From: Jan Drew on
http://www.holisticonline.com/homeopathy/homeo_clinical.htm

Clinical Studies:

Homeopaths point to the nearly two hundred years of clinical
experience of convinced doctors and satisfied patients. Homeopathic
remedies are believed to be effective in treating a wide variety of
illnesses: infectious diseases such as flu and colds; chronic
conditions such as allergies, asthma, migraines, and PMS. Conventional
medicine has not had much of success in treating many of these
conditions.

Several clinical studies exist that show the effectiveness of
homeopathic remedies. Many of these studies employed double blind
studies, accepted by scientists. Recent clinical trials suggest that
homeopathic medicines have a positive effect on allergic rhinitis,
asthma, treatment of dermatological complaints, fibrositis, influenza,
and for the treatment of migraine.

In 1994, the first study that involved homeopathy was published in a
peer-reviewed American scientific journal. Jennifer Jacobs, M.D., led
the study, which was conducted in Nicaragua and included eighty-one
children with acute diarrhea. All the children received standard
antidehydration treatment for diarrhea, consisting of water containing
salt and sugar. In addition, half the children received homeopathic
treatment and half received a placebo. The study confirmed
homeopathy's effectiveness: the recovery time for children receiving
homeopathic treatment was 20 percent faster than those receiving the
placebo, reducing the bout of diarrhea by one day. These results are
heartening because diarrhea is the leading cause of death in
developing countries such as Nicaragua.

In 1991, the British Medical Journal published an analysis of 107
clinical studies published between 1966 and 1990. The authors found
that in 81 of the experiments, the homeopathic treatments were
successful. Even when they included only the 23 studies that they
considered to be of the highest quality, the vast majority of these
(15) showed positive results. Here's how the results broke down: 13
out of the 19 trials of respiratory infection treatment were
effective, 6 out of 7 were positive for other infections, 5 out of 7
were positive for digestive system treatment, 5 out of 5 were
successful for hay fever, 5 out of 7 showed accelerated recovery after
surgery, 4 out of 6 helped in rheumatological disease, 18 of 20 were
beneficial for pain or traumatic injury; and 8 out of 10 worked for
mental or psychological problems.
In one study published in Lancet by Dr. David Taylor Reilly and his
colleagues compared the effects of a homeopathic hay-fever remedy with
a placebo. In this double-blind controlled study, Dr. Reilly found
that those who received the homeopathic remedy had six times fewer
symptoms and were able to cut their use of antihistamines in half.

Another study published in 1989 in the British Medical Journal dealt
with fibromyalgia. The double- blind, controlled trial was also
"crossed over," meaning the treatment lots were switched after one
month so the subjects could be compared, not only with each other, but
also with themselves. The results were evaluated by a rheumatology
professional who was not a homeopath. The study found that the
homeopathic remedy provided highly statistically significant
improvement in both subjective and objective symptoms.

In a double-blind controlled study conducted in Britain in 1980, 82
percent of those receiving the homeopathic remedy enjoyed improvements
in rheumatoid arthritis versus 21 percent of the control group on
placebo. The subjects in this study received remedies that were
individually prescribed.

Other significant positive studies show homeopathy helps in pain
following tooth extraction (76 percent versus 40 percent for a
placebo}; reduces vertigo and nausea; reduces labor time in pregnant
women (5.1 hours versus 8.5 hours}; and reduces risk of abnormal labor
(11.3 percent versus 40 percent).

Two double-blind studies compared Quietude, a combination of
homeopathically prepared plant extracts that has been very popular in
France, with diazepam (Valium). The subjects were adults and children
who were nervous and suffered from sleeplessness. The results showed
that the homeopathic product increased sleep time, reduced
interruptions during sleep, and reduced nervousness. Both products
relieved insomnia and minor nervous tension 63 percent of the time.
However, the homeopathic remedy produced no side effects: there was no
daytime dizziness, as opposed to 13 percent of the diazepam group.
Homeopathic remedy group suffered no daytime drowsiness, but 53
percent of the diazepam group felt drowsy. In addition, Quietude was
better at reducing children's nightmares, and 74 percent of the
Quietude patients said the product was better than other treatments,
as opposed to 48 percent of the diazepam group who felt this way.

A study, conducted in 1985, found that patients who took the
homeopathic product Oscillococcinum, derived from duck heart and
liver, experienced reduction in their fever much rapidly (in two
days ) than those who took placebo. Shivering disappeared by day four.
In another controlled study, published in 1989 in the British Journal
of Clinical Pharmacology, 66 percent more of the Oscillococcinum group
recovered within forty-eight hours as compared to the placebo group.
Clinical studies show the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies in
treating infectious diseases. In a French study published in 1987,
silica, prepared homeopathically to the 10c potency, stimulated
macrophage activity by nearly 70 percent. Macrophages are white cells
belonging to the immune defense system that destroy harmful cells and
microorganisms. Homeopathic remedies were also shown to be effective
in correcting immunological disorders in mice. In other studies, eight
out of ten homeopathic remedies tested were able to inhibit the growth
of viruses (in chicken embryos) by 50 to 100 percent.

Other studies show the usefulness of homeopathic remedies in treating
diabetes. A 1992 study examined sixty people with retinal problems due
to diabetes. In approximately half of the patients taking the
homeopathic remedy (Arnica), the eye condition improved; only 1
percent of the subjects receiving placebo improved a like amount. The
subjects were evaluated using objective measuring instruments,
indicating that homeopathy may prove valuable in helping this group of
diabetics preserve their sight.

Conventional physicians often belittle homeopathic remedies and their
effectiveness to placebo effect. However, several studies on animals
and infants show that homeopathic remedies do work. Obviously, animals
and infants are less likely to be influenced by placebo. In Germany,
poultry farmers are treating their hens with homeopathic remedies
instead of antibiotics for coughs, colds, and digestive problems.
Farmers also treat their cats, dogs, horses, cattle, and birds
homeopathically.

Other animal studies add to the evidence. A 3x potency of Chelidonium
lowered cholesterol in rabbits by 25 percent. Microdoses of Arsenicum
(10x up to 30x; and 5c up to 15c) helped rats eliminate toxic doses of
arsenic from their systems, a study that has important implications
for humans who are increasingly exposed to many heavy metals in the
environment. And pigs given Caulophyllum had half as many stillbirths
as those who received a placebo.

Homeopaths have been reporting good results when treating infants for
common health problems such as teething, colic, eczema, and fever.
From: Peter B on

"Jan Drew" <jdrew63929(a)aol.com> wrote in message
news:0db0be7e-1775-4940-91aa-24882d3e892f(a)m37g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
> Clinical Studies:
>
> Homeopaths point to the nearly two hundred years of clinical
> experience of convinced doctors and satisfied patients. Homeopathic
> remedies are believed to be effective in treating a wide variety of
> illnesses: infectious diseases such as flu and colds; chronic
> conditions such as allergies, asthma, migraines, and PMS. Conventional
> medicine has not had much of success in treating many of these
> conditions.
>

If that were true then there would be no disputing the facts. It would
have prevailed over the current medical community. 200 years ago there
was no Big Pharma to steal your mind. PMS was not known at that time,
nor were migraines named.


From: dr_jeff on
Jan Drew wrote:
> http://www.holisticonline.com/homeopathy/homeo_clinical.htm
>
> Clinical Studies:
>
> Homeopaths point to the nearly two hundred years of clinical
> experience of convinced doctors and satisfied patients. Homeopathic
> remedies are believed to be effective in treating a wide variety of
> illnesses:

The problem: the remedies are believed to be effective by some, not
proven to be effective by scientific methods. And, science casts big
doubts on the homeopathy beginning with the fact that there is no known
mechanism by which they can work or evidence that they do work.

Jeff
From: Citizen Jimserac on
On Feb 23, 9:15 pm, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
> Jan Drew wrote:
> >http://www.holisticonline.com/homeopathy/homeo_clinical.htm
>
> > Clinical Studies:
>
> > Homeopaths point to the nearly two hundred years of clinical
> > experience of convinced doctors and satisfied patients. Homeopathic
> > remedies are believed to be effective in treating a wide variety of
> > illnesses:
>
> The problem: the remedies are believed to be effective by some, not
> proven to be effective by scientific methods. And, science casts big
> doubts on the homeopathy beginning with the fact that there is no known
> mechanism by which they can work or evidence that they do work.
>
> Jeff

no KNOWN mechanism - correct

or evidence that they do work - incorrect.

Cit J.
From: dr_jeff on
Citizen Jimserac wrote:
> On Feb 23, 9:15 pm, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
>> Jan Drew wrote:
>>> http://www.holisticonline.com/homeopathy/homeo_clinical.htm
>>> Clinical Studies:
>>> Homeopaths point to the nearly two hundred years of clinical
>>> experience of convinced doctors and satisfied patients. Homeopathic
>>> remedies are believed to be effective in treating a wide variety of
>>> illnesses:
>> The problem: the remedies are believed to be effective by some, not
>> proven to be effective by scientific methods. And, science casts big
>> doubts on the homeopathy beginning with the fact that there is no known
>> mechanism by which they can work or evidence that they do work.
>>
>> Jeff
>
> no KNOWN mechanism - correct
>
> or evidence that they do work - incorrect.
>
> Cit J.

I meant good scientific evidence. There is none. If I am incorrect,
prove it.