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No evidence homeopathy is effective: NHMRC review

By Ian Musgrave

An NHMRC review concludes that there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.

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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released its long-awaited review of homeopathy, as well as a tip sheet for doctors to talk to their patient about complementary medicines in general. The review should spell the end of rebates for the practice currently available through some private health insurance companies.

The initial draft for the NHMRC report was leaked back in 2011, but more reviews and consultation had to be undertaken after draft conclusions incensed the complementary medicine community. Unsurprisingly, this exhaustive survey of the evidence for homeopathy concludes that:

there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective for treating health conditions.

First, a quick refresher: homeopathy is a complementary therapy that uses diluted substances for treatment. It’s based on two fundamental concepts – the first is that “like treats like” (for example, using a substance that causes fever to treat a fever) and the second that...

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