Thursday, 28 October 2010

So Homeopathy does work!

"Homeopathy Works" was this headline in the Daily Mail. It was based on a study that found that allergy sufferers, who were given homeopathic treatment, were 10 times more likely to be cured than those given a dummy pill. The study tested 50 patients suffering from nasal allergies, who were either given a homeopathic remedy or a placebo.

Each day for four weeks patients recruited from general practices and a hospital in London measured their nasal air flow and recorded symptoms such as blocked, runny or itchy nose, sneezing or eye irritation. Both groups reported that they got better - but on average patients who received homeopathy had a 28% improvement in nasal air flow compared with 3 per cent among those in the placebo group.

The study was carried out doctors in Glasgow, led by Dr David Reilly of the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital. He said the difference in results from the two treatments was statistically significant. He went on to say that this was the fourth trial carried out by his hospital, all with similar results. In addition, there were positive findings in 70 per cent of a further 180 clinical trials.

Dr Bob Leckridge, president of the Faculty of Homeopathy - the body for doctors, vets, nurses and other health professionals - said: '

This latest research builds on existing evidence that homeopathy works, something that hundreds of doctors and their patients have known for 200 years.'