Complementary individual homeopathy in paediatric cancer care: A case series from a University Hospital, Switzerland

Gaertner, Katharina; Lüer, Sonja; Frei-Erb, Martin; von Ammon, Klaus (2018). Complementary individual homeopathy in paediatric cancer care: A case series from a University Hospital, Switzerland. Complementary therapies in medicine, 41, pp. 267-270. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ctim.2018.10.010

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The Department of Haematology/Oncology at the University Children’s Hospital Bern (HONK), has adopted an
integrative approach in addition to state of the art oncological care and implemented a collaboration with the
Institute of Complementary Medicine IKOM, University of Bern, over the past 10 years. Stakeholder satisfaction
with this service was high. We present descriptive data and report on 4 exemplary patients treated with additional
individualized homeopathy (iHOM). Data concerning frequency of consultations, pathologies, follow-ups
and clinical results were reviewed and summarized using descriptive statistics.
94 paediatric oncologic patients consulted for iHOM. Indications for the complementary treatment was wideranging.
No interactions with conventional treatment and no adverse side-effects of iHOM were detected. We
present four characteristic patient histories, in which iHOM was used in addition to standard treatment for
mucositis, permissive tissue infection, insomnia and affective dysfunctions. All four patients clinically improved
in an immediate temporal relationship to the additional treatment.
Conclusion: The collaboration between HONK and IKOM established iHOM in paediatric oncology in Bern. In
this setting, iHOM was a safe and supportive additional treatment for various indications during the conventional
cancer care. However, no generalizable results can be deducted from these data. We emphasize future
research on this topic.

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Journal Article (Further Contribution)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (IKIM)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

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Gaertner, Katharina Ursula, Lüer, Sonja, Frei-Erb, Martin, von Ammon, Klaus


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Anette van Dorland

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21 Jan 2019 14:55

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02 Mar 2023 23:31

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