Homeopathy Research – Books & Podcasts
- New Directions in Homeopathy Research by Claudia Witt – An overview of homeopathy research from a symposium designed to define the state of the art. Various-disciplined authors, conference participants, and researchers involved hope to improve quality of research by identifying problems in and making recommendations for further research.
- The Trials of Homeopathy: Origins, Structure, and Development by Michael Emmons Dean – A readable history about the development of homeopathy therapeutics and growth research starting with the first observational trials in 1821 and going through 1953. The book also reviews the design and methodology of homeopathy trials, including the early use of placebo and the shift to biomedical research perspective.
- Homeopathic Research I by Iris Bell, MD, PhD
- Homeopathic Research II by Iris Bell, MD, PhD
Homeopathy Research – Websites
- Homeopathic Research Institute (HRI) CORE-HOM
- American Institute of Homeopathy: The Voice of the Homeopathic Medical Profession since 1844
- Americans for Homeopathic Choice
Homeopathy Research – FAQs
Yes! There are over 600 published homeopathy research studies and more are being conducted every day.
Research shows the effectiveness of homeopathy in a wide range of acute, chronic, and epidemic conditions in both humans and animals. Conditions such as eczema, asthma, upper respiratory illnesses, ear infections, fibromyalgia, menopause, diarrhea, ADHD, irritable bowel and depression show positive responses to homeopathy.
There is even laboratory research showing the action of homeopathic remedies on individual cells, including cancer cells.
Homeopaths have been conducting homeopathic research since 1792, when Samuel Hahnemann completed the first homeopathic study of Cinchona bark. Every homeopathic remedy is first subjected to a study to elicit symptoms, called a “proving”. Homeopaths were the earliest researchers to introduce the use of placebo into their studies.
For decades, homeopaths have been researching multiple facets of homeopathy including the following:
- Homeopathy’s role in treating infectious epidemics, acute illnesses, and chronic diseases
- The effect of homeopathic dilutions on human and bacterial cells
- The mode of action of ultra-molecular dilutions in the body
- The success of treatment of acute diseases in livestock and farm animals
- The cost effectiveness of homeopathy compared to conventional drug therapy
Within today’s clinical research industry, homeopathy studies are considered “emerging” research. Traditional clinical trials are extremely expensive and, in the case of drug research, are often funded by pharmaceutical companies and the US National Institutes of Health. Millions of dollars are awarded to professional medical researchers at universities and medical centers to conduct this type of research. These centers are equipped to organize and implement clinical trials that include large numbers of patients.
Homeopaths do not typically work in or have access to these research environments; therefore, much of their research has been conducted with small groups of patients. In the last decade some professional homeopathic researchers have received funding and their work is showing great promise.
Research knowledge comes from building on previous individual studies and learning from the challenges and strengths of those studies. As more funding and experience is gained, homeopathic research is becoming more and more prominent.
Some scientists will accept only one method of research, the Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial (RCT). The RCT is the most popular method used by pharmaceutical companies to test a new drug, and the one that the media publicizes the most. However, RCT is not always the best scientific method for researching “whole systems” treatment approaches, such as homeopathy.
A “whole systems approach” recognizes that the human body and mind are dynamic and complex, with each part influencing the other and acting together. Therefore, one part or system of the body cannot be studied in isolation without looking at the effect that it has on the whole person. Scientists find the RCT methodology is too restrictive when studying a “whole system.”
Many scientists and health officials question the usefulness of RCT studies even in standard drug testing. This group prefers “real world” or “clinical outcome” studies that are more applicable to day-to-day practice instead of strictly controlled drug trials. Today health practitioners and the US Department of Health and Human Services are calling for “comparative effectiveness” research.
Comparative effectiveness research compares the usefulness of various treatments and provides more practical information about their use for patients and practitioners. “Clinical outcome,” “comparative effectiveness,” and “systems-based” studies are types of research that are better suited for investigating the healing ability of the body and the effect of homeopathic treatment.