

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Homeopathy for childhood and adolescence ailments

Postby patoco » Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:29 am

Homeopathy for childhood and adolescence ailments: systematic review of randomized clinical trials.

*Editor's Note:

The lymphedema world is awash, not only with lymphorrhea, but with a never ending series of articles and claims of curative medicines from homeopathy.

Just how valid are these treatments?

I ran across this interesting abstract and wanted to share it for thought.

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Homeopathy for childhood and adolescence ailments: systematic review of randomized clinical trials.

Altunc U, Pittler MH, Ernst E.
Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the evidence of any type of therapeutic or preventive intervention testing homeopathy for childhood and adolescence ailments.

METHODS: Systematic literature searches were conducted through January 2006 in MEDLINE, EMBASE, AMED, CINAHL, Cochrane Central, British Homeopathic Library, ClinicalTrials.gov, and the UK National Research Register. Bibliographies were checked for further relevant publications. Studies were selected according to predefined inclusion and exclusion criteria. All double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials of any homeopathic intervention for preventing or treating childhood and adolescence ailments were included. According to the classification of the World Health Organization, the age range defined for inclusion was 0 to 19 years. Study selection, data extraction, and assessment of methodological quality were performed independently by 2 reviewers.

RESULTS: A total of 326 articles were identified, 91 of which were retrieved for detailed evaluation. Sixteen trials that assessed 9 different conditions were included in the study. With the exception of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and acute childhood diarrhea (each tested in 3 trials), no condition was assessed in more than 2 double-blind randomized clinical trials. The evidence for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and acute childhood diarrhea is mixed, showing both positive and negative results for their respective main outcome measures. For adenoid vegetation, asthma, and upper respiratory tract infection each, 2 trials are available that suggest no difference compared with placebo. For 4 conditions, only single trials are available.

CONCLUSION: The evidence from rigorous clinical trials of any type of therapeutic or preventive intervention testing homeopathy for childhood and adolescence ailments is not convincing enough for recommendations in any condition.

PMID: 17285788 [PubMed - in process]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/quer ... med_docsum

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