Contrary to the overwhelming belief of the mainstream medical establishment, results from a recent series of trials suggest that homeopathy is more effective than an inactive pill (placebo) in treating certain ills.
Researchers studied 51 patients with perennial hay fever. Twenty-four of the study subjects received daily homeopathy and 27 received a daily placebo treatment during the 4-week study period.
The study was performed to the highest standards of scientific research, being double-blinded, randomized, and placebo-controlled.
All of the subjects kept a diary in which they recorded twice daily their nasal air flow measurements and symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and eye and chest symptoms.
Patients who received homeopathy had a 28% improvement in their nasal air flow whereas those in the placebo group had only a 3% improvement.
In comments to Reuters Health, study author Dr. David Reilly of the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital states “There are two ways of interpreting the fact that four trials in a row have produced positive results,” Either homeopathy works, in which case “we need to explore the clinical potential and the scientific challenges, (or) homeopathy does not work (and) the clinical trial is proving an unreliable tool capable of worrying false positive results.”
In an accompanying editorial, Tim Lancaster of the Oxford Institute of Health Sciences and Andrew Vickers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, acknowledge that the methods employed by Dr. Reilly and his colleagues “were rigorous and it is unlikely that their results arose from methodological bias.”
They also admit that if this study can be confirmed by a larger trial it could really change the thinking of mainstream medicine towards homeopathy.
British Medical Journal August 19, 2000;321:471-476.