Research in Homeopathy

This post contains valuable and objective information from the Homeopathy Research Institute to enable you to make an informed choice for homeopathy/ Homeopathy Cleveland.

Depression
A recent randomised placebo-controlled trial assessed the efficacy of individualised homeopathic treatment, and the efficacy of Fluoxetine (a.k.a Prozac), for moderate to severe depression in menopausal women.1
Both treatments were found to be safe and to have an effect significantly different from placebo. Homeopathy caused greater clinical improvement in symptoms of depression than fluoxetine and also improved the patients’ menopausal symptoms, whereas fluoxetine did not.

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Ear infections in children
A pragmatic randomised controlled trial in India involving 81 children with ear infections (acute otitis media) found that individualised homeopathic treatment was as effective as conventional treatment, namely analgesics, antipyretics, anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics, taken as needed.3

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Upper respiratory tract infections
A multi-centred international study found that homeopathic treatment in primary care was non-inferior to conventional treatment for acute upper respiratory and ear complaints.4 The study evaluated 1577 patients receiving either homeopathic or conventional treatment in a total of 57 primary care practices in 8 countries (Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA).

Non-individualised homeopathic products

Vertigo
Four clinical trials (2 RCTs and 2 Observational Studies) compared the homeopathic medicinal product ‘Vertigoheel’ with other existing treatments for vertigo.
A meta-analysis of the four studies found that Vertigoheel was not inferior to betahistine or dimenhydrinate, as measured by the number of vertigo episodes, their duration and intensity.5

Observing patient outcomes for multiple conditions

Chronic conditions in general practice
A study in Germany looking at 493 patients treated by GPs for chronic conditions showed that homeopathy produced better clinical outcomes than conventional medicine, for similar costs.6

Comparing research in homeopathy and conventional medicine

Trial quality
Only one study has compared the quality of homeopathy research with that of conventional medicine. Overall the quality of homeopathy trials was higher than that of the conventional trials they were matched and compared to.7
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Balance of evidence
The percentages of positive, negative and inconclusive study results are similar in both homeopathy and conventional medicine.8,9
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Total amount of research available
There is a vast difference in the quantity of research being carried out in the two fields. By the end of 2014, 189 individual randomised controlled trials (RCTs) on homeopathy had been published in peer reviewed journals;8 by contrast, 1016 systematic reviews have been published on conventional medicine, each analysing multiple individual trials.9

This highlights the fact that homeopathy research is, by comparison, a relatively new field of scientific exploration and reflects the lack of available funding.
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