Is homeopathy effective?
From: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
- Ernst, E., 2002. A systematic review of systematic reviews of homeopathy. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 54, 577–582.
- 17 existing papers were reviewed including 11,930 participants.
- The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
- This means that the data from all similar trials has been grouped to form an overall outcome.
- Eleven systematic reviews failed to provide strong evidence in favour of homeopathy.
- Six papers that reviewed the landmark meta-analysis by Linde et al (1997) do not support the overall positive result given.
- The suggestion that any homeopathic remedy leads to clinical effects that are different from placebo or superior to other controls for any medical condition, is not supported by evidence from systematic reviews.
- No (with confidence)
- Despite the negative findings, the author has declared himself a trained homeopath.