Memorandum submitted by Irish Health Trade
Association (HO 47)
If I may, I would like to refer you to the website
of the South African Faculty of Homeopathy. The faculty
provides training in homeopathy for medical doctors.
In particular, I would like to refer you to a page
of the website titled: Research in Homeopathy
There you will find the following:
1. A debunking of the myth that homeopathy "works"
by a placebo effect.
2. A highlighting of some randomized clinical
trials and the meta-analyses of these trials that show homeopathy
has a positive clinical effect.
3. A presentation of outcome studies, large case
series and research that demonstrates high rates of patient satisfaction
with homeopathic treatment.
4. A look at the laboratory research and a meta-analysis
of these trials that all show that homeopathy has a multitude
of effects in laboratory conditions.
There follows a demonstration of how research
has shown that homeopathy is:
Cost-effective and offers an opportunity
for resource-conscious health authorities to provide additional
health benefits for their populations.
Homeopathy and funding is then examined in a
South African context as follows:
Increasing numbers of patients and medical
doctors are using homeopathy.
More medical doctors are being trained
Funders are prepared to pay for homeopathy.
Research that gives encouraging indications
as to how homeopathy works is also presented.
Dr Alan G Ruth
Chief Executive Officer
Irish Health Trade Association