2005-12-21

Homeopathy part II

Homeopathy is a popular but implausible form of medicine. Contrary to many claims by homeopaths, there is no conclusive evidence that highly dilute homeopathic remedies are different from placebos. The benefits that many patients experience after homeopathic treatment are therefore most probably due to nonspecific treatment effects. Contrary to widespread belief, homeopathy is not entirely devoid of risk. Thus, the proven benefits of highly dilute homeopathic remedies, beyond the beneficial effects of placebos, do not outweigh the potential for harm that this approach can cause.

This is the abstract of the article "Is homeopathy a clinically valuable approach" by Edzard Ernst that appeared in Trends in Pharmacological Sciences 26(11):547, 2005. Read the whole article as
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Does anyone still trust in the "benefits" of homeopathy?

3 Comments:

At December 30, 2005, Blogger nocas said...

Ask my dad.. he is a fan

 
At January 09, 2006, Blogger Johan said...

i know he is a fan, but that doesn´t prove that he is correct about homeopathy ...

 
At January 17, 2006, Blogger AEnima said...

I bet you a dinner at my place that you (johan) cannot win ca discussion about Homeopathy with Nocas dad any day of the week. My cooking. If you don´t trust me... I´ll put my mom´s cooking in the bet. I´m not saying you´re wrong... Just saying you cannot say no to that man and win in a conversation with him! ehehehe

 

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