Homeopathic effect on heart rate variability

Br Homeopath J. 1999 Jul;88(3):106-11. doi: 10.1054/homp.1999.0294.


We record ECGs from healthy human subjects during 24-h long intervals, using ambulatory equipment. We calculate from the data various parameters, searching for those that change in a clear and systematic way under a homeopathic stimulus, (Strophantus hispidus 30c). The energy fraction at high frequencies in the power spectrum of heart rate variability fulfills this condition, and we are able to interpret our results in a way consistent with the information on this medicine in the homeopathic Materia Medica.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cardiotonic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Electrocardiography, Ambulatory
  • Female
  • Heart Rate / drug effects*
  • Homeopathy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Reference Values
  • Stimulation, Chemical
  • Strophanthins / pharmacology*


  • Cardiotonic Agents
  • Plant Extracts
  • Strophanthins