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Research suggests homeopathy is clinically effective

There is a growing body of research demonstrating that homeopathy does work!
The following is a compilation of major studies from the past two decades.

Hay fever and allergic asthma
Results from a group of researchers in Scotland have shown homeopathic preparations
effective in the treatment of allergic asthma and hay fever (Lancet, 1986
and 1994). Their most recent study in the British Medical Journal (2000)
showed that hay fever sufferers given a homeopathic preparation had a 28% improvement
in nasal airflow compared to placebo.

Influenza and fibrositis
Homeopathy has also been found effective for the treatment of influenza (British
Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
, 1989) and fibrositis (British Medical
Journal
, 1989).

Diarrhea
The May 1994 issue of Pediatrics published a randomized double-blind clinical
trial showing homeopathy effective in the treatment of acute childhood diarrhea.
This was the first study of homeopathy published in a mainstream peer-reviewed
American medical journal. Since that time, the authors have published a second
study confirming these results in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary
Medicine
(March 2000).

Head injury studies
A study in an AMA publication, Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (August
1998), found that a homeopathic medicine produced a reduction in symptoms that
was equivalent to conventional medicine in the treatment of patients with vertigo.
The National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine funded a double-blind,
placebo-controlled study on the homeopathic treatment of mild traumatic brain
injury which found a significant improvement in some of the measures used. (Journal
of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
, December 1999)

Miscellaneous studies
More recently, a study of homeopathy for acute otitis media in children found
a significant decrease in symptoms within the first 24 hours of treatment. (Pediatric
Infectious Disease Journal,
February 2001). There have also been several
studies showing no difference between homeopathy and placebo in the treatment
of dental pain (British Medical Journal, 1995), muscle soreness in long-distance
runners (Clinical Journal of Pain, 1998), and rheumatoid arthritis (Rheumatology,
2001).

Meta-analyses
A meta-analysis combining results from the two diarrhea studies above and a third
pilot project found highly significant results (Pediatric Infectious Disease
Journal,
2003).
     The Lancet (1997) published a comprehensive
review of 89 double-blind and placebo-controlled studies on homeopathy. On average,
those patients who were given a homeopathic medicine were 2.45 times more likely
to experience a therapeutically beneficial result than those patients given a
placebo.
     The British Medical Journal (1991) published
a meta-analysis of 107 clinical trials of homeopathy; of the 22 best-quality
studies, 15 showed positive results in conditions such as hay fever, influenza,
migraine headache, trauma, and duration of delivery.

The nature of remedies
Several different physical-chemistry techniques have reproducibly demonstrated
that, despite the lack of source molecules at dilutions beyond Avogadro's number
(at potencies higher than 12C), homeopathic remedies prepared with succussion
do possess measurable ordered differences in their solvent structure compared
with plain solvent (Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 2003; Annals
of the New York Academy of Sciences
, 1999; Physica A: Statistical mechanics
and its applications
, 2003).

200 years of use
Homeopathy has stood the test of time with literally millions of satisfied patients
world-wide. More research will surely further confirm its efficacy.

Thanks to Jennifer Jacobs, MD, MPH, and Iris Bell, MD, for their help in compiling
this information.