A study has declared that homeopathy is a “therapeutic dead-end.” The study found that homeopathic interventions were effective in 0 of 68 cases of illness.
Though popular with many these days, the study found that those individuals who saw improvements from homeopathic practices were simply experiencing the Placebo Effect. Multiple scientists weighed in on the study, coming to the same conclusion.
Samuel Hahnemann- the founder of homeopathy- was working with what he had in the 18th century. But for 21st-century medicine, it just doesn’t cut it.
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Professor Paul Glasziou, a leading academic in evidence-based medicine at Bond University, was tasked with reviewing evidence from 176 trials of homeopathy to establish if the treatments were valid alternatives to modern medical practices.
57 systematic reviews of the 176 individual studies focused on 68 different health conditions – and found there to be no evidence that homeopathy was more effective than placebo.
Homeopathy practices include the idea of diluting a substance in water. “Practitioners believe that the more a substance is diluted in this way, the greater its power to treat symptoms. Many homeopathic remedies consist of substances that have been diluted many times in water until there is none or almost none of the original substance left,” according to the NHS.
The review discovered “no discernible convincing effects beyond placebo” and concluded “there was no reliable evidence from research in humans that homeopathy was effective for treating the range of health conditions considered.”
Professor Glasziou, who writes for the British Medical Journal stated: “As chair of the working party which produced the report I was simply relieved that the arduous journey of sifting and synthesising the evidence was at an end. I had begun the journey with an ‘I don’t know attitude’, curious about whether this unlikely treatment could ever work… but I lost interest after looking at the 57 systematic reviews which contained 176 individual studies and finding no discernible convincing effects beyond placebo.”
The distinguished professor added, “I can well understand why Samuel Hahnemann- the founder of homeopathy- was dissatisfied with the state of 18th century medicine’s practices, such as blood-letting and purging and tried to find a better alternative.”
“But I would guess he would be disappointed by the collective failure of homeopathy to carry on his innovative investigations, but instead continue to pursue a therapeutic dead-end.”
Homeopathy is used in the United Kingdom in multiple hospitals, but it will surely be discontinued after the study proved the “cure” is all in your mind.