The Story Behind One of the Highest Quality Studies on Individualized Homeopathic Treatment

Part of the problem with scientific studies using homeopathic remedies is that the best results are when the homeopathic remedy is individualized to the patient. The ideal is when the individual modalities is taken into account of whatever problem is being studied and multiple homeopathic remedies are used. Almost all conventional medical studies do not have this and only some homeopathic studies do.

Professor Jennifer Jacobs MD did such an individualized study with dramatically positive results. The study using homeopathy to deal with acute diarrhea in children was published in the conventional medical journal Paediatrics. The “randomized double-blind clinical trial comparing homeopathic medicine with placebo in the treatment of acute childhood diarrhea was conducted in León, Nicaragua, in July 1991. Eighty-one children aged 6 months to 5 years of age were included in the study. An individualized homeopathic medicine was prescribed for each child and daily follow-up was performed for 5 days. Standard treatment with oral rehydration treatment was also given.”

The positive results were that “the treatment group [who had taken homeopathic remedies] had a statistically significant decrease in duration of diarrhea, defined as the number of days until there were less than three unformed stools daily for 2 consecutive days. There was also a significant difference (P < .05) in the number of stools per day between the two groups after 72 hours of treatment.” – Pubmed

Dr. Jacobs talks about the story behind it and also the backlash including the unprofessional behaviour of critics:

 

2 Responses

  1. Great entry on a positive study that deserves attention especially in light of such poor criticisms of homeopathy as to its scientific credentials.

  2. Most University researchers and even many clinicians get funding from pharmaceutical companies. It drives and funds their studies and research and even their opinions about anything that is not pharmaceutical in nature.

    It is remarkable how many high level scientists still do research in homeopathy such as Professor Jacobs. They are to be lauded for their high level of independent thinking and quality research.

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