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 Homeopathy: Italian Homeopathic Research Conference 
The second international conference on homeopathic research (Omeomed '97) took place in Urbino, Italy, September 25-28, 1997. The conference took place at the university in Urbino. The information provided was obviously so earth shaking that Italy experienced a major earthquake during the conference (the center of the earthquake, near Assisi, was less than 100 miles away from Urbino).

The speakers at the conference primarily came from Italy, though there were also speakers from Israel, England, Germany, Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, India, Portugal, and Slovenia. The topics included clinical studies, laboratory studies, and investigations into potential mechanisms of action of homeopathic medicines.

Of special interest were the following presentations... An Italian researcher, E. Felisi, conducted a preliminary placebo-controlled, double-blind study on patients with breast cancer who underwent radiation treatment. Patients were given Belladonna 7CH and X-Ray 15CH. The results showed that those given the homeopathic medicines had less redness and less burning pains, but not less swelling. An attendee at the conference noted that Apis would probably have been a better remedy for preventing swelling, heat, and redness than Belladonna.

An Indian researcher, N.C. Sukul, observed the influence of Nux Vomica 30C in the treatment of mice who were intoxicated with ethanol as a sleep-inducing agent. The researcher found that giving Nux Vomica 30C (made with 90% ethanol) reduced the sleep inducing effects of ethanol, while Nux Vomica 30C (made with 100% ethanol) and Nux Vomica 30C (90%) which was injected, rather than given orally, had no effect.

A team of Italian researchers, led by C. Cardella, observed the effects of homeopathic diluted weed-killer on lentils' sprouting. The researchers found that, based on a total of 68 observations, those lentils that were given a 8CH of the weed- killer had a tendency to sprout in greater numbers than those lentils given a placebo.

A different group of Italian researchers, led by M. Brizzi, conducted a similar type of research. They tested the effects of Arsenicum 23x to 45x on wheat seeds which had been subjected to arsenic poisoning. The researchers noted that 40x and 45x had particularly beneficial effects on the wheat seed growth. Of special interest was the observation that potentized water also had an effect on wheat growth on seeds that were poisoned but not on seeds that were not poisoned. This study and a select number of previous studies from other researchers have observed an effect from potentized water, suggesting that there is something beneficial of simply potentizing water.

An Israeli reseacher, M. Oberbaum, conducted a preliminary clinical trial of children suffering from chemotherapy-induced stomatitis (the inflammatory damage of the oral mucous membranes). The researcher tested a popular German and American combination remedy commonly given for "trauma" and "inflammation." This study was observational and was not randomized or double-blinded. It observed the effects on 27 children, aged 6 to 18. The benefit from the homeopathic medicine was considerable, and the researcher recommended that a larger and controlled trial be conducted.

The most significant clinical study presented at the conference was on the homeopathic treatment of chronic headaches. Conducted to a high level of sophistication, the German researcher, H. Walach, conducted a randomized placebo-controlled, double-blind trial with the aid of one of Vithoulkas' leading students/practitioners in Germany (Wolfgang Springer, MD). One unique feature of this trial was that all six homeopathic physicians involved in the study had to agree to the accuracy of the homeopathic prescription in order for a patient to be admitted into the experiment. Initially, 139 patients were interviewed, and 101 patients were admitted into the trial as those who homeo- paths agreed upon the prescription. The first phase of the trial was 12 weeks, and the second phase was 12 months.

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Dana Ullman, MPHDANA ULLMAN, MPH, is one of America's leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including ...more
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