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Feb 5, 2014

Can homeopathy make a life-or-death difference with severe sepsis?

Skeptics claim a placebo or sugar pill can do as much good as homeopathic medicine. Are they willing to put this to a life or death test? This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study did just that.

Michael Frass and colleagues M. Linkesch, S. Banyai, G. Resch, C. Dielacher, T. Löbl, C. Endler, M. Haidvogl, I. Muchitsch, and E. Schuster conducted a randomized control trial in an intensive care unit among patients with severe sepsis—an infection-related blood-borne illness that is often fatal. Their goal was to determine the effectiveness of homeopathic medicine in saving the lives of these patients.

According to Frass’ team, 70,000 to 300,000 people in the United States contract severe sepsis yearly and the death rate remains high despite new treatments. Their results with homeopathic remedies offer hope.

In their study, 70 patients—35 in each group—received a placebo or homeopathic medicine at 12-hour intervals during their time in intensive care. Three of these patients (one in the placebo group and two in the homeopathy group) were not included in the final analysis due to incomplete data, although they did survive their illness.

After 30 days, the researchers reported “there was non-statistically significantly trend of survival in favour of homeopathy (verum 81.8%, placebo 67.7%, P= 0.19). On day 180, survival was statistically significantly higher with verum homeopathy (75.8% vs 50.0%, P = 0.043). No adverse effects were observed.”

Frass’ conclusion was that homeopathic treatment can be beneficial in treating severe sepsis when administered by trained homeopaths in an intensive care setting. In fact, it meant the difference between life and death for 14% of the patients in the first 30 days and for 26% of them after 180 days.

His report was published as “Adjunctive homeopathic treatment in patients with severe sepsis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in an intensive care unit” in the April 2005 issue of Homeopathy.

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