The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Review: Homeopathic treatments in psychiatry

    Really?

    First, the details.

    • 25 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.

    And, the results.

    • Efficacy was found for functional somatic syndromes (fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome), but not for anxiety or stress.
    • For other disorders, homeopathy produced mixed effects.
    • There were no placebo-controlled studies of depression.
    • Meaningful safety data were lacking.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The database on studies of homeopathy and placebo in psychiatry is very limited, but results do not preclude the possibility of some benefit.”

    After 25 studies, the data don’t establish much benefit either.

    7/25/11 18:53 JR

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