Evidence Based Homoeopathy in Asthma

Bronchial Asthma

Pre- and Post-treatment changes in Asthmatics, evaluated using Pulmonary Function Tests

Abstract


Background:
The worldwide incidence of Bronchial Asthma is increasing by 50% every decade;
with 15 million adult sufferers in India. Homoeopathy is known to have beneficial
effects in Bronchial Asthma. However, these effects have not been objectively quantified. Clinical studies conducted previously were found to have methodological flaws and confounding results. This study, conducted in Karnataka, India, attempts to overcome these difficulties.


Objective:
To establish a scientific basis for the action of Homoeopathy in Bronchial Asthma,
using Pulmonary Function Testing.
 

Method:
The study design adopted was quasi experimental pre- and post-treatment without
controls. 30 diagnosed cases of Bronchial Asthma were selected. Each was tested for
FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC, PEFR, VAS and 6MWT; at baseline (0 weeks) and within 2
weeks. The severity in each case was also noted. Remedies were selected based on the
totality of symptoms. The results were statistically analyzed using Paired ‘t’ test.
 

Results:
All the parameters have ‘p’ values between 0.003 and .000
 

Conclusion:
There are highly significant changes in Pulmonary Function Tests of Bronchial
Asthma patients within 2 weeks of Homoeopathic treatment.
 

Keywords: Bronchial Asthma, Pulmonary Function Tests, Paired‘t’ test,
Homoeopathy

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