Iannotti G, Melo EM.
Homeopathy. 2012 Jan;101(1):44-50.
ABSTRACT: The results of the study show that specialization in homeopathy is an independent positive factor in problem solving at primary health care level in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Stock-Schröer B, Albrecht H, Betti L, Dobos G, Endler C, Linde K, Lüdtke R, Musial F, van Wijk R, Witt C, Baumgartner S.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:639260.
ABSTRACT: Authors propose to develop a criteria catalogue serving as a guideline to improve quality of basic research in homeopathy.
Tobias Nuhn, Rainer Lüdtke, Max Geraedts
Klinik Roderbirken, Roderbirken, Leichlingen, Germany
Karl und Veronica Carstens- Stiftung, Essen, Germany
Institut für Gesundheitssystemforschung, Private Universität Witten/ Herdecke, Witten, Germany
It has been hypothesised that randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trials (RCTs) of classical (individualised) homeopathy often fail because placebo effects are substantially higher than in conventional medicine.
To compare placebo effects in clinical trials on homeopathy to placebo effects on trials of conventional medicines.
We performed a systematic literature analysis on placebo-controlled double-blind RCTs on classical homeopathy. Each trial was matched to three placebo-controlled double-blind RCTs from conventional medicine (mainly pharmacological interventions) involving the same diagnosis. Matching criteria included severity of complaints, choice of outcome parameter, and treatment duration. Outcome was measured as the percentage change of symptom scores from baseline to end of treatment in the placebo group. 35 RCTs on classical homeopathy were identified. 10 were excluded because no relevant data could be extracted, or less than three matching conventional trials could be located.
In 13 matched sets the placebo effect in the homeopathic trials was larger than the average placebo effect of the conventional trials, in 12 matched sets it was lower (P = 0.39). Additionally, no subgroup analysis yielded any significant difference.
In a recent study, Professor Luc Montagnier, a French virologist who co-discovered HIV and who won the Nobel Prize in 2008, and his team report the results of a series of rigorous experiments investigating the electromagnetic properties of highly-diluted biological samples. The study demonstrates that some bacterial DNA sequences are able to induce electromagnetic waves at high aqueous dilutions. It appears to be a resonance phenomenon triggered by the ambient electromagnetic background of very low frequency waves.
Burch AL, Dibb B, Brien SB.
Forsch Komplementmed. 2008 Aug;15(4):218-25.
ABSTRACT: the study analyses the processes that Homeopaths use to make clinical decisions. It also contributes to point out that intuition is a valuable component of decision-making for homeopathic practitioners.