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Homeopathy's Position in the Context of Integrative Medicine
Emphasis on ‘whole-person medicine’ has always been intrinsic to the clinical practice of homeopathy. Reflecting this holistic approach to an individual patient's treatment, with its inter-professional ethic of health care, many practitioners and institutions of homeopathy are now seeing themselves within the overarching category of “integrative medicine”. It is a topic that is developed articulately in an article in the current issue of the journal. In a mirror to this maturing position, Homeopathy is now witnessing submissions of manuscripts in that explicit context. The journal now, therefore, welcomes articles on integrative medical care in which homeopathy is a substantial component. We are extending peer review also to manuscripts in which homeopathy is evaluated prominently beside other whole-person therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine or within the perspective of AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha, homeopathy).
The current issue of the journal contains a further two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) from Dr Subhranil Saha's prolific research group in West Bengal. The first of these articles reports a study of individualised homeopathic medicines for lower back pain in lumbar spondylosis: the trial did not detect a significant effect for the primary outcome, due perhaps to its premature stop date. In the second RCT, homeopathic medicines performed significantly better than placebos in reducing the severity of atopic dermatitis in adults. Two review articles also feature in the list of contents: the first of those emphasizes the important contribution that well-informed homeopathy can make in the management of menopausal symptoms in an integrative health care setting; the second review presents a set of recommendations for designing, conducting and reporting clinical observational studies in homeopathic veterinary medicine. This noteworthy issue of the journal continues with a comprehensive evaluation of selected plant-derived homeopathic medicines for their action against cervical cancer in a study that used both in-vitro and impressive in-silico (computer modelling) methods and with an elegant veterinary case report article on the use of homeopathy to promote ovarian follicular development in two pythons.
Article published online:
19 October 2023
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