Evidence base

The evidence base for homeopathy Although much more research into homeopathy is needed 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. 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 it performs in practice, how homeopathic remedies compare with placebo or how 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, to understand how to improve homeopathic practice for the future and to identify areas for further in-depth study. Geoff Johnson MA VetMB MRCVS VetMFHom RSHom PCH, Principal of Wiveliscombe Homeopathic Surgery talks about homeopathy with animals, antibiotics and homeopathy beyond the placebo effect.