Research, a very intriguing word. What does it mean?
The Oxford English dictionary defines ‘Research” as the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. The Collin’s dictionary says Research is work that involves studying something and trying to discover facts about it. If you research something, you try to discover facts about it.
It is hard to think of research in homoeopathy without Hahnemann, this person spent his lifetime doing research meticulously to bring forth homoeopathy to this world. Dr Hahnemann's was very own first experiment related to homeopathy was in 1790, more than 200 years back, while translating William Cullen's Materia Medica. The first evidence emerged for the great things to come. Unconvinced by Cullen's theory that Cinchona was a specific for Malaria because of its tonic action on the stomach, he took a small dose of Cinchona over several days to observe its effects. In this first proving experiment, he observed symptoms broadly similar to those of malaria, including spasms and fever. This event led to the discovery of homeopathy
Based upon pure observation, empiricism and experiment in 1796 he wrote the first commendable research content on Homeopathy “Essay on a New Principle for Ascertaining the Curative Powers of Drugs, with a Few Glances at Those Hitherto Employed”.
Some of the recent researches in homeopathy are:
• Usefulness of classical homeopathy for the prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in individuals with chronic neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction. Pannek J1, Pannek-Rademacher S2, Jus MS3, Wöllner J1, Krebs J4. J Spinal Cord Med.
The study was started with the objective to investigate the usefulness of classical homeopathy for the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). The setting was the rehabilitation centre in Switzerland. Participants were the patients with chronic SCI and ≥3 UTI/year. Interventions Participants were treated either with a standardized prophylaxis alone or in combination with homeopathy.
The treatment was assessed for one year based on the perspective of the number of UTI, general and specific quality of life (QoL), and satisfaction with homeopathic treatment. Results Ten patients were in the control group; 25 patients received adjunctive homeopathic treatment. The median number of self-reported UTI in the homeopathy group decreased significantly, whereas it remained unchanged in the control group. The satisfaction with homeopathic care was high.
It was concluded that adjunctive homeopathic treatment leads to a significant decrease of UTI in SCI patients. Therefore, classical homeopathy could be considered in SCI patients with recurrent UTI. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov. (NCT01477502).
Link to the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29485355
• Case Reports of Acne and Homeopathy. Nwabudike LC. Complement Med Res. 2018;25(1):52-55. doi: 10.1159/000486309. Epub 2018 Feb 26.
Acne vulgaris is a self-limiting disorder of the pilosebaceous unit. The major aesthetic aspect of the disorder is it may provoke depression and diminish the quality of life.
Presented are 2 cases of severe acne treated with individualized homeopathic medicines. Both patients were treated using the classical method of homeopathy, i.e., a single medicine based on the patient's individual characteristics was prescribed. The cases were documented photographically at onset and during the course of treatment. Both patients went into remission following treatment, and long-term follow-up suggested that the therapy remained efficacious long after cessation of treatment. No significant side effects were noted.
It was concluded that Homeopathic medicines may be useful as stand-alone treatment of patients with severe acne vulgaris. A case series suggested a remission rate of more than 80% using individualized homeopathic treatment. The treatment remained efficacious long after cessation and is not accompanied by significant side-effects.
Read the details of the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29490312
• Efficacy and tolerability of a complex homeopathic drug in children suffering from dry cough-A double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial. Voß HW1, Michalsen A2, Brünjes R3. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York. Drug Res (Stuttg). 2018 Mar 20. doi: 10.1055/s-0043-124179.
A randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial in children suffering from acute dry cough was performed to assess the efficacy and tolerability of a complex homeopathic drug (Drosera, Coccus cacti, Cuprum Sulfuricum, Ipecacuanha=Monapax syrup, short: verum).
89 children received verum and 91 received placebo daily for 7 days (age groups 0.5-3, 4-7 and 8-12 years). The primary efficacy variable was the improvement of the Cough Assessment Score. Tolerability and compliance were also assessed.
The Cough Assessment Score showed an improvement of 5.2±2.6 points for children treated with verum and 3.2±2.6 points in the placebo group (p<0.0001).
Administering verum resulted in a statistically significantly greater improvement of the Cough Assessment Score than the placebo. The tolerability was good and not inferior to that of the placebo.
You can find the details of this study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29558782
Research data helps in holding the pieces of information together. Its like a concrete which holds the pieces of bricks to give a definite form to the structure.
Every second every minute a new idea, a new innovation takes birth. Research holds all these bits and pieces together. At this moment, there are lot of research activities going on worldwide in homeopathy.
You can read further on the ‘Research in Homeopathy’ here: https://researchinhomeopathy.org/ejournal/
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