Show me the research ©2015 Elena Cecchetto
Homeopathy has a long history of popular use (hundreds of years). It also has a history of being criticized in North America where the medical industry is dominated by the pharmaceutical industry. Homeopathy is second only to Jesus as the two most controversial topics according to Wikipedia.1
Considering my previous career in political advocacy focusing on environmental and conservation issues, I sometimes ask myself; Is that what attracted me to homeopathy? No! It was the fact that once I gave it a try for my lifetime struggle with de-habilitating eczema, it did something that nothing else could do for me and so I was ecstatic.2 That success indeed was what made me passionate about ensuring that people know about homeopathy as an option if they so choose.
Unfortunately, that passion has led me here – writing to justify the amazing healing that I am now able to do for many others, now that I’ve spent over ten years continuing to study all aspects of homeopathy above and beyond my four year diploma requirement in order to call myself a homeopathic practitioner.3 Luckily I now have access to University level databases of research publications without having to pay the download fees. You, reading this are lucky too, because I am writing to share this with you.
I have been reticent to spend the time to put this type of information out there before now because I realize that there is no way that this article written by a homeopath will ever change the minds of anyone who is bothering to put all their wasted energy in trying to discredit homeopathy. If you are one of those people on a mission to defame individual homeopathic practitioners who are just trying to use their education driven refined skills to help do some good in this world, I have only two requests for you as follows:
- I would ask only that you just don’t bother choosing homeopathy for yourself.
- I suggest that you allow those who might have a health concern that they themselves might choose to address with something other than the conventional medical industry, to have the option available to them to do so.
For any others who are going to read further into this bibliography of research on homeopathy, I suggest that if you are not professionally educated in research, research methods, homeopathy or any other health field that you have someone who is to look through these papers for you. I think my reasons should be obvious to you however I will say it outright – if you are not trained and/or highly experienced in homeopathy – you cannot speak as if you are the expert to those who actually are the experts.
In the meanwhile, here are some current research on homeopathic remedies in general.
This literature review was conducted using the EBSCO database including the Academic Search Complete thanks to the University of Central Lancashire. The databases specifically chosen were Academic Search Complete, Medline, Medline with full text, AMED (Allied and Complementary Medical Database, CINAHL Complete, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, Social Sciences ABSTRACTS (H.W. Wilson), and SocINDEX with full text. The search method used was the Advanced Search with subject words Homeopathy and Homeopathic Remedies. Unfortunately this search presented 984 items in the search results so the following edits were made. Any publications older than five years were not included. This resulted in 313 publications. While searching through each and every title of this search, I did not include in this bibliography any of the editorials, opinion pieces or individual case studies that showed up in this search which eliminated 18 of them within the first 100 that I looked through so far.
Adler, U. C., Krüger, S., Teut, M., Lüdtke, R., Bartsch, I., Schützler, L., & … Witt, C. M. (2011). Homeopathy for Depression – DEP-HOM: study protocol for a randomized, partially double-blind, placebo controlled, four armed study. Trials, 12(1), 43-49. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-12-43
Adler, U. C., Krüger, S., Teut, M., Lüdtke, R., Schützler, L., Martins, F., & … Witt, C. M. (2013). Homeopathy for Depression: A Randomized, Partially Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Four-Armed Study (DEP-HOM). Plos ONE, 8(9), 1-9. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074537
Ainsworth, S. (2012). Time to consign homeopathy to the history books?. Practice Nurse, 42(10), 34-35.
Akaeva, T. V., & Mkhitaryan, K. N. (2014). Foundation of concept of constitutional homeopathic remedy by using electropuncture methods. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch, 13(47), 132-133.
Almirantis, Y. (2013). Homeopathy – between tradition and modern science: remedies as carriers of significance. Homeopathy, 102(2), 114-122. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2013.01.003
Amalcaburio, R., Filho, L. M., Honorato, L. A., & Menezes, N. A. (2009). Homeopathic remedies in a semi-intensive alternative system of broiler production. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch, 8(26), 33-39.
Arlt, S., Padberg, W., Drillich, M., & Heuwieser, W. (2009). Efficacy of homeopathic remedies as prophylaxis of bovine endometritis. Journal Of Dairy Science, 92(10), 4945-4953. doi:10.3168/jds.2009-2142
Arora, S., Aggarwal, A., Singla, P., Jyoti, S., & Tandon, S. (2013). Anti-proliferative effects of homeopathic medicines on human kidney, colon and breast cancer cells. Homeopathy: The Journal Of The Faculty Of Homeopathy, 102(4), 274-282. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2013.06.001
Banerjee, A., Chakrabarty, S. B., Karmakar, S. R., Chakrabarty, A., Biswas, S. J., Haque, S., & … Khuda-Bukhsh, A. R. (2010). Can Homeopathy Bring Additional Benefits to Thalassemic Patients on Hydroxyurea Therapy? Encouraging Results of a Preliminary Study. Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (Ecam), 7(1), 129-136. doi:10.1093/ecam/nem161
Banerjee, A., Chakrabarty, S., Karmakar, S., Chakrabarty, A., Biswas, S., Haque, S., & … Khuda-Bukhsh, A. (2009). Can homeopathy bring additional benefits to thalassemic patients on hydroxyurea therapy? Encouraging results of a preliminary study. Homoeopathic Heritage, 34(4), 33-40.
Beeraka, P. (2009). The pharmacological action of homeopathic remedies. Simillimum, 22(3), 66.
Bell, I. R. (2012). Homeopathy as Systemic Adaptational Nanomedicine: The Nanoparticle-Cross-Adaptation-Sensitization Model. American Journal Of Homeopathic Medicine, 105(3), 116-130.
Bell, I., Brooks, A., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., & Schwartz, G. (2013). Acute Electroencephalographic Effects From Repeated Olfactory Administration of Homeopathic Remedies in Individuals With Self-reported Chemical Sensitivity. Alternative Therapies In Health & Medicine, 19(1), 46-57.
Bell, I. R., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Aickin, M., Bootzin, R. R., & Brooks, A. J. (2012). Nonlinear dynamical systems effects of homeopathic remedies on multiscale entropy and correlation dimension of slow wave sleep EEG in young adults with histories of coffee-induced insomnia. Homeopathy, 101(3), 182-192. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2012.05.007
Bell, I. R., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Brooks, A. J., & Schwartz, G. E. (2012). Multiweek Resting EEG Cordance Change Patterns from Repeated Olfactory Activation with Two Constitutionally Salient Homeopathic Remedies in Healthy Young Adults. Journal Of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 18(5), 445-453. doi:10.1089/acm.2011.0931
Bell, I., Koithan, M., & Brooks, A. (2013). Testing the nanoparticle-allostatic cross-adaptation-sensitization model for homeopathic remedy effects. Homeopathy, 102(1), 66.
Bell, I. R., & Schwartz, G. E. (2013). Adaptive network nanomedicine: an integrated model for homeopathic medicine. Frontiers In Bioscience (Scholar Edition), 5685-708.
Bellavite, P., Magnani, P., Marzotto, M., & Conforti, A. (2009). Assays of homeopathic remedies in rodent behavioural and psychopathological models. Homeopathy: The Journal Of The Faculty Of Homeopathy, 98(4), 208-227. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2009.09.005
Bellavite, P., Marzotto, M., Olioso, D., Moratti, E., & Conforti, A. (2014). High-dilution effects revisited. 2. Pharmacodynamic mechanisms. Homeopathy: The Journal Of The Faculty Of Homeopathy, 103(1), 22-43. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2013.08.002
Carter, J., & Aston, G. (2012). Use of homeopathic Arnica among childbearing women: A survey. British Journal Of Midwifery, 20(4), 254-261.
Chatfield, K., Mathie, R., & Fisher, P. (2011). Comment 2 on: Homeopathy has clinical benefits in rheumatoid arthritis patients that are attributable to the consultation process but not the homeopathic remedy: A randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology (Oxford), 50(8), 1529.
Clayton, L. (2012). Top ten: homeopathic remedies for pregnancy and birth. Essentially MIDIRS, 3(5), 27-31.
Copeland, A. (2011). A STUDY TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF HOMEOPATHIC WEIGHT LOSS REMEDIES: HCG NON-HCG ~vs~ NON-HCG. Original Internist, 18(3), 107-116.
Csupor, D., Boros, K., & Hohmann, J. (2013). Low Potency Homeopathic Remedies and Allopathic Herbal Medicines: Is There an Overlap?. Plos ONE, 8(9), 1-5. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074181
Drozdov, V. V. (2014). Optimization of coprological studies in animals with the use of homeopathic Nux vomica 6CH. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch, 13(47), 139.
Frei, H. (2014). H1N1 Influenza: A Prospective Outcome Study with Homeopathy and Polarity Analysis. American Journal Of Homeopathic Medicine, 107(3), 114-122.
Frenkel, M. (2010). Homeopathy in cancer care. Alternative Therapies In Health & Medicine, 16(3), 12-16.
Hechavarria Torres, M., Benítez Rodríguez, G., & Pérez Reyes, L. (2014). Efectividad del tratamiento homeopático en pacientes con síndrome depresivo. (Spanish). Medisan, 18(2), 302-308.
Hellhammer, J., & Schubert, M. (2013). Effects of a Homeopathic Combination Remedy on the Acute Stress Response, Well-Being, and Sleep: A Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal Of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 19(2), 161-169. doi:10.1089/acm.2010.0636
Hostanska K, Rostock M, Baumgartner S, Saller R. Effect of two homeopathic remedies at different degrees of dilutions on the wound closure of 3T3 fibroblasts in in vitro scratch assay. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch [serial online]. July 2012;11(40):164-165. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed January 9, 2015.
Jha, C. K., & Madison, J. (2013). Strategies for reinventing and reinforcing the disrupted biography of people with HIV in Nepal. Health Sociology Review, 22(2), 221-232. doi:10.5172/hesr.2013.22.2.221
Kawakami, A. P., Osugui, L., César, A. T., Priven, S. W., de Carvalho, V. M., & Bonamin, L. V. (2009). In vitro growth of uropathogenic Escherichia coli isolated from a snow leopard treated with homeopathic and isopathic remedies: a pilot study. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch, 8(27), 41-44.
Kay, P. H., Rashid, S., & Panchal, N. (2014). Advances in Homeopathy: Targeting of Health Promoting Genes Using Sequence Specific Homeopathic DNA Remedies. Homoeopathic Heritage, 40(7), 22-24.
Lenger, K., Bajpai, R. P., & Spielmann, M. (2014). Identification of unknown homeopathic remedies by delayed luminescence. Cell Biochemistry And Biophysics, 68(2), 321-334. doi:10.1007/s12013-013-9712-7
Majewsky, V., Scherr, C., Arlt, S. P., Klocke, P., & Baumgartner, S. (2012). Reproducibility of effects of the homeopathic dilutions 14x – 30x of gibberellic acid on growth of Lemna gibba L. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch, 11(40), 196-197.
Majewsky, V., Scherr, C., Arlt, S. P., Kiener, J., Frrokaj, K., Schindler, T., & … Baumgartner, S. (2014). Reproducibility of effects of homeopathically potentised gibberellic acid on the growth of Lemna gibba L. in a randomised and blinded bioassay. Homeopathy, 103(2), 113-126. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2013.12.004
Malhi, L., & Saini, R. S. (2012). Homeopathy as an Adjunct to Allopathic Therapy. UBC Medical Journal, 3(2), 32-34.
Marino, F. V. (2012). Homeopathy and Celiac Disease: A Contribution toward Healing. American Journal Of Homeopathic Medicine, 105(1), 4-15.
Medhurst, R. (2013). Homoeopathy for Eczema. Journal Of The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, 19(2), 104-106.
Mollinger, H., Schneider, R., & Walach, H. (2009). Homeopathic pathogenetic trials produce specific symptoms different from placebo. Forschende Komplementarmedizin, 16(2), 105.
Molski, M. (2010). Quasi-quantum phenomena: the key to understanding homeopathy. Homeopathy, 99(2), 104-112. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2009.11.009
Novosadyuk, T. (2013). Effect of dinamization as a characteristic of potentiation of homeopathic remedies. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch, 12(44), 86-87.
Peckham, E. J., Nelson, E. A., Greenhalgh, J., Cooper, K., Roberts, E. R., & Agrawal, A. (2013). Homeopathy for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. The Cochrane Database Of Systematic Reviews, 11CD009710. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD009710.pub2
Piraneo, S., Maier, J., Nervetti, G., Duca, P., Valli, C., Milanesi, A., & … Nascimbene, C. (2012). A randomized controlled clinical trial comparing the outcomes of homeopathic-phytotherapeutic and conventionai therapy of whiplash in an emergency department. Homoeopathic Links, 25(1), 50.
Posadzki, P., Alotaibi, A., & Ernst, E. (2012). Adverse effects of homeopathy: a systematic review of published case reports and case series. International Journal Of Clinical Practice, 66(12), 1178-1188. doi:10.1111/ijcp.12026
Quak, T., Rudofsky, L., & Dugue, R. (2011). Asthma bronchiale – Verschreibung von Ambra grisea aufgrund eines auffallenden Lokalsymptoms. Allgem Homoopath Zeit, 256(5), 8
Rattan, S. S., & Deva, T. (2010). Testing the hormetic nature of homeopathic interventions through stress response pathways. Human & Experimental Toxicology, 29(7), 551-554. doi:10.1177/0960327110369858
Saeed-ul-Hassan, S., Tariq, I., Khalid, A., & Karim, S. (2013). Comparative Clinical Study on the Effectiveness of Homeopathic Combination Remedy with Standard Maintenance Therapy for Dengue Fever. Tropical Journal Of Pharmaceutical Research, 12(5), 767-770. doi:10.4314/tjpr.v12i5.16
Saha, S. K., Roy, S., & Khuda-Bukhsh, A. R. (2013). Evidence in support of gene regulatory hypothesis: Gene expression profiling manifests homeopathy effect as more than placebo. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch, 12(45), 162-167.
Sampath, S., Narasimhan, A., Chinta, R., Nair, K. J., Khurana, A., Nayak, D., & … Karundevi, B. (2013). Effect of homeopathic preparations of Syzygium jambolanum and Cephalandra indica on gastrocnemius muscle of high fat and high fructose-induced type-2 diabetic rats. Homeopathy: The Journal Of The Faculty Of Homeopathy, 102(3), 160-171. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2013.05.002
Siebenwirth, J., Ludtke, R., Remy, W., Rakoski, J., Borelli, S., & Ring, J. (2009). Effectiveness of a classical homeopathic treatment in atopic eczema. A randomised placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trial. Forschende Komplementarmedizin, 16(5), 315.
Stevenson, H. (2010). Breast cancer study: The cytotoxic effects of homeopathic remedies on breast cancer cells. Homeopath Pract, 46.
Teixeira, M. Z. (2011). Scientific evidence of the homeopathic epistemological model. International Journal Of High Dilution Resarch, 10(34), 46-64.
Teixeira, M. Z. (2014). ‘Paradoxical pharmacology’: therapeutic strategy used by the ‘homeopathic pharmacology’ for more than two centuries. International Journal Of High Dilution Research, 13(49), 207-226.
Teut, M. (2010). Homeopathic treatment of patients with dementia. Am J Homeopath Med, 103(3), 120.
Thompson, E., Shaw, A., Nichol, J., Hollinghurst, S., Henderson, A., Thompson, T., & Sharp, D. (2011). The feasibility of a pragmatic randomised controlled trial to compare usual care with usual care plus individualised homeopathy, in children requiring secondary care for asthma. Homeopathy, 100(3), 122-130. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2011.05.001
Treuherz, F. (2013). School suffers salmonella outbreak – how one homeopath helped 100 students. Homoeopath, 32(3), 8.
von Hagens, C., Schiller, P., Godbillon, B., Osburg, J., Klose, C., Limprecht, R., & Strowitzki, T. (2012). Treating menopausal symptoms with a complex remedy or placebo: a randomized controlled trial. Climacteric, 15(4), 358-367. doi:10.3109/13697137.2011.597895
Zaidan, S. (2012). Belladonna, Hyoscyamus and Stramonium pharmaceutical drugs or homeopathic remedies. The effect of these plants in treating mental illnesses: A comparative study. Homeopath Int, 2012(2), 12.
Zuzak, T. J., Rauber-Lüthy, C., & Simões-Wüst, A. P. (2010). Accidental intakes of remedies from complementary and alternative medicine in children—analysis of data from the Swiss Toxicological Information Centre. European Journal Of Pediatrics, 169(6), 681-688. doi:10.1007/s00431-009-1087-9
While reading these research publications, you might remind yourself of the reason that I continue to follow my attempt to offer homeopathy despite the odds. That NOT doing so feels like an abandonment of the primary code of conduct as a health practitioner ‘do no harm’ and against following the code ethics within the principles of beneficence and non-maleolence.4 If I don’t offer something that I know can benefit someone’s condition of health; then I feel that I am not acting as the compassionate human being that I know I am. If you would like to find out more, please contact me. I will be happy to conduct further inquiries. My fees are generally at $150.00 per hour for these services but are also listed on my website at www.accessnaturalhealing.com.
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