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Resultados terapêuticos da homeopatia em pacientes suspeitos ou confirmados de COVID-19: um estudo longitudinal prospectivo / Therapeutic results of homeopathy in suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients: a longitudinal study

Oliveira, Mônica da Cunha; Santos, Adriana Silveira; Souza, Eduardo Barbosa de; Austregésilo, Bruno Matos; Santiago, Aline Luttigards; Cunha, Juliana Rocha da.
Rev. homeopatia (São Paulo) ; 84(2): 55-61, 2023. tab.; graf
Article in Portuguese | LILACS, HomeoIndex (homeopathy), MTYCI | ID: biblio-1519118
The human infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19), originally diagnosed as pneumonia of unknown cause in the city of Wuhan (China), was considered a pandemic by the World Health Organization. With the initial lack of a vaccine to protect healthy people, the strategy relating to social isolation and treatment with general and/or advanced support measures was adopted. In this context, it was necessary to investigate the contribution of homeopathic therapy in coping with the disease, particularly in terms of relieving the uncomfortable symptoms caused by it in its initial phase, with monitoring and recording of the results obtained by homeopathic physicians.


This study collected information from patients diagnosed with the disease, treated by homeopathic physicians with homeopathic medications chosen according to the symptoms manifested by the patient, from May to September 2020 (after approval by the REC). The effects on the health conditions of patients were assessed using clinical scores and scales, as well as aspects related to the safety of the medication, variations in the duration of the disease and the medications most associated with any therapeutic successes. A standardized questionnaire specific to COVID-19 was drawn up and filled in by the physicians who collaborated in the study during patient monitoring. The data was stored in electronic spreadsheets and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. The selected patients were employees of Hospital Santo Antônio - Obras Sociais Irmã Dulce (OSID) and underwent a preliminary in-person assessment at the otolaryngology outpatient clinic of this hospital. The homeopathic consultations were carried out via a telemedicine platform to follow-up and monitor the case. A total of 116 employees were assessed, ranging in age from 21 to 66, with the average age being 38; of these, 84 (72%) were females and 32 (16%) males; 53 patients (70% of the employees cared for) were health care professionals (physicians, nurses and nursing technicians); 63 (30%) were employees from administrative or technical areas; 50 patients met the criteria for inclusion in the risk group (43%). As for the RT-PCR


58 patients (50%) had RT-PCR detected (confirmed); 58 patients (50%) had RT-PCR not detected - of these, 18 patients (31%) had anosmia during their evolution. Of the 116 patients who met the inclusion criteria, 77 were included in the classic COVID-19 syndrome. Of these 77 collaborators, 3 did not use homeopathic medication (N=74). The most indicated homeopathic medications were Arsenicum album (42%); Bryonia (24%), Phosphorus (15%); Gelsemium (15%); Pulsatilla (2%); others (4%). The average symptom score before treatment was 12.27 and after treatment was 0.52 (p < xxxxx). Of the 57 patients who had anosmia, there was full recovery in 43 (75%) of the cases at the time of reassessment. The average time elapsed between the use of homeopathic medication and the recovery of symptoms was 9 days. Only 3 patients (3.9%) required hospitalization without the need for intubation, 2 of whom belonged to the risk group. Although these results are partial (as there are still research subjects in the evaluation phase), the results suggest that homeopathic treatment promoted the re-establishment of the infectious condition without the need for hospitalization in 97% of the patients. Anosmia recovered completely in 75% of the patients. Arsenicum album, Bryonia and Phosphorus were the drugs predominantly chosen for treatment, which corroborates other homeopathic studies.
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