Research: LONG and ERNST,

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LONG and ERNST, Department of Complementary Medicine, School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Studies, University of Exeter, UK, reviewed (45 references) the clinical evidence for and against the effectiveness of homeopathic medicines in the treatment of osteoarthritis .


Osteoarthritis is common, and limitations of conventional medical management indicate a real need for safe and effective treatment.


The authors conducted a systematic review of all randomized, controlled clinical trials of homeopathic treatment of osteoarthritis. Four trials emerged from a comprehensive search of the literature and are discussed in detail.


The small number of randomized clinical trials conducted to date, although favouring homeopathic treatment on the whole, do not allow a firm conclusion to be drawn regarding the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of osteoarthritis. The clinical evidence appears promising and warrants further research in this area.



Long L, Ernst E. Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of osteoarthritis: a systematic review. The British Homoeopathic Journal 90 (1): 37-43. Jan 2001.

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