Dr Christine Suppelt homeopathic doctor, Maidstone, Kent

About Homeopathy and homeopathic treatments

About homeopathyThere have been many controlled trials carried out to establish the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment. The Faculty of Homeopathy maintains a section giving a clear account of the research evidence in homeopathy on its web site here: Homeopathic research

The Faculty of Homeopathy has published "The Research Evidence Base for Homeopathy",
The summary follows:

Systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of homeopathy

RCTs of homeopathy – the original peer-reviewed research literature

Cost effectiveness of homeopathy

Clinical observational studies

Basic Science

Click here for a link to the original PDF document:


Jayney Goddard the President of The Complementary Medical Association highlights some very recently published Homeopathic Research studies. Including:

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Homoeopathy and autism

A pilot study with homoeopathic Secretin by Tony Pinkus, Ainsworths Homoeopathic Pharmacy.

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Nobel laureate’s research may explain homeopathic medicines’ action

On 28th June 2010 during the prestigious 60th anniversary conference of Nobel Laureates held in Germany, Prof. Luc Montagnier, postulated a mechanism that he considers may explain how homeopathic medicines’ informational content is created and maintained. Montagnier, awarded the Nobel Prize in 2008 for his discovery of the link between HIV and AIDS, gave a lecture entitled ‘DNA between physics and biology’ based on his own research. He reported findings from his research that some DNA sequences belonging to pathogenic bacteria and viruses are able to induce specific structures of nanometric size in water. When sufficiently diluted in water, these structures emit a spectrum of electromagnetic waves of low frequencies. During the conference he astonished his colleagues by postulating that his results may suggest the long sought after explanation for the mechanism of action of homeopathic medicines.

References:
Conference Abstract: http://www.lindau-nobel.org/AbstractDetails.AxCMS?AbstractID=1102
Related journal article: Electromagnetic signals are produced by aqueous nanostructures derived from bacterial DNA
sequences http://www.springerlink.com/content/0557v31188m3766x/


Placebo effect in homeopathy not higher than in conventional medicine

A comparison of placebo-controlled randomised clinical trials (RTCs) found that the placebo effect was equally strong (or weak) in conventional medicine as in homeopathy. In a systematic review of placebo-controlled double-blind RCTs of classical homeopathy researchers matched existing homeopathy
trials with trials in conventional medicine. Each homeopathy trial was compared to three conventional trials treating the same medical diagnosis. A total of 25 homeopathic RCTs were included. Out of these 13 homeopathic trials had a larger and 12 had a lower placebo effect compared to conventional trials (p=0.39). The authors conclude that: “Placebo effects in RCTs on classical homeopathy were not larger than placebo effects in conventional medicine.”

Reference:
Lüdtke R, Nuhn T, Garaedts M. Placebo effects in homeopathic and conventional drugs. 5th International Congress on
Complementary Medicine Research (ICCMR), Abstract book, 2010, O-089: 35.


Homeopathy effective in dairy cows

In an EU-funded research project, researchers found results indicating that homeopathy might protect cows against potential udder infection. Over 100 cows from 13 Swiss organic dairy farms received either homeopathic remedies, internal teat seal or no treatment. Results showed a nine-fold chance of protection of cows with higher levels of leucocytes that received homeopathic remedies, compared to control. Cows treated with internal teat seal were only marginally better compared to control.

The potential risk of development of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms, the risk of chemical drugs ending up in the food chain and increasing consumer demand has forced farmers and veterinarians to look for alternatives to antibiotics. Alternatives to antibiotics include internal and external teat sealing, but results indicate only temporary effects or these approaches. Homeopathy is one preferred method of treating mastitis in organic farming. Farmers rely on homeopathy as it is easily administered, inexpensive and does not require withholding of milk after treatment.

In this trial milk samples were taken before and after treatment, and 102 cows were randomly allocated to three different treatment groups: teat sealing (Orbeseal®), homeopathy and control (no treatment). Homeopathic remedies were administered in the 6x potency over a 10 day period, and were selected after consideration of the predominant cow type in each of the 13 herds. One out of eight remedies were prescribed for each heard (Merc, Lach, Sulph, Calc, Calc-p, Puls, Sep, Sil). In addition, Silica 6x was given to all cows at the end of the treatment cycle. The choice of a herd-specific homeopathic remedy was based on the observation that individuals within a herd show similar behaviour, disease profiles and constitutional traits, as well as being subject to similar environmental conditions. The authors do however speculate on whether a more individualised approach could have led to greater effects.

The total number of cows included in this trial is somewhat low to draw firm conclusions, but further research is warranted as homeopathic treatment might be an effective alternative to teat sealing, it is an environmental friendly alternative to antibiotics, and may play a significant role in veterinary medicine.

Reference:
Klocke P, Ivemeyer S, Butler G, Maeschli A, Heil F. A randomized controlled trial to compare the use of homeopathy and internal Teat Sealers for the prevention of mastitis in organically farmed dairy cows during the dry period and 100 days post-calving. Homeopathy 2010, 99: 90-98.


Here is a link to an interesting article on the Science Direct web site about use of homeopathy as a replacement to antibiotics in piglets.

Today homeopathy represents the second most used medicine in the world and is consistently increasing in popularity.

You may find this article interesting - it documents the successful use of a homeopathic prophylaxis in a Leptospirosis epidemic in Cuba - Read Article.

The following link is the response from Harry van der Zee Editor of Homeopathic Links to the recent press coverage of the World Health Organization's reaction to homeopathic treatment of serious diseases.

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