Does homeopathy work?

A frequently asked question in the media is, does homeopathy work?

Is there any evidence to suggest homeopathy works? Many skeptics claim that there is ZERO good scientific evidence supporting homeopathy. All I can say is, they are either woefully or willfully uninformed. I can understand their problem… very dilute homeopathic remedies can’t work…they mustn’t work….otherwise mechanistic science must be…(whisper it)….wrong! Mechanistic science can’t be wrong…ergo…homeopathy can’t work. Unfortunately you can present these skeptics with as much evidence as you like & you won’t change their minds.

http://avilian.co.uk/2009/02/patients-call-for-nhs-complementary-therapy/

Read the link above to see homeopathy & other therapies being effectively used within the NHS & showing positive results.

With the NHS budget above £100 Billion per year! (yes, you read that right)….anything that reduces this has to be a good thing. The behemouth will either have to radically restructure, or it will collapse…this level of national chronic ill-health & this extraordinary level of health service costs can’t continue forever. The future, as I see it, is an integrative approach utilising the best that each therapy can offer, all under the umbrella of the NHS.

I have lots more links to homeopathic research, which I will share in later blogs. The Homeopathy Research Institute is worth having a look at too.

Alan

2 Responses to Does homeopathy work?

  1. Tim September 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    Cracking start, Alan! I’ll go and have a chocolate eclair to celebrate!
    Tim

  2. Zyaama January 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Well, nice. You actually link to a page which links to a page where you can find the original report. This one: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/final_report_from_smr_on_the_cam_pilot_project_-_may_2008.pdf
    That’s a good start, most bloggers seem to think that stating what they perceive as a fact is enough.

    So I’ve taken a look at the report, and I still don’t find anything there that answers the question you started the post with. The study (to be generous with that word) does not address the question “Does homeopathy work?”. It asks “Do people feel better after receiving supplements, complimentary or alternative medicine?” And it answers this question with a clear “Yes, they do”. Well, bully for them. Unfortunately, as far as studies go, this one is about as useful as a MacDOnald’s customer satisfaction report, and has a similar impact on the question you asked.

    This study does not address the question of the efficacy of the treatments it reports on. It only addresses the question: “Do people feel better?” Now let’s take a look at the conditions that were treated:

    Pain: Back, neck, shoulder, hip, arm, feet, chest, leg, hand, knee
    Anxiety, depression, tension
    General Pain
    Headaches, migraine
    Fatigue
    Insomnia
    Other

    All of these (with the possible exception of “Other”) are rather vague forms of general not-feeling-well. What some physicians call “symptoms of life”. For all these conditions it has been well documented that they can be improved by a placebo. This documentation can in many cases be found if you read the clinical studies of alternative medicine, where the researchers did it right and included a placebo control group.

    So, sorry, there is no convincing argument for homeopathy in this study. This is just the NHS wasting money to confirm something already known.

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