PRACTICING CLASSICAL HOMEOPATHY IN A HEADACHE CLINIC OF A MAJOR PUBLIC HOSPITAL IN ATHENS, GREECE. FOUR YEARS EXPERIENCE IN TREATING MIGRAINE PATIENTS.
We have recently presented an observational study concerning homeopathy and migraine at the 8th Headache Congress of European Headache Federation, as following:
METHODS. Forty-two patients who attended the clinic while one of the authors was available were assigned to receive homeopathic treatment, according to the principles recommended by the I.A.C.H. and G.Vithoulkas. Additional evaluation by a neurologist was performed at baseline, 6 and 12 months. Primary and secondary measures of migraine severity and impact on quality of life were recorded and analyzed.
RESULTS. Thirty-six patients opted only for homeopathic treatment until the completion of the study, aged (mean±SD) 34±12 years, with a baseline HIT-6 score of 65±4. Significant improvement was recorded at 6 months (HIT-6 48±8, P<0.0009 vs baseline, Wilcoxon signed ranks test), which was further established at 12 months (HIT-6 41.2±7, P<0.0009 vs 6-months). Eighteen patients had been previously administered TCAs or antiepileptics for sufficient time without remarkable improvement. A difference in HIT-6 score between those 'resistant' to previous therapy and 'new' patients was found at six months (51.5±7 vs 44.5±7, respectively, P<0.01, Mann-Whitney test), but not at baseline (66±3.8 vs 64±4, respectively) or after 12 months (41.6±8 vs 40.6±5.3, respectively). Migraine severity (VAS) decreased by 72% and frequency by 81 % at 12 months (P<0.0001 for both comparisons vs baseline). Observed potential adverse effects were an initial 'aggravation' of migraine symptoms in 69%, recurrence of past medical diseases (e.g. infections, eczema) in 33%, temporary emotional instability in 59% of the patients.
Until today, 175 patients suffering from severe chronic headache have been under classical homeopathic treatment with mostly positive therapeutic results, and new statistics will be soon presented in a next Headache Congress. Some of the most permanent therapeutic results appeared to patients who, experienced certain initial aggravation and later, reappearance of acute infections with high fever of their past medical history, treated also only with homeopathy. Patients? classification, according to G.Vithoulkas? theory of Levels of Health, was extremely valuable for treating successfully those difficult cases. Video with interviews of patients with severest chronic migraine, talking about their experience with Homeopathy in the Headache Clinic will be presented.
Dr.Spiros Kivellos MD
G.S. Research International Academy of Classical Homeopathy
S.Kivellos 1,2 J.Papatriantafyllou 2 , K.Papilas 1 , G.Vithoulkas 1 , K.Karagerorgiou 2
1 International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, Alonissos, Greece
2 Headache Clinic & Neurology Department, Athens General Hospital "G.Gennimatas", Athens, Greece