Harold Walach

Summary

Affiliation: University of Freiburg
Country: Germany

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint The effects of a caffeine placebo and suggestion on blood pressure, heart rate, well-being and cognitive performance
    Harald Walach
    Universitatsklinikum Freiburg, Institut fur Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Hugstetterstrasse 55, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    Int J Psychophysiol 43:247-60. 2002
  2. ncbi request reprint From parapsychology to spirituality: the legacy of the PEAR database
    Harald Walach
    European branch of Samueli Institute
    Explore (NY) 3:197-9. 2007
  3. ncbi request reprint Summary consensus statement of the Review Board of the Swiss Complementary Medicine Evaluation Programme, (Programme Evaluation Komplementärmedizin, PEK) regarding the PEK process and products
    Harald Walach
    University of Northampton, School of Social Sciences and Samueli Institute for Information Biology, UK
    Homeopathy 95:28-30. 2006
  4. ncbi request reprint Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects?
    Harald Walach
    Lancet 366:2081; author reply 2083-6. 2005
  5. ncbi request reprint Entangled--and tied in knots! Practical consequences of an entanglement model for homeopathic research and practice
    H Walach
    University Hospital Freiburg, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Samueli Institute, European Office, D 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    Homeopathy 94:96-9. 2005
  6. pmc Measuring the effects of acupuncture and homoeopathy in general practice: an uncontrolled prospective documentation approach
    Corina Güthlin
    Department of Evaluation Research in Complementary Medicine, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Freiburg University Hospital, Hugstetter Str, 55 D 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Public Health 4:6. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint The long-term effects of homeopathic treatment of chronic headaches: 1 year follow up
    H Walach
    Department of Environmental Medicine and Hygiene, University Hospital Freiberg, Germany
    Cephalalgia 20:835-7. 2000
  8. ncbi request reprint The complementarity model of brain-body relationship
    Harald Walach
    Samueli Institute for Information Biology, European Office, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Freiburg University Hospital, Hugstetter Str 55, 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    Med Hypotheses 65:380-8. 2005
  9. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of massage therapy in chronic pain: a pragmatic randomized trial
    Harald Walach
    Department of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Hygiene, University Hospital Freiburg, Hugstetterstrasse 55, D 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    J Altern Complement Med 9:837-46. 2003
  10. ncbi request reprint Placebo research: the evidence base for harnessing self-healing capacities
    Harald Walach
    Department of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Samueli Institute for Information Biology, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    J Altern Complement Med 10:S103-12. 2004

Detail Information

Publications51

  1. ncbi request reprint The effects of a caffeine placebo and suggestion on blood pressure, heart rate, well-being and cognitive performance
    Harald Walach
    Universitatsklinikum Freiburg, Institut fur Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Hugstetterstrasse 55, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    Int J Psychophysiol 43:247-60. 2002
    ..It is concluded that the placebo-caffeine research paradigm is not suitable for researching instruction effects in Germany, and that reported effects should be reproduced with tighter controls...
  2. ncbi request reprint From parapsychology to spirituality: the legacy of the PEAR database
    Harald Walach
    European branch of Samueli Institute
    Explore (NY) 3:197-9. 2007
  3. ncbi request reprint Summary consensus statement of the Review Board of the Swiss Complementary Medicine Evaluation Programme, (Programme Evaluation Komplementärmedizin, PEK) regarding the PEK process and products
    Harald Walach
    University of Northampton, School of Social Sciences and Samueli Institute for Information Biology, UK
    Homeopathy 95:28-30. 2006
    ..But the responsible authorities changed this process. In the following, the review board comments both on this process and on the products...
  4. ncbi request reprint Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects?
    Harald Walach
    Lancet 366:2081; author reply 2083-6. 2005
  5. ncbi request reprint Entangled--and tied in knots! Practical consequences of an entanglement model for homeopathic research and practice
    H Walach
    University Hospital Freiburg, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Samueli Institute, European Office, D 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    Homeopathy 94:96-9. 2005
    ..Experimental proof of entanglement can only come indirectly. The implications for clinical research include that positive results will probably be found only in large series and that studies should avoid imposing a causal framework...
  6. pmc Measuring the effects of acupuncture and homoeopathy in general practice: an uncontrolled prospective documentation approach
    Corina Güthlin
    Department of Evaluation Research in Complementary Medicine, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Freiburg University Hospital, Hugstetter Str, 55 D 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Public Health 4:6. 2004
    ..We set up a pragmatic documentation study in general practice funded within the scope of project launched by a German health insurer. Patients were followed-up for up to four years...
  7. ncbi request reprint The long-term effects of homeopathic treatment of chronic headaches: 1 year follow up
    H Walach
    Department of Environmental Medicine and Hygiene, University Hospital Freiberg, Germany
    Cephalalgia 20:835-7. 2000
    ..Approximately 30% of patients in homeopathic treatment will benefit after 1 year of treatment. There is no indication of a specific, or of a delayed effect of homeopathy...
  8. ncbi request reprint The complementarity model of brain-body relationship
    Harald Walach
    Samueli Institute for Information Biology, European Office, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Freiburg University Hospital, Hugstetter Str 55, 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    Med Hypotheses 65:380-8. 2005
    ..Thus, complementarity could be the key to understanding holistically correlated behavior on different levels of systemic complexity...
  9. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of massage therapy in chronic pain: a pragmatic randomized trial
    Harald Walach
    Department of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Hygiene, University Hospital Freiburg, Hugstetterstrasse 55, D 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    J Altern Complement Med 9:837-46. 2003
    ..Although classic massage is used widely in Germany and elsewhere for treating chronic pain conditions, there are no randomized controlled trials (RCT)...
  10. ncbi request reprint Placebo research: the evidence base for harnessing self-healing capacities
    Harald Walach
    Department of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Samueli Institute for Information Biology, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    J Altern Complement Med 10:S103-12. 2004
    ..It would be therapeutically desirable to maximize these factors and have good evidence on which to base healing interventions. We show how this could be achieved...
  11. ncbi request reprint Entanglement model of homeopathy as an example of generalized entanglement predicted by weak quantum theory
    H Walach
    Samueli Institute European Office, Institut fur Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Klinikum der Universitat, Freiburg i Br, Germany
    Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd 10:192-200. 2003
    ..Homeopathy could be a macroscopic analogue to quantum teleportation. This model is exemplified and some predictions are derived, which make it possible to test the model...
  12. ncbi request reprint Generalized entanglement: a new theoretical model for understanding the effects of complementary and alternative medicine
    Harold Walach
    Samueli Institute, Europe, University Hospital Freiburg, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Freiburg, Germany
    J Altern Complement Med 11:549-59. 2005
    ..History of science teaches that no amount of empirical evidence will convince sceptics and followers of more conventional paradigms as long as there is no good theoretical model to make empirical findings plausible...
  13. ncbi request reprint Homeopathic proving symptoms: result of a local, non-local, or placebo process? A blinded, placebo-controlled pilot study
    H Walach
    Department of Evaluation Research in Complementary Medicine, Samueli Institute European Office, Institute for Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
    Homeopathy 93:179-85. 2004
    ..It is unclear whether these symptoms are specific or due to placebo noise. Furthermore, it is uncertain whether proving effects, if present at all, are due to a local or non-local process..
  14. ncbi request reprint Response to Vithoulkas: homeopathic fantasies about science, a meta-critique
    H Walach
    University Hospital, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Freiburg, Germany
    Homeopathy 91:35-9. 2002
  15. ncbi request reprint [Placebo and placebo effects--a review]
    Harald Walach
    Universitatsklinikum Freiburg, Institut fur Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Germany
    Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol 52:332-42. 2002
    ..It would be therapeutically desirable to maximize these factors. This point of view would also have consequences on how interventions have to be evaluated...
  16. ncbi request reprint The effects of homeopathic belladonna 30CH in healthy volunteers -- a randomized, double-blind experiment
    H Walach
    Department of Environmental Medicine and Hygiene, University Hospital, Freiburg, Germany
    J Psychosom Res 50:155-60. 2001
    ..It is unknown whether these symptom patterns are due to specific effects or chance fluctuation...
  17. ncbi request reprint The long-term effects of homeopathic treatment of chronic headaches: one year follow-up and single case time series analysis
    H Walach
    Department of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
    Br Homeopath J 90:63-72. 2001
    ..Approximately 30% of patients in homeopathic treatment will benefit after 1 y of treatment. There is no indication of a specific, or of a delayed effect of homeopathy...
  18. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of Bach-flower remedies in test anxiety: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial with partial crossover
    H Walach
    Institut fur Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Universitatsklinikum, Freiburg, Germany
    J Anxiety Disord 15:359-66. 2001
    ..We conclude that Bach-flower remedies are an effective placebo for test anxiety and do not have a specific effect...
  19. ncbi request reprint Sferics and headache: a prospective study
    H Walach
    Uniklinikum Freiburg Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Freiburg, Germany
    Cephalalgia 21:685-90. 2001
    ..20). We conclude that in an unselected sample of headache patients some may indeed be susceptible to the low intensity type of electromagnetic radiation exemplified by sferics pulses. This phenomenon warrants further scrutiny...
  20. ncbi request reprint Critical factors for credibility in clinical trials: Comments on Aickin's "Beyond randomization"
    Harald Walach
    Klinikum der Universitat, Institut fur Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Freiburg, Germany
    J Altern Complement Med 8:773-5. 2002
  21. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of distant healing--a proposal for a four-armed randomized study (EUHEALS)
    H Walach
    Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
    Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd 9:168-76. 2002
    ..The measure will be taken at the beginning and at the end of a 6- month treating or waiting period, respectively. A variety of moderator variables will be considered to evaluate which of these may be predictive of outcome...
  22. ncbi request reprint Effects of expectation and caffeine on arousal, well-being, and reaction time
    Rainer Schneider
    Institute for Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology and European Office of the Samueli Institute, University Hospital, Freiburg, Germany
    Int J Behav Med 13:330-9. 2006
    ..The results tentatively indicate that placebo and expectancy effects primarily show through introspection...
  23. ncbi request reprint Distant intentionality and the feeling of being stared at: two meta-analyses
    Stefan Schmidt
    Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
    Br J Psychol 95:235-47. 2004
    ..05 (p =.50). In 15 remote staring studies a mean effect size of d = 0.13 (p =.01) was obtained. It is concluded that there are hints of an effect, but also a shortage of independent replications and theoretical concepts...
  24. ncbi request reprint Alzheimer disease: mercury as pathogenetic factor and apolipoprotein E as a moderator
    Joachim Mutter
    Institute for Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
    Neuro Endocrinol Lett 25:331-9. 2004
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  25. ncbi request reprint Respiration-related artifacts in EDA recordings: introducing a standardized method to overcome multiple interpretations
    Rainer Schneider
    Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
    Psychol Rep 93:907-20. 2003
    ..87 and .82 in Exp. 1 vs .94 and .95 in Exp. 2) as well as for the two experiments combined (.92 and .91)...
  26. ncbi request reprint Does mindfulness meditation contribute to health? Outcome evaluation of a German sample
    Marcus Majumdar
    Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Freiburg, Germany
    J Altern Complement Med 8:719-30; discussion 731-5. 2002
    ..This exploratory study is the first systematic outcome evaluation to examine the effects of an 8-week meditation-based program in mindfulness in a German sample...
  27. pmc The therapeutic effect of clinical trials: understanding placebo response rates in clinical trials--a secondary analysis
    Harald Walach
    University Hospital Freiburg, Brsg, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Germany
    BMC Med Res Methodol 5:26. 2005
    ..For new drugs it can be difficult to prove effectiveness superior to placebo. It is unclear what contributes to improvement in the placebo groups. We wanted to clarify, what elements of clinical trials determine placebo variability...
  28. ncbi request reprint Mercury and autism: accelerating evidence?
    Joachim Mutter
    Institute for Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
    Neuro Endocrinol Lett 26:439-46. 2005
    ..Subsequently, autistic children have significantly decreased level of reduced glutathione. Promising treatments of autism involve detoxification of mercury, and supplementation of deficient metabolites...
  29. doi request reprint Effectiveness of distant healing for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a randomised controlled partially blinded trial (EUHEALS)
    Harald Walach
    Samueli Institute, European Office, School of Social Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton, UK
    Psychother Psychosom 77:158-66. 2008
    ..Distant healing, a form of spiritual healing, is widely used for many conditions but little is known about its effectiveness...
  30. pmc Circular instead of hierarchical: methodological principles for the evaluation of complex interventions
    Harald Walach
    University of Northampton and Samueli Institute European Office, School of Social Sciences, Park Campus, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 6:29. 2006
    ..This hierarchy, founded on a pharmacological model of therapy, is generalized to other interventions which may be complex and non-pharmacological (healing, acupuncture and surgery)...
  31. ncbi request reprint No difference between self-reportedly amalgam sensitives and non-sensitives? Listen carefully to the data
    Harald Walach
    Int J Hyg Environ Health 206:139-41; author reply 143-5. 2003
  32. ncbi request reprint Randomized double-blind pilot study on psychological effects of a treatment with 'instrumental biocommunication'
    Rainer Schneider
    Institute for Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology and Samueli Institute Europe, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany rainer
    Forsch Komplementmed 13:35-40. 2006
    ..We set out a pilot study to test whether individuals treated with a program called QUANTEC report improvements in well-being, health, and fulfillment of prerecorded wishes...
  33. ncbi request reprint Research on homeopathy: state of the art
    Harald Walach
    University College Northampton, School of Social Sciences, UK
    J Altern Complement Med 11:813-29. 2005
    ..We close with some suggestions for potentially fruitful research...
  34. doi request reprint Modern or post-modern? Local or non-local? A response to Leick
    Harald Walach
    School of Social Sciences and Samueli Institute, European Office, University of Northampton, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK
    Homeopathy 97:100-2. 2008
    ..The only thing that can resolve it is a large cultural shift. My own ideas about non-local models, for a whole category of possibly similar events of which homeopathy is but one example...
  35. ncbi request reprint Correlations between brain electrical activities of two spatially separated human subjects
    Jiri Wackermann
    Department of Empirical and Analytical Psychophysics, Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology, Wilhelmstrasse 3a, D 79098 Freiburg i Br, Germany
    Neurosci Lett 336:60-4. 2003
    ..The results indicate that correlations between brain activities of two separated subjects may occur, although no biophysical mechanism is known...
  36. pmc Researching complementary and alternative treatments--the gatekeepers are not at home
    Vinjar Fønnebø
    National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tromsø, N 9037 Tromsø, Norway
    BMC Med Res Methodol 7:7. 2007
    ..To explore the strengths and weaknesses of conventional biomedical research strategies and methods as applied to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and to suggest a new research framework for assessing these treatment modalities...
  37. ncbi request reprint Reporting data on homeopathic treatments (RedHot): a supplement to CONSORT
    Mike Emmans Dean
    Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, United Kingdom
    J Altern Complement Med 13:19-23. 2007
    ..The authors recommend these for adoption by authors and journals when reporting trials of homeopathy...
  38. ncbi request reprint RedHot
    Harald Walach
    Contemp Clin Trials 28:675. 2007
  39. ncbi request reprint Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits. A meta-analysis
    Paul Grossman
    Freiburg Institute for Mindfulness Research, Konradstr 32, 79100 Freiburg, Germany
    J Psychosom Res 57:35-43. 2004
    ..We performed a comprehensive review and meta-analysis of published and unpublished studies of health-related studies related to MBSR...
  40. doi request reprint Medical pluralism, equity and holism
    Florica Marian
    Forsch Komplementmed 14:1. 2007
  41. doi request reprint [The journal Forschende Komplementärmedizin--better, faster, smarter]
    Harald Walach
    Forsch Komplementmed 14:332-3. 2007
  42. ncbi request reprint Reporting data on homeopathic treatments (RedHot): a supplement to CONSORT*
    Mike Emmans Dean
    Department of Health Sciences, University of York, UK
    Forsch Komplementmed 13:368-71. 2006
    ..The authors recommend these for adoption by authors and journals when reporting trials of homeopathy...
  43. ncbi request reprint [Effective or not? The decision is yours! - the PEK HTA reports]
    Harald Walach
    School of Social Sciences and Samueli Institute for Information Biology, University of Northampton, UK
    Forsch Komplementmed 13:2-3. 2006
  44. ncbi request reprint Ethical issues in research in complementary and alternative medicine
    Wayne B Jonas
    JAMA 291:2192; author reply 2193-4. 2004
  45. ncbi request reprint Spiritual healing as a therapy for chronic pain: a randomized, clinical trial
    Harald Walach
    Pain 96:403-5; author reply 405-6. 2002
  46. ncbi request reprint [Transpersonal psychology -- psychology of consciousness: chances and problems]
    Harald Walach
    Samueli Institute, Universitatsklinik Freiburg, Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene und Institut für Psychologie, Universitat Freiburg
    Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol 55:405-15. 2005
    ..Finally, some positive aspects of transpersonal psychology will be presented, and we submit that transpersonal psychology should be taken seriously in a scientific way...
  47. ncbi request reprint Baseline differences in paper by Trichard, Chaufferin and Nicoloyannis
    Harald Walach
    Homeopathy 94:264; author reply 264. 2005
  48. ncbi request reprint Horton deplores breach; as do we his
    George T Lewith
    University of Southampton, Aldemoor Health Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom
    J Altern Complement Med 11:779. 2005
  49. ncbi request reprint The Swiss program for the evaluation of complementary medicine (PEK)
    Harald Walach
    J Altern Complement Med 12:231-2. 2006
  50. ncbi request reprint Summary consensus statement of the PEK review board regarding the PEK process and the PEK products
    Harald Walach
    University of Northampton, School of Social Sciences, Samueli Institute for Information Biology, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL, United Kingdom
    J Altern Complement Med 12:347-8. 2006
  51. ncbi request reprint [At the beginning of a new era--integration and differentiation]
    Harald Walach
    Forsch Komplementmed 14:4-6. 2007