The effect of homoeopathic simillimum treatment on irritable bowel syndrome sufferers
Rademan, Wim Marius
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The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of Homoeopathic Simillimum treatment in Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers i.nterms of patient response to treatment. It was hypothesized that the homoeopathic simillimum treatment would result in a substantial improvement in all the clinical aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers, and that it could be used as an alternative to 'conventional' treatment in many cases. The study was a clinical trial, in which a placebo control group was compared with an experimental group. Convenience sampling was used to draw patients into the trial. Volunteers responded to advertisements that had been placed in various advertising media. A minimum of 30 participants was assessed and if they complied vvith the diagnostic- and Manning criteria they were accepted into the study. The participants were randomly divided into a double - blind study that lasted 3 months. During this period half of the patients received placebo treatment while the other half received homoeopathic simillimum treatment. Neither the researcher nor the participants knew what type of treatment they received until the end of the research. The participants that fell into the placebo group was given the opportunity after the study was over to be treated with homoeopathic simillimum treatment. All the data obtained hy the researcher through the questionnaires was interpreted by.