This section aims to give you a clear account of the research evidence in homeopathy. Also, see 2-page summary of evidence with full references.
The evidence base
Up to the end of 2011, there have been 164 peer-reviewed papers reporting randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in homeopathy. This represents research in 89 different medical conditions. Of those 164 RCT papers, 71 (43%) were positive, 9 (6%) negative and 80 (49%) non-conclusive – see section Randomised controlled trials in homeopathy.
A number of systematic reviews have evaluated the homeopathic research literature.
Non-randomised, non-controlled clinical outcomes studies make a useful contribution to the evidence base.
How does homeopathy work?
Read more about the main current hypothesis and experiments on the effects of ultra-high dilutions in homeopathy.
The Faculty’s contribution
The Faculty is working in tandem with the British Homeopathic Association to develop a strong evidence base in homeopathy. Visit the British Homeopathic Association website for information on its current programme of systematic reviews and meta-analysis.