Sunday, May 22, 2011

The effect of the homeopathic remedies Arnica montana and Bellis perennis on mild postpartum bleeding--a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled

Complement Ther Med. 2005 Jun;13(2):87-90.

Oberbaum M, Galoyan N, Lerner-Geva L, Singer SR, Grisaru S, Shashar D, Samueloff A.

The Center for Integrative Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem 91031, Israel.
To evaluate the effect of Arnica Montana and Bellis perennis on postpartum blood loss.

Double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, clinical trial.

Department of Gynecology, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem.


Forty parturients were randomized to one of three groups: Arnica montana C6 and Bellis perennis C6 (n=14), Arnica montana C30 and Bellis perennis C30 (n=14), or double placebo (n=12). After 48 h the Arnica/placebo was halted, and patients continued the Bellis/placebo until cessation of lochia.
Hemoglobin levels (Hb) at 48 and 72 h postpartum.


At 72 h postpartum, mean Hb levels remained similar after treatment with homeopathic remedies (12.7 versus 12.4) as compared to a significant decrease in Hb levels in the placebo group (12.7 versus 11.6; p<0.05), in spite of less favorable initial characteristics of the treatment group. The mean difference in Hb levels at 72 h postpartum was -0.29 (95% CI -1.09; 0.52) in the treatment group and -1.18 (95% CI -1.82; -0.54) in the placebo group (p<0.05).


Treatment with homeopathic Arnica montana and Bellis perennis may reduce postpartum blood loss, as compared with placebo.