Homeopathy might be only as effective as a placebo 34



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Homeopathy, an alternative to traditional medicine has this morning been slammed in new evidence that suggests it has no healing benefits and is as effective as a placebo.

The practise is often confused with herbal remedies or the broader field of alternative and natural medicine – homeopathy is instead comprised on a sophisticated system that uses plant, mineral and chemical substances and works to strengthen the body’s defence system. In simpler terms, homeopathic practitioners highly dilute molecules of an illness in the belief that it will treat those symptoms, ala hair of the dog. But now there is scientific evidence to suggest this is not helping.

After assessing over 1800 papers on the efficacy of the alternative medicine, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) found that homeopathy was not any more effective than a placebo in treating common medical conditions such as headaches, asthma, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and ulcers.

There was not one study in the papers researched that had a substantial case study to support homeopathy’s benefits, particularly when compared with other medical treatments.

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said, “NHMRC’s review shows that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy works better than a placebo”.

He also warned that those who choose homeopathy may be putting their health at risk and should ask for advice from a registered health practitioner and keep taking prescribed medications.

Australian Homoeopathic Association spokeswoman Ana Lamaro told ABC that the NHMRC had already “made up its mind” about homeopathy before the results of the review. “Homeopathy is a holistic form, meaning we are taking into account the psychosocial, the physical, the emotional state of the person in assessing what they might need medicinally”.


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  1. Homeopathy sounds like a load of rubbish and is probably dangerous.You may as well see a witch doctor.Why would people want to risk their health on stuff like this?

  2. Homeopathy is over 200 years old and a form of alternative medicine that claims to stimulate a healing response and strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself. Those who practice it claim that it is a holistic system of medicine based on the theory of treating ‘like with like’. Question Isn’t this what a conventional vaccine does ? A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles or is derived from that which causes the disease or a similar pathogen. The British Royals use Homeopathy as well as conventional medicine. Many modern medicines are derived from homeopathic or herbal medications. Arnica works wonders for healing pre and post surgery. Aspirin comes from the bark of Salix Alba the white Willow. It has it’s place alongside conventional medicines. Acupuncture was once derided by western medicine as quackery now it embraces it. A closed mind benefits no one.

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  3. I personally feel we put too many chemicals in our bodies. We get it pumped into us via doctors in our food ,water, air … The world is polluted.. Look at China , I saw where they are so polluted in their cities the oxygen levels so low the people are flocking out.. Japan same …. The power of the mind is more powerful than the pollutants…

  4. I’m doing the HCG diet at the moment and you have to use homeopathic support drops or have injections of HCG. On a 500 calorie a day diet and no HCG or drops you’d be falling over from starvation. I’m doing the drops and something sure is working!

  5. What?! Homeopaths laugh all the way to the bank. They can’t be sued because they are not diagnosticians. That is no Hippocratic Oath obligation. ‘At your peril ‘ should be the Shingle hanging from their door!

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