Influenza: Homeopathy, What Works
- In the largest clinical trial to date of a homeopathic medicine,
Dr. J. P. Ferley and associates in 1989 studied the use of a homeopathic
preparation sold under the trade name Oscillococcinum, made from a highly
dilute extract of duck heart and kidney, which is thought to be a
reservoir of wild influenza virus. Oscillococcinum is the best-selling flu
remedy in France, and is also popular in the United States. It was given
to 237 patients with influenza symptoms, while 241 other flu patients
received placebo. After forty-eight hours, 17.1 percent of the treatment
group had recovered, compared to 10.3 percent of the placebo group.
Patients under age thirty were found to respond better than those over
thirty. However, the remedy was not found to be effective in patients with
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
Reprinted by permission of Simon &
Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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