Is Homeopathy Effective?

A new report by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council finds that homeopathy is not effective for treating health conditions.

| August/September 2015

  • Homeopathic remedies
    Homeopathic remedies, relatively common alternative medicines, come in the form of extremely diluted drops or tabs. New research casts doubt on their efficacy.
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  • Homeopathic remedies

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a report in March of this year stating that no reliable evidence exists to show that homeopathy is effective. Homeopathy is based on the premise that “like cures like.” For example, a homeopathic practitioner may recommend a significantly diluted preparation of pollens to a patient suffering from pollen allergies.

The report, conducted by an independent contractor who studied 57 homeopathy reviews, as well as information submitted by homeopathy interest groups and the public, concluded that “there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective. Homeopathy should not be used to treat health conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious.”

Read the full report online.

Hannah Kincaid is an Assistant Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. She is an enthusiastic student of herbal medicine, organic gardening and yoga.

7/27/2015 9:39:18 PM

I would like to know who funded this 'study'. I diagree about the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. I have used them for 25 years and found a number of them to be very effective. Big pharma would like to see homeopathy dissolve so they can continue selling drugs which treat symptoms instead of core issues. Homeopathic remedies are relatively cheap; it is consultation with doctors which are the main cost. Homeopathic studies have used a lot of descriptive study methods. I'm wondering about the alignment of this study with statistical methods using control and experimental groups to check out a number of the remedies first hand.

7/27/2015 9:42:02 AM

I hadn't known that the definition of homeopathy was so narrow! But there does seem to be evidence homeopathy can reduce allergy symptoms. I credit it for reducing my hayfever suffering.

7/27/2015 7:29:27 AM

Mother Earth News has gone Big - Pharma? How sad!

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