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.
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."