Human Clinical Trial Meta Analyses
1. Kleijan et al in the BMJ report that of the 105 clincal trials that met the reviewer's quality criteria, 81 of those trials showed a positive effect for Homeopathy (BMJ 1991:302:316-323)
2. Coucherat, et al state, "There is some evidence that Homeopathic treatments are more effective than placebo". 16 studies were evaluated. (European journal of Clinical Pharmocol, 2000, 56,27)
3. Mathie states, "The weight of evidence currently favors a positive treatment effect in eight areas: childhod diarrhoea, fibrositis, hayfever, influenza, pain, side effects of radio or chemotherapy, sprains and upper respiratory tract infections." 93 studies were evaluated. (Homeopathy 2003 92:84-91)
4. Barnes J, et al on post operative ileus, "There is evidence that Homeopathic treatment can reduce the duration of ileus after abdominal or gynaecological surgery". 6 studies were evaluated. (Biomedical Therapy, vol XV11, 2 1999, 65-70)
5. From Bornhoft, et al, "Effectiveness of Homeopathy can be supported by clinical evidence". 74 studies were evaluated. (Forsch Komplementarmed. 2006;13 Sippl 2:19-29)
6. Linde, et al, "Amongst the high quality studies, positive effects were reported 50% more often than negative effects". 105 studies were evaluted. (Human and Experimental Toxicology, 1994, vol. 13, No 7, 481-492).
1. Spence et al., in a 2007 study, found that 6544 consecutive UK National health Service patients treated with Homeopathy 70.7% reported positive health changes, with 50.7% recording their improvement as better or much better. (Complement Ther Med 2007 Jun:15(2):128-38)
2. In a 2008 study, Marian et al. concluded that "Overall patient satisfaction was significantly higher in Homeopathic than conventional care. Homeopathic treatments were perceived as low risk therpay with 2 to 3 times fewer side effects than cinventional care". 3126 patients were involved in this study. (BMC Complement Atern Med. 2008 Sep 18;8:52)
3. Van Wassenhoven et al., in a 2004 study involving 782 patients, concluded that "patients were very satisfied with their Homeopathic treatment, both they and their physiscians recorded significant improvement. Costs of Homeopathic treatment were significantly lower then conventional treatment, and many previously prescribed drugs were discontinued." (Homeopathy. 2004 Jan;93 (1):3-11)
Human Clinical Trials (Individual)
There is an extensive list of high-quality human RCTs supporting homeopathy's efficacy, both clinically and in the lab. These can be found by searching Medline, or on websites such as the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, Homeopathic Doctor, and Nutrition Matters.
For example, check out the following study: The Evidence for Homeopathy, Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, September 2006.
Additionally, consider the placebo-controlled RCT looking carried out by David Reilly and published in The Lancet in 1994. Homeopathy proved superior to placebo.
This trial was so well-designed and conducted that The Lancet could not help but acknowledge it, commenting "either there is something amiss with the clinical trial as conventionaly conducted, or the effects of Homeopathic immunotherapy differ from those of placebo.....carefully done work of this sort should not be denied the attention of Lancet readers." (Lancet vol 344 December 10, 1994, p1585)
Beyond such academia, it is the simple fact that Homeopathy has been in constant use as a system of medicine for over 200 years and is in fact, (according to Contemporary Paediatrics, May 2003, 20,97) the world's second most popular form of healthcare with millions of satisfied users.