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Can homeopathy bring additional benefits to thalassemic patients on hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, actually

This is an area of active study -- and so far has positive results.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2816384/ in this publication, 38 thalassemic patients on Hydroxyurea therapy were given individualized homeopathic remedies. There was a significant decrease in the serum ferritin, and an increase in fetal hemoglobin levels in the combined, treated subjects. Splenomegaly decreased too.

In brief: Yes, actually

This is an area of active study -- and so far has positive results.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2816384/ in this publication, 38 thalassemic patients on Hydroxyurea therapy were given individualized homeopathic remedies. There was a significant decrease in the serum ferritin, and an increase in fetal hemoglobin levels in the combined, treated subjects. Splenomegaly decreased too.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Truly homeopathic "medications" are made by repeated dilutions, so that the ingredient is not really in the medication anymore (just the "essence" of it remains).
That means there is no active ingredient left to cause any benefit. However, that also implies that the homeopathic "medicine" should be pretty harmless, unless some other non-homeopathic ingredients were added.

In brief: No

Truly homeopathic "medications" are made by repeated dilutions, so that the ingredient is not really in the medication anymore (just the "essence" of it remains).
That means there is no active ingredient left to cause any benefit. However, that also implies that the homeopathic "medicine" should be pretty harmless, unless some other non-homeopathic ingredients were added.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
This paper might be of interest to you: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2816384/ Best wishes.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Just looked at the above mentioned article, which added some homeopathic treatment to a few patients already on medical therapy and transfusions. There were only 38 people in the study (and there were 2 varieties of thalassemia among them). With such small numbers of people, plus some other uncertainties in the study, can't really tell anything from the study results.
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