Treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum with anthroposophic complex therapy in 3 case reports.

Kloter, Evelyne; Gerstenberg, Gisa; Berenyi, Tanja; Gollmer, Bernadette; Flüger, Christine; Klein, Ulrike; Eberhard, Jutta; Kuck, Angela; Wolf, Ursula (2019). Treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum with anthroposophic complex therapy in 3 case reports. Complementary therapies in medicine, 44, pp. 14-17. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.02.011

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BACKGROUND Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is generally characterized by intractable nausea and vomiting which interferes with daily life. As the cause of HG has not yet been clearly identified, conventional medicine therapies address only the symptoms. Conventional treatment is also effective for a comparatively short time and may have unfavorable side effects. Given that the condition affects more than 1% of pregnant women, there is a significant need for effective long-lasting treatments with limited side effects. CASE REPORTS This paper is based on three case reports of pregnant women suffering from HG. They received inpatient treatment based exclusively on anthroposophic medical approaches at the Paracelsus Hospital Richterswil, Switzerland. Treatments were selected individually based on the specific patient profiles and included infusion therapy with Nux vomica, Solum uliginosum compositum and Bryophyllum pinnatum as well as art therapy (wet-on-wet painting), eurythmy therapy and rhythmical massage therapy. Anthroposophic complex therapies induced an improvement in symptoms of nausea and vomiting within one week in all three cases. CONCLUSION Anthroposophic complex therapy is a valuable option in the treatment of HG. Well-tolerated and long-lasting, it represents a holistic and causal approach that does not only address symptoms.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (IKIM)

UniBE Contributor:

Kloter, Evelyne; Gerstenberg, Gisa Almut and Wolf, Ursula

ISSN:

0965-2299

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Evelyne Kloter

Date Deposited:

09 Dec 2019 14:03

Last Modified:

09 Dec 2019 14:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ctim.2019.02.011

PubMed ID:

31126546

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Anthroposophically extended medicine Art therapy Eurythmy therapy Hyperemesis gravidarum Morning sickness Nausea Pregnancy Rhythmical massage therapy Vomiting

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.135498

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/135498

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