R van Wijk New insights in homeopathy research
Recent developments in homeopathy research are summarised in this article. The developments were in clinical as well as in basic homeopathy research. Linde, Jonas and co-workers compared the methodological quality of homeopathy research with research in other fields of (complementary) medicine. The results indicate that some methodological weaknesses have improved in more recent and larger studies. In basic research two teams of researchers have studied high potency effects. Brizzi and co-workers
studied the effect of high potencies and dilutions of arsenic-trioxide on wheat germination. A similar conclusion can be drawn from the biological model used by Jonas and co-workers. They obtained evidence that ultra high dilutions of glutamate are able to protect neural cells in case of glutamate neurotoxicity,
suggesting a sinusoidal form of action of high potencies. The findings offer new perspectives for this field of research. Moreover, it seems obvious that in clinical research this knowledge must be incorporated at least by a systematic description of patient's disease characteristics and the judgement on which selected the choice of the remedy and the potency is based.
homeopathy, clinical homeopathy research, basic homeopathy research