Homeopathy and psychiatric conditions

Review of clinical trials supports homeopathy in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

A well conducted systematic review from colleagues in the USA has scrutinised randomised-placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) of homeopathy for psychiatric conditions. Identified studies were grouped into anxiety or stress, sleep or circadian rhythm complaints, premenstrual problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, mild traumatic brain injury, and functional somatic syndromes. Efficacy was found for the functional somatic syndromes group (fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome), but not for anxiety and stress. For other disorders homeopathy produced mixed effects.

Reference:

Davidson, JR, Crawford, C, Ives, JA, Jones, WB. Homeopathic treatments in psychiatry: a systematic review of randomized placebo-controlled studies. J Clin Psychiatry 2011; 72:795-805.

Source: Simile, October 2011

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