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18 November 2015

EU and WHO responses to the threat of Anti-microbial Resistance must include investment in researching alternatives - including homeopathy.

As WHO declares its first International Antibiotics Awareness Week and the EU its annual Antibiotics Awareness Day it is time both organisations woke up to the potential of homeopathy and other Traditional and Complementary Medicine approaches to playing a key role in providing solutions to the challenge of antibiotic over-use and antimicrobial resistance.

The pharmaceutical industry has admitted that it is facing great difficulty developing new antibiotics to replace existing medicines which are rapidly losing their effectiveness as a result of long-term overuse and mis-use in human and animal health. Meanwhile the pronouncements on the threat to human health grow in severity month by month.  Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety said this week: “ECDC results published today show that the threat of antibiotic resistance is increasing day by day. If left unchecked, it has the capacity to turn the clock back on medicine by a hundred years.

Below this short article we present two reference documents, one on the potential of Traditional and Complementary Medicine as a whole published by EUROCAM of which ECCH is a member, and the second published by the Homeopathy Research Institute specific to the potential of homeopathy with two evidence-based recommendations for areas of research in animal and human health. In the light of the global crisis of AMR, those with areas of responsibility in the EU and WHO should take the time to consider them both. 

hri response to hoc on amr.pdf 

23 September 2015

Switzerland sets an example for the rest of Europe in regulating CM practice

 On 9 September 2015 the Swiss State Secretariat for training, research and innovation (SEFRI) approved a Higher Professional Exam for complementary therapists in Switzerland who do not already fall under the category of 'naturopath' . With about 12000 practitioners practising a range of therapies this new exam creates a new category of practitioner that will be entitled to use the recognised and protected title 'complementary therapist with federal diploma' .

Earlier in the year in April 2015 SEFRI  approved the higher professional examination for naturopaths. This gives a recognised and protected title throughout Switzerland of  'naturopathic practitioner with Federal Diploma . The profession of naturopath covers the practice of four disciplines which are discrete systems of medicine: Ayurvedic medicine, 
Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Traditional European Natural Medicine.  Homeopaths practising in Switzerland are now required to sit and pass the higher professional examination after which they can use the official title 'naturopath with national diploma specialised in homeopathy' .

Through the introduction of these requirements and standards the Swiss government has fulfilled requirements introduced as a result of complementary medicine being written into the Federal Constitution following a referendum  in 2009 in which the Swiss people voted for it to happen.

The Swiss Government have acted responsibly in the interests of their citizens, ensuring the quality and safety of care offered by homeopaths and other CM practitioners. While not a member of the EU, Switzerland is bordered by 5 other European countries and has set a clear example for other countries to follow. 

12 August 2015

Two new studies show the potential for homeopathy to play an active role in reducing the use of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance

Two recent trials further demonstrate the potential of homeopathic treatment in acute upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs)and thereby contribute to reducing antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance. 

The first trial published in Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 2014 was a randomized  double-blind placebo controlled trial involving the use of homeopathic medicine for acute cough in upper respiratory tract infections and acute bronchitis.

Eighty patients were randomized to receive placebo (n = 40) or the homeopathic syrup (n = 40). All patients completed the study. In each group cough scores decreased over time, however, after 4 and 7 days of treatment, cough severity was significantly lower in the homeopathic group than in the placebo one (p < 0.001 and p = 0.023, respectively). Sputum was collected from 53 patients: in both groups its viscosity significantly decreased after 4 days of treatment (p < 0.001); however, viscosity was significantly lower in the homeopathic group (p = 0.018). Instead, the subjective evaluation did not significantly differ between the two groups (p = 0.059). No adverse events related to any treatment were reported.  The researchers concluded that the homeopathic syrup employed in the study was able to effectively reduce cough severity and sputum viscosity, thereby representing a valid remedy for the management of acute cough induced by URTIs.

The same team have now followed up with a real-life preliminary observational study in a pediatric population published in Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine comparing those who received homeopathic treatment versus those who received homeopathic treatment plus antibiotic.  The aims were: 1) to assess whether the addition of antibiotics to a symptomatic treatment had a role in reducing the severity and duration of acute cough in a pediatric population, as well as in improving cough resolution; 2) to verify the safety of the two treatments.

Eighty-five children were enrolled in an open study: 46 children received homeopathic syrup alone for 10 days and 39 children received homeopathic syrup for 10 days plus oral antibiotic treatment (amoxicillin/clavulanate, clarithromycin, and erythromycin) for 7 days. To assess cough severity they used a subjective verbal category-descriptive (VCD) scale.

The results of the study showed that both groups responded similarly to the two courses of treatment.
However, two children (4.3 %) reported adverse effects in the group treated with the homeopathic syrup alone, versus 9 children (23.1 %) in the group treated with the homeopathic syrup plus antibiotics (P = 0.020).

The researchers conclude from the data that the homeopathic treatment in question has potential benefits for cough in children as well, and highlight the strong safety profile of this treatment. Additional antibiotic prescription was not associated with a greater cough reduction, and presented more adverse events than the homeopathic syrup alone.


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