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.
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.
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: email@example.com
A Useful Publication on the Scientific Basis for Homeopathy
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:
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
links to several articles in various journals, many of them as full text.
American Medical College of
articles (basic research) and some info.
Internal Medicine www.annals.org/cgi/search?fulltext=homeopathy
Includes research on homeopathy, 85 titles, mostly on
subscription, some free.
Biomed Central www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/1/12
An article on the quality of homeopathy research.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882
Research on CAM (also when searching for homeopathy),
summaries free of charge, some full articles available, others may be ordered.
Homeopathic Library http://hominform.soutron.com
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.
Journal http://bmj.bmjjournals.com Includes
articles on homeopathy research.
Search for ‘homeopathy’, ‘homoeopathy’. May also use *
CAM base http://cambase.dmz.uni-wh.de/opencam/index_en.html
Over 1000 articles on research on homeopathy, some
with summaries. Full articles must be ordered.
CAM Quest run by
Carstens Stiftung at http://www.cam-quest.org/en/
German site with optional English text. Good
homeopathy/CAM research site.
Searches must be carried out, but full articles are
Carstens Stiftung veterinary
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
Annual fee £6 – £27, min. 50 member organisations.
Health Practice Review http://chp.sagepub.com/
Searchable database, abstracts available, full
articles must be purchased.
Therapies in Clinical Practice
About 80 titles on homeopathy may be found, abstracts
available, full articles must be purchased.
Therapies in Medicine
Over 300 titles on homeopathy may be found, abstracts
available, full articles must be purchased.
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 http://www.jhofaecker.de/forschung/
and German, full text articles, inteviews, etc.
Study (FCS) – a potential method for assessing single cases
International de Recherche sur l'Infinitésimal www.giriweb.com
French website with research on homeopathy. A limited
number of articles may be downloaded.
Includes links to other websites containing homeopathy
H.Blog: Homöopathie &
Forschung http://www.psychophysik.com/h-blog/ German site
Educational Services E-book on homeopathy research, apr. 60 USD
The journal ’Homeopathy’, former ’British Homeopathic
Main focus on homeopathy research. The only homeopathy
journal accessible through Pubmed.
Abstacts available for many articles, most full
versions must be purchased.
Research Institute http://homeoinst.org/database
This website gives access to a new database
established in cooperation with the British Homeopathic Association. Provides
titles of RCTs.
The Carstens Stiftung
search for article titles, membership for full access.
Informationen zur Homöopathie http://www.informationen-zur-homoeopathie.de/
site with news, interviews, etc.
Interhomeopathy www.interhomeopathy.org Free online
journal, some articles on research.
Journal of High Dilution Research
Membership free, full access to research articles.
Iris Bell on homeopathy and
video presentation 6 min
Library of Medicine)
Or easier to remember www.pubmed.com
Major medical research website, includes research on
Some articles with abstracts and some full articles
PubMed searches journals in the MEDLINE database +
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.
Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) http://nccam.nih.gov/health/providers/
New Scientist www.newscientist.com A lot of articles critical to
research centre www.ccrhindia.org
Information on homeopathy in general and some
NAFKAM www.nafkam.no NIFAB www.nifab.no
Norwegian national CAM research and information centres,
University of Tromsoe. Publicly funded.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Website run by the US National
Institutes of Health. Limited info on homeopathy research.
for Homeopathy http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/articles-research
A regularly updated website with some summaries on
research on homeopathy.
New Zealand CAM site – Complementary and
Alternative Medicine www.cam.org.nz
Some CAM research, four homeopathy reviews. Funded by
Some pdf files on homeopathy
research freely available.
Quantec – homeopathic dilutions work
Council for Complementary Medicine www.rccm.org.uk
CAM research in general. Website currently not
functioning well (many outdated links).
Townsend Letter www.townsendletter.com Research on
CAM in general.
Danish publicly funded CAM research organisation, links to Cochrane reviews.
www.provings.info/en/index.html Developed by
Search function free. Some proving info free, other accessible by
subscription 25 Euro / annum.
23 remedies, detailed information
http://www.provings.com/ App. 1200
provings, some with info, others with email contact
Mostly not available or available through other websites
http://www.dynamis.edu/new/submit.htm Search for
http://www.wholehealthnow.com/books/homeopathy-provings.html Proving literature
http://www.patriciahatherly.com/proving.html Limited number of
provings, with info
http://www.amcofh.org/Research/Provings.html Limited number of
provings, some with info