With the incredible popularity and growth of homeopathy over the last 15 to 20 years, the profession has been under increasing pressure to provide scientific evidence to substantiate the effectiveness of its treatment. And although the action of homeopathic remedies has yet to be discovered, this push to provide high quality evidence has led to enormous development in the field of homeopathic research.
The Homeopathic Research Institute has been instrumental in leading this field, focussing on the key questions: How does homeopathy work? What can homeopathy treat? Scientists, doctors and homeopathic clinicians working with HRI are looking for answers to these key questions, using the most rigorous methods available. The HRI is an innovative international charity created to address the need for high quality scientific research in homeopathy. The charity was founded by physicist, Dr Alexander Tournier, who previously worked as an independent researcher for Cancer Research UK, conducting interdisciplinary research at the boundaries between mathematics, physics and biology.
According to the British Homeopathic Association there is a growing body of published research in good quality peer-reviewed journals showing that homeopathy has a positive effect. However, homeopathic research is still in its infancy. The body of evidence that exists shows that much more investigation is required – 44% of all the randomised controlled trials carried out have been positive, 5% negative and 47% inconclusive. Unfortunately, homeopathy does not attract large amounts of funding. More funding is required to conduct high quality trials using suitable research methods.
*Tony Fox is a homeopath practising in Blackheath, South East London. He is available for appointments at his Blackheath practice or by easy arrangement via Skype, FaceTime and telephone.
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