The latest rock hurled at homeopathy came from an unexpected source, Russian scientists. The Russian Academy of Sciences made a statement calling Homeopathy contradicts chemical, biological, and physical laws. They also stated that homeopathy is not the same as homeopathy.
Homeopathic treatments lack evidence that they work.
The commission said they did a thorough review of the available evidence before making the statement, and concluded ‘…treatment of ultra-low doses of various substances used in homeopathy has no scientific basis’ and ‘…the principles of homeopathy and theoretical explanation of the mechanisms of its alleged actions contradict the known chemical, physical and biological laws and convincing experimental confirmation of its effectiveness are not available.’
is a form of alternative medicine, which its supporters
argue as ‘holistic and natural approach to the treatment of diseases.’ It is based on a belief that ‘like cures like’ and that double distilled water have the ability to ‘take’ an imprint of any substance dissolved in it.
One of the most features of homeopathy is the use of extremely diluted substances; by diluting a substance in water, stirring and shaking it vigorously, and repeating it several times, the original substance infiltrates the water (they call it potentization) to make it higly potent.
Regarding the active ingredients in most homeopathic preparations, they tend to use substances that have little to do with the disease or potentially hazardous and poisonous. Some popular ingredients include onions, herbs, heart or liver of ducks, flowers, milk of magnesia, and poison ivy.
As it is present for few hundred years, homeopathy is fairly established. It sports their own ‘medical’ schools, public funding, and peer-reviewed journals. Homeopathy schools, hospitals, and establishments received public funding in many countries, especially the United Kingdom. The UK’s royal family is reportedly fond of homeopathy, and Prince Charles stated
he used it in his animals to reduce antibiotic use.
Homeopathy in its basic sense
Although news referring homeopathy as magic is not new, the statement by the top scientific body in Russia is the latest blow to the industry. In contrast, the UK’s National Health Service
(NHS) and the US Affordable Care Act
continues to fund or allow public funds to be spent on homeopathic treatments.
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