Homeopathy can’t be proven but it can be experienced

Who says Whaleoil doesn’t do balance? ?Here’s the other side of the story that started yesterday.

For the scientists who found no evidence that homeopathy improves health, there’s only one thing to say: “They haven’t experienced homeopathy.”

That’s the response from Gwyneth Evans, media spokesperson for the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths and chair of the International Council for Homeopathy.

“I know homeopathy works. I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it for myself, my life has changed because of it,” she says.

“But I know that’s not an answer for a scientist who says ‘but the studies’.”

Evans does not know which studies were looked at by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), who assessed more than 1800 papers, of which 225 met the criteria to be included in their review of homeopathy’s effectiveness.

The council concluded there was no good quality evidence to support the idea that homeopathy works better than a placebo.

But Evans argues that the International Council for Homeopathy?houses pages of research studies that show the treatments do work.

Hundreds of homeopaths around the world have also seen the results in patients they have helped, she says.

Homeopathy works differently to conventional medicine and is tricky to measure in the same way, says Evans.

Homeopaths don’t have one approach to treating a condition. Instead, they look at how people individually experience a condition and match a treatment accordingly.

“One of the problems is, we have a different paradigm of health that doesn’t quite fit into the scientific double-blind study format,” she says. “Because as soon as you individualise prescriptions, or remedies for giving people, you’ve lost the double-blind study.”

Discuss.

 

– Aileen Nakhle, Stuff

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