A Research Database and Information for Homeopathy and its use in Veterinary Medicine

 
 

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Systematic review counters argument of ‘no reliable evidence’ in veterinary homeopathy  21st October 2014

The first ever systematic review of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in veterinary homeopathy has produced valuable findings that will inform future research in this field. The review was conducted by Dr Robert Mathie, research development adviser for the British Homeopathic Association (BHA), and Dr Jürgen Clausen from the Carstens Foundation, Germany. The article was published on 18 October in the Veterinary Record,1 the journal of the British Veterinary Association.

The scientists found 18 placebo-controlled RCTs of veterinary homeopathy, published in the peer-reviewed literature, that were eligible for detailed assessment. Two studies were judged to comprise reliable evidence: homeopathy for the prevention of diarrhoea in piglets was shown to be effective; individualised homeopathic treatment of mastitis in cattle was shown to be ineffective. The remaining studies had unclear or high risk of bias.

In summarising his research Dr Mathie said: “Up to now, debates about the efficacy or effectiveness of veterinary homeopathy have been polarised by the absence of any systematic review of the subject. Our work clarifies the nature of the current RCT evidence.”

Mr Mark Elliot, immediate past president of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, said: “This important study affirms that reliable evidence does exist and that more research should be done, particularly in light of current concerns about antibiotic resistance in production animals.”

Dr Mathie and his fellow researcher have now completed a full meta-analysis of the same 18 trials, and this will be published in due course. They are also working on a systematic review of non-placebo-controlled RCTs in veterinary homeopathy.

For further information, please contact 01582 408682 or email jburry@britishhomeopathic.org

http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/175/15/373.abstract


We are very pleased to announce our latest update to this site: We now list 839 publications on Veterinary Homeopathy in Peer Reviewed publications, 144 Peer Reviewed in-vitro studies, 490 non-peer reviewed cases and articles on Veterinary treatments as well as 379 Agrohomeopathy references. Who says there is no evidence out there?? 22.02.14


The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons Open Day 2013 proves a Success - BAHVS invited conventional collegues to come along and find out about Homeopathy, it’s evidence base and how to introduce it into practice. Entitled Homeopathy Works, delegates included the RCVS President, and representatives of BSAVA and the VMD. Also announced at the meeting was an exciting new course for the training of Vets in Homeopathy run by the British Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. For more information see www.bahvs.com and www.academyofvethomeopathy.co.uk


Scottish parliamentary event promotes homeopathy as an alternative to antibiotics in farm animals 

On 14 March 2012, Jim Eadie MSP and the British Homeopathic Association hosted an event at the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the role homeopathy could play in cleaning up the food chain by replacing, and therefore reducing, the use of antibiotics. More


Shelley Epstein VMD gives landmark speech at BAHVS Conference 2011 - the conference of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons hosted discussion of Evidence Based Medicine, a topic that as understood by the conventional lobby holds more weight in its name than it does in it’s argument. More


Nobel Laureate gives Homeopathy a boost

the French virologist Luc Montagnier stunned his colleagues at a prestigious international conference when he presented a new method for detecting viral infections that bore close parallels to the basic tenets of homeopathy. More and as a result has had to flee “intellectual terror” to pursue his ideas in China More


Evidence Check Report on Homeopathy considered flawed by MPs and dismissed by Government

On February 22nd 2010 the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee published an ‘evidence check’ report on homeopathy.

The main purpose of the committee’s work leading up to the report had been to investigate government spending on homeopathy through the National Health Service (NHS) and the licensing of homeopathic products through the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The report, approved by only three of the committee members, was largely negative towards homeopathy, and has been referred to extensively by anti-homeopathy campaigners. However, many Members of Parliament and the Governments’ Department of Health itself expressed serious concerns about both the approach taken and the recommendations made in the report. Most importantly, the Government itself rejected the recommendations of the report and endorsed a patient’s right to continue to access homeopathy on the NHS. For more info click Here

Constant criticism of Homeopathy as lacking an evidence base has always been nonsense.


Homeopathy IS the original Evidence Based Medicine as prescribing is based on databases of cured cases and detailed observation over many years.


Veterinary Research into Homeopathy has particular validity as the Placebo argument is far harder for skeptics to justify.


This website aims, over time, to put together, in one place, as much data as possible on Veterinary Homeopathy


And for fun, and similar reasons over placebo debate we’ve added some papers on Agrohomeopathy


The project is a joint venture between the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, and the International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy.


The project only started in 2012 and is growing so do check back as we add more data