Remedies Do Work, Say Local Therapists; Homeopathy Faces Criticism

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Byline: Jem Wilson Reporter

HOMEOPATHS practising on the Northern Rivers have laughed off suggestions there is no medical basis to their treatments.

Goonellabah-based homeopathic specialist Julie Green said she has seen aimmediatea improvements in patients who have used homeopathy.

aI think when it's used well it can be absolutely brilliant,a Ms Green said.

However, a draft public statement leaked from the National Health and Medical Research Council has said it is aunethical for health practitioners to treat patients using homeopathya as it has not been shown to be effective.

The confidential statement is based on a 2010 evaluation of homeopathy by the British House of Commons science and technology committee, which declared it was no more effective than a placebo

Australian Homeopathic Association president Greg Cope said the draft statement leaked from the research council is out of date and incorrect.

aOn the basis of the submission they received from us last year and on other research they are actually reviewing that position and investigating the details,a Mr Cope said.

He said the House of Commons in the UK has since rejected criticisms that homeopathy is no better than a placebo.

aIt's not true because there is a significant amount of researchdemonstrating it's more effective than a placebo,a Mr Cope said. …