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Jansen, J.P., M. Jong, I. Hildingsson and M.C. Jong. 2014. A Minimum Protocol for a Randomised Homeopathic Drug Proving as basis for further research. Research in Complementary Medicine. 21(4):232-238.

Number of pages: 7

DOI: 10.1159/000366042

Type of document: Journal Article

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Miek C. Jong Ph.D.


Language of document: English

Title in English: A Minimum Protocol for a Randomised Homeopathic Drug Proving as basis for further research

Abstract / summary in English:

BACKGROUND: In order to further improve the methodology and quality of data collection in homeopathic drug provings (HDP), there is a need for a minimum standardised HDP protocol. The objective of the present study was to test the feasibility of this type of protocol.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study protocol embraced a multi-centre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 2 parallel groups. It was approved by an ethics review committee. During the pre-approval phase, discordances between the regulatory and homeopathic requirements for the protocol were checked and solutions found. The study medication was Potentilla anserina. 6 participants received verum and 4 placebo. The resulting symptom list will be published elsewhere. The procedure was accepted by all participants.
RESULTS: Three important issues were addressed: the requirement to keep all participants blinded; the adverse events reporting to regulatory authorities; and the necessity of a placebo control group. Other issues that need further investigations were identified, e.g. sample size, observation period and dosage regimen.
CONCLUSIONS: A minimum protocol of a HDP is feasible. All important design elements of HDP could be solved in discussions with the respective regulatory authorities, and participating homeopaths accepted the procedure.


Keywords in English: homeopathic drug provings (HDP), Potentilla anserina
A Minimum Protocol for a Randomised Homeopathic Drug Proving as basis for further research