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New biological models of Homeopathy published in special issues


London, UK, 18 January 2010 - The journal Homeopathy (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/homp) has published a two part special issue focusing on biological models of homeopathy.  The special issue highlights experiments on homeopathic treatments in biological models, ranging from whole animals and plants to cell cultures and enzymes, showing a remarkable range of findings.

 

Homeopathy is a form of complementary medicine which is controversial because of its use of extremely dilute medicines. Although there is considerable clinical research, homeopathy remains the subject of a heated debate. The special issue makes an important contribution to this debate, by reviewing laboratory experiments with high dilutions. It includes reviews and new findings in biosystems, ranging from whole animal behavioral, intoxication and inflammation models through diseased and healthy plant models, to test tube experiments using isolated cells, cell cultures or enzymes.

 

Featured articles include one on the basophil degranulation test, a test tube model of allergy, developed by Jean Sainte Laudy. These results have now been confirmed in multi-centre and independent experiments.  Other articles include systematic reviews of healthy and diseased plant models and experimental work on the effect of homeopathic arsenic on wheat seedlings.  There are reviews of mouse and rat models of homeopathic responses and a review, including original results of animal models of homeopathic treatment of anxiety-like behaviours.

 

Other articles focus on the basic concept of homeopathy ‘like cures like’: in a series of cell-culture experiments Fred Wiegant’s team at the University of Utrecht demonstrated the importance of similarity. Christian Endler and his multinational team conclude that seven different biological models of high dilution response with positive results have been reproduced in multi-centre and/or independent experiments.

 

Editor-in-Chief Dr Peter Fisher commented: ‘Throughout its 200 year history claims that homeopathy has ‘real’ (as opposed to placebo) effects have been hotly contested.   Our special issue brings together a wide range of scientific work in biological systems, where there can be no placebo effect, showing that there are now several biological experiments which yield consistently positive results with homeopathic dilutions’.

 

Visit www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14754916 for full contents and abstracts.


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Notes for Editors:

Special Issue:

Biological models of homeopathy Part 1

Homeopathy, Volume 98, Issue 4, Pages 183-302 (October 2009)

Biological models of homeopathy Part 2

Homeopathy, Volume 99, Issue 1, Pages 1-56 (January 2010)

 

Homeopathy is the organ of the Faculty of Homeopathy, it is published by Elsevier the world’s leading publisher of scientific, medical and technical information. Homeopathy is now in its 99th year of continuous publication; it is the only Pubmed-indexed journal devoted to the topic and has an Impact Factor.

Website: www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14754916

 

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Nice one Debby.
I checked these articles , interesting.
I cannot take credit for this post. It was a message from Lionel Milgrom.
A new and excellent (!) book on homeopathic research was just published:

New Directions in Homeopathy Research: Advice from an Interdisciplinary Conference
Dr. Claudia Witt and Dr. Henning Albrecht, editors. By clicking on the above hyperlink, you will see the book's table of contents...and will be able to purchase it if you are interested. It IS worthy!
Dear members,

This is the information that really helps me work towards the kind of scientific proof towards Homeopathy which is really going to turn the tables.

That is the kind of evidence and thinking which is more viable to the mainstream and it is much more productive than complaining about skeptics when really one needs to be helping them understand how it works.

What we need is a meta-amalgamation of all the top scientific data out there on the hardcore stuff which is going to turn the tables - plus some ingenuity of thinking - and the correct formula for paradigm-shifting-alchemy.

Thankyou.
great information .. thank you dr.Debby .. My wife actually works for elsevier .. Not bad elsevier has published few articles in favor of Homeopathy . :)
This is a very important compendium of scientific articles-- more- lots more are needed. Facts are facts- the skeptics must be fought with facts.

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