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Homeopathy for eczema: a systematic review of controlled clinical trials
Article first published online: 8 MAY 2012
© 2012 The Authors. BJD © 2012 British Association of Dermatologists 2012
British Journal of Dermatology
Volume 166, Issue 6, pages 1170–1172, June 2012
How to Cite
Ernst, E. (2012), Homeopathy for eczema: a systematic review of controlled clinical trials. British Journal of Dermatology, 166: 1170–1172. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.10994.x
Conflicts of interest None declared.
- Issue published online: 25 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 8 MAY 2012
- Accepted for publication 20 March 2012
Background Homeopathy is often advocated for patients with eczema.
Objectives This article systematically reviews the evidence from controlled clinical trials of any type of homeopathic treatment for any type of eczema.
Methods Electronic searches were conducted in Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library with no restrictions on time or language. In addition, the bibliographies of the retrieved articles and our departmental files were hand searched. All controlled trials of homeopathy in patients with eczema were considered. Their methodological quality was estimated using the Jadad score.
Results One randomized and two nonrandomized clinical trials met the inclusion criteria. All were methodologically weak. None demonstrated the efficacy of homeopathy.
Conclusions The evidence from controlled clinical trials therefore fails to show that homeopathy is an efficacious treatment for eczema.