Cochrane reviews on Homeopathy.

So – just for information – here are the conclusions of all four five
finished Cochrane reviews of Homeopathic treatment.

Homoeopathic Oscillococcinum for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like syndromes

http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab001957.html

Summary > Current evidence does not support a preventative effect of Oscillococcinum-like homeopathic medicines in influenza and influenza-like syndromes.

Homeopathy for dementia

www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab003803.html

Summary > No evidence that homeopathy is effective in treating dementia

Homeopathy for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or hyperkinetic disorder

www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab005648.html

Summary > There is currently little evidence for the efficacy of
homeopathy for the treatment of ADHD

Homeopathy for chronic asthma

www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab000353.html

Summary > Until stronger evidence exists for the use of homeopathy in
the treatment of asthma, we are unable to make recommendations about
homeopathic treatment.

Homeopathic medicines for adverse effects of cancer treatments

http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab004845.html

Summary > Two studies with low risk of bias* demonstrated benefit: one
with 254 participants demonstrated superiority of topical calendula
over trolamine (a topical agent not containing corticosteroids) for
prevention of radiotherapy-induced dermatitis, and another with 32
participants demonstrated superiority of Traumeel S (a proprietary
complex homeopathic medicine) over placebo as a mouthwash for
chemotherapy-induced stomatitis. Two other studies reported positive
results, although the risk of bias was unclear, and four further
studies reported negative results.

* The two positive results are not diluted to sub-10^23, and are
more accurately herbal preparations and NOT homeopathic remedies. With
topical calendula sub 12C dilutions are not used for topical
applications. Traumeel S is a proprietary mix of plant extacts – final
concentrations are as follows:

Composition of Traumeel S®

Arnica montana D2
Calendula officinalis D2
Atropa belladonna D2
Aconitum napellus D2
Bellis perennis D2
Hypericum perforatum D2
Echinacea angustifolia D2
E. purpurea D2
Symphytum officinale D6
Matricaria chamomilla D3
Achillea millefolium D3
Mercurius solubilis Hahnemanni D6

D2 is equivalent to 1C diution – so 1 part in 100 – not a true
homeopathic dilution. D6 is equivalent to 1 part in a million.

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