Homeopathic potions do not work and it is unethical to give them on the NHS, a leading scientist has claimed.
Ernst, a professor of complementary medicine, also described the logic
behind homeopathy as bizarre and accused homeopaths of lying to their
patients. The NHS spends
around £4million a year on homeopathy, despite calls from the British Medical Association for the funding to end.
discipline – which has won the backing of Prince Charles – claims to
prevent and treat diseases by using dilute forms of materials that in
higher concentrations could produce the symptoms of the condition. Homeopaths
also believe that the greater the dilution of the medicine, the more
potent the potion, and so ingredients are mixed in tiny amounts with
water or alcohol.
typical remedy could have one part of an ingredient to one trillion,
trillion parts of water. Although scientists argue the potions are so
dilute they are unlikely to contain any of the original substance,
homeopaths claim the water retains a ‘memory’ of the active ingredient,
which it passes to the body to help fight the illness.
Professor Ernst said that even if an ultra-dilute homeopathic solution
was somehow different from pure water, this would not make it an
Source - Daily Mail