Homeopathy has no actual health benefits, says a new study out of Australia.
This type of treatment has been around for more than 200 years and basically claims that an illness can be treated with diluted (in water or alcohol) versions of the illness itself.
While a diluted substance works in vaccinations (preventive care), homeopathy has long been dismissed and debunked by mainstream Western medicine as a way to cure a current affliction, yet, remains very popular.
Americans spent $2.9 billion on homeopathic medicines in 2007, according to a report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, reported WebMD.com.
According to The Washington Post, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said today:
There is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions ... The review found no good quality, well-designed studies with enough participants to support the idea that homeopathy works better than a placebo, or causes health improvements equal to those of another treatment.
The Guardian notes that Chair of the NHMRC Homeopathy Working Committee, Professor Paul Glasziou, said:
There will be a tail of people who won’t respond to this report, and who will say it’s all a conspiracy of the establishment. But we hope there will be a lot of reasonable people out there who will reconsider selling, using or subsiding these substances.