Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
Review
. 2010 Apr 19;192(8):458-60.

Homeopathy: What Does the "Best" Evidence Tell Us?

Affiliations
  • PMID: 20402610
Review

Homeopathy: What Does the "Best" Evidence Tell Us?

Edzard Ernst. Med J Aust. .

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the evidence for and against the effectiveness of homeopathy.

Data sources: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (generally considered to be the most reliable source of evidence) was searched in January 2010.

Study selection: Cochrane reviews with the term "homeopathy" in the title, abstract or keywords were considered. Protocols of reviews were excluded. Six articles met the inclusion criteria.

Data extraction: Each of the six reviews was examined for specific subject matter; number of clinical trials reviewed; total number of patients involved; and authors' conclusions. The reviews covered the following conditions: cancer, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, dementia, influenza and induction of labour.

Data synthesis: The findings of the reviews were discussed narratively (the reviews' clinical and statistical heterogeneity precluded meta-analysis).

Conclusions: The findings of currently available Cochrane reviews of studies of homeopathy do not show that homeopathic medicines have effects beyond placebo.

Comment in

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 14 articles

See all "Cited by" articles

MeSH terms

Feedback