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Ann Epidemiol. 2010 Apr;20(4):298-307. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2009.11.006. Epub 2010 Jan 25.

When less is better: a comparison of Bach Flower Remedies and homeopathy.

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Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124, USA. R.Halberstein@Miami.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies (BFRs), historically-related complementary healing modalities classified as prescription/nonprescription drugs and over-the-counter homeopathic nutritional supplements, respectively, are compared with respect to indications, dosage philosophies, associated procedures, reported outcomes, safety profiles, and the possible operation of the placebo effect.

METHODS:

Original data and published research reports, including case studies, retrospective meta-analyses, and double-blind clinical trials are compiled and evaluated for both healing systems.

RESULTS:

Homeopathy and BFR therapy both feature highly diluted natural medicinal substances, flexible dosage schedules tailored to individual patients, and energy-based healing action. They differ with respect to practitioner training and certification, number and types of medicinal source materials, remedy combinations and applications, and potential toxicity or other side-effects.

CONCLUSIONS:

Extensive testing has produced mixed or equivocal results regarding the efficacy of both of these health care systems. While a variety of positive outcomes have been frequently recorded with Homoeopathy and BFR treatments, it is likely that the placebo effect operates to a significant extent in both approaches.

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PMID:
20097577
DOI:
10.1016/j.annepidem.2009.11.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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