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Feb 19, 2014

Is homeopathic medicine effective in treating ADHD?

abstract of medical studyParents of hyperactive children are searching for effective treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Is homeopathy a solution?

Studies by Heiner Frei of the Swiss Association of Homeopathic Physicians suggest that homeopathy is an effective treatment for ADHD.

In January 2001, Dr. Frei and A.Thurneysen published “Treatment for hyperactive children: homeopathy and methylphenidate compared in a family setting” in the British Homeopathic Journal. Findings included:
• There were alternatives to treatment with methylphenidate (MPD)
• Preschoolers with ADHD were especially responsive to homeopathic treatment
• 75% of their pediatric subjects responded positively to homeopathic treatment in an average of 3.5 months
• After 22 months of homeopathy, only 22% of the children needed MPD
• Homeopathy and MPD appeared to have similar effects

In December 2005, Dr. Frei, M. Collenberg, R. Everts, K. Fuhrer, R. Hassink, S. F. Hsu-Schmitz, F. Kaufmann, M. Steinlin, A. Thurneysen, K. von Ammon, and D. Walther published a second trial, intended to confirm whether the results could be replicated: “Homeopathic treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled crossover trial” in the European Journal of Pediatrics. Heiner Frei and his colleagues concluded:
• Homeopathic medicine led to improvement when treating ADHD in children ages 6-16
• Homeopathy is most effective “in the areas of behavioural and cognitive functions”

Later, Dr. Frei, A. Thurneysen and K. von Ammon reported on improvements they made to their evaluation and medicine selection procedures in the July 2006 issue of Homeopathy. In “Treatment of hyperactive children: increased efficiency through modifications of homeopathic diagnostic procedure,” they explained how they optimized the testing:
• Introduced a questionnaire to identify “unreliable symptoms”
• Added a polarity analysis to determine “characteristic symptoms”
• Included “perceived symptoms” in the patient interview process

This added data “lead to an improvement in the success rate of the first prescription from 21% to 54%, of the fifth prescription from 68% to 84%.”

The polarity analysis consists of identifying those medicines that have the ability to produce contradictory symptoms, but the choice of medicine has to clearly correspond to the intensity and type of symptoms of the patient.

Again in January 2007, Dr. Frei, M. Collenberg, R. Everts, F. Kaufmann, C. Lim, S. F. Schmitz, M. Steinlin, A. Thurneysen, K. van Ammon, and D. Walther published in Homeopathy. Their “Randomized controlled trials of homeopathy in hyperactive children: treatment procedure leads to an unconventional study design” explained the screening procedure behind the science of homeopathic treatment of ADHD in children. They acknowledged that
• An optimal homeopathic treatment had to be found for each child before the trial began
• One to nine homeopathic medications were tried for each child
• Once an optimal medication was found, improvement was significant
• 84% of the children responded positively to homeopathic treatment in “a median time of 5 months” but 16% did not reach a certain level of improvement so they were not included in the trial
• Finding the optimal homeopathic medicine takes time so achieving good results in less than 12 months is hard

Frei and his associates have done the research necessary to prove that ADHD in children can be treated with homeopathy. The right homeopathic treatment needs to be identified for each child and patiently administered for at least 5 months or more for best results.

Of course, the homeopathic community still needs to replicate such research in order to have these findings accepted by the scientific community. But, in the meantime, isn’t it worth giving homeopathy a try, in children with ADHD, considering it is non-toxic?

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