Whenever critics may say that Homeopathy does not have any good research, we can confidently inform them that they are not familiar with the scientific literature. The following summarizes a number of good double-blind Homeopathy studies including both laboratory studies as well as clinical research. Homeopathy also has a most impressive accumulation of statistics that has been acquired over the last 200 years. In a time and age when medicines have a rapid turnover due to harmful side effects or ineffectiveness, Homeopathy has stood the test of time. As basic truths will always exist, so have the remedies of Homeopathy. It should be known that in 1975 the U.S. Congress Office of Technology assessment estimated that only 10-20% of all conventional medical practices have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial.
EARLY HOMEOPATHY RESEARCH
To the surprise of most, the first double blind cross-over study ever performed was done in 1906 by Homeopaths. This impressive study was done concurrently in eleven different cities on fifteen subjects. This particular experiment consisted of 665 pages, which was the Research Provings of Belladonna. Also at the turn of the century, a book was published called The Logic of Figures or Comparative Results of Homeopathic and Other Treatments. This book provides dozens of charts comparing disease and death rates in Homeopathic and Allopathic Hospitals. This also included the epidemic diseases of Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, etc. The Homeopathic hospitals usually had 50-80% fewer deaths per 100 people, depending on the disease compared.
Another early double blind Homeopathy study was sponsored by the British government during World War II. The experiment demonstrated that those given Homeopathic remedies experienced significant improvement in burns from mustard gas in comparison to those given a placebo. A 1982 review provided further substantiation of the statistical significance of the Homeopathy research.
The number one criticism of the scientific community has been the “infinitesimal” nature or the dilution principle of Homeopathy. Homeopaths do agree that once a remedy is diluted beyond 24x or 12C potencies they are diluted beyond Avagadro’s Number (6.23 x 10-23) which theoretically indicates that no molecules are present in the original substance. However, both laboratory and clinical results over the last 190 years have demonstrated definite effectiveness with Homeopathic remedies beyond this dilution. A recent nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study showed that all twenty-three different Homeopathic Remedies and Potencies tested had distinctive readings of submolecular activity, while the placebos did not. This demonstrates that homeopathy’s function is not so much chemical but energetic. As Chiropractors, you will observe dramatic clearing of sensory nerve interference and pathological reflex activity causing chronic recurring subluxation activity and disease.
A recent double-blinded study has shown the antiviral effect of Homeopathic remedies. Eight of the ten remedies tested inhibited viruses in chicken embryos from 50-100% depending on the potencies used.
The respected journal Human Toxicology published a study showing that Homeopathic doses of arsenic eliminated crude doses of trapped arsenic that had been previously fed to rats.
LOWERED SERUM CHOLESTEROL
Four German scientists at a veterinary college showed that Homeopathic Chelidonium had lowered serum cholesterol when given twice a day to rabbits on a cholesterol rich diet.
REDUCED LABOR PROBLEMS
British veterinarian, Christopher Day, had conducted several pilot studies demonstrating how Homeopathic Remedies had reduced labor in cattle, stillbirths in pigs, and mastitis in cattle.
The Cancer Research Center in India found that of the 77 mice that received a transplant in fibrosarcoma, 52% survived more than one year with Homeopathic remedies. The 77 mice that were untreated died within 10-15 days.
Scientists at a British school of pharmacy found that rodents given Hypericum were able to inhibit pain responses. Rodents were able to remain on a hot plate longer than the control group. When given NaLoxone, which inhibits pain-killing endorphins, the protective effects of Hypericum was reduced, showing that Homeopathic Hypericum activates endorphins when needed. Please note that these rodents were free to walk off the hot plate whenever discomfort was noticed.
Homeopathic Apis and Histamine have a significant effect on reducing the release of certain allergy-causing chemicals from Basophils, which demonstrates one reason for Homeopathy’s positive effects on allergies.
IMPROVED IMMUNE FUNCTION
A respected pharmacology journal showed that Homeopathic Silica had a significant effect on stimulating macrophages in mice, which destroy foreign particles, bacteria, and old cells.
Clinical evidence: The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a double blind Homeopathy experiment on patients with Rheumatoid arthritis. An impressive 82% of this given a Homeopathic medicine experienced some relief of symptoms, while only 21% of those given a placebo experienced any similar degree of improvement.
Another double blind Homeopathy trial was conducted on patients with dental neuralgic pain following tooth extraction. An impressive 76% of those given the Homeopathic medicine Arnica and Hypericum experienced relief of pain.
VERTIGO & NAUSEA
The respected German Pharmacological Journal demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in reducing vertigo and nausea with a Homeopathic combination formula.
REDUCED LABOR TIME & COMPLICATIONS
French researchers recently completed a double blind trial using a Homeopathic formula to treat pregnant women. The study found this Homeopathic formula to reduce labor time and decrease abnormal labor. The average labor time of the women given the Homeopathic formula was 5.1 houra, while the placebo group was 8.hours. Only 11.3% of the women given the Homeopathic formula had any abnormal labor, while 40% of the placebo Group had an abnormal labor.
THE HOMEOPATHIC RENAISSANCE…
DIGNITARIES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED HOMEOPATHY
In England, The Royal Family has regularly used Homeopathy since the 1830’s. Today, Queen Elizabeth II is a patron to the famed Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and Prince Charles is known to carry Homeopathic medicines whenever he travels.
Gay Gaer Luce, Ph.D. (twice winner of The National Science Writer’s Award) said that, “Homeopathy is a highly developed health practice that uses a systematic approach to the totality of a person’s health. Anyone seeking a fuller understanding of health and healing will find Homeopathy extremely important and applicable.”
Mark Twain once said: “…. (For) the introduction of Homeopathy, which forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. You may honestly feel grateful that Homeopathy survived the attempts of the allopaths (the orthodox) physicians to destroy it.” Harper’s Magazine. February, 1890.
William James stated that, “An enormous mass of experience, both of Homeopathic doctors and their patients, is invoked in favor of the efficacy of these remedies and doses.”
John D. Rockefeller thought that Homeopathy is a “progressive and aggressive step in medicine.”
Mahatma Gandhi declared that, “Homeopathy. . . cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond all doubt safer, more economical, and the most complete medical science/”
DIGNITARIES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED HOMEOPATHY – IN THE PAST
- Mahatma Gandhi
- William James
- John D. Rockefeller
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Daniel Webster
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Samuel F.B. Morse
IN THE PRESENT:
- Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England
- Tina Turner, Singer. Actress
- Yehudi Menuhin, Master Violinist
- Nicholos Von Hoffman, Syndicated Columnist
- William Tiller. Ph.D., Stanford Professor
- Pat Riley, Coach of the L.A. Lakers
- Lindsay Wagner, Actress
- Andrew Weil, M.D., Researcher and Author
- OJ Simpson, Football Superstar
- Jim Bouton, Ex-Yankee Pitcher
- Bob MacAdoo, NBA Rookie-Of-The-Year 1972
- Sally Little, Pro Golfer
- Kate Schmidt, Two Time Olympic Medallist in The Javelin
The FDA Consumer, one of our government’s magazines, reported that the sales of
Homeopathic medicines increased 1000% from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. (March, 1985)
The Washington Post (April 28, 1983) reported that the number of physicians practicing Homeopathy doubled from 1980 to 1983.
The New York Times (January 9, 1985) reported that the number of visits to Homeopathic physicians in England is growing at an incredible 39% per year.
The London Times (March 13,1985) noted that 48% of the physicians in England recommend Homeopathy to some of their patients.
Homeopathy has received more attention in the popular and scientific press in the past year than at any other time in history.
Newsweek, Time, The Today Show, CBS Morning News, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, UPI, AP and National Public Radio are but some of the media who have done one or more stories on Homeopathy in the past year.
A recent survey of French doctors revealed that approximately 11,000 physicians utilize Homeopathic medicines. Twenty-thousand French pharmacies now sell Homeopathic medicines. This survey also stated that six medical schools offer courses in Homeopathy leading to a degree. Homeopathy is also taught in all pharmacy schools and four veterinary schools.
Homeopathy is growing so rapidly in France that a recent cover story of Le Nouvel Observateur, one of France’s leading magazines, noted that President Mitterrand and six medical school deans had called for more research on Homeopathy.
Homeopathy is experiencing widespread popularity in Europe, but it is even more popular in Asia, especially India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Homeopathy has spread like wild fire in India due to its effectiveness in treating both the acute infectious conditions and chronic maladies on the sub-continent.
Presently, there are over 120 four-to-five-year Homeopathic Medical Schools, and 100,000 Homeopathic Practitioners in India.
Homeopathy is also growing widely in South America Mexico, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, and the Soviet Union.
THE FUTURE OF HOMEOPATHY: IT IS IN YOUR HANDS!
Homeopathy Research References
1. Office of Technology Assessment, Assessing the Safety and Efficacy of Medical Technology (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. September 1978) p. 7.
2. Howard P. Bellows. The Test Drug Proving of the O.O. and L. Society: A Reproving of Belladonna (Boston: The American Homeopathic Ophthalmological, Otological, and Laryngological Society. 1906).
3. J. Paterson. “Report on Mustard Gas Experiments,” Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy. 37 (1944): 47-50. 88-92.
4. R.M.M. Owen and G. Ives, “The Mustard Gas Experiments of The British Homeopathic Society: 1941-1942,” Proceedinas of The 35th International Homeopathic Congress. 1982, pp. 258-259.
5. Adam Sacks. “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Homeopathic Remedies,” Journal of Holistic Medicine, 5 (Fall-Winter 1983): 172-175: RB. Smith and G.W. Boericke, “Changes Caused By Succussion on N.M.R, Patterns and Bioassay of Bradykinin Triacetate (BKTA) Succussions and Dilution Journal of The American Institute of Homeopathy, 61 (November-December 1968): 197-212.
6. L.M. Singh and G. Gupta, “Antiviral Efficacy of Homeopathic Drugs Against Animal Viruses,” British Homeopathic Journal, 74 (July 1985): 168-174.
7. J.C. Cazin et al.. “A Study of the Effect of Decimal and Centesimal Dilution of Arsenic on Retention and Mobilization of Arsenic in the Rat,” Human Toxicology, July 1987.
8. V. Baumans, C.J. Bol, W.M.T. oWe Luttikhuis, and A.C. Beynen. “Does Chelidonium 3X Lower Serum Cholesterol?” British Homeopathic Journal, 76 (January 1987): 14-15.
9. Christopher Day, “Control of Stillbirths in Pigs Using Homeopathy.” Veterinary Record, 114 (March 3, 1984): 216 reprinted in American Institute of Homeopathy, 779 (December 1986): 146-147.
Christopher Day, “Clinical Trials in Bovine Mastitis: Use of Nosodes for Prevention,” British Homeopathic Journal, 75 (January 1986): 11-15.
10. H. Choudhury, “Cure of Cancer in Experimental Mice with Certain Biochemic Salts,” British Homeopathic Journal, 69 (1980): 168-170.
11. G.R. Keysall, K.L. Williamson, and B.D. Tolman. “The Testing of Some Homeopathic Preparations in Rodents, “Proceedings of the 40th International Homeopathic Congress (Lyon. France, 1985). pp. 228-231,
12. Jean Boiron. Jacky Abecassls. and Philippe Belon. “The Effects of Hahnemannian Potencies of 7c Histaminum and 7c Apis Mellifica upon Basophil Degranulation in Allergic Patients.” Aspects of Research in Homoepathy (Lyon: Boiron, 1983), pp. 61-66.
13. Elizabeth Davenas. Bernard Poitevin, and Jacques Benveniste, Effect on Mouse Peritoneal Macrophages of Orally Administered Very High Dilutions of Silica,”European Journal of Pharmacology. 135 (April 1987): 313-319.
14. PG. Gibson, S. L.M. Gibson, AD. MacNeil. et al.. “Homeopathic Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Evaluation Double-Blind Controlled Trial,”British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 9 (1980): 453-459.
15. Henry Albertini et al.. “Homeopathic Treatment of Neuralgia Using Arnica and Hypericum: A Summary of 60 Observations,” Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy. 78 (September 1985): 126-128.
16. C.F. Claussen, J. Bergmann. G. Bertora .and E. Claussen. “Homoopathische Kombinatlon bel Vertigo and Nausea.” Arzneim. Forsch/Drug Res., 34(1984) 1791-98.
17. Pierre Dorfman, Marie Noel Lasserre. and Max Tetau, “Preparation a l’accounchement par homeopathie: Experimentation en double-insu versus placebo” (Preparation for Birth by Homeopathy; Experimentation by Double-Blind Versus Placebo), Cahrs de Biotherapie. 94 (April 1987): 77-81.
10. IFOP Survey, Paris, 1985.
19. “Medecines douches: La revanche de l’homeopathie.” Le Nouvel Observateur, April 12. 1985, pp. 36-41.
20. Jugal Kishore. “Homeopathy: The Indian Experience,” World Health Forum, (1983): 107,
Ibid.. p. 106.