Homeopathy studies untrustworthy: NHMRC

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) had a team of experts look for proof of the effectiveness of homeopathy in treating 68 health conditions, ranging from asthma to ulcers and warts. 

“NHMRC concludes that the assessment of the evidence from research in humans does not show that homeopathy is effective for treating the range of conditions considered,” its discussion paper stated. 

Australians spend $7.8 million on homeopathic medicines per year, according to a 2009 report by the World Health Organization.

The researchers found no studies to show homeopathy was any better than a placebo for conditions including diarrhoea, colds, anxiety, dental pain and premenstrual syndrome. 

For some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and sinusitis, they found published studies that indicated homeopathy was better than a placebo.

But those studies were regarded as