Research

Many websites offer information about homeopathic research, including peer reviewed papers of trials and debates on possible mechanisms of action.

Some of the most reliable sources are:

ECCH European Council for Classical Homeopathy.

HRI Homeopathic Research Institute.

ECH European Committee for Homeopathy.

BAHVS British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surveons – click on Information

 

Research into Homeopathy on Farm Animals:

Homoeopathy is not species specific and does not claim to have one remedy to treat one disease.

Single named remedies made from a named mother tincture are freely available and not patented, but their production is well regulated and in UK only registered homoeopathic pharmacies may make them up for sale to farmers. The use of homoeopathy on the farm is regulated by EU directive (2001/82/EC amended 2004/28/EC) variously adopted in member states (ECCH 2007).

In UK the Veterinary Surgeons Act allows only a vet or an owner to diagnose or prescribe anything for animals. This has made it difficult for UK farmers to find support in their efforts to use homoeopathy.

Reports such as the Swanne and the Curry reports have voiced concerns that antibiotic usage in production animals increases resistances, MRSA has now been found in UK calves and research done by Hoektoen in Norway suggests that farmers using homoeopathy are able to reduce antibiotic usage on their farms.

Very few studies involve the farmer in the decision making of remedy selection, or in the assessment of outcome and satisfaction.

In reality, as farmers see the animals regularly, often on a daily basis, it is they who are best placed to see the changes and make decisions about the appropriate remedy.

There is also a concentration on comparing conventional and homoeopathic treatment. Very little investigation looks simply at the effect of use. For the farmer the effect on his or her own animals is the issue and little has been done to collect this evidence.

Research Documents

The volume of clinical evidence available for veterinary homeopathy is much smaller than that for use of homeopathy in humans, although this continues to be an active area of research in countries such as Brazil where homeopathy is fully integrated alongside conventional medical techniques.

Click here to The Homeopathy Research Institute to find some veterinary research which includes the prevention of diarrhoea in piglets (See Rachel Roberts Chief Executive of the HRI, talking about this piece of research at 1:10) also a wound healing disorder and antimicrobial resistance in a horse which was cured by Arnica.

You can also register with their CORE research database and search for specific topics such as respiratory conditions here  This world-class resource, which was several years in the making, is the result of a close collaboration between HRI and the highly esteemed Karl und Veronica Carstens Foundation in Germany.  Here, you can access papers such as this one on the effect of Caulophyllum in normal labour.

“The criticism of homeopathy as a placebo effect could be refuted by the results of these studies” is the quote from this article from De Gruyter.com  by Johanna Zeis and Jurgen Fritz entitled “The Use and Efficacy of Homeopathy in Prevention and Treatment of Bovine Mastitis.”  The remedies they used were Bryonia, Belladonna, Lachesis and Phytolacca and the article highlights the need for individualisation.

Research into veterinary homeopathy has also reached into the management of parasites.  This paper by Talita Nader et al, on the management of ticks in bovine herds in Brazil produced some positive results.

 

Of course, the best way to find out about the effectiveness of homeopathy is to hear from the farmers themselves.  Read our Blog Section to find out more. Also take a look at our Articles for wider information.