There is an increasing and developing amount of medical reports and studies proving the effectiveness of homeopathy
Randomized placebo-controlled trial is an extensively recognized method to prove if a medical practice works. The method has a control group which receives a placebo treatment whereas the other group has the treatment being tested. On top of that, double-blinded conduct is also required so that neither of the group knows which treatment they are getting.
By 2015, a total amount of 110 experiments reporting positive results of homeopathy being tested in randomized placebo-controlled trials. Of all the RCTs report, 41% have positive evidence, 5% with negative evidence and 54% with neutral proof.
- Positive 41%
- Negative 5%
- Neither 54%
Accessing more than one RCT systematically and critically in a carefully designed method is the most solid evidence for a treatment. Systematic reviews of RCTs for homeopathy in different medicinal areas have been positives in six deceases: vertigo, respiratory tract infection, childhood diarrhea, hay fever, post-operative ileus, rheumatic diseases.
More than 1016 systematic reviews of RCTs with homeopathy show that 44% are beneficial, 7% are negative, 49% shows that the evidence does not support either helping or harming.
Pros & Cons of RCTs on Homeopathy
Homeopathy focuses on individual treatment including not only physical treatment but also emotional and spiritual aspects of the host. RCTs poses some encounters because of that reason. The effectiveness of homeopathy lies in the combination of prescribed medicine and consultation with certified professionals to effectively treat a patient from inside out. The specific treatment of homeopathy and its effectiveness may be difficult to be accurately reported.
With that being said, the effectiveness of homeopathy is still proven to be significantly better than that of placebos based on the large amount of researches. They cautiously propose that homeopathic medicines in fact do have a positive effects on specific treatments.