The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The placebo component of the homeopathic response

    There’s increasing awareness that the homeopathic consultation is itself a therapeutic intervention that contributes to the outcome of homeopathic treatments.

    So, how important is it?
    It’s hard to tell from this series of interviews with just 18 patients in a homeopathic hospital.

    The authors judged that about one-third of patients had experienced a major improvement in their health over the study period, a third had some improvement, and a third had no improvement.

    Presumed “active ingredients” included the patients’ “‘openness to the mind-body connection,’ consultational empathy, in-depth enquiry into bodily complaints, disclosure, the remedy matching process and, potentially, the homeopathic remedies themselves.”

    I find it hard to take this report seriously as a clinical study. But it’s interesting that practitioners of homeopathic medicine acknowledge the contribution of the consultation itself on the treatment outcome.

    12/29/06 19:03 JR

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