Research: WALACH and RIGHETTI,

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WALACH and RIGHETTI, Abteilung Rehabilitationspsychologie, Universitat Freiburg, Bundesrepublik Deutschland Germany provide a review (91 references) of homoeopathy. The topics covered include: 1) the scientific foundations; 2) problems and importance of research; 3) basic and clinical research findings; 4) future strategies of evaluation.




Homoeopathy is a medical discipline in its own right and is quite distinct from orthodox medicine regarding basic tenets, research paradigms and practical approach to therapy, even though both methods are empirically founded and share the goal of healing the sick. Difficulties are encountered when homoeopathy is pressed into a framework of research paradigm alien to its own approach. Despite these difficulties, some studies with rigorous design have demonstrated that homoeopathic remedies are effective. Important research findings are discussed and future evaluation strategies are proposed by the authors.



Walach H and Righetti M. Homeopathy: principles, status of research, research design; comment. Wien Klin Wochenschr 108(20): 654 - 63. 1996. Comment on: Wien Klin Wochenschr 108(20): 631-3. 1996.

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