Posts Tagged ‘placebo’

PostHeaderIcon Homeopathy is twice as effective as Placebo.

What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You is a monthly magazine that brings a useful perspective to many on health matters. I found this recent article on Homeopathy particularly interesting.
Seems to me that twice as effective can’t mean the same as…
Read it here, and as usual, make up your own mind.

PostHeaderIcon Homeopathic Pathogenetic Trials Produce Specific Symptoms Different from Placebo

An important piece of research by the Homeopathic Research Institute has demonstrated statistically significant differences between the effects of homeopathic medicines and placebo.

Double-blind, randomised trial (RCT) methodology was applied to a homeopathic pathogenetic trial (commonly referred to as a proving), which showed that “homeopathic remedies produce different symptoms than placebo“.

In this three-armed study, twenty-five healthy volunteers (medical doctors in homeopathic training) were randomly assigned placebo or one of two homeopathic medicines randomly chosen from a pre-determined list of 20 well documented remedies. Ten participants received Natrum Muriaticum, eight Arsenicum Album, with seven participants on placebo. Using a protocol established by the German Association of Homeopathic Physicians (DZVhÄ, 2002), volunteers kept qualitative records of symptoms experienced over four days.

Symptoms were assessed by an independent expert in homeopathic materia medica. The expert was given only the collated list of all the symptoms recorded, which did not enable him to attribute symptoms to groups or individuals. Use of a standard homeopathic repertory software programme facilitated identification of symptoms characteristic of each remedy.

In the verum groups, symptoms characteristic for the respective remedy were frequent. The placebo group produced approximately double the symptoms but these were unspecific. Neither verum group recorded symptoms characteristic of the other remedy in the trial.

Statistical differences between groups were found to be highly significant (p=0.0002); other measures also showed significant confidence intervals. An omnibus statistical test showed that the likelihood of the study results being obtained by chance is 2:10 000. The authors conclude that the data suggest homeopathic remedies have specific effects beyond placebo and call for further investigations.

Read more about this important research at

PostHeaderIcon Nobel Prizewinner investigates High Dilutions Effects

The Homeopathy Research Institute has reported that Nobel Prize Winner Professor Luc Montagnier (the man who discovered HIV) and his team have begun a very promising line of enquiry with direct relevance to homeopathy as they continue to investigate the characteristic physico-chemical properties found in high-dilutions of biological material.

They found that pathogenic bacteria and viruses show a distinct EM signature at dilutions ranging from 10-5 to 10-12 (corresponding to ~3CH to 6CH) and that small DNA fragments (responsible for pathogenicity) were solely accountable for the EM signal. The EM signature changed with dilution levels but was unaffected by the initial concentration and remained even after the remaining DNA fragments were destroyed by chemical agents.

They observed that the EM signal was destroyed by heating or freezing the sample. Also, a ‘cross-talk’ effect was found whereby a negative sample inhibits the positive signal in another sample if they are left together overnight in a shielded container. It was also noted that the samples needed be ‘vortexed’ (a process akin to succussion) for the EM effects to be present. They propose that specific aqueous nano-structures form in the samples during the dilution process and are responsible for the EM effects measured.

In other words, after the diluting and shaking, there is still a measurable effect.
Does that sound like a placebo effect to you?

I can always give you a remedy and you can judge for yourself.

Electromagnetic signals are produced by aqueous nanostructures derived from bacterial DNA sequences
Revue Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences
Éditeur International Association of Scientists in the Interdisciplinary Areas, co-published with
Springer-Verlag GmbH
ISSN 1913-2751 (Print) 1867-1462 (Online)
Numéro Volume 1, Number 2 / juin 2009
DOI 10.1007/s12539-009-0036-7
Pages 81-90