A recent pilot randomised controlled trial has revealed that healthcare provided by a homeopath as an adjunct to usual care for Fibromyalgia significantly improves symptoms including pain, fatigue, tiredness upon waking and function. No adverse side effects were reported.
47 patients were recruited and the trial ran for 22 weeks. During this time there were 5 homeopathic consultations and individualised homeopathic remedies for each of them.
In the usual care group, the drop out rate was higher and success of treatment was significantly lower than in the homeopath care group.
Given the success and acceptability of the homeopathic treatment, it was concluded that there is a need for a definitive study to assess the clinical cost effectiveness of adjunctive healthcare by a homeopath for Fibromyalgia sufferers.
( Relton et al – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=19358959)