Is there evidence for the clinical benefits of homeopathy?

From: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Journal rating:
rating: 68%
Study Quality:
rating: 100%
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Overall Reliability

Article Quality:
rating: 5%
Partcipants
rating: 50%

Participants/situation

  • 32 trials, 1,778 patients.

Study

  • 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.

Results

  • In the 19 placebo-controlled trials providing sufficient data for meta-analysis, homeopathy was significantly more effective than placebo (62% improvement in symptoms).
  • But when the analysis was restricted to the methodologically sound trials no significant effect was seen.

Answer

  • No (without confidence)

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Editors Notes

  • As typical with meta-analyses of complementary and alternative medicine, the evidence is not convincing because of methodological shortcomings and inconsistencies in the papers reviewed.

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