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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

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

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0965-2299

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Martin Frei-Erb

Date Deposited:

21 Jan 2019 14:55

Last Modified:

31 May 2019 09:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ctim.2018.10.010

PubMed ID:

30477851

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.122734

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/122734

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