What Can Homeopathy Treat?

Homeopathic medicine treats the whole person,

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In homeopathy, it has been found that there is no one medicine that can treat everyone with a particular illness; in fact if 10 women came to my office with menopause symptoms, I would likely prescribe 10 different medicines!

So we do not say that Homeopathy treats a specific disease, in the way that drugs do.¬† Homeopathic treatment seems to act as a catalyst that energizes the body’s self-healing mechanism, or allostatic stress response mechanism.

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While we cannot claim that Homeopathy is a ‘cure’ for these conditions, there is a growing body of evidence to support what homeopaths have observed through 200 years of clinical experience.¬† Clinical outcome studies that look at the real-world results of homeopathic treatment in clinics show very promising results.

Randomized, Controlled Trials are emerging to confirm what we see in the clinic, below I’ve included only a small number of the existing studies.

 

Premenstrual Syndrome

Many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) resulting from hormonal imbalance.  Symptoms such as anger, depression, anxiety, breast tenderness, bloating, pain, and fatigue can make for monthly misery Рbut a healthy balance can be found, naturally.   Treatment focuses on your physical symptoms, overall health history, stresses, diet and any related emotional factors.

Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials are also showing positive results from treatment:

Yakir M, Kreitler S, Brzezinski A, et al. Effects of homeopathic treatment in women with premenstrual syndrome: a pilot study. Br Homeopath J 2001; 90: 148-53

Menopause

Menopause is an important transition period for women and an excellent time to have homeopathic constitutional treatment. With the recent controversy around the dangers of hormone replacement therapy, many women are seeking safe alternative therapies. Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, dry skin, mood swings, libido problems, anxiety, bladder problems,  sleeplessness and depression.

A study published in the Journal of the British Menopause Society looked at results of homeopathic treatment in a community menopause clinic. They found that 80% of women treated with individualized homeopathic prescriptions experienced significant improvements in their hot flashes, tiredness, sleep problems, headaches and psychological problems. ( Relton, Weatherly-Jones, 2005, Menopause International vol. 11 p.72-73)

Depression

Depression affects many women and can be related to hormones, prolonged stress, history of trauma or abuse, social factors or physical factors such as thyroid disorders and nutritional deficiencies. Sometimes the cause is unknown. Depression is treated (some say over-treated) conventionally with drugs which often have unpleasant side effects. The homeopathic remedies used for depression do not interact with conventional drugs, and I often treat women who want to slowly wean off as they feel better from the homeopathic treatment.

One study showed that homeopathy was just as effective as a common antidepressant medication:

Adler UC, et al. Homeopathic Individualized Q-Potencies vs Fluoxetine for Moderate to Severe Depression: Double -blind, Randomized Non-Inferiority Trial. eCAM, 2009

Fertility

If you are trying to conceive, homeopathy along with diet and lifestyle changes can support you.   Conventional medicine alone cannot adequately treat fertility issues such as hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, stresses and other lifestyle factors which all have an impact on your ability to conceive. For example, regular ovulation can be affected by your weight, sleep patterns, caffeine consumption,  and history of birth control pill use, among other factors.

Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

Clinical Trials showing positive results for homeopathy in fibromyalgia:

Fisher P. An experimental double-blind clinical trial method in homoeopathy. Use of a limited range of remedies to treat fibrositis. BrHomeopath J 1986; 75: 142-7

Bell I, Lewis D, Brooks A, et al. Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo. Rheumatology 2004; 43: 577-82

Relton C, Smith C, Raw J, Walters C, Adebajo AO, Thomas KJ. Healthcare provided by a homeopath as an adjunct to usual care for Fibromyalgia (FMS): results of a pilot Randomised Controlled Trial. Homeopathy, 2009; 98: 77-82.

Fatigue

Fatigue is a common complaint in my clinic. Women are leading stressful lives, often balancing multiple demands and workloads.  Feeling run down, not waking up feeling rested, having too little energy to keep up with your usual fast-paced life. Fatigue can be caused by many things, including low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome,  poor nutrition,  iron deficiency, deficiency of other vitamins such as vitamin B12, insomnia, and chronic stress. We would look at all aspects of your lift to determine the best homeopathic medicine for your fatigue.

This clinical trial of homeopathy for chronic fatigue showed positive results: Weatherley-Jones E, Nicholl JP, Thomas KJ, et al. A randomized, controlled, triple-blind trial of the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. J Psychosom Res 2004; 56: 189-97

Migraines

Research has shown that migraine headaches can be successfully treated to remove the need for strong pain medications.¬† People who experience migraines have a wide range of type of pain, duration, and location of pain. There are homeopathic remedies that ‘match’ the various types of pain and accompanying symptoms such as nausea or vomiting. We also look at stress, lifestyle and diet as factors.

Brigo B. Serpelloni G. Homeopathic treatment of migraines: a randomized double-blind study of sixty cases (homeopathic remedy versus placebo).  Berlin Journal on Research in Homeopathy 1991: 1: 98-106

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Digestive problems

Digestive disorders can include : IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, chronic bloating, gas, ulcers, acid reflux, and gastritis.

Irritable bowel syndrome is very common among women, and is often linked with emotional stress and anxiety.  We would therefore closely examine and treat any anxiety associated with IBS, and find a constitutional remedy for you that will help both the anxiety (if this is a factor) and the IBS symptoms.

Clinical research also supports homeopathic remedies in the following conditions:

Childhood diarrhea

Jacobs. J, Jonas WB, Jiminez-Perez M, Crothers D. Homeopathy for childhood diarrhea: combined results and meta-analysis from three randomized, controlled clinical trials. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 2003: 22:229-234

Hay Fever

Taylor MA, Reilly D, Llewellyn-Jones RH, et al. Randomised controlled trials of homeopathy vs placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial series. British Medical Journal 2000; 321: 471-476.

Influenza

Vickers A. Smith C.  Homeopathic Oscillococcinum for preventing and treating influenza and influenza like syndromes (Cochrane Review).  2006 CD001957

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (ADD)

Frei. H, Everts R. von Ammon K. et al.  Homeopathic treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial. European Journal of Pediatrics 2005; 164: 758-767

Bronchitis

Diefenbach M, Schilken J, Steiner G. Becker HJ. Homeopathic therapy in respiratory tract diseases. Evaluation of a clinical study in 258 patients. Zeitschrift fur Allgemeinmedizin 1997; 73;308-314

Immune Function

Kuzeff RM. Homeopathy, sensation of well-being and CD4 levels – A placebo-controlled, randomized trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 1998; 6:4-9

Infertility

Bergmann J, Luft B, Boehman S, et al. the efficacy of the complex medication Phyto-Hypophyson L in female, hormone related sterility. A randomized, placebo controlled clinical double-blind study. Forschende Komplementarmedizin und Klassische Naturheilkunde 2000′ 7: 190-199

Low back pain

Stam C, Bonnet MS, Van Haselen RA. The efficacey and safety of a homeopathic gel in the treatment of acute low back pain: a multi-centre, randomized, double-blind comparative clinical trial. British Homeopathic Journal 2001: 90: 21-28

Osteoarthritis

Shealy CN, Thomlinson RO, Cox RH, Borgmeyer RN. Osteoarthritic pain: a comparison of homeopathy and acetominophen. American Journal of Pain Management 1998: 8: 89-91

Homeopathy is Individualized

Homeopaths often say ‘we treat the person, not the disease’. Because of this individualized approach we do not claim to cure any particular disease with a particular homeopathic remedy.¬† Homeopathy addresses the deeper imbalances that bring on symptoms.¬† For more information see About Homeopathy.

It is not recommended that you stop any medications that have been prescribed except under the supervision of your medical doctor. It is important that you continue to see a licensed physician for your current condition and any conditions that may arise during homeopathic treatment and this will be a part of any plan.
Although we focus time and energy on each and every person and situation, results do vary.

We do not recommend the use of homeopathic remedies for the prevention or treatment of an acute infectious disease or instead of immunization.