Use of homeopathic formula in malnourished children
Keywords: Malnutrition, Children, Homeopathy, Comparative study
AbstractThe present intervention study sought to assess the results of homeopathic treatment in malnourished children aged 1-19 years old below the 3th percentile in the weight-height ratio at San Juan Policlinic, Ranchuelo County, Cuba, between November 2004 and December 2005. A total of 99 children were randomly allocated by Mathcad in two groups, one (n=50) was given homeopathic treatment, and the control group (n=49) that did not. Administration of medication was defined by clinical criteria. Inclusion, exclusion and exit criteria were defined. Variables were identified and operationalized, and the information collected from both groups was interpreted. After one-year follow-up, 42 out of 50 children (84%) treated with homeopathy attained normal weight, whereas only 15 out of 49 (30%) of the children in the control group attained normal weight.