Homeopathy 2006; 95(03): 163-170
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2006.05.007
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Treatment of hyperactive children: Increased efficiency through modifications of homeopathic diagnostic procedure

H Frei
1  Swiss Association of Homeopathic Physicians, Lucerne, Switzerland
K von Ammon
2  Kollegiale Instanz für Komplementärmedizin (KIKOM), University of Berne, Switzerland
A Thurneysen
2  Kollegiale Instanz für Komplementärmedizin (KIKOM), University of Berne, Switzerland
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Received22 March 2006
revised12 April 2006

accepted08 May 2006

Publication Date:
26 December 2017 (online)


Background: The rigorous test to which homeopathy was subject in our recent double-blind clinical trail of homeopathic treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) necessitated optimized treatment meeting the highest standards.

Methods: Optimization was performed in three steps: (1) In successfully treated children, prescriptions leading to an insufficient response were analysed by a general questionnaire to identify unreliable symptoms. (2) Polarity analysis, a further development of Bönninghausen's concept of contraindications, was introduced in response to the frequently one-sided symptoms. This enabled us to use few but specific symptoms to identify the medicine whose genius symptoms exhibit the closest match to the patient's characteristic symptoms. (3) We investigated the influence of the primary perception symptoms on the result of the repertorization. Perception symptoms are not normally recorded during a patient interview even though they are among the most reliable facts related by the patients. At the same time we were able to improve the continuity of improvement of ADHD symptoms using liquid Q-potencies.

Results: Introducing the questionnaire, polarity analysis, and including perception symptoms, lead to an improvement in the success rate of the first prescription from 21% to 54%, of the fifth prescription from 68% to 84%.