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Homeopathy helping Fibromyalgia

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A plant used in a homeopathic tincture - Rhus toxicodendron
Scientific studies published in the journal of the British Society for Rheumatology have confirmed the real benefits of homeopathic medicines for fibromyalgia as distinct from a placebo.

Scientific Evidence for Homeopathy 
The first controlled trial testing the homeopathic treatment of patients with fibromyalgia was an impressive and sophisticated double-blind "crossover" trial that was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal (Fisher et al, 1989). A crossover trial is a sophisticated method to test the efficacy of a treatment because each patient's results with the "real treatment" are compared with that same patient's results with a placebo. While most double-blind studies compare one group of people who receive the "real treatment" with another (hopefully similar) group of people who receive a placebo, crossover trials compare the results of each person and his/her response to real treatment with his/her response to placebo.


The researchers found that there was a substantially significant degree of improvement in the reduction of tender points and improved pain and sleep when the subjects were taking the homeopathic medicine, as compared to when these same subjects were taking a placebo.
Read Dana Ullman's full article in the Huffington post.
A study done into fibro and homeopathy.

9 comments:

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    1. Joan Jett5:35 PM

      Yes I agree, many people are looking for fibro info - especially about alternative treatments cause drugs just don't work for many people

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  2. Never know homeopath could help fibro pain: thx so

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  3. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing! I've always been skeptical of homeopathy, until reading this. I try to use alternative/complementary health care as much as possible, but I"m also wary of dogmatic natural-is-always-better approaches ("all medicines are toxic, evil concoctions"). I always love finding out about scientific evidence for alternative health approaches, because it seems like the best balance between both worlds.

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  4. `Wow! Thanks for sharing this! I've always been skeptical about homeopathy until reading this. I try to include alternative and complementary health care into my fibro treatment, but I'm wary about natural-is-always-better and
    'medicines are evil concoctions' perspectives. I don't like dogmatism from mainstream medical advocates either. I love finding out about scientific evidence backing alternative health approaches, because it seems like the best of both worlds.

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  5. Did not know this,so would like to say you are doing a helpful job for all of those with fibro

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    I wouldn't mind writing a post or elaborating on many of the subjects you write about pain management and fibro. Again, awesome weblog.

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  7. Patty.12:55 AM

    You are terrific. I have actually been so exasperated.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  8. Sorry Lee but I'm not convinced when it comes to homeopathy and personally think it is potentially dangerous. I should also point out I am not a fan of the traditional meds for fibro either so it's not as though I am biased towards them. I think it's ridiculous how ineffective studies have shown them to be. I just would not feel comfortable putting a substance into my unhealthy body that is known to cause harm (ie induce symptoms) in a healthy person. If someone wants to go ahead then fair enough but it's not something I would toy around with. Anyway, although they are saying the science shows significant statistical results it's not convincing me its a better or particularly effective option. Half of people saw a 25% improvement with homeopathy but 15% saw improvement with the placebo in the 2004 study. So you have a 50-50 chance of a 25% improvement... But you also have a 50-50 chance of a 15% improvement if you do nothing. Same with the most recent study. They are showing a very small improvement. In all honesty, I would rather explore (as I am doing) alternative/complementary treatments that are proven not to cause harm.

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Thanks for your input