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Clin J Pain. 1998 Sep;14(3):227-31.

Homeopathic Arnica 30x is ineffective for muscle soreness after long-distance running: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

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Research Council for Complementary Medicine, London, England.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether homeopathic Arnica 30X can reduce muscle soreness following long-distance running more than a placebo.

DESIGN:

Randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

SETTING:

Long-distance runs taking place in the community.

SUBJECTS:

A total of 519 runners anticipating delayed-onset muscles soreness after long-distance races.

INTERVENTIONS:

A homeopathic medicine (Arnica 30x) and an indistinguishable placebo.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Subjects completed a visual analog scale and Likert scale of muscle soreness every morning and evening for the 5 days following their race. Race time was also recorded. The main outcome measure was mean 2-day visual analog scores.

RESULTS:

Results were obtained from 400 subjects. Groups were well matched at baseline. Mean 2-day visual analog soreness scores for Arnica and placebo were 45.2 mm and 41.0 mm, respectively. The 95% confidence interval was between 8.81 mm in favor of placebo and 0.51 mm in favor of Arnica. No differences were found for Likert scores or race time.

CONCLUSION:

Homeopathic Arnica 30x is ineffective for muscle soreness following long-distance running.

PMID:
9758072
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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