Is Homeopathy Effective?

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

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.