Is there evidence for the clinical benefits of homeopathy?
From: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
- Linde, K., Melchart, D., 1998. Randomized Controlled Trials of Individualized Homeopathy: A State-of-the-Art Review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 4, 371–388.
- 32 trials, 1,778 patients.
- 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.
- 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.
- No (without confidence)
- 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.