Research in Homeopathy

By Mark Land, M.S., RAC, AAHP President 

In this issue we review: a series of studies investigating the physicochemical properties of homeopathic dilutions; another study utilizing a novel approach to subject qualification and inclusion, allowing for better study replication; and a look forward into research from a manufacturer’s perspective. 

This research-themed issue of the AAHP newsletter has taken a while to pull together. The initial concept was to report on the future research agenda for homeopathy. However, after working with our industry’s research community, we are excited to report on leading-edge research techniques paving the way for future discoveries. 

One article summarizes a three-part study series that systematically evaluated existing research into the physicochemical basis of homeopathic preparations. The stated objective of the work was “to update and expand the current state of knowledge in the area of physicochemical properties of homeopathic preparations.” This systematic analysis of the existing research database establishes a methodological approach that can be applied to both basic and clinical research. 

In another article, researchers in Israel rise to the challenge in maintaining the personalized approach to treatment in clinical research while enhancing possibilities in trial replication. The Symptom Cluster Approach is used to facilitate subject identification and medication assigned in individualized homeopathic treatment. This study approach addresses some of the criticisms of homeopathic research methodology and promises to improve study outcomes. 

In a survey article on research, Isabelle Channel at Boiron’s global headquarters discusses the frontiers of basic and clinical research. She highlights many successful research models and asks us to consider the opportunities presented by Real-World Data and Real-World Evidence in homeopathic clinical research. 

Hypothesis-generating work can benefit research in the physicochemical and pharmacological properties of homeopathic preparations. Systematic review of methodologies and outcomes can benefit the homeopathic research community by giving direction to the broader research agenda in homeopathy.