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A new study shows that homeopathy improves quality of life for chronic sinusitis patients:
Homeopathic treatment improves the quality of life of patients with chronic sinusitis, say German researchers. Their study followed 134 adults with long-term symptoms of sinusitis over eight years, with 97% previously treated with conventional medicine.
BMC Ear Nose and Throat Disorders 2009; 27 July early online public...
In the first 24 months, patients received 8.3 ± 6.2 homeopathic prescriptions. Half of all prescriptions were covered by 10 homeopathic remedies (figure 1), but in total, 145 remedies were applied. Most used were the potencies: C200, 35.7%; C1000, 23.0%; C30, 14.2%; C10000, 7.6%; Q1, 3.5%; D12, 3.3%. (Letters indicate dilutions steps during manufacturing: 1/100 for centesimal (C-) potencies, 1/50000 for quinquagintamillesimal (Q-) potencies, and 1/10 for decimal (D-) potencies; numbers give the step repetitions. For example, a "C200" preparation is diluted-1/100-then-agitated 200 times. Thus, 88.3% of the remedies were potentiated to a dilution beyond Avogadro's number.
Figure 1. Most Frequently Prescribed Homeopathic Remedies (after 24 Months).
Percent of prescriptions during study period, remedies identified with traditional abbreviations (in decreasing order of frequency: Sepia, Pulsatilla, Lycopodium, Phosphorus, Carcinosinum, Nux vomica, Sulphur, Natrium muriaticum, Staphisagria, Silicea).
The strongest improvements in the severity of complaints were seen in the first 3 months, they generally continued during the first 24 months and persisted for another 6 years (Table 4). The physicians' assessments of the severity change tended to be more positive than patients' own assessments (data not shown). The improvements in health-related QoL were of smaller effect size (Table 4) but statistically significant. The latter was confirmed by Mee-Chua-tests for the mental component score (p = 0.0859, p = 0.034, and p < 0.0001 at 3, 12 and 24 months) but not for the physical component score (p = 0.6869, p = 0.6859, and p = 0.1259). After 24 months, sinusitis and other baseline diagnoses were considerably relieved (Table 5), while large reductions in the use of conventional medicines and health care services were observed (Table 6). The observed improvements were still present in the 8-year follow-up (Table 4).