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New evidence for Homeopathy
Two new studies conclude that a review which claimed that homeopathy is just a placebo, published in The Lancet, was seriously flawed.
Second EU Homeopathy Day
“100 million patients across the EU choose homeopathy as part of their health care. It is time for the European institutions to fully acknowledge the importance of this safe and effective therapy for so many European citizens. Homeopathy should be firmly integrated into EU health policy,” said MEP Marian Harkin. She was the host of and guest speaker at yesterday’s Second Annual EU Homeopathy Day—BECAUSE IT WORKS FOR ME!—held at the European Parliament.
European Information Centre on CAM launched
‘Complementary and Alternative Medicine is not evidence based’ - that is the mantra that is heard over and over again when meeting political decision makers. There is a strong need to convey the message that substantial and good quality research evidence in CAM does exist, and furthermore, shows potential for contributing to significant improvements in health care delivery and in public health.
Switzerland embeds CAM in constitution
On 17 May 2009 the Swiss people voted in favour of a constitutional article for complementary medicine in a national vote. 67 percent of voters supported the new constitutional article. Switzerland is the first country in Europe to set out in the constitution, authority for the state and constituent states (cantons) to take complementary medicine into consideration in the public health service.
Homeopathy works in eczema and psoriasis
Stunning Cuban experiences on leptospirosis
An unprecedented research study has been done using homeopathic prophylaxis in Cuba on 2.4 million people to prevent the usual leptospirosis outbreak after tropical flooding. Only 10 cases were reported instead of the usual several thousand cases of leptospirosis after use of the homeopathic nosode.
EU awards € 1.5 million grant for CAM research
Patients with chronic sinusitis benefit from homeopathic treatment
Homeopathy as an effective treatment for low back pain
New biological models of homeopathy published in special issues
The journal Homeopathy has published a two part special issue focusing on biological models of homeopathy. The special issue highlights experiments on homeopathic treatments in biological models, ranging from whole animals and plants to cell cultures and enzymes, showing a remarkable range of findings.
Possible mechanism for homeopathic potentization
The latest issue of the multidisciplinary journal WATER features an article by two scientists - a biologist and a mathematician - from Western Washington University in the USA, describing a possible mechanism for homeopathic potentization to explain the phenomenon that high dilutions of homeopathic remedies apparently remain effective.
Beneficial effect of homeopathic medicines on breast cancer cells
A recent study published in the International Journal of Oncology has demonstrated the beneficial effects of homeopathic medicines on breast cancer cells.
ECH rebuffs UK Parliamentary Committee report
WHO: Safety issues in the preparation of homeopathic medicines
The World Health Organization has just published "Safety issues in the preparation of homeopathic medicines".
Placebo effects in homeopathy not larger than in conventional medicine
A German team of researchers has recently concluded that placebo effects in classical homeopathy did not appear to be larger than placebo effects in conventional medicine.
Homeopathy as an alternative to antibiotics in diarrhoea in piglets
A research study conducted at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands suggests that homeopathy may be an alternative to antibiotics in neonatal diarrhea of piglets.
UK Government response confirms place of homeopathy in the NHS
On 26 July 2010 the UK Government responded to the Science and Technology Committee report ‘Evidence Check2: Homeopathy’. The Government reaffirms homeopathy belongs in the NHS where patients can best benefit from doctors integrating it into healthcare. 
Spanish Medical Council recognises homeopathy
The Spanish Medical Council, Organización Médica Colegial de España, has recently adopted a resolution to recognise the practice of homeopathy as a medical act.
Homeopathic and antibiotic treatment of mastitis don't differ that much
A recent clinical control trial conducted by researchers at the department of Animal Nutrition and Animal Health of the University of Kassel in Germany studied the effectiveness of the classical homeopathic treatment strategy in cases of mild and moderate bovine clinical mastitis in comparison with antibiotic and placebo treatments. The trial was financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
Database on clinical research in veterinary homeopathy launched
The first database on clinical research in veterinary homeopathy was recently launched. It contains all available literature information on original studies in the field of veterinary clinical research in homeopathy and provides all interested people with a large data-pool to perform intensive literature research.
New CAM-quest database launched
The Carstens Foundation in Germany has created a database designed as a search tool for people interested in responsible information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
CAM back in the Swiss basic health insurance system
The medical practice of homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, anthroposophic medicine, herbal medicine and neural therapy, which was previously struck off the state insurance list, will be reimbursable from 2012 as part of a six-year trial period.
New insights into high homeopathic dilutions
A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, have demonstrated the presence of physical entities in extremely high homeopathic dilutions, in the form of nanoparticles of the starting materials and their aggregates.
High dilution effect assessed by UV-Spectroscopy
A team of researchers at the Swiss Institute of Complementary Medicine KIKOM in collaboration with two laboratories in the USA investigated homeopathic preparations with UV-spectroscopy.
High dilution effect reported in NMR study
A new study in the Journal of Molecular Liquids by Jean-Louis Demangeat at the Nuclear Medicine Department of the General Hospital in Haguenau, France reports physical modifications in the solvent of ultrahigh aqueous dilutions of histamine.
Homeopathy Research Institute founded
The recently founded Homeopathy Research Institute aims to promote and facilitate high quality research in the field of Homeopathy. The Institute has gathered some of the world's experts in Homeopathy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine research to form their Scientific Advisory Committee.
Nobel laureate Montagnier takes homeopathy seriously
In a truly remarkable interview published in SCIENCE magazine of 24 December, Professor Luc Montagnier, a French virologist who co-discovered HIV and who won the Nobel Prize in 2008, describes his newest work that has significant implications on homeopathy.
Individualised homeopathy as effective as Prozac
A research group at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil recently demonstrated that the effectiveness of individualized homeopathy was statistically equivalent to fluoxetine (Prozac), a standard effective treatment in acute depression.
Nobel Prize winner reports effects of homeopathic dilutions
In a recent study Professor Luc Montagnier, a French virologist who co-discovered HIV and who won the Nobel Prize in 2008, and his team report the results of a series of rigorous experiments investigating the electromagnetic properties of highly-diluted biological samples.
Proving shows significant distinction between Aconitum C30 and placebo
Just recently a new study conducted in Switzerland has significantly demonstrated a distinction between the proving symptoms of Aconitum napellus C30 and a placebo. This is another study published in an academic journal that has found substantial effects from high potencies in randomly selected, healthy test subjects when compared with placebo.
File Montagnier Electromagnetic Signals Are Produced by Aqueous Nanostructures Derived from Bacterial DNA Sequences
A novel property of DNA is described: the capacity of some bacterial DNA sequences to induce electromagnetic waves at high aqueous dilutions. It appears to be a resonance phenomenon triggered by the ambient electromagnetic background of very low frequency waves. The genomic DNA of most pathogenic bacteria contains sequences which are able to generate such signals. This opens the way to the development of highly sensitive detection system for chronic bacterial infections in human and animal diseases.
File Demangeat NMR study Journal Molecular Liquids 2009
A new study in the Journal of Molecular Liquids by Jean-Louis Demangeat at the Nuclear Medicine Department of the General Hospital in Haguenau, France reports physical modifications in the solvent of ultrahigh aqueous dilutions of histamine.
File New evidence for Homeopathy
Press release 2008/11/03
Direct physiologic effects of homeopathic medicines objectively measured
Researchers from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India have recently used a Medical Analyzer System to explore the autonomic response of selective homeopathic medicines in healthy persons. The objective of this investigation was to observe the changes produced in the spectrum of heart rate variability and blood flow variability following administration of placebo and different potencies of certain homeopathic medicines
EU Commission taking CAM more seriously
A recent meeting in the European Parliament, a joint initiative of the CAM Interest Group – MEPs for CAM and the MAC Interest Group – MEPs Against Cancer, was aimed at presenting CAM as an investment in health.
Regularisation of homeopathic medicine in Belgium
On 12 July 2013, the Belgian Council of Ministers decided that homeopathy is a medical act. Only medical doctors, dentists and midwives are entitled to practise homeopathy, dentists and midwives only within their competence.
Health-EU Newsletter spotlights CAM
The latest issue of the Health-EU Newsletter spotlights Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). CAM is becoming increasingly popular in Europe, with up to 65% of the population reporting that they have used this form of medicine. The main reasons given for using CAM are its holistic approach, effectiveness and orientation towards promoting health rather than controlling symptoms. CAM therapies commonly approach health and illness by working to induce and support the innate self-healing process of the individual. They are used to promote and maintain health and can be used as a first option in a wide range of health problems, particularly where conventional therapies do not exist or are ineffective, but also as a complement to conventional treatment.
Doctor Patricia Le Roux has passed away
On 17 October 2011 Doctor Patricia Le Roux, in the full bloom of her life, passed away after a terrible traffic accident in Paris. Her death leaves a huge gap in the homeopathic community.
Meeting in European Parliament on CAM Research
The need for research into health promotion and CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) was the title of the third meeting of the MEP CAM Interest Group of the European Parliament held on October 11th, 2011 in the Parliament.
Measuring the effectiveness of homeopathic care through objective public health indicators
A team of Italian researchers evaluated the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment through standard objective public health indicators of well-being. They compared homeopathic users with the general population in the same area and by comparing patients before and after homeopathic treatment, and obtained indicators of hospitalization and drug use from the Health Statistical Documentation System of Tuscany for two homeopathic centers in the Local Health Authority of Pisa, Italy.
Swedish court rules: 'Doctors can recommend homeopathy'.
The Supreme Administrative Court has recently ruled that Swedish doctors can openly recommend homeopathy to their patients. Until recently homeopathy had not been accepted by the Swedish health authorities as an official therapeutic approach, and doctors in Sweden were not allowed to prescribe homeopathic medicines.
Systematic review of clinical trials supports homeopathy in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
A well-conducted systematic review from a research team in the USA has scrutinised randomised placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) of homeopathy in psychiatric conditions.
HTA report positive for homeopathy
“In conclusion we have established that there is sufficient supporting evidence for the pre-clinical (experimental) as well as clinical effects of homeopathy, and that in absolute terms, as well as when compared to conventional therapies, it offers a safe and cost-effective treatment.” This is the conclusion of a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) report on the effectiveness, appropriateness, safety and costs of homeopathy in health care.
Measurable effects of homeopathic medicines in insomnia
A research team at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson (USA) recently examined the effects of one dose of placebo versus either Coffea Cruda 30c or Nux Vomica 30c in relatively healthy young adult human subjects with a past history of coffee-induced insomnia.
CAM regulation in Portugal
On 24 July the Portuguese Parliament adopted a bill regulating 7 non-conventional (also called complementary) therapies including homeopathy, acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, naturopathy, herbal medicine, osteopathy and chiropractics. The law came into force on 2 September (Lei No. 71/2013) and in fact revived the 10-year old Law 45/2003 that was never implemented.
Growing interest in the use of homeopathy in farm animals
On 14 March an event took place at the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the role homeopathy could play in cleaning up the food chain, by replacing, and therefore reducing the use of, antibiotics.
Review shows an increasing use of CAM
A systematic review by a research group from Austria and the USA demonstrates that the interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has increased during the past decade and the attitude of the general public is mainly positive.
Cancer and CAM in the European Parliament
On 27 March a Round Table Meeting of the Interest Groups MEPs Against Cancer and MEPs for CAM was held in the European Parliament. Its theme: Cancer and the contribution of CAM.
German medical students love homeopathy
The Wilseder Forum that brings together medical students interested in homeopathy has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in Essen, Germany (30 March-1 April 2012).
Homeopathy popular in India
Homeopathy in India has grown to a large extent according to recent statistics from the ASSOCHAM - Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Over 50% of European adults and children use CAM
A recent European review, performed by combining data from published surveys with expert perspectives, indicates that CAM appears to be popular not only among adults in Europe, but also for children.
Promising plant model for research into homeopathy
In a recent study, a team of Swiss, Dutch and Danish researchers evaluated the potential of a seedling-biocrystallisation method. They investigated the effects of a treatment with either Stannum metallicum 30x or water 30x on growing cress seedlings (Lepidium sativum L.) using the biocrystallisation method.
Large majority of patients with joint diseases use manual therapies, acupuncture or homeopathy
A research team in the Netherlands explored patients’ perspectives towards the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), its integration in primary care and the specific role of the GP therein.
EU funded CAMbrella research project holds final conference
On 29 November CAMbrella, an EU-funded pan-European research network for CAM, presented the findings of their three years’ work at a conference held at the Bavarian Representation in Brussels close to the European Parliament. They confirm that CAM is a much neglected area of research and that knowledge, provision and handling of CAM differs greatly in the different countries of Europe. Europe lags behind North America, Asia and Australia in its approach to CAM and there is an urgent need for a centralized and coordinated effort to enhance the knowledge about this field. The researchers called for a coordinated European approach, presenting a ‘Roadmap for European CAM research’.
Italian homeopathic doctors on their way to regulation
Last month the Conference of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces in Italy approved a document on the regulation of education and training in homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine for medical doctors.
Unprecedented CAM conference in the European Parliament
Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Innovation and Added Value for European Healthcare - a conference held in Brussels at the European Parliament on 9 October 2012. It was organised by EUROCAM, a European stakeholder group of European umbrella organisations of patients, physicians and practitioners working in Complementary and Alternative Medicine which includes the European Committee for Homeopathy. The conference was funded by the European Commission and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
National rules for the education in Complementary Medicine approved in Italy
On 7 February 2013, the State and the Regions and Autonomous Provinces Conference approved the national rules for the education in Complementary Medicine. The process which led to this important event started in 2007, when the Tuscan Regional Council approved the Regional Law of Tuscany n. 9/2007, which regulates education and practice of Complementary Medicine (CM) by medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists and veterinarians. The legislation stipulates that Regional Professional Associations are to draw up lists of professional experts in CM based on the requirements defined by the Regional Law and by the Regional Committee for CM education, and to issue a specific certification.
The Availability of Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products in the EU_ECHAMP summary report_Nov 2013
New ECHAMP report confirms ECH concerns about the availability of homeopathic medininal products
A new report from the European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products (ECHAMP), including data from two independent surveys, provides an up-to-date and objective analysis of the status and deficits concerning the availability of homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products in the EU. This report confirms the concerns raised by the ECH and concludes that there is significant and high demand for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products in at least two thirds of EU Member States.
Response by the Homeopathy Research Institute to Australian NHMRC
Response to the report: ‘Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Clinical Conditions: Evaluation of the Evidence’.
File Response by the Homeopathy Research Institute to Australian NHMRC
Response to the report: ‘Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Clinical Conditions: Evaluation of the Evidence’.
File Response by the Homeopathy Research Institute to Australian NHMRC
Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) submission to public consultation for the NHMRC draft Information Paper on homeopathy
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