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Swiss paediatrician survey on complementary medicine

Original article
Huber BM, von Schoen-Angerer T, Hasselmann O, Wildhaber J, Wolf U
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20091

In Switzerland, complementary medicine is officially recognised within the healthcare system and mainly practised in conjunction with conventional medicine. As in other countries, there is high demand for and use of complementary medicine with children.

A curious association of chronic homeopathic arsenic ingestion with nonspecific symptoms in a Swiss teenager

Original article
Dani SU
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20071

Hahnemann’s homeopathic concept does not work for a substance such as arsenic. Since there is no safe dose for inorganic arsenic, sustained oral exposure even at ultra-low levels can be toxic.

General practitioners’ perspectives on the use of nonpharmacological home remedies in two regions in Switzerland and France

Original article
Sebo P, Haller D, Sommer J, Excoffier S, Gaboreau Y, Maisonneuve H
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14676

Nonpharmacological home remedies offer the potential for easily accessible and well-accepted management of common disorders in general practice.

Beliefs, endorsement and application of homeopathy disclosed: a survey among ambulatory care physicians

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Markun S, Maeder M, Rosemann T, Djalali S
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14505

Little is currently known about the beliefs and intentions of physicians who prescribe homeopathy. Prescribing it solely with the intention of achieving placebo effects and without informing the patient is prohibited by ethical authorities.

Medical use of cannabis in Switzerland: analysis of approved exceptional licences

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Kilcher G, Zwahlen M, Ritter C, Fenner L, Egger M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14463

The endocannabinoid system has emerged as a target of pharmacotherapy, but medical use of cannabis derivatives has been strictly limited by their status as illegal, schedule I drugs.

Exploratory survey about dietary supplement use: a hazardous and erratic way to improve one’s health?

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Troxler DS, Michaud PA, Graz B, Rodondi PY
Swiss Med Wkly. 2013;143:w13807

Offer and use of complementary and alternative medicine in hospitals of the French-speaking part of Switzerland

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Carruzzo P, Graz B, Rodondi PY, Michaud PA
Swiss Med Wkly. 2013;143:w13756

Complementary and alternative medicine in paediatrics: a systematic overview/synthesis of Cochrane Collaboration reviews

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Meyer S, Gortner L, Larsen A, Kutschke G, Gottschling S, Gräber S, Schroeder N
Swiss Med Wkly. 2013;143:w13794

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