Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 280, Issue 4, pp 603–611

Homeopathic treatment of patients with dysmenorrhea: a prospective observational study with 2 years follow-up

  • Claudia M. Witt
  • Rainer Lüdtke
  • Stefan N. Willich
Original Article

Abstract

Purpose

Evaluating homeopathic treatment for dysmenorrhea.

Methods

Prospective multicenter observational study in primary care, using standardized questionnaires to record for 2 years diseases, quality of life, medical history, consultations, all treatments, other health services use.

Results

Fifty-seven physicians treated 128 women (age 32.4 ± 7.5 years, mean ± SD) and 11 girls (13.7 ± 4.0). Women had dysmenorrhea for 11.6 ± 9.0 (girls 3.1 ± 1.5) years. Patients received 7.5 ± 6.5 (5.9 ± 3.7) homeopathic prescriptions. Diagnoses and complaints severity improved markedly [at 24 months, dysmenorrhea relieved by > 50% of baseline rating in 46.1% (59) of the women and 45.5% (5) of the girls] with large effect sizes (24 months: Cohen’s d from 1.18 to 2.93). In addition, QoL improved (24 months: SF-36 physical component score: 0.25, mental component score 0.25, KINDL sum score 0.27). Conventional medication changed little and use of other health services decreased.

Conclusions

Patients with dysmenorrhea improved under homeopathic treatment. Controlled studies should investigate efficacy and effectiveness.

Keywords

Dysmenorrhea Homeopathy in usual care Prospective observational study 

Abbreviations

WHO

World Health Organization

ICD

International Classification of Diseases

NRS

Numerical rating scale

QoL

Health-related quality-of-life

MOS SF-36

Medical outcomes trust 36-item short form survey instrument

KINDL

KINDer Lebensqualitätsfragebogen

Cn

nth centesimal potency

Qn

nth quinquagintamillesimal potency

GP

General practitioner

RCT

Randomized controlled trial

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia M. Witt
    • 1
  • Rainer Lüdtke
    • 2
  • Stefan N. Willich
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health EconomicsCharité University Medical CenterBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Karl and Veronica Carstens-FoundationEssenGermany

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