Does homeopathy work?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 20, 2020 05:19 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 20, 2020 05:19 AM

There are two types of people.

Those who need evidence that the stuff they are putting in their or someone else’s body actually works.
Those who do not need evidence. They are prepared to have faith.
Opponents of Homeopathy belong to category 1. They want evidence. They want Homeopathy to go through the same rigorous trials that modern medicine did.

Proponents of Homeopathy do not need evidence. They believe that:

It works on a principle hitherto unproven. With time, we will slowly uncover its secrets and it is going to be glorious.
Homeopathy needs individual approach. It doesn’t work the same way on everyone.
Naturally, they say, Homeopathy will fail to give positive results in all the randomised control trials precisely because these trials try to see if it affects everyone the same way and produces consistent and reproducible results.

Individualised treatment trials have also been attempted but they have always been criticised for being of low quality and for being fraught with methodological problems.

In effect, current level of standardised testing is inadequate for testing the efficacy of something as complicated and mysterious as Homeopathy.

Simply put, Homeopathy is like Galileo. It is so ahead of its time that we don’t have the tools to test it.

That’s what they believe.

I have realised that if people choose to believe in Homeopathy despite mind boggling evidence that suggests that it is a pseudoscience, who am I to try to convince them.

I mean, it’s not like I will succeed in changing their mind when the fact that governments of UK, US, Australia AND Germany (where it originated) are trying to ban Homeopathy doesn’t shake their belief.

In India, the Government has nationalised it.

I merely want to echo something that Edzard Ernst, a well known professor of complementary medicine says about the hundreds of Homeopathic formulations available in the market –

“My plea is simply for honesty. Let people buy what they want, but tell them the truth about what they are buying. These treatments are biologically implausible and the clinical tests have shown they don’t do anything at all in human beings. The argument that this information is not relevant or important for customers is quite simply ridiculous,” he says. “If they are unable to stick to their ethical code, then they should change their code and be clear that it is alright to put profits before patients.”

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