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Why does homoeopathy take a long time ?

It is a myth that homoeopathy is slow acting. Most of the times what happens is the patient comes to us with long history of chronic illness. Therefore the treatment takes time. Homoeopathy is in fact fast acting in acute conditions such as fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, etc.

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Is there research to support homeopathy? or 

Is it “evidence based”?

Yes! There are over 600 published research studies of homeopathy and more are being conducted every day. This research has shown the effectiveness of homeopathy for a wide range of acute, chronic, and epidemic conditions in both humans and animals, including: eczema, asthma, upper respiratory illnesses, ear infections, fibromyalgia, menopause, diarrhea, ADHD, irritable bowel and depression. There is even laboratory research showing the action of homeopathic remedies on individual cells, including cancer cells.

What are some recent homeopathic studies?

1. Atopic eczema in children. Conclusion: A one-year study showed improvements equal to or better than corticosteroid treatment. Keil T, et al. Complement Ther Med. 2008: Feb; 16 (1): 15–21.
2. Depression. Conclusion: Individualized homeopathic prescribing is as effective as Prozac in patients suffering acute moderate to severe depression. Adler UC, et al., Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM).
3. Fibromyalgia. Conclusion: Significant improvement in pain, fatigue and tiredness on walking was demonstrated in patients treated with homeopathy. Relton C, et al., Homeopathy 2009, 77–82.
4. Breast Cancer. Conclusion: Four homeopathic remedies caused death of breast cancer cell lines in a laboratory setting. The effects were similar to those of chemotherapy, but unlike chemotherapy, the homeopathic remedies did not affect normal cells. Frenkel M., International Journal of Oncology, February 2010.
5. Cuba immunization study. Conclusion: After immunization with a homeopathic remedy, the epidemic infection rate for leptospirosis dropped dramatically to near zero. Campa, et al., International Meeting on Homeoprophylaxis, Homeopathic Immunisation and Nosodes against Epidemics, 10–12 December 2008.

What is the history of research in homeopathy?

Aarogya Homeopathy mumbaiHomeopaths have been doing research since 1792, when Samuel Hahnemann conducted the first homeopathic study of Cinchona bark. The development of every homeopathic remedy involves a research study called a proving, in which healthy test subjects are given doses of the remedy in order to elicit its associated symptoms—the symptoms that the remedy will also be able to cure. Another interesting fact: homeopaths were the earliest researchers to introduce the use of placebo controls into their studies. For decades homeopaths have been researching multiple facets of homeopathy including: its 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-dilutions in the body; the success of treating acute diseases in livestock and farm animals; and the cost effectiveness of homeopathy compared to conventional drug therapy.

What is the status of homeopathy research today?

Within today’s clinical research industry, homeopathy studies are considered an “emerging” area of research. Unfortunately, clinical medical trials are extremely expensive, and in the case of conventional drug research, are usually paid for by the pharmaceutical companies and the United States National Institutes of Health. Millions of dollars are awarded to professional medical researchers, with departments in universities and medical centers set up to organize and run clinical trials that include large numbers of patients. Homeopaths do not usually work in or have access to these settings and thus much of their research has been done with small groups of patients. In the last decade some professional homeopathic researchers have received funding and their work is showing great promise (Witt, C.M., 2005; Thompson, E., 1997).
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.

Why do some scientists question on homeopathy research?

Arrogya HomeopathySome scientists will accept only one method of research, the Randomized Pla cebo 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, it is not always the best scientific method for researching “whole systems” modalities such as homeopathy.

A “whole systems approach” to healing 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 its interactions with the whole person. Scientists have found that the RCT methodology is too restrictive when studying a whole system.
Indeed, many scientists and health officials question the usefulness of RCT studies even in standard drug testing. They prefer “real world” or “clinical outcome” studies that are more applicable to day-to-day practice, instead of strictly controlled drug trials.Health practitioners and the US Dept of Health and Human Services are calling for “comparative effectiveness” research. These are studies that compare the usefulness of various treatments and provide 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. 
Two examples of such research studies pertaining to homeopath
treatment are the following:
Witt, C.M., Ludtke, R., et. al., BMC Public Health, 2005; 5: 115.
Homeopathic treatment in chronic diseases. Conclusion: Disease severity and quality of life improved in patients undergoing longterm treatment with homeopathy.
Thompson, E., Homeopathy 2008, Jul; 97(3):114–21. Bristol
Homeopathic Hospital six-year study. Conclusion: 70% of patients reported improved health; 50% had major improvement in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal problems and migraines. Children had improvements in eczema and asthma.
For more research this database was compiled in collaboration with the British Homeopathic Association. It comprises randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of homeopathy that have been published in peer-reviewed journals up to 2009.

Updated: March, 10 2016

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