Scientific Framework Homeopathy - Evidenced Based Homeopathy 2016

The Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis (LMHI) and the European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH) prepared a joint document on research in homeopathy. The aim is to consider all important aspects of the scientific framework of homeopathic practice including ethical questions, evaluation of daily practice, looking at the level of scientific evidence of each of these aspects.

Clinical Efficacy of Homeopathy

This LMHI Research Working Group report has been requested by the LMHI's National Vice-President for Belgium, Dr. Léon Scheepers. He asked for scientific advice about an official Belgian report published by the Federal Health Care Knowledge Centre (KCE) on 24 May 2011. The Belgian homeopathic association Unio Homeopathica Belgica (UHB) expresses some doubts about the scientific relevancy of certain parts of the KCE report, especially the part evaluating clinical efficacy concluding that "no convincing proof of efficacy exists for any condition for which a systematic review was available". The Research Working Group (RWG) agreed to scrutinize and comment on this report using the normal scientific perspective for evaluation of efficacy in medicine.

Homeopathic Medicine/Remedy Definition

According to several EU directives concerning the registration procedure of homeopathic medicinal products for human and veterinary use, the homeopathic remedy definition must take into consideration two elements: the homeopathic use and the homeopathic nature of the stock/raw material. In the LMHI-ECH document about “Medical Homeopathic Education Standards”, “Homeopathy” is defined as: “a method of medical practice, aimed at improving the level of health of an organism by the administration of proven and sucussed/triturated medicines, which are individually selected in accordance with the law of similars.” In order to arrive to a more complete definition for the homeopathic medicine/remedy, three aspects must be considered.