Scientific Research

A Clinical Prospective Study on the Efficacy of Homeopathic Remedies, Chosen with Kent’s Repertory, in the Management of Low Back Pain

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

The author would like to acknowledge Prof. Dr. S. K. Nanda, Director, National Institute of Homoeopathy for allowing us to carry out the study successfully in his institution and the author would also acknowledge Dr. Saroj Kumar Kayal, Reader Dept. of Homoeopathic Repertory, National Institute of Homoeopathy for guiding me to achieve success.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT:

The authors declare that they have no competing interest.

ROLE OF FUNDING SOURCES:

The authors received no external funding for the study. There was no institutional influence on the design, conduct and results reflected from the study.

APPENDIX “A”

QUESTIONNAIRE

The Roland-Morris Low Back Pain and Disability Questionnaire

Patient name:                                                     File                       Date:

Please read instructions: When your back hurts, you may find it difficult to do some of the things you normally do. Mark only the sentences that describe you today.

  • I stay at home most of the time because of my back.
  • I change position frequently to try to get my back comfortable.
  • I walk more slowly than usual because of my back.
  • Because of my back, I am not doing any jobs that I usually do around the house.
  • Because of my back, I use a handrail to get upstairs.
  • Because of my back, I lie down to rest more often.
  • Because of my back, I have to hold on to something to get out of an easy chair.
  • Because of my back, I try to get other people to do things for me.
  • I get dressed more slowly than usual because of my back.
  • I only stand up for short periods of time because of my back.
  • Because of my back, I try not to bend or kneel down.
  • I find it difficult to get out of a chair because of my back.
  • My back is painful almost all of the time.
  • I find it difficult to turn over in bed because of my back.
  • My appetite is not very good because of my back.
  • I have trouble putting on my sock (or stockings) because of the pain in my back.
  • I can only walk short distances because of my back pain.
  • I sleep less well because of my back.
  • Because of my back pain, I get dressed with the help of someone else.
  • I sit down for most of the day because of my back.
  • I avoid heavy jobs around the house because of my back.
  • Because of back pain, I am more irritable and bad tempered with people than usual.
  • Because of my back, I go upstairs more slowly than usual.
  • I stay in bed most of the time because of my back.

Instructions:

  1. The patient is instructed to put a mark next to each appropriate statement.
  2. The total number of marked statements are added by the clinician. Unlike the authors of the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire, Roland and Morris did not provide descriptions of the varying degrees of disability (e.g., 40%-60% is severe disability).
  3. Clinical improvement over time can be graded based on the analysis of serial questionnaire scores. If, for example, at the beginning of treatment, a patient’s score was 12 and, at the conclusion of treatment, her score was 2 (10 points of improvement), we would calculate an 83% (10/12 x 100) improvement.

APPENDIX “B”

SCALES FOR OUTCOME ASSESSMENT

  1. QUALITY OF LIFE SCALE (QOL)

Please read each item and circle the number that best describes how satisfied you are at this time. Please answer each item even if you do not currently participate in an activity or have a relationship. You can be satisfied or dissatisfied with not doing the activity or having the relationship.

 

DelightedPleasedMostly

Satisfied

MixedMostly

dissatisfied

UnhappyTerrible
1.Material comforts home, food, conveniences,

financial security

7654321
2.Health – being physically fit and vigorous7654321
3.Relationships with parents, siblings & other

relatives- communicating, visiting, helping

7654321
4.Having and rearing children7654321
5.Close relationships with spouse or

significant other

7654321
6.Close friends7654321
7.Helping and encouraging others,

volunteering, giving advice

7654321
8.Participating in organizations and

public affairs

7654321
9.Learning- attending school, improving

understanding, getting additional knowledge

7654321
10.Understanding yourself – knowing your assets

and limitations – knowing what life is about

7654321
11.Work – job or in home7654321
12.Expressing yourself creatively7654321
13.Socializing – meeting other people,

doing things, parties, etc

7654321
14.Reading, listening to music, or observing

Entertainment

7654321
15.Participating in active recreation7654321
16.Independence, doing for yourself7654321
  1. CLINICAL GLOBAL IMPRESSION- Scale
  • Clinical Global Impression –Improvement- Scale

Rate patient’s improvement on this seven point scale

1 – Patient very much improved

2 – Much improved

3 – Minimally improved

4 – Unchanged

5 – Minimally worse

6 – Much worse

7 – Very much worse

  • Clinical Global Impression- severity- scale

Rate patient’s severity of illness on this seven point scale

1 – Normal, not at all ill

2 – Borderline ill

3 – Mildly ill

4 – Moderately ill

5 – Markedly ill

6 – Severely ill

7 – Among the most extremely ill

APPENDIX “C”

MASTER CHART

SL. NO.NAMEAGE/SEXRELIREG. NO.DATE OF 1ST VISITMEDICINED MOUTCOME MEASURES
1.SG56/MH5866716/06/14SULPH.PSORAIMP
2.SB46/FI6124318/06/14PULS.PSORAIMP
3.PD46/FH6549621/06/14NAT SULPPSORAIMP
4.RM38/MH6934224/06/14RHUS TOXPSORANOT IMP
5.NNB43/FI7046328/06/14SEPIAPSORAIMP
6.SH49/FI7250630/06/14THUJASYCOSISNOT IMP
7.KM55/FH7537502/07/14BRYOPSORANOT IMP
8.RS31/MI7662804/07/14NAT.MURPSORANOT IMP
9.BG46/MH7995808/07/14BRYONIASYPHILISIMP
10.SB43/FI8112611/07/14SULPHPSORADROP OUT
11.FK52/MI8364015/07/14SULPHSYCOSISNOT IMP
12.SB43/FI8499818/07/14PHOSPSORAIMP
13.AR36/MH8784621/07/14RHUS TOXSYPHILISIMP
14.IA46/MI8895922/07/14CALC PPSORAIMP
15.HB35/FI9125028/07/14RHUS TOXSYCOSISIMP
16.SM50/MH9352102/08/14SUPLHPSORADROP OUT
17.AS50/FI9521104/08/14CAUSTPSORANOT IMP
18.TB41/FI9759206/08/14RHUS TOXPSORAIMP
19.BS50/FH9887707/08/14LYCOPSORANOT IMP
20.AK41/FI10123409/08/14KALI BICHSYPHILISIMP
21.AS45/FH10256211/08/14LYCOPSORANOT IMP
22.MB50/FI10442112/08/14MERCSYPHILISIMP
23.SG44/FH10859716/08/14BRYOPSORANOT IMP
24.JM64/FI11153218/08/14THUJASYCOSISIMP
25.AB39/MH11466820/08/14RHUS TOXPSORAIMP
26.NG42/FH11771022/08/14PULSPSORAIMP
27.AB54/FI11952623/08/14SULPHPSORAIMP
28.HB56/FI12632527/08/14LACHESISSYCOSISNOT  IMP
29.MA47/MI13246602/09/14LYCOPSORADROP OUT
30.MC56/MH13469803/09/14NAT. MURPSORAIMP
31.JK52/MH13694405/09/14NAT. MURSYCOSISNOT IMP
32.MR54/MI13942608/09/14SEPIAPSORAIMP
33.KB50/FI14361910/09/14MEDOPSORAIMP
34.SD39/FH14654612/09/14NAT. SULSYCOSISIMP
35.SM56/MH15115716/09/14BRYOPSORAIMP
36.RB50/FI15521618/09/14SULPHURPSORAIMP

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About the author

Purendu Ash

Dr. Purnendu Ash - Final year P.G.T. (14th Batch), Department of Repertory, National Institute of Homoeopathy (Govt. Of India

Pawan Sharma

Pawan Sharma - P.G.T. (8th Batch), Department of Organon of Medicine, D. N. De Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital (Govt. Of W.B)

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