Homeopathy 2003; 92(02): 108-114
DOI: 10.1016/s1475-4916-03-00017-1
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Homeopathic treatment of Japanese patients with intractable atopic dermatitis

R Itamura
1  Department of Dermatology, Obitsu Sankei Hospital, Saitama, Japan
R Hosoya
2  Hosoya Skin Clinic, Tokyo, Japan
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Received17 January 2003

accepted20 January 2003

Publication Date:
27 December 2017 (online)


The objective of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of homeopathic treatment of intractable atopic dermatitis (IAD). Seventeen IAD patients were given individualized homeopathic treatment in addition to conventional dermatological therapy from 6 months to 2 years and 7 months. Although all of the patients had previously been treated with conventional medicine and various psychological approaches, they had had severe conditions and shown no significant sign of improvement. The efficacy of homeopathic treatment was measured by objective assessments of the skin condition and the patients’ own assessments, using a 9 point scale similar to the Glasgow Homeopathic Outcome Scale, was used. Over 50% improvement was reported in overall impression and in their skin conditions by all patients, in itchiness by 15 of the patients, in sleep disturbance by 10 out of 13 patients, in satisfaction in daily life by nine out of 12, in fulfillment at work by seven out of 11 and in satisfaction with human relations by 10 out of 14. Two detailed case histories are reported.

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