About homeopathy

What is it?

Homeopathy is a form of holistic medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ – in other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it was taken in large amounts.

What about the evidence?

There is a growing body of clinical evidence to show that homeopathy has a positive effect on health. There are a total of 163 peer-reviewed randomised controlled trials (RCT) in homeopathy: 67 had positive findings; 85 were non-conclusive; only 11 were negative. These trials represent research in 69 separate medical complaints.

Download a two-page evidence summary or for a more in-depth look at the evidence base, visit the research section.

To see a full list of those conditions where there is published positive evidence for homeopathy visit the website of the British Homeopathic Association, a charity that promotes patient access to homeopathy.

Homeopathy alongside conventional medicine

Homeopathy doesn’t interfere with conventional medicine and should be seen as a complementary treatment, not as an alternative. In fact, homeopathic and conventional treatments can work very well alongside each other. This approach also gives patients more treatment choices.