Author : ECHAMP
Title : The science base of Homeopathic and anthroposophic medicine Over 200 years of safe and effective use
Year : 2005
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Introduction. Dear reader, Since homeopathy was initiated and developed by Samuel Hahnemann about 200 years ago, there has been extensive documentation of clinical experience with this form of therapy. However, more scientific publications including randomised clinical trials (RCT) according to internationally accepted standards have only a relative short history. Systematic reviews of such trials only began around 1990 when, amongst others, Kleijnen (1991), Linde (1997), and later Jonas (2003) were able to show sufficient evidence to support effectiveness of homeopathic therapy. An important point of consideration in homeopathic research is the need to increase the quality of the documentation. This requires substantial funding which is generally only available in exceptional cases, as manufacturers of homeopathic medicinal products are seldom strong enough to invest substantially in research, since patent protection is not available for medications which have been known for decades. Furthermore, the European Union and National Government Institutions very rarely provide funding for homeopathic research. This is surprising, considering the benefit of the low-cost of homeotherapy and the fact that it is a basically safe medicinal alternative to chemical drugs. The high degree of popularity in patients and health care providers would warrant a stronger engagement on their part. ...