Treatments which are based on evidence of efficacy & safety from clinical trials has been dominant for decades now in Europe & across the world. So, where is there still a continuity of one system of treatment which has been dismissed as ineffective by clinical trials?
Established in the 18th Century, Homeopathy, is basically based on the principles which ‘like-cures-like’ & that greater dilutions of treatments have the most positive effects. When mainstream treatments included purging and blood-letting, & surgery frequently led to fatal infection, these principles might have had the benefit of at least seeming benign. However, now that modern medicine has a far better understanding of the causes of disease & their treatments, homeopathy has been dismissed as, at best, a placebo.
There are signs that European governments are toughening their attitudes to state funding of homeopathy, with France, the United Kingdom, & Spain all announcing termination of funding or supporting for homeopathic services or products in recent months. We looked at the popularity of homeopathy across the continent, the various traditions of its usage, & asked whether attitudes are changing.
The leading survey of homeopathy was published in 2015, when National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia considered 57 systematic reviews which assessed the effectiveness of homeopathy as compared to other treatment or placebo, for 68 health conditions. The systematic reviews were inclusive of 176 individual studies.
Based on all the proof considered, there weren’t any health conditions for which there was reliable evidence that homeopathy was effective. Till date, not even a single worthy-quality and well-designed, study with enough participants for a meaningful result reported either that homeopathy caused health improvements equal to those of another or it caused greater health improvements than placebo or treatment, the NHMRC concluded.