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Homeopathic treatment of premenstrual syndrome: a case series.
Homeopathy. 2013 Jan; 102(1):59-65.H

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Observational, prospective study to describe the homeopathic management of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by a group of French physicians.

METHOD

Women with PMS for >3 months were prescribed individualized homeopathic treatment. The intensity of 10 clinical symptoms of PMS was scored individually at inclusion and at a 3-6 month follow-up visit: absent = 0, mild = 1, moderate = 2, severe = 3. Total symptom score (range: 0-30) was calculated and compared for each patient at inclusion and at follow-up. PMS impact on daily activities (quality of life, QoL) was compared at inclusion and follow-up as: none, mild, moderate, severe, very severe.

RESULTS

Twenty-three women were prescribed homeopathic treatment only (mean age: 39.7 years). Folliculinum (87%) was the most frequently prescribed homeopathic medicine followed by Lachesis mutus (52.2%). The most common PMS symptoms (moderate or severe) at inclusion were: irritability, aggression and tension (87%), mastodynia (78.2%) and weight gain and abdominal bloating (73.9%); and the most common symptoms at follow-up were: irritability, aggression and tension (39.1%), weight gain and abdominal bloating (26.1%) and mastodynia (17.4%). Mean global score for symptom intensity was 13.7 at inclusion and 6.3 at follow-up. The mean decrease in score (7.4) was statistically significant (p < 0.0001). Twenty-one women reported that their QoL also improved significantly (91.3%; p < 0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS

Homeopathic treatment was well tolerated and seemed to have a positive impact on PMS symptoms. Folliculinum was the most frequent homeopathic medicine prescribed. There appears to be scope for a properly designed, randomized, placebo-controlled trial to investigate the efficacy of individual homeopathic medicines in PMS.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Laboratoires Boiron, Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France. karine.danno@boiron.frNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23290881

Citation

Danno, Karine, et al. "Homeopathic Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome: a Case Series." Homeopathy : the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy, vol. 102, no. 1, 2013, pp. 59-65.
Danno K, Colas A, Terzan L, et al. Homeopathic treatment of premenstrual syndrome: a case series. Homeopathy. 2013;102(1):59-65.
Danno, K., Colas, A., Terzan, L., & Bordet, M. F. (2013). Homeopathic treatment of premenstrual syndrome: a case series. Homeopathy : the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy, 102(1), 59-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.homp.2012.10.004
Danno K, et al. Homeopathic Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome: a Case Series. Homeopathy. 2013;102(1):59-65. PubMed PMID: 23290881.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Homeopathic treatment of premenstrual syndrome: a case series. AU - Danno,Karine, AU - Colas,Aurélie, AU - Terzan,Laurence, AU - Bordet,Marie-France, PY - 2012/01/06/received PY - 2012/10/31/revised PY - 2012/10/31/accepted PY - 2013/1/8/entrez PY - 2013/1/8/pubmed PY - 2013/6/15/medline SP - 59 EP - 65 JF - Homeopathy : the journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy JO - Homeopathy VL - 102 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Observational, prospective study to describe the homeopathic management of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by a group of French physicians. METHOD: Women with PMS for >3 months were prescribed individualized homeopathic treatment. The intensity of 10 clinical symptoms of PMS was scored individually at inclusion and at a 3-6 month follow-up visit: absent = 0, mild = 1, moderate = 2, severe = 3. Total symptom score (range: 0-30) was calculated and compared for each patient at inclusion and at follow-up. PMS impact on daily activities (quality of life, QoL) was compared at inclusion and follow-up as: none, mild, moderate, severe, very severe. RESULTS: Twenty-three women were prescribed homeopathic treatment only (mean age: 39.7 years). Folliculinum (87%) was the most frequently prescribed homeopathic medicine followed by Lachesis mutus (52.2%). The most common PMS symptoms (moderate or severe) at inclusion were: irritability, aggression and tension (87%), mastodynia (78.2%) and weight gain and abdominal bloating (73.9%); and the most common symptoms at follow-up were: irritability, aggression and tension (39.1%), weight gain and abdominal bloating (26.1%) and mastodynia (17.4%). Mean global score for symptom intensity was 13.7 at inclusion and 6.3 at follow-up. The mean decrease in score (7.4) was statistically significant (p < 0.0001). Twenty-one women reported that their QoL also improved significantly (91.3%; p < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Homeopathic treatment was well tolerated and seemed to have a positive impact on PMS symptoms. Folliculinum was the most frequent homeopathic medicine prescribed. There appears to be scope for a properly designed, randomized, placebo-controlled trial to investigate the efficacy of individual homeopathic medicines in PMS. SN - 1476-4245 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23290881/Homeopathic_treatment_of_premenstrual_syndrome:_a_case_series_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1475-4916(12)00083-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -