Homeopathic drug therapy. Homeopathy in Chikungunya Fever and Post-Chikungunya Chronic Arthritis: an observational study

Homeopathy. 2013 Jul;102(3):193-8. doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2013.02.001.

Abstract

Objectives: To observe the effect of homeopathic therapy in Chikungunya Fever (CF) and in Post-Chikungunya Chronic Arthritis (PCCA) in a primary health care setting.

Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted at Delhi Government Homeopathic Dispensary, Aali Village, New Delhi, India, for a period of 6 months, from 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011. 126 patients (75 CF, 51 PCCA) were enrolled based on predefined inclusion criteria. A single homeopathic medicine was prescribed for each patient after case taking with the help of Materia Medica and/or Repertory. Results were evaluated on the basis of visual analogue scale and symptom scores.

Results: Complete recovery was seen in 84.5% CF cases in a mean time of 6.8 days. 90% cases of PCCA recovered completely in a mean time of 32.5 days.

Conclusion: Homeopathic therapy may be effective in CF and PCCA. A randomized controlled trial should be considered.

Keywords: Chikungunya Fever; Epidemic; Homeopathy; Individualization; Pilot study; Post-Chikungunya chronic arthritis.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alphavirus Infections / drug therapy*
  • Arthritis / drug therapy*
  • Chikungunya Fever
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Homeopathy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies