European Council of Homeopathy (ECCH)

European Council of Homeopathy (ECCH)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
Arthur C Clarke

 Research is important to the advancement of homeopathy and the improvement of each homeopath's daily practice.

Basic Research

Recent advances in fundamental research are pointing to the day when the mechanism of action of the diluted and succussed medicines used by homeopaths will be identified. The 'memory of water' theory which was so fiercely attacked by the orthodox scientific and medical establishmet when it was first put forward by Jacques Benveniste at the end of the 1980s has once again been raised as an explanation for the action of potentised medicines by recent experiments in the field of inflammation research.

Clinical Research
Many hundreds of clinical trials have been carried out into homeopathic treatment. The results of these trials vary from the positive to the negative. Some high quality Random Controlled Trials (RCTs) have produced significant positive results showing homeopathic treatment having an effect that is not explicable by mere placebo effect. Other trials have proved negative in their results. Across the board the methodological quality of the trials has varied from high to poor with the overall average quality being poor.

Sceptics fail to make the case for homeopathy's lack of evidence

One of the most infamous attempts to discredit homeopathy by homeopathy's critics was the 2010  UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on homeopathy.  The Science and Technology report system, normally an objective system of enquiry, was mis-used by one or two MPs to carry out a farcical enquiry into homeopathy during which a small group of unqualified sceptics were invited to give evidence. At the end of the process:
 • only three MPs of the the Science and Technology Committee eventually agreed to vote in favour of the report.
• the UK Government did not accept its conclusions and recommendations,
• 70  MPs laid down an Early Day Motion criticising the report
• an eminent member of the House of Lords wrote an incisive critique of it.
Yet the report is still quoted by homeopathy's critics as if it has some sort of scientific validity. It doesn't and is fact a shameful concoction by the person who wrote the final version. Interestingly, the main MP author and driver of the perverse process lost his seat in the Parliamentary elections on May 2010.

A full exposé of the report can be read here:

ECCH has produced a document that gives an overview of the positive trials and surveys that have been published. For a copy click here:

positive homeopathy research and surveys march 2007.pdf

European Network for Homeopathy Research (ENHR)
ECCH coordinates a networking email list of those involved in or interested in research into all aspects of homeopathy. The main purpose of the list is exchange of information on newly published research and on ongoing research, calls for partners in new projects, communicate information on research related events etc.
If anyone reading this would like to join the network please email Petter Viksveen:
A Useful Publication on the Scientific Basis for Homeopathy

ECCH is pleased to bring to your attention a useful publication on the scientific basis of homeopathy published by an Italian homeopathic pharmaceutical company called Guna. Despite the impression they are not particularly 'classical' in their approach to homeopathy as a company, the contents of the document would appear nonetheless to be useful.  It can be downloaded as a pdf from the following address:

Appropriate Methodology
One of the things that has hindered progress in clinical trials of homeopathy has been the application of the conventional 'one medicine to one disease' approach to what is in effect an individualised approach to patient treatment. At long last the message is getting through and this year a positive trial has been published in the journal Rheumatology using an individualised approach to the treatment of fybromyalgia.
The objective of the trial was To assess the efficacy of individualized classical homeopathy in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Following the trial the paper contained the follwoing conclusion Using a broad selection of remedies and the flexible LM dose (1/50 000 dilution factor) series, the present study demonstrated that individualized homeopathy is significantly better than placebo in lessening tender point pain and improving the quality of life and global health of persons with fibromyalgia.

Reference: Rheumatology 2004; 43: 577-582

Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo I. R. Bell1,2,3,4,6,8, D. A. Lewis, II9, A. J. Brooks3, G. E. Schwartz3,5,6, S. E. Lewis9, B. T. Walsh4 and C. M. Baldwin3,4,7,8
For a full abstract and access to the full paper of this trial please follow the following link to the journal web-site:

Research Resources Online

Overview website: Knol – Scientific research in homeopathy

Direct links to several articles in various journals, many of them as full text.


American Medical College of Homeopathy

Some articles (basic research) and some info.


Annals of Internal Medicine

Includes research on homeopathy, 85 titles, mostly on subscription, some free.


Biomed Central

An article on the quality of homeopathy research.


BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Research on CAM (also when searching for homeopathy), summaries free of charge, some full articles available, others may be ordered.


British Homeopathic Library

Database including reference to a large number of homeopathy articles which are mostly not found in ‘conventional’ databases, but which are published in homeopathy journals.


British Medical Journal Includes articles on homeopathy research.

Search for ‘homeopathy’, ‘homoeopathy’. May also use *


CAM base

Over 1000 articles on research on homeopathy, some with summaries. Full articles must be ordered.


CAM Quest run by Carstens Stiftung at

German site with optional English text. Good homeopathy/CAM research site.

Searches must be carried out, but full articles are not available.

Carstens Stiftung (English version)

Carstens Stiftung veterinary database


Complementary and Alternative Medicine Library and Information Service (CAMLIS) Library with online database

A wide range of journals may be accessed, most of them as paper versions, but about 50 online.

This is available for members only or by visiting the London office.

Annual fee £6 – £27, min. 50 member organisations.


Complementary Health Practice Review

Searchable database, abstracts available, full articles must be purchased.


Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

About 80 titles on homeopathy may be found, abstracts available, full articles must be purchased.


Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Over 300 titles on homeopathy may be found, abstracts available, full articles must be purchased.


Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery

This journal has been continued as Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

About 200 titles on homeopathy may be found, abstracts available, full articles must be purchased.


Forschung und Homöopathie

English and German, full text articles, inteviews, etc.


Formal Case Study (FCS) – a potential method for assessing single cases


Groupe International de Recherche sur l'Infinitésimal

French website with research on homeopathy. A limited number of articles may be downloaded.

Includes links to other websites containing homeopathy research.


H.Blog: Homöopathie & Forschung German site


Homeopathic Educational Services E-book on homeopathy research, apr. 60 USD



The journal ’Homeopathy’, former ’British Homeopathic Journal’.

Main focus on homeopathy research. The only homeopathy journal accessible through Pubmed.

Abstacts available for many articles, most full versions must be purchased.


Homeopathy Research Institute

This website gives access to a new database established in cooperation with the British Homeopathic Association. Provides titles of RCTs.


HomBRex Database

The Carstens Stiftung database. May search for article titles, membership for full access.


Informationen zur Homöopathie 

German site with news, interviews, etc.


Interhomeopathy Free online journal, some articles on research.


International Journal of High Dilution Research (Archive)

Membership free, full access to research articles.


Iris Bell on homeopathy and research – video presentation 6 min


PubMed/MEDLINE (National Library of Medicine) Or easier to remember

Major medical research website, includes research on homeopathy.

Some articles with abstracts and some full articles available.

PubMed searches journals in the MEDLINE database + other journals.

The world’s largest library of health sciences, based at the US National Institute of Health.

It links 2 700 journals and over 11 million citations.


National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA)


New Scientist A lot of articles critical to homeopathy.


Official Indian research centre

Information on homeopathy in general and some homeopathy research.



Norwegian national CAM research and information centres, University of Tromsoe. Publicly funded.


NCCAM National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Website run by the US National Institutes of Health. Limited info on homeopathy research.

National Centre for Homeopathy

A regularly updated website with some summaries on research on homeopathy.


New Zealand CAM site – Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Some CAM research, four homeopathy reviews. Funded by NZ Government.


Open PDF

Some pdf files on homeopathy research freely available.


Quantec – homeopathic dilutions work


The Research Council for Complementary Medicine

CAM research in general. Website currently not functioning well (many outdated links).


Townsend Letter Research on CAM in general.


Vifab Danish publicly funded CAM research organisation, links to Cochrane reviews.


Provings Developed by Jörg Wichman.

Search function free. Some proving info free, other accessible by subscription 25 Euro / annum. 23 remedies, detailed information App. 1200 provings, some with info, others with email contact Mostly not available or available through other websites Search for specific provings Proving literature Limited number of provings, with info Limited number of provings, some with info






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