Homeopathy Research
There is a growing body of
published research to show
clinical effectiveness
and to support the use of
homeopathy alongside
conventional medicine

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in homeopathy

By the end of 2014, 189 RCTs (the 'gold standard in research methodology) on 100 different medical conditions had been published in peer-reviewed journals. Of these, 104 papers were placebo-controlled and were eligible for detailed review:

  • 41% were positive (43 trials) – finding that homeopathy was effective

  • 5% were negative (5 trials) – finding that homeopathy was ineffective

  • 54% were inconclusive (56 trials)

How does this compare with conventional medicine?

An analysis of 1016 systematic reviews of RCTs of conventional medicine had strikingly similar findings:

  • 44% were positive – the treatments were likely to be beneficial

  • 7% were negative – the treatments were likely to be harmful

  • 49% were inconclusive – the evidence did not support either benefit or harm

Research by condition

The following studies are examples of high quality studies which are positive and have not been refuted by any other directly comparable studies i.e. testing the same homeopathic treatment for the same condition:

  • Diarrhoea: Individualised homeopathic treatment for diarrhoea in children. A meta-analysis of three placebo-controlled randomised trials by Jacobs et al. 2003 showed that homeopathic treatment reduced the duration of diarrhea

  • Otitis media (glue ear): Significant results found in two studies for the individualised treatment of ear infections in children

  • Allergic rhinitis: The homeopathic medicines Galphimia glauca (meta-analysis)  and Pollen 30c were found to be efficacious in the treatment of hay fever

  • Vertigo: The complex homeopathic medicine Vertigoheel for vertigo

For more information on homeopathic research visit www.britishhomeopathic.org or www.hri-research.org