Database on clinical research in veterinary homeopathy launched
The 'Veterinary Clinical Research Database in Homeopathy', or 'VetCR-database' for short, having approximately 200 entries of randomised clinical trials, non-randomised clinical trials, observational studies, drug provings, case reports and case series, enables researchers and veterinarians, sceptics and supporters to get a quick overview of the status of veterinary clinical research in homeopathy and alleviates the preparation of systematical reviews or may stimulate reproductions or even new studies. It is free of charge and open to all interested veterinarians and researchers.
Most studies were published in English and German. Data were extracted on the bibliographical data, clinical field, design of study, type of homeopathic treatment, type of control and blinding, species, intervention, number of animals, outcome, application of high potencies and prophylactic applications. By far the most studies involved gynaecological conditions in cattle, including infertility and MMA syndrome (mastitis-metritis-agalactia). More than 50% of the studies are randomised clinical trials.
Most of these studies were motivated by and interesting for economic considerations (cost reduction, production increase). The general aims are, on the one hand, the improvement of meat and milk quality, the reduction of postpartum infertility and of the calving-to-conception-interval, the increase of the number of offspring and its survivability and the diminution of diseases, especially mastitis at drying-off, and on the other hand, the reduction of use of chemical therapeutics (especially antibiotics), to lower the chemical load of meat and milk and to reduce treatment costs.
Many promising results suggest that homeopathically supported health concepts in organic and conventional meat production and dairy herds are suitable to decrease chemical therapeutics input. However, there are also studies showing no positive effect after homeopathic treatment. Therefore, further research and reproductions, accompanied by systematic reviews and meta-analyses, are necessary.
The database is probably far from being complete. Readers are therefore encouraged to notify the Karl and Veronica Carstens Foundation of missing studies.
The database can be entered here.
Clausen J, Albrecht H (2010) Database on veterinary clinical research in homeopathy. Homeopathy, 99:189-191 [PubMed]