Consecutive comparative study on ADHD child receiving Homoeopathic treatment in comparison to usual care
20 Children suffering from ADHD of age between 5 to 16 years were enrolled for to receive treatment by homoeopaths (8 consultations and individualized remedies) for one year. Ten subsequently enrolled children received similar time and attention for 4 months. The effectiveness, deliverability and acceptability of treatment; and the feasibility of outcome measurement and recruitment were the protocol for the study. Parents completed Conners’ Parent Rating Scale, Revised Long Version (CPRS-R:L) every 4 months, from which DSMIV total scores were extracted; and Measure Your Own Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) every consultation. The treated children got statistically significant improvements. Mean Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition total t scores decreased at each time point: baseline: 85 (SD 5.1); 4 months 76.2 (SD 10.9); and 12 months 71.5 (SD 12.77). The treatment was possible due to ADHD support groups, charities, police, support agencies and social services, not schools or NHS services. CPRS-R: L (80 items) was problematic for some parents. MYMOP was preferred by parents but not acceptable to stakeholders. In this small consecutive sample the intervention was associated with improvements in criminality, anger and children with a concomitant diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Reference: Philippa Fibert, Clare Relton, Morag Heirs and Deborah Bowden, A comparative consecutive case series of 20 children with a diagnosis of ADHD receiving homeopathic treatment, compared with 10 children receiving usual care. Homeopathy (2016) 105, 194e201. 2015 The Faculty of Homeopathy. Published by Elsevier Ltd.