Usefulness of classical homeopathy for the prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in individuals with chronic neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction

J Spinal Cord Med. 2019 Jul;42(4):453-459. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2018.1440692. Epub 2018 Feb 27.


Context/Objective: to investigate the usefulness of classical homeopathy for the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Design: prospective study. Setting: rehabilitation center in Switzerland. Participants: patients with chronic SCI and ≥3 UTI/year. Interventions: Participants were treated either with a standardized prophylaxis alone or in combination with homeopathy. Outcome measures: The number of UTI, general and specific quality of life (QoL), and satisfaction with homeopathic treatment were assessed prospectively for one year. Results: Ten patients were in the control group; 25 patients received adjunctive homeopathic treatment. The median number of self-reported UTI in the homeopathy group decreased significantly, whereas it remained unchanged in the control group. The domain incontinence impact of the KHQ improved significantly (P = 0.035), whereas the general QoL did not change. The satisfaction with homeopathic care was high. Conclusions: Adjunctive homeopathic treatment lead to a significant decrease of UTI in SCI patients. Therefore, classical homeopathy could be considered in SCI patients with recurrent UTI. Trial registration: (NCT01477502).

Keywords: Homeopathy; Neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction; Spinal cord injury; Urinary tract infections.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Homeopathy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis / methods*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / epidemiology
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / therapy*
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
  • Urinary Bladder, Neurogenic / complications
  • Urinary Bladder, Neurogenic / epidemiology
  • Urinary Bladder, Neurogenic / therapy*
  • Urinary Tract Infections / epidemiology
  • Urinary Tract Infections / etiology
  • Urinary Tract Infections / prevention & control*
  • Young Adult

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