Homeopathic treatment of patients with dysmenorrhea: a prospective observational study with 2 years follow-up
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Evaluating homeopathic treatment for dysmenorrhea.
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.
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.
Patients with dysmenorrhea improved under homeopathic treatment. Controlled studies should investigate efficacy and effectiveness.
KeywordsDysmenorrhea Homeopathy in usual care Prospective observational study
World Health Organization
International Classification of Diseases
Numerical rating scale
- MOS SF-36
Medical outcomes trust 36-item short form survey instrument
nth centesimal potency
nth quinquagintamillesimal potency
Randomized controlled trial