Scientific skepticism about homeopathy arises from its use of highly dilute medicines. Detractors frequently claim that there is no scientific evidence for homeopathy. However, there have been hundreds of research studies on homeopathy with positive results.
For example, the Swiss government determined that homepathy is 15.4% more cost effective than conventional medicine. Studer HP, Busato A., Speicherschwendi, University of Bern, Switzerland. Comparison of swiss basic health insurance costs of complementary and conventional medicine. Forsch Komplementmed. 2011;18(6):315-20. Epub 2011 Nov 25. In this government-requisitioned report, complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) is shown to be just as effective as conventional medicine (COM), with patients reporting better patient-physician relationships and fewer side effects with CAM.
In the largest ever homeopathic study, involving 2.3 million patients in Cuba, the infection rate for leptospirosis (the hurricane-triggered disease) dropped to near zero, for a cost that was a small fraction of what they had been paying for vaccination. Bracho, Gustavo et al. Large-scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control. Homeopathy, 2010; 99: 156-166. Cuba now uses the homeopathic protocol with its entire population (Bracho, Gustavo, personal communication). Currently, they’re working on another study on upper respiratory infections, with nine million(9,000,000) people.
Bell I.R. et al, Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treted with individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2004 May;43(5):577-82. “Participants on active treatment showed significantly greater improvements in tender point count and tender point pain, quality of life, global health and a trend toward less depression compared with those on placebo.”
Frenkel, M. et al. Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells. International Journal of Oncology 2010 Feb;36(2):395-403. Conclusion: Four homeopathic remedies caused death of breast cancer cell lines in the laboratory, similar to the effect of chemotherapy, but without affecting normal cells. Authors suggest more research.
For further evidence, please visit the Homeopathy Research Institute at www.hri-research.org or Extraordinary Medicine at www.http://extraordinarymedicine.org.