There is scientific evidence to support the use of homeopathy as an effective medical treatment, but we are aware that much more research is necessary and for that, more funding is required to conduct high quality trials using appropriate research methods.
Controversy exists over homeopathic medicine because of its use of highly dilute medicines. For the homeopathic practitioner the main problem is to find the medicine which most closely matches the symptoms of the patient. But from the scientific viewpoint the most challenging aspect of homeopathy is the use of so-called ‘ultra-molecular’ dilutions.
Homeopathic medicines are made by a process of serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking), known as potentisation. The substance being potentised is composed of particles (atoms and molecules). If you dilute a substance enough, you will eventually dilute it out altogether – usually this occurs if you dilute 23 times to the power of 10 – known as a 23X potency (also Avogadro’s number).
To many this is a problem, but recent scientific work suggests that it may not be an insuperable one.
A substantial and increasing amount of research published in high quality peer-reviewed journals show that homeopathy does have a positive effect, but as previously mentioned, more research is vital if this therapeutic system is to be taken seriously by those with a materialist viewpoint.
Unfortunately, research into homeopathy does not attract much funding and returns for such investment are likely to be very small.
Click on the name of the organisation to see information on homeopathic resesarch:
The Homeopathy Research Institute is an innovative charity, based in the UK, working to facilitate scientific research in the field of homeopathy. This includes research into homeopathic medicines, treatment by homeopaths and the underlying principles of this therapeutic system.
The Faculty of Homeopathy founded in 1844 provides internationally recognised training pathways in homeopathy for vets, doctors, dentists, podiatrists and other statutorily regulated healthcare professionals.
The British Homeopathic Association exists to promote homeopathy practised by doctors and other healthcare professionals. As a charity founded in 1902, they have a long-established reputation for providing authoritative information and supporting research and training in homeopathy.
The Society of Homeopaths is a membership organisation governed by a board of directors, who are homeopaths elected by members (as well as two non-homeopath experts).
Launched in October 2012, this is a new website that questions the conclusions of the House of Commons Science and Technology (S&T) committee’s “evidence check” report on homeopathy. For journalists and public alike it offers an opportunity to fully understand the nature of this controversial report and to reach a more balanced conclusion.