Insomnia

  • Systematic review of four clinical  trials, with cautiously negative conclusions.  Includes the trial  reported in Carlini EA, Braz S, Troncone LRP, et al (1987). Efeito  hipnótico de medicação homeopática e do placebo. Avaliação pela técnica  de “duplo-cego” e “cruzamento” [Hypnotic effect of homeopathic  medication and placebo. Evaluation by “double-blind” and “crossover”  techniques]. Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira; 33:83–88. PubMed Link
  • Clinical trial, with non-conclusive  findings, on 26 insomnia patients at homeopathic clinics in Brazil.  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 a period of  6 weeks’ treatment, a marked sleep improvement was reported by patients  of each group (homeopathic medicine and placebo medicine), but with no  difference between the groups. PubMed Link
  • Clinical trial, with positive findings,  on 30 insomnia sufferers in South Africa, who were identified through  local advertising. 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 4 weeks, participants who received homeopathy reported more  improvement in sleep compared to those who received placebo. PubMed Link