Friday, 29 January 2010

Sceptic stunt

The sceptics 'overdose' stunt is in the news.

This is a statement from the Society of Homeopaths, the largest organisation registering professional homeopaths in Europe, in response to the1023 stunt.

For a very good overview of the current research and evidence for homeopathy have a look at the website of the British Homeopathic Association which is the organisation for medically trained homeopaths working within the NHS.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the
individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient.

Since homeopathy is person specific, the action of a remedy cannot be
predicted without knowing the patient’s symptoms at the time they take it.

This is one reason why The Society recommends that prescriptions are
taken under the guidance of an appropriately qualified and registered homeopath (see for more details).

Over-the-counter homeopathic medicines should only be used as directed on
the labeling. Proving guidelines for determining which homeopathic medicines are suitable for which disease focus more on the repetition of a dose rather than a large single dose in isolation.

The Society would not therefore expect any reaction to the proposed
‘overdose’ by this group unless, by chance, an individual in that group already had symptoms that matched that remedy at the time of taking it.