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study proves homeppathy is ineffective

hereis the paper on same THIS

LANCET (leading medical journal)

Homeopathy ineffective, study finds

People who take homeopathic medicines may as well be taking a sugar pill, according to the latest review that finds this form of complementary therapy acts no better than a placebo.

The review was published in yesterday's issue of the Lancet journal.

"There was weak evidence for a specific effect of homeopathic remedies but strong evidence for specific effects of conventional interventions," the review concludes.

"This finding is compatible with the notion that the clinical effects of homeopathy are placebo effects."

Practitioners of homeopathic medicine, invented in the late 1700s by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, believe that the weaker the solution, the more effective the medicine.

Homeopathy is also based on curing "like with like", namely that a condition can be cured by a substance that produces the same signs and symptoms in a healthy person.

But the reviewers, led by Swiss researcher Professor Matthias Egger from the University of Berne, found there was no evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy.

They drew their conclusions after reviewing 110 homeopathy trials and an equal number of conventional medical trials. Drugs in the studies included those for respiratory infections, gut problems, musculoskeletal disorders, and for surgery.

In an editorial, the Lancet urged doctors to tell their patients they were wasting their time taking homeopathic medicines but also to make more time to connect with the patients rather than just prescribing and forgetting.

"Now doctors need to be bold and honest with their patients about homeopathy's lack of benefits, and with themselves about the failings of modern medicine to address patients' needs for personalised care," the journal says.

Growing popularity

Entitled "The end of homeopathy", the editorial queries how homeopathy has been growing in popularity when for the past 150 years trials had found it ineffective.

"It is the attitudes of patients and providers that engender alternative therapy-seeking behaviours which create a greater threat to conventional care, and patients' welfare, than do spurious arguments of putative benefits from absurd dilutions," it says.

Egger says that once data from small, less rigorous trials was extracted and evident biases in both taken into account, the conclusions were inescapable.

"We acknowledge that to prove a negative is impossible, but we have shown that the effects seen in placebo-controlled trials of homeopathy are compatible with the placebo-hypothesis," he writes.
  stonecold on 2005-11-28
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
The person who posted this has been banned, as he also posted a lot of profanities, and was generaly unpleasant to other forum members. However as this particular post contains no profanities and is generally inoffensive, I'll leave it up.

That doesn't mean I feel this particular study has any merit, just that posting it here doesn't break any forum rules.
moderator last decade
I think it worth mentioning that the pharmaceutical industry is a mainstay of the Swiss economy and the chances of a Swiss study finding merit in any alternative medicine is about the same as the French proving that Australian wine tastes better.

The British Medical Journal undertook a similar survey and reported the following:

"Given the difficulties in understanding how homoeopathy may work, researchers have concentrated on establishing whether it is a placebo treatment. Current evidence suggests that this is probably not the case. A recent meta-analysis, published in the Lancet, examined over 100 randomised, placebo controlled trials and found an odds ratio of 2.45 (95% confidence interval 2.05 to 2.93) in favour of homoeopathy. The authors concluded that, even allowing for publication bias, "the results of our meta-analysis are not compatible with the hypothesis that the clinical effects of homoeopathy are completely due to placebo."
monza last decade
Sorry, I just realised the BMJ study quotes an earlier Lancet study.

The more recent one which 'stonecold' cites, apparently worked by picking which studies to include; ignoring smaller studies, and only taking into account the larger ones.

As we all know, homeopathy relies on individualised treatment, and to me, this sheds a lot of doubt on the central hypothesis of stonecold's swiss study, which seems to be that larger scale trials are a fairer test of homeopathy than small scale trials. It's the other way round.
monza last decade
quite right sighmoon.
It is easy to discredit homeopathy as people will avidly read 'trials' as 'truths'
erika last decade
I've said it before (and been shouted down) but it really doesn't matter to me if I get better by placebo, so long as I get better. Placebo is a powerful treatment in its own right

Do I believe homeopathy is a placebo? No, otherwise it wouldn't be to me.
robertm last decade
It works just fine for my cat - for situations my vet has had no luck. I don't think my cat has any concept of placebo.
Daisy43 last decade
Thats right, hundreds on millions of people are wrong and the lancet report, who are obviously biased (please read report in full to understand) are right.

What exactly are they afraid of? Perhaps that the wealthy pharamceutical companies will lose money?
Traci_London last decade
It is an old story.Since the beginning of homeopathy pharmaceutical companies are after it.They pay a lot of money to people to write these types of misguiding articles because homeopath are interfering with their business.Reality is a reality that cannot be denied.I have seen an instant result of these medicines,cure just in few seconds aspecially in acute diseases that no allopath medicine can do that.These people dont accept reality.If the philosophy of minimum dose is applied in its proper sense as i described somewhare in this forum the business of pharmiceutical companies may collapse.They bribe doctors to promote their products, they bribe writers to write against homeopathy.It is not a placebo,placebo never give relief in few seconds are few minutes.In our life most of the time we are on placebo and we dont get any benefit.
sajjadakram635 last decade

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