Eczema and homoeopathy

Homoeopathic remedies are not effective in treating eczema, a systematic review of controlled clinical trials has concluded

Eczema: systematic review concluded homoeopathic remedies were not effective (Photograph: Dr Nigel Stollery)
Eczema: systematic review concluded homoeopathic remedies were not effective (Photograph: Dr Nigel Stollery)
The review of trials of homoeopathy as a treatment for eczema was conducted by Professor Edzard Ernst of Exeter University and undertaken by electronic searches of Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library, with no restrictions on time or language.

The bibliographies of the retrieved articles and Exeter University departmental files were hand searched and all controlled trials of homoeopathy in eczema were considered.

Professor Edzard found that out of the 96 hits produced by the searches, only three trials met the criteria, of which two were non-randomised and one an RCT. All three trials had methodological limitations – similar design, non-randomisation, insufficient detail about treatments, being open to selection, and other biases.

The results of the only RCT did not find that individualised homoeopathic treatment is superior to placebo and enrolled patient numbers were small (only 14 out of 24 patients completed the study).
Ernst E. Br J Dermatol 2012; 166: 1170-2

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