The long-term effects of homeopathic treatment of chronic headaches: 1 year follow up

Cephalalgia. 2000 Nov;20(9):835-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1468-2982.2000.00129.x.


Little is known about the long-term effects of homeopathic treatment. Following a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of classical homeopathy in chronic headaches, we conducted a complete follow-up study of all trial participants. All patients enrolled in the double-blind study were sent a 6-week headache diary, a follow-up questionnaire. Eighty-seven of the original 98 patients enrolled returned questionnaires, 81 returned diaries. There was no additional change from the end of the trial to the 1-year follow up. The improvement seen at the end of the 12-week trial was stable after 1 year. No differential effects according to treatment after the trial could be seen. Patients with no treatment following the trial had the most improvement after 1 year. Approximately 30% of patients in homeopathic treatment will benefit after 1 year of treatment. There is no indication of a specific, or of a delayed effect of homeopathy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Headache / therapy*
  • Homeopathy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Surveys and Questionnaires