Homeopathy is no better than a placebo, scientists claim

Homeopathic medicines are as effective as placebos at treating illnesses, an Australian scientific body has claimed in a new study.
Doctors have reportedly welcomed the findings, and hope that the study will prevent patients being persuaded to use homeopathic vaccinations instead of orthodox medicines, with the former leaving people prone to life-threatening diseases including TB, it has been reported. 
Proponents of the form of alternative therapy claim that it stimulates the body to heal itself, and is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’.
"A substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it was taken in large amounts,” according to the British Homeopathic Association (BHA).
The medicines are made by heavily diluting substances and succession – or vigorous shaking, the BHA explains. However, a working committee of medical experts at Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) analysed how effective alternative medicine are n treating illnesses and conditions, and concluded that “there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective,” Guardian Australia reported.

Source  - Independent

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