Homoeopathic Arnica in Postoperative Haematomas: A Double-Blind StudyRamelet A.-A. · Buchheim G. · Lorenz P. · Imfeld M.
aLausanne, bGeneva and cLa Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland
Objective: To determine whether homoeopathic Arnica can reduce postoperative haematomas in venous surgery. Design: Randomized, prospective, multicentric, double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Participants: 130 consecutive patients undergoing saphenous stripping (204 legs), hospitalized in a clinic. Interventions: A homoeopathic medicine (Arnica CH5) and an indistinguishable placebo, administered sublingually by a nurse the night before and immediately after the operation. Outcome Measures: Clinical evaluation of haematomas 6 days postoperatively. Results: Groups were well matched (sex, age, history of bleeding or thrombosis, drug intake, previous intake of homoeopathic drugs, type of operation and anaethesia, operator). One drop-out has been replaced. No statistically significant difference in postoperative haematomas was found between the Arnica and placebo groups (p = 0.342). Subanalysis of all other items did not reveal any statistical difference either. Conclusions: In this study, with this dosage, we did not observe any preventive effect of homoeopathic Arnica CH5 on poststripping haematomas.
Albert-Adrien Ramelet, MD
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Received: Received: July 18, 2000
Accepted: July 27, 2000
Number of Print Pages : 2
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 5
Dermatology (International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology)
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Vol. 201, No. 4, Year 2000 (Cover Date: 2000)
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