Fibromyalgia

  • Systematic review of four clinical  trials, with cautiously positive conclusions.  Includes RCTs reported in  the following papers: (A) Bell I, Lewis D, Brooks A, et al (2004).  Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with  individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo. Rheumatology;  43:577–582; (B) Fisher P, Greenwood A, Huskisson EC, et al (1989).  Effect of homoeopathic treatment on fibrositis (primary fibromyalgia).  British Medical Journal; 299: 365-366; (C) Relton C, Smith C, Raw J, et  al et al (2009). Healthcare provided by a homeopath as an adjunct to  usual care for fibromyalgia (FMS): results of a pilot randomised  controlled trial. Homeopathy; 98:77–82.PubMed Link
  • Clinical trial, with positive findings,  on 53 fibromyalgia patients at a private clinic in the USA.  Approximately half of the patients were randomly allocated to receive  homeopathic medicine and the others received dummy medicine (placebo);  they were not told which treatment group they were in. After 3 months of  treatment, the patients in the homeopathy group had more improvement in  touch-sensitive pain and quality of life than those in the placebo  group.PubMed Link
  • Clinical trial, with positive findings,  on 30 fibromyalgia patients at a rheumatology outpatient clinic in the  UK. Approximately half of the patients were randomly allocated to  receive the homeopathic medicine Rhus toxicodendron (Rhus tox) and the  others received a dummy pill (placebo); they were not told which  treatment group they were in. After a period of one month’s treatment,  the patients in the Rhus tox group had fewer touch-sensitive areas of  pain than those in the placebo group.PubMed Link
  • Fibromyalgia
    Clinical trial, with positive findings,  on 36 fibromyalgia patients at a rheumatology outpatient clinic in the  UK. Approximately half of the patients were randomly allocated to  receive homeopathic medicine plus usual care, and the others received  usual care only. After 22 weeks of treatment, the patients in the  homeopathy group had less severe fibromyalgia symptoms than those in the  group receiving usual care only.PubMed Link