Indian Journal of Research in Homeopathy

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 108--118

Homoeopathic management of Schizophrenia: A prospective, non-comparative, open-label observational study


Praveen Oberai1, S Gopinadhan2, Anita Sharma1, Chaturbhuja Nayak1, Kalpana Gautam1 
1 Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
2 Central Research Institute (H), Kottayam, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Praveen Oberai
Scientist-4, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi
India

Objectives: To evaluate the usefulness of homoeopathic intervention in Schizophrenia, in untreated cases and antipsychotic treatment resistant cases, to verify indications of medicines, and to assess relapse, if any. Materials and Methods: A prospective, non-comparative, open-label observational study was carried out from October 2005-September 2010 by CCRH at Central Research Institute (H), Kottayam, Kerala, India. Patients between 20 and 60 years of age, presenting with symptoms of Schizophrenia were screened for inclusion and exclusion criteria. The patients who were on antipsychotic drugs were allowed to continue the same along with homoeopathic medicine, the dose of antipsychotics was monitored by the Psychiatrist. The symptoms of each patient were repertorized, and medicine was initially prescribed in 30C potency after consulting Materia Medica. Patients were followed up for 12 months. Outcome of treatment was assessed with Brief Psychiatric Rating Scales (BPRS). Analysis was done using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences  SPSS Version 20.0. Results: Out of 188 enrolled patients, 17 cases did not complete the baseline information. Total 171 patients were analysed as per modified Intention to Treat Principle. Significant difference (P = 0.0001, P < 0.05) in the mean scores of BPRS, using paired t test was observed at end of the study. Sulphur, Lycopodium, Natrum muriaticum, Pulsatilla and Phosphorus were found to be the most useful medicines in treating schizophrenic patients. Conclusion: The study reflects the positive role of homoeopathic medicines in the management of patients suffering from schizophrenia as measured by BPRS.


How to cite this article:
Oberai P, Gopinadhan S, Sharma A, Nayak C, Gautam K. Homoeopathic management of Schizophrenia: A prospective, non-comparative, open-label observational study.Indian J Res Homoeopathy 2016;10:108-118


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Oberai P, Gopinadhan S, Sharma A, Nayak C, Gautam K. Homoeopathic management of Schizophrenia: A prospective, non-comparative, open-label observational study. Indian J Res Homoeopathy [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Sep 24 ];10:108-118
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