KIKOMHomeopathy incorporated in a Swiss university aims and results of 10 years

K von Ammon, A Thurneysen Institute of Complementary Medicine KIKOM, University of Berne, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland

The Institute for Complementary Medicine KIKOM arose from a public demand in 1992 for the establishment of a professorial chair in natural healing methods at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

This chair would undertake teaching, research and patient care in selected areas of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and was established in 1995. Four certified CAM practitioners were engaged as part-time professors for anthroposophical medicine, classical homeopathy, neural therapy, and traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture.

KIKOM initiated the inclusion of CAM in the Swiss medical curriculum. During the university course students are trained in case histories. Lectures on specific complementary medical topics are held for students and for doctors’ continuous education in cooperation with clinics of the University Hospital. Public lectures on basic questions of conventional and complementary medicine, regular seminars and colloquia as well as occasional symposia and external lectures are offered, and published as books.

Basic research is carried out in cooperation with a botanic/scientific anthroposophical institute. Joint research projects are carried out with other clinical departments of the University hospital putting emphasis on the development of investigation procedures and the specific features of complementary medicine.

Results are frequently presented to the public. The research project Homeopathy for children with Attention Deficit Disorder was presented with a CAM award.

A homeopathic outpatient clinic gives up to approx. 450 consultations per year both within and outside the University Hospital,

Other fields of KIKOM activity include advising colleagues, board-editing and reviewing articles for international journals, and carrying out public mandates.