This section aims to give you a clear account of the research evidence in homeopathy. Also, see 2-page summary of evidence with full references.
The evidence base
Up to the end of 2014, there have been 189 peer-reviewed papers, with useable data, that reported randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in homeopathy. Of these, 104 papers were placebo-controlled and were eligible for our detailed review programme: this literature represents research in 61 different medical conditions. Of these 104 RCT papers, 43 (41%) reported positive findings, 5 (5%) were negative and 56 (54%) were non-conclusive – see section Randomised controlled trials in homeopathy.
A number of systematic reviews have evaluated the homeopathic research literature.
Non-randomised, non-controlled clinical outcomes studies make a useful contribution to the evidence base.
How does homeopathy work?
Read more about the main current hypothesis and experiments on the effects of ultra-high dilutions in homeopathy.
The Faculty’s contribution
The Faculty is working in tandem with the British Homeopathic Association to develop a strong evidence base in homeopathy. Visit the British Homeopathic Association website for information on a grant-funded programme of systematic reviews and meta-analysis.