Millions of people across the world benefit from homeopathic services in the treatment of a huge range of health concerns.
The widely accepted method of proving whether or not a medical intervention works is called a randomised controlled trial (RCT). A total of 142 RCTs in homeopathy have been published in good quality scientific journals: positive effects have been reported in 63 (44% of the total) and negative findings have been reported in 11 (8%), while 68 (48%) have not been conclusively positive or negative. This is similar to conventional medicine trials.
The most solid evidence for treatment comes from reviewing more than one RCT and this is known as a systematic review. Four out of five major systematic reviews of RCTs in homeopathy have concluded (with certain caveats) that homeopathy has an effect greater than placebo.
Rachel Roberts from the Homeopathic Research Institute talks about the 2013 international research conference
HISC has been working with Making Cases Count to audit the work we do using a validated outcome measure.View further information on the evidence base for homeopathy click here (PDF).