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Why there are so less number of RCT in evidence of Homeopathy?

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Why there are so less number of RCT in evidence of Homeopathy?

Dr. Nancy Malik
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Upto the end of year 2010, there have been only 83 Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) in support of homeopathy

83 RCT = 70 DBRPCT + 2 SBRPCT + 6 DBRCT + 1 RPCT + 4 RCT

The first Double-Blind Randomised Placebo-Controlled Trial (DBRPCT) was published in year 1980.
In thirty years from 1980 to 2010, there have been only 70 human  DBRPCT with statistically significant results in 42 peer-reviewed Journals in in evidence of Homeopathy

No. of studies No. of Journals       Type of Journal
           32                   29                Integrative
           18                    4                Homeopathy
           20                    9                CAM
           70                  42

The prime reason for less number of research studies is that research gets boost only after 1988 onwards when paper in support of Homeopathy got published in journal 'Nature'

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Re: Why there are so less number of DBRPCT in support of Homeopathy?

Dr Muhammed Rafeeque
DBRPCT mainly concentrate on assessing the efficacy of one specific drug in the management of a particular disease or condition. So, they consider one particular medicine for all cases except the placebo controls. Hence, we must do the same considering the individualistic approach of Homoeopathy. So, first select the indicated medicine for each patient in the group. And then, randomly select the placebo controls and the real cases who receives the medicine indicated for each person ( of course, by double blind method). The final result will be in favor of Homoeopathy. There is no doubt.
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Re: Why there are so less number of DBRPCT in support of Homeopathy?

Dr. Nancy Malik
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Dr. Rafeeque, thanks for your response.
You mean to say that if individualisation which is the cornerstone of homeopathy, if incorporated in DBRPCT, the success rate in the trials can be increased to a very large extent.
There are studies of such kind but very few in numbers.
I agree with you that the design and protocols of 'gold standards' needs to be amended as far as homeopathy is concerned.
Thank You. Regards
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