Research is undertaken in homeopathy in order to:
- strengthen its scientific base
- improve practice
- verify its clinical effectiveness and efficacy.
It aims to make homeopathy more effective and reliable for a wider range of conditions. Collecting evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathic medicines in various clinical conditions and investigating its mechanism of action also leads to more scientific credibility. Cost-effectiveness studies are important to evaluate the impact of homeopathic treatment on public health and on health insurance costs.
Basic research investigates the mechanism of action of homeopathy.
Clinical research assesses the efficacy and relevance of homeopathic treatment as part of healthcare strategy.
Provings, or homeopathic pathogenetic trials
A large part of homeopathic research focuses on the development of new remedies. In order to understand their characteristics and potential curative powers, remedies are tested – or proved – worldwide on healthy volunteers during homeopathic pathogenetic trials.