Just this week I got an email from someone who has begun to read Impossible Cure. (Actually, he’s listening to the audio book — something many of you might also be interested in.) He asked me how I could be so confident about homeopathy, given all the naysayers, quackbusters, and negative media about it. My answer went something like this:
First, I know from personal experience that homeopathy works and is extremely powerful. It isn’t a panacea and sometimes I need to use other healing modalities too (I’m currently writing a new book that, among other topics, focuses on many of the self-healing methods I’ve learned), but homeopathy is my family’s first “go to,” and has been for almost 25 years. So it doesn’t matter what anybody says. My only fear is that as I get older, I’ll be forced into the allopathic machine. I hope not!
Second, I know so many brilliant people who use homeopathy, are homeopaths, or are supporters of homeopathy. The people who put down homeopathy, in my experience, either really know nothing about it and just regurgitate what the media says, or are so limited and threatened that they’re afraid to really learn anything about it. (By the way, it’s not just the media but also most politicians that are bought-and-sold by Big Pharma.) The reason the media and other attacks have escalated in recent years (in my opinion) is that the science is beginning to verify the effects of ultradilutions, including ultradilutions of allopathic drugs and products. If this phenomenon becomes widely accepted, it would absolutely destroy the pharmaceutical industry because medicines would essentially cost nothing. That is why Big Pharma would spend any amount of money and do anything to protect its power. And that means trying to discredit homeopathy.
Last month I promised some pointers to more studies that buttress what I’m saying. The media wants to keep this information from you, and that’s why it’s important to stay aware and share it. Who knows, maybe you’ll even convince your doctor that homeopathy is not “mere placebo”!
First, here are three places online to look for pointers to lots of research studies.
1) The most comprehensive and up-to-date is probably Saurav Arora’s site, researchinhomeopathy.org.
2) The National Center for Homeopathy — which you should all join and support — provides a nice link to “quotable research”. Some of the items below are derived from their monthly newsletters.
3) Our intrepid homeopathic author, Dana Ullman, also makes available an ever-growing database of homeopathic research and guide to treatment, in his eBook Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine.
Now a smattering of studies:
Recent Lab-Based and Basic Research
Hot off the press (courtesy of Dana) — a new lab-based study that appeared in leading journal Nature in September 2018.
This study tested various potencies of Rhus toxicodendron (also called Rhus tox) in the treatment of neuropathy in rats. This study showed that the various potencies of Rhus tox (2X, 4X, 6X, 8X, 12X, 24X, and 30X) had significant and even sometimes substantially significant effects on various immunological markers as well as in various pain-relieving tests. Not only did this homeopathic medicine have remarkably beneficial effects as compared with a placebo, it was found to be as effective as a leading conventional drug, called Gabapentin, and was considerably safer than this conventional drug!
Another article by Dana, about a July 2018 basic-research conference in the UK, featuring several world-renowned scientists, that was entitled New Horizons in Water Science — The Evidence for Homeopathy?.
A new research study about autism and homeopathy by Dr. Rajalakshmi in India.
Efficacy of homeopathy in livestock (courtesy of the NCH) Homeopathy is widely used for livestock, especially in order to reduce the use of antibiotics. A comprehensive literature review has been conducted to assess the efficacy of homeopathy in cattle, pigs and poultry. Only peer-reviewed publications dealing with homeopathic remedies were included. Search results revealed a total number of 52 trials performed within 48 publications fulfilling the predefined criteria. Twenty-eight trials were in favor of homeopathy, with 26 trials showing a significantly higher efficacy in comparison to a control group. Peer-reviewed publications from 1981 to 2014 Vet Rec. 2016; 179(24): 628, Doehring et al
Chronic primary insomnia (courtesy of the NCH) Researchers from South Africa’s Durban University of Technology focused on determining the effects of constitutional homeopathic treatment for insomnia, when compared to a placebo control. Thirty subjects diagnosed with primary insomnia were randomly assigned to Homeopathy or placebo. An analysis of the outcomes showed that sleep duration and sleep quality improved significantly under homeopathic treatment, when compared to using the placebo control. Efficacy of homeopathic simillimum 2010, 99, 1, 63-8 Naudé et al
Homeopathic treatment of patients with chronic low back pain (courtesy of the NCH) Researchers from Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany, evaluated 129 adults suffering from medically diagnosed chronic low back pain for an average duration of 9.6 years. They were treated by homeopathic physicians who prescribed according to their individual symptoms. Their progress was followed for 2 years. On analysis of the symptom severity and quality of life, changes demonstrated a marked and sustained improvement. In addition, the use of homeopathic remedies were associated with a significant decline in the use of conventional treatment and health services. A prospective observational study with 2 years’ follow-up. Clin J Pain. 2009, 25, 4, 334-9. Witt CM, et al.
Effect of homeopathy on chronic tension-type headache (courtesy of the NCH) Headache frequency and intensity was lower in the homeopathy group than in controls. Compared with usual care, patients randomized to homeopathy used 35% less medication (P = 0.001) and had 45% fewer visits to general practitioners (P = 0.0001). J Headache Pain. 2013; 14(Suppl 1): P56. Sharma et al