Study: Homeopathic Treatments Useful for None of 61 Illnesses Researched

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council recently released a review of 176 studies on homeopathic treatments for 61 illnesses, concluding that homeopathy “should not be used to treat health conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious.”

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports:

The study was threefold: first, it included an overview of published reviews by an outside, independent contractor; next, it did an independent evaluation of “information provided by homeopathy interest groups and the public”; last, it considered clinical practice guidelines, and how official international governments view homeopathy.

The result? Unsurprising.

“There was no reliable evidence from research in humans that homeopathy was effective for treating the range of health conditions considered: no…studies with enough participants for a meaningful result reported either that homeopathy caused greater health improvements than placebo, or caused health improvements equal to those of another treatment,” the official statement reads. “For some health conditions, studies reported that homeopathy was not more effective than placebo.”

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