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  1. An Investigation into Whole Systems Research as an Appropriate Methodology for the Advancement in Understanding of Homeopathy as a Complex Therapeutic Intervention

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    Research using randomised controlled trials to test the efficacy of the medicines used in homeopathy have generally concluded that no specific effects can be detected. Yet, homeopathy is a popular form of alternative medicine. RCTs are the most effective designs for testing a single hypothesis but inappropriate as the model to evaluate the effectiveness of homeopathy as a complex therapeutic intervention. Many RCT designs, though of high internal validity according to reductionist scientific paradigm, have misrepresented the holistic essence of homeopathy, so have low external validity. The non-reductionist paradigm of whole systems, or complex thinking, enables research into the synergism of various components of homeopathic treatment, because it acknowledges that the combined effects of parts of a system produce emergent properties not existent in the parts themselves. Health and disease are emergent properties of a human as a complex system (Bell, 2002). The study by Thompson and Weiss (2006) exemplifies WSR in action. It employs formal quantitative and qualitative means of data collection with which to triangulate results, which provides firmer evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy than single case-studies alone. It has identified both specific and non-specific characteristics of the treatment. Many more pragmatic clinical trials of this nature will provide the evidence needed to balance the view that homeopathic effects are due to placebo action. Their innovative and ground-breaking study design heralds the beginning of a new phase in research away from RCT's in favour of WSR as the research model of choice in homeopathy. Key words: Homeopathy, research, whole systems research, WSR, randomised controlled trial, RCT, complex intervention, placebo, effectiveness
  2. A Critical Overview of Current Evidence of Homeopathic Treatment of Malignant Tumours in Humans

    A Critical Overview of Current Evidence of Homeopathic Treatment of Malignant Tumours in Humans

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    Introduction: Increased cell growth forming a clone of cells resulting in a malignant, invasive and rather fast growing tumour with the capability of migration and metastasis is called cancer. Cancer has a high incidence rate with one in 4 deaths due to cancer in the USA. CAM therapies are popular among cancer patients and have especially been known to go alongside medical treatment as a support for treating the side effects of conventional treatment, pain control and emotional issues. Historically, there is a long tradition of treating cancer homeopathically. The aim of this study is to consider if there is evidence of current effectiveness of homeopathic treatment of malignant tumours in humans. Method: A literature review was carried out to see if there is evidence of current homeopathic treatment affecting malignant tumours in humans. By current is meant treatment carried out from 1950 - 2008. Results: One systematic review, one chart review and 178 case studies were found of relevance to the study. The general standard of the reviewed cases was above average when compared to the normal limitations found in homeopathic case reports. Conclusion: This literature review shows that evidence of effect of homeopathic treatment of malignant tumours in humans does exist. Further investigation of the anti-cancer effect of homeopathic treatment should be done both in a way that is in line with the underlying theories of homeopathy and also in a meaningful way for patients. Case studies are considered as best evidence when carried out rigorously. However, the case studies need to be further refined in order to share knowledge both inside and outside the homeopathic community. Keywords: Homeopathy, cancer, neoplasm, malignancy, tumour.
  3. Research Evidence for Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in Children Using Individualized (classical) Homeopathy

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    Homeopathy is more likely to be integrated into the prevailing heath care system (giving people a choice of therapies), if there is clear evidence of its clinical utility in common diseases, and prescribing strategies are simplified (Jacobs: 2000). Richard Liang observing the high quality work done by Frei et al in ADHD, expects that this will 'open a new area of homeopathic research which may be called 'evidence-based' homeopathy.'(Liang, 2006: 95) Homeopathic methodology properly understood could underpin modification of well accepted research methods both qualitative and quantitative. This is a major field of knowledge generation to explore
  4. Homeopathy and Musculoskeletal Disorders – An Overview and Critique of Available Research

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    This report critiques the available homeopathic research on musculoskeletal disorders. A reasonable amount of homeopathic research using different methodologies and interventions has been conducted into some musculoskeletal disorders, with both positive and negative outcomes for homeopathy. However, the quality of these trials is variable in reporting clarity, design, method, recruitment capability / sample size, and intervention used, with some trials not representing how classical homeopathy is practiced in reality. However, some relatively good quality research conducted shows that homeopathy is effective in the treatment of some musculoskeletal disorders. Therefore, this report concludes that success in treating musculoskeletal conditions with homeopathy is generally positive, but not completely certain in all cases as improvements to the quality and design of research is required.
  5. Use of Homeopathy in Treatment of Diabetes: Prevalence and Correlates

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    The growing incidence of chronic and incurable diseases has led to the increased use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in recent years. Homeopathy is one of the most popular CAM systems of treatment. Recent observational study supports the use of Homeopathy for the management of diabetes; therefore, it is important to know the prevalence and pattern of use of homeopathy among diabetic patients. In this study, the author systematically reviewed the published research papers on prevalence and correlates of use of homeopathy in diabetic patients. The prevalence of diabetes ranges from 0.7% to 12.9% on the basis of 4 papers reviewed. The prevalence is higher in developing country like India. Levels of education, the desire for early and maximum benefit and geographic area were found as the co-related factors in use of homeopathy in this study. A large scale population-based study is needed to gather deeper knowledge about prevalence and correlates of use of homeopathy in diabetic patients for the better management of diabetes - one of the most threatening chronic diseases of our time. Keywords: Homeopathy; Diabetes; Prevalence; CAM
  6. A Critical Examination of the Evidence for the Use of Individualized Homeopathic Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    This article will examine the evidence for the inclusion of homeopathy as a useful treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The focus of the examination will centre on three randomised control trials (RCTs) which have taken place since 1980, which was when the Gibson, Gibson, MacNeill and Watson Buchanan trial demonstrated that homeopathic intervention was useful in the treatment of RA. All three trials considered, demonstrate methodological flaws which may have biased the results for the use of homeopathy in the treatment of RA. However, this article will reveal that it may be incorrect to endeavour to evaluate the specific benefits of homeopathic treatment using conventional medical trials. Although RCTs are deemed of the utmost importance in the present medical paradigm, critical analysis of their competence in proving the efficacy of the specific effects of homeopathy in treating RA is demonstrated during this article. Alternative methods of research are considered which may provide a holistic, patient-centred system, and which would be more reflective of the complementary medicine paradigm. This may help to provide the conventional medical paradigm the research into the effectiveness of homeopathy that they crave, and provide the homeopathic profession with further sound evidence and knowledge through documented evidence.