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Doctors Reject Lancet Report on Homeopathy

2005-10-01 17:24

Homeopatic Treatment

The report published in the Lancet on homeopathy on 26 August has been questioned by the Faculty of Homeopathy - the professional body that brings together GPs and hospital doctors who also practise homeopathy.

Dr Peter Fisher, Clinical Director of the Royal Homeopathic Hospital, London said: "Having read this report, the figures do not stack up. The much-trumpeted conclusion about homeopathy being only a placebo is based on not 110 clinical trials, but just eight. My suspicion is that this report is being selective to try to discredit homeopathy."

In many conditions the effectiveness of homeopathy is supported by randomised clinical trials including asthma, fibrositis, influenza, glue ear, muscle soreness, pain, side-effects of radiotherapy, sprains and upper respiratory tract infections.

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Doctors train in and practise homeopathy precisely because a "disease-focused technology driven medical model" does not provide all the answers. Doctors working at the five NHS homeopathic hospitals have at their disposal all the tools of both conventional and homeopathic medicine but choose to use homeopathy where most appropriate for the patient.

Sally Penrose, Chief Executive of the Faculty of Homeopathy said: "Patient outcome studies at the NHS homeopathic hospitals show that on average 70% of patients report positive health changes after homeopathic treatments - these are patients who have usually exhausted all the conventional options first and are coping with intolerable suffering."

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Comments

An article that takes a critical look at homeopathy is itself criticized by doctors who practice homeopathy. Brought to you by the "British Homeopathic Association." How surprising... To anyone considering homeopathic treatment, notice that the article makes claims of clinical trials supporting homeopathic effectiveness, yet does not make any citation as to where and when these trials were preformed. This is shameless advertising for fake medicine. You might as well drink water for free, than pay for homeopathic medicine that will give you the same results.
Seems you are quite ignorant about the developments of homeopathy... anyways, can you prove yourself that homeopathic medicines are 'fake' as you claim. i believe one should first do their homework, get their basics updated and corrected on any subject/topic and only then take a plunge into discussions as this one...
This is a good decision.. It is high time that Homeopathic bodies start answering such calls