Benefits and risks of homoeopathy

  title={Benefits and risks of homoeopathy},
  author={Ben Goldacre},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • B. Goldacre
  • Published 17 November 2007
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet

Evidence-based medicine, "placebos" and the homeopathy controversy

The main conclusion is that the Science and Technology Committee have understated their evidential arguments, by ignoring mechanistic evidence for whether homeopathic treatments are effective, and they have overstated their ethical arguments, they do not provide good reasons to remove provision of homeopathic treatment through the NHS.

Several studies on the problem of management patients with chronic tonsillitis during periods of remission and exacerbation

It is recommended to use the multicomponent bioregulatory preparation Traumeel®S to correct the inflammatory process, which has shown in studies a modulating effect on inflammatory mediators without suppressing COX-2 (prostaglandins).

Scientific Appearance and Homeopathy. Determinants of Trust in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This study identifies the social factors that determine a person's trust in alternative therapies, like homeopathy or acupuncture, drawing conclusions from the results of the Spanish National Survey on the Social Perception of Science and Technology.

An ecological model for health, illness and medicine: Pathogenesis and healing as self-organising processes in semiotic biofields

This paper aims to provide a chronology of the events leading up to and including the publication of this book and some of the key events that led to its publication.

Assessing and regulating homeopathic products

This research presents a novel probabilistic model that allows us to assess the importance of individual immune checkpoints in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and their role in its progression.

Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making in Homeopathy: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

The appendices correspond with those first indexed on page 15 of this thesis, and omitted from pages 308-345. If further clarification in relation to this thesis is required, the author can be



Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare

Testing Treatments urges everyone to get involved in improving current research and future treatment, and outlines practical steps that patients and doctors can take together.

Aspects of MMR

The response of professional homoeopaths, chiropractors, and general practitioners to an inquiry about MMR vaccination is evaluated and data suggest that some providers of complementary medicine are advising people against government policy.

Dutch doctor struck off for alternative care of actor dying of cancer

  • T. Sheldon
  • Medicine, Political Science
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 2007
A doctor who gave alternative care to a Dutch actor and comedian, Sylvia Millecam, who was dying of cancer has seen his punishment increased from suspension from the medical register for six months

Bias in alternative medicine is still rife but is diminishing

EDITOR—In 1995, journals of alternative medicine published virtually no studies with negative results, which suggests that the literature was far from objective.1 To determine whether the situation

Randomized controlled trials of individualized homeopathy: a state-of-the-art review.

The results of the available randomized trials suggest that individualized homeopathy has an effect over placebo, however, the evidence is not convincing because of methodological shortcomings and inconsistencies.

Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy

There is some evidence that homeopathic treatments are more effective than placebo; however, the strength of this evidence is low because of the low methodological quality of the trials.

Degrees in homeopathy slated as unscientific

Clinical trials of homoeopathy.

The evidence of clinical trials is positive but not sufficient to draw definitive conclusions because most trials are of low methodological quality and because of the unknown role of publication bias, which indicates that there is a legitimate case for further evaluation of homoeopathy, but only by means of well performed trials.