Homeopathy Touted as Sham

by Rajshri on  June 19, 2008 at 10:45 AM Alternative Medicine News
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 Homeopathy Touted as Sham
Homeopathy is once again under the scanner with experts feeling that the alternative therapy is nothing but a sham.

According to Edzard Ernst, the world's only professor of complementary medicine, homoeopathic treatments are a "public health problem" which must be more tightly regulated.

Ernst's comments came after a British Government report on June 16 called for "urgent" controls on herbalists, acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, amid fears over patient safety.

The report's recommendations, to be considered by ministers, include a proposal that new practitioners would have to study for a degree in their field before they could practice.

A 40 million pounds industry in the UK, homoeopathic remedies claim to be able to prevent yellow fever, typhoid, polio and even leukaemia, as well as cure symptoms ranging from toothache to hearing loss.

But there are growing concerns over whether the homoeopathic remedies have any effect. Homoeopathists differ from herbalists, who use a variety of plants to combat diseases, because their treatments are heavily diluted.

Prof Ernst, from the University of Exeter, announced a 10,000 pounds prize for any proof of a successful homoeopathic treatment.

"Homoeopathic claims are not benign, they are dangerous. [Homoeopaths] have to demonstrate with scientific rigour that their claims work or they have to shut up," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

The British Homeopathic Association denied that the treatments were dangerous.

Source: ANI

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A small but important correction to this article - Edzard Ernst was the first but is not "the world's only professor of complementary medicine" - in the UK alone there are four other Professors in this field. He is, however, the most vocal and the only anti.

Bad .That is the only comment. I am using homeopathy and other pathy like acupuncture for last thirty years and our family has has almost never took any allopathy medicines which are so dangerously prescribed. First of all there must be a strict control on use of allopathy and the doctors using it. Low qualified people explain the use of medicienes to the GPs who are not aware and nither the person with a tie knows what side effects are behind those medicines. A gift pack and a foreign tour is also given for the doctor who prscribes their medicines. So who are these people who are commenting on homeopathy. First of all they should prove with controlled trials that they exist.

Kiran is quite correct. The indiscriminate prescription of allopathic drugs
is the real danger and science quacks such as Ernst, who studiously ignores overwhelming evidence in favor of Homeopathy are part of a long series of media attacks bordering on hysteria that have been going on for quite some time and which many of us who KNOW that Homeopathy works and works well are finding rather tiresome.

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