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Homeopathic Treatment Seems to Offer a Viable Alternative to the Potential Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for the Treatment of Menopausal Problems
A new study published this week adds to the growing body of evidence showing homeopathic treatment to be potentially effective in the treatment of the menopausal problems of women. Meanwhile there is growing controversy surrounding the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) with recent research linking it with increased risk of certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease and strokes (1,2).
The latest volume of the journal 'Homeopathy' contains a study showing the potential benefit of homeopathy in the treatment of hot flushes (3). This study builds on earlier studies (4, 5, 6, 7) which also show potential positive benefit of homeopathic treatment for menopausal women. While the debate on how homeopathy may work continues, the increasing research evidence that it is helpful in an area such as the menopause where conventonal treatment would appear to hold some rsks should make homeopathic treatment a first option for consideration by women and their health professionals seeking help in this area.
1) BMJ 2007;335:239 (4 August), doi:10.1136/bmj.39266.425069.AD (published 11 July 2007) Research Main morbidities recorded in the women's international study of long duration oestrogen after menopause (WISDOM): a randomised controlled trial of hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women.
2) Christopher Li et al. Relationship between menopausal hormone therapy and risk of ductal, lobular, and ductal-lobular breast carcinomas Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, January 2008
3) MF Bordet1, et al. Treating hot flushes in menopausal women with homeopathic treatment–Results of an observational study Homeopathy Volume 97, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 10-15
Homeopathic treatment of hot flushes
4) Relton C, Weatherley-Jones E. Homeopathy Service in a National Health Service community menopause clinic: audit of clinical outcomes. Journal of the British Menopause Society, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2005.
5) Thomas KJ, Luff D, Strong P. Complementary Medicine Service in a Community Clinic for Patients with Symptoms Associated with the Menopause: Outcome and Service Evaluation. ScHARR, University of Sheffield, 2001.
6) Clover A, Ratsey D. Homeopathic treatment of hot flushes: a pilot study. Homeopathy 2002;91:75-9.
7) Thompson EA, Reilly D. The homeopathic approach to the treatment of symptoms of oestrogen withdrawal in breast cancer patients. A prospective observational study. Homeopathy. 2003 Jul;92(3):131-4.
ECCH's December Newsletter
ecch news december 2007.pdf