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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 224-230

Managing acute alcohol withdrawal with Homoeopathy: A prospective, observational, multicentre exploratory study


1 Research Officer (H), Scientist - I, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
2 Former Senior Research Fellow (H), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
3 Former Senior Research Fellow (H), Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, New Delhi, India
4 Former Senior Research Fellow (H), Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
5 Deputy Director (H), Scientist - IV, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
6 Assistant Director (H), Scientist - IV, Central Research Institute, Kottayam, Kerala, India
7 Research Officer, Scientist - IV, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
8 Former Research Officer, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
9 Director, Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, New Delhi, India
10 Former Director General, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Debadatta Nayak
Research Officer, Scientist - I, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, 61-65, Institutional Area, Opp. D Block, Janakpuri - 110 058, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-7168.147322

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Background: Alcohol dependence is a common social problem which may be associated with other risk factors and co-morbidities. Abrupt cessation of alcohol intake may provoke an acute alcohol withdrawal phase with varying degrees of signs and symptoms. In conventional medical system, specific pharmacological interventions are used for management of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal (AAW). There exists a need to explore safe and holistic treatment of AAW. The present work reports the results of a prospective, observational, exploratory, multicentre trial (2008-2011) to assess the role of Homoeopathy in AAW. Materials and Methods: Individualised Homoeopathy was given to 112 patients reporting with AAW. The clinical assessment was done for 05 days using Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment Scale of Alcohol-Revised (CIWA-Ar). Post-withdrawal phase, quality of life of patients was assessed at end of 01 st , 03 rd and 06 th month using World Health Organisation quality of life (WHOQOL)- BREF. Results and Analysis: There was a significant decrease in CIWA-Ar mean scores and increase in quality of life score (P < 0.001). The most common remedies used were Arsenicum album, Lycopodium clavatum, Belladonna, Nux vomica and Pulsatilla. Conclusion: The results of current observational pilot study suggest the promising use of Homoeopathy in the management of acute alcohol withdrawal. Further studies with large sample size and rigorous design are warranted.


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