A “just published” study in the journal Rheumatology entitled “Homeopathy has clinical benefits in rheumatoid arthritis patients that are attributable to the consultation process but not the homeopathic remedy: a randomized controlled clinical trial” has thrown more homeopathic cats amoung the medical pigeons… The conclusion drawn by this study suggests that it was the homeopathic consultations but not homeopathic remedies that were associated with clinically relevant benefits for patients with active but relatively stable rheumatoid arthritis. The publication of the study was accompanied by an invited comment by Prof Edzard Ernst (view the invited comment here). Prof Ernst, who holds the chair for Complementary Medicine at the Peninsular Medical School presented his critical analysis of the study commenting that “homeopathic remedies are ineffective and empathetic therapeutic encounters are helpful” and that practitioners should “…tell our patients that homeopathic remedies are both implausible and ineffective.”
In order to redress the balance, I asked Hadley Woods Healthcare’s Homeopath Sujal Zaveri to comment on the study; My first arthritis patient was a lady that I never met or spoke to. Her husband described her symptoms to me, and I prescribed on that basis. Later he told me that the remedy helped her more than the analgesics she was on. She carried on with the remedy for years and claimed it continued to help her. How was this the result of a caring consultation? Long consultations suit certain patients while others find them too intrusive. In my opinion long consultations often help to eliminate or illuminate the cause of certain conditions, they make the patient feel relaxed and can be akin to therapy, but that does not negate the action of a powerful medicine.What are your views or experiences, please post and share them. If you would like to discuss a homeopathic approach for your health problem please call Hadley Wood Healthcare on 0208 441 8352 or email Sujal at firstname.lastname@example.org and see her web page.