Research into any scientific topic is involved and often complex – homeopathy is no different. A wide range of research approaches are needed to try and answer different but equally important questions in homeopathy, such as, ‘how well does homeopathy perform in practice?’, ‘how do homeopathic remedies compare with placebo?’ or ‘how can such dilute medicines work?’
When pieced together, the results from these various areas of research form what is known as the evidence base for homeopathy. Only by considering all the evidence gathered collectively in this way can we see the whole picture, enabling us to truly evaluate the role of homeopathy in healthcare today and understand how to improve homeopathic practice for the future and identify areas for further in-depth study.
Although much more research into homeopathy is needed and the scientific debate continues, the balance of evidence so far suggests that homeopathy can be clinically effective, cost effective and safe. The balance of evidence also suggests that homeopathically prepared remedies are not the same as plain water and do indeed have some biological activity.
Click on a heading below to explore the evidence base according to experimental focus:
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