Background: Some studies have suggested the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Objective: The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy of individualized homeopathic treatment in patients with IBS.
Methods: The study was carried out at the National Homeopathic Hospital of the Secretary of Health, Mexico City, Mexico and included 41 patients: 3 men and 38 women, mean age 54 ± 14.89 years, diagnosed with IBS as defined by the Rome IV Diagnostic criteria. Single individualized medicine was prescribed for each patient, taking into account all presenting symptoms, clinical history, and personality via repertorization using RADAR Homeopathic Software (archibel, Isnes, Belgium). The homeopathic drugs were used at fifty-millesimal (LM) potency per the Mexican Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia starting with 0/1 and increasing every month (0/2, 0/3, 0/6). Severity scales were applied at the beginning of treatment and every month for 4 months of treatment. The evaluation was based on comparing symptom severity scales during treatment.
Results: The results demonstrated that 100% of patients showed some improvement and 63% showed major improvement or were cured. The study showed a significant decrease in severity of symptom scores 3 months after treatment, with the pain score showing a decrease 1 month after treatment. The results highlight the importance of individualized medicine regimens using LM potency, although the early decrease in pain observed could also be due to the fact that Lycopodium clavatum and Nux vomica were the main homeopathic medicine prescribed, and these medicines contain many types of alkaloids, which have shown significant analgesic effects on pain caused by physical and chemical stimulation.
Conclusion: This pilot study suggests that individualized homeopathic treatment using LM potencies benefits patients with IBS.