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Biomarkers of Homeopathy in Fibromyalgia

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065702
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 1, 2003
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of individualized classical homeopathy in treatment of persons with fibromyalgia and to determine the usefulness of electroencephalographic and electrocardiographic measures to serve as markers of differences between active and placebo treatment.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fibromyalgia Drug: Active liquid remedy Phase 1 Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : October 2000
Study Completion Date : September 2002

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fibromyalgia

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • ACR diagnosis of fibromyalgia;
  • Willing to take daily active or placebo liquid remedy under double blind conditions for 6 months, involving daily succussion and dilution of source liquid from a stock bottle;
  • Willingness/ability to comply with dietary and lifestyle restrictions, i.e., no coffee in any form, no comphor or menthol-containing products; no electric blankets, no strong aromatics, no routine vaccinations, no concomitant use of acupuncture, chiropractic, polarity therapy, psychic healing, or magnet therapy;
  • No dental drilling, MRI scans unless emergent;
  • Withhold food or drink 30 mins before/after therapy;
  • Stable conventional care for 2 months prior to entry;
  • Willing to undergo 3 diagnostic physical exams, and to permit videotaping of interview sessions;
  • Willing to fill out questionnaires

Exclusion criteria:

  • Steroid-dependent medical conditions;
  • Chronic benzodiazepine or anticonvulsant use;
  • Use of tricyclic antidepressants, antihypertensives, and other drugs that alter orthostasis;
  • Pregnancy;
  • History of seizure disorder or syncope;
  • Life-threatening medical conditions;
  • Current active asthma;
  • History of anaphylactic shock;
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes;
  • Active suicidal ideation or psychosis.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00065702

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United States, Arizona
U of Arizona College of Medicine, Program in Integrative Medicine
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85724
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
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Principal Investigator: Iris R. Bell, MD, PhD University of Arizona College of Medicine
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065702    
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT000315-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 1, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2006
Last Verified: August 2006
Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
chronic pain
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases