Geographical and temporal distribution of basic research experiments in homeopathy

Homeopathy. 2014 Jul;103(3):193-7. doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2014.01.001.

Abstract

The database HomBRex (Homeopathy Basic Research experiments) was established in 2002 to provide an overview of the basic research already done on homeopathy (http://www.carstens-stiftung.de/hombrex). By this means, it facilitates the exploration of the Similia Principle and the working mechanism of homeopathy. Since 2002, the total number of experiments listed has almost doubled. The current review reports the history of basic research in homeopathy as evidenced by publication dates and origin of publications. In July 2013, the database held 1868 entries. Most publications were reported from France (n = 267), followed by Germany (n = 246) and India (n = 237). In the last ten years, the number of publications from Brazil dramatically increased from n = 13 (before 2004) to n = 164 (compared to n = 251 published in France before 2004, and n = 16 between 2004 and 2013). The oldest database entry was from Germany (1832).

Keywords: Basic research; Database; Fundamental research; History; Homeopathy; Timeline.

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • Databases, Bibliographic / statistics & numerical data*
  • France
  • Germany
  • Global Health
  • Homeopathy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / statistics & numerical data*
  • Materia Medica / standards*
  • Peer Review, Research
  • Phytotherapy / statistics & numerical data*

Substances

  • Materia Medica