Journal Homeopathy highlights a remarkable range of findings on homeopathic treatments

The journal Homeopathy (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/homp) has published a two part special issue focusing on biological models of homeopathy.  The special issue highlights experiments on homeopathic treatments in biological models, ranging from whole animals and plants to cell cultures and enzymes, showing a remarkable range of findings.

Homeopathy is a form of complementary medicine which is controversial because of its use of extremely dilute medicines.   Although there is considerable clinical research, homeopathy remains the subject of a heated debate.  The special issue makes an important contribution to this debate, by reviewing laboratory experiments with high dilutions.  It includes reviews and new findings in biosystems, ranging from whole animal behavioral, intoxication and inflammation models through diseased and healthy plant models, to test tube experiments using isolated cells, cell cultures or enzymes.

Featured articles include one on the basophil degranulation test, a test tube model of allergy, developed by Jean Sainte Laudy. These results have now been confirmed in multi-centre and independent experiments.  Other articles include systematic reviews of healthy and diseased plant models and experimental work on the effect of homeopathic arsenic on wheat seedlings.  There are reviews of mouse and rat models of homeopathic responses and a review, including original results of animal models of homeopathic treatment of anxiety-like behaviours.

Other articles focus on the basic concept of homeopathy 'like cures like': in a series of cell-culture experiments Fred Wiegant's team at the University of Utrecht demonstrated the importance of similarity.  Christian Endler and his multinational team conclude that seven different biological models of high dilution response with positive results have been reproduced in multi-centre and/or independent experiments.

Editor-in-Chief Dr Peter Fisher commented: 'Throughout its 200 year history claims that homeopathy has 'real' (as opposed to placebo) effects have been hotly contested.   Our special issue brings together a wide range of scientific work in biological systems, where there can be no placebo effect, showing that there are now several biological experiments which yield consistently positive results with homeopathic dilutions'.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14754916

Comments

  1. Stephen Gordon Stephen Gordon United Kingdom says:

    'The truth will out' as they say and Peter Fisher is to be congratulated on this highly significant collection of articles that together show that there is something highly significant going on in the field of high dilution science and medicine. The brilliant Hahnemann discovered the principles of homeopathy and formulated the  basis of homeopathic medicine 200 years ahead of his time,  in the sense that only now do we have the scientific methodology to confirm his 200 year old intuitive discovery. Well done Peter Fisher and the authors of these papers!
      

  2. Melissa Burch, CCH, RsHom(NA) Melissa Burch, CCH, RsHom(NA) United States says:

    It's about time that modern scientific inquiry has developed the tools to be able to test and assess the benefits of homeopathy, a marvelous modality of healing.

    While modern medicine has cast aspersions on highly dilute remedies for many years because they were unable to properly test them, newly developed lab equipment and experiment processes, not to mention more open minds, will eventually prove what homeopaths have been saying for over a hundred years - IT WORKS, and will prove to be evidence based.

  3. Dr. Nancy Malik Dr. Nancy Malik India says:

    The Journal 'Homeopathy' is published by same publisher (Elsevier, sciencedirect.com) who publishes Lancet.

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