Is it possible to distinguish homeopathic aggravation from adverse effects? A qualitative study
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Is it possible to distinguish homeopathic aggravation from adverse effects?
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: Homeopathic aggravation is a temporary worsening of existing symptoms following the administration of a correct homeopathic prescription. The aim of this study was to explore and compose criteria that may differentiate homeopathic aggravations from adverse effects. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A qualitative approach was employed using focus group interviews. 2 interviews, with 11 experienced homeopaths, were performed in Oslo, Norway. The practitioners have practiced classical homeopathy over a period of 10-32 years. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the text data. The codes were defined before and during the data analysis. RESULTS: We found that aggravations were subtle and multifaceted events. Moreover, highly skilled homeopaths are required to identify and report aggravations. Adverse effect may be defined as an 'undesirable effect of a remedy'. This definition is pragmatic, flexible, and more in line with the holistic paradigm that the homeopaths represent. 8 criteria that distinguish aggravation from adverse effect were found. Highly sensitive persons hold a unique position regarding safety, as it is important to identify these patients in order to treat them correctly and avoid undesirable effects of the treatment. CONCLUSION: This study rigorously explored homeopaths' views and experience on aggravation and adverse effects. The 8 criteria developed in this study may ensure patient safety and support therapists in identifying an 'undesirable effect of a remedy'.

Author(s): 
Stub, Trine
Salamonsen, Anita
Alraek, Terje
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006)
Journal Abbreviation: 
Forsch Komplementmed
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Year: 
2012
Pages: 
13-19
Volume: 
19
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
1661-4127
DOI: 
10.1159/000335827
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 22398921

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Trine Stub, Anita Salamonsen and Terje Alraek. 2012. "Is it possible to distinguish homeopathic aggravation from adverse effects? A qualitative study." Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006) 19: 1: 13-19. 10.1159/000335827.

Wikipedia Citation

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