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Prevalence of Homeopathic Aggravation in Chronic Patients
05 February 2018 (online)
Background: Homeopathic aggravation (HA) usually refers to a transient intensification of patient's symptoms at the beginning of the homeopathic treatment, followed by improvement in patients’ complaints. Although there is agreement among homeopaths about the true existence of this phenomenon, it has been scarcely addressed in clinical research. According to published research, the prevalence of HA should rest between 14 and 24%. But its determinants (i.e., medicine's fitness to the case, dilution and dosing) and its meaning and clinical consequences remain unclear and disputed.
Aims: This study measured the prevalence, timing, intensity, and length of HA presentation in patients consulting for symptomatic chronic complaints. The study also assessed whether the occurrence of HA precluded a better treatment result and whether HA was accompanied by a general state of well-being as stated by J.T. Kent.
Methods: Patients seeking for their second consultation at the Maimùnides University homeopathy clinic and at four homeopathic private practices were surveyed using an ad hoc questionnaire. This consisted of 7 questions addressed to the physician and 17 to the patient. Strict inclusion and exclusion criteria were established before data analysis. Data were analysed with the aid of EpiInfo software.
Results and Conclusion: To be reported during the HRI Congress in Malta.
Keywords: Homeopathic aggravation, chronic patients, homeopathic treatment