An article has come up in a peer-reviewed journal that states the effect of homeopathy on the rats. The study claims that homeopathy can ease the pain of rats. Moreover, the group of people who promote homeopathy produces this study as evidence of the efficacy of homeopathy. On the other hand, the researchers who don’t believe in homeopathy have cast doubt on this claim as usual. Overall, this homeopathy study has made a spark.
The authors of this research paper acknowledge some errors in the analysis of the result in a separate paper, but the conclusion of the study remains the same. A senior pharmacologist, Chandragouda Patil from R. C. Patel Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Education situated in Dhule, India, says about this study also. He states that this is a preliminary study. Thus, the results are not enough to apply to the human. He also added that this would encourage other practitioners to study it further to obtain a clear conclusion.
In 1988, another report on homeopathy study was published by French immunologist Jacques Benveniste, as the evidence. But it was discredited later.
The Report By Scientific Reports On Homeopathy Study
But this recent research has become a topic of discussion among the homeopath enthusiasts since it has passed the peer review at Scientific Reports. A research paper that tells something exceptional and at the same time contains some errors in the report, naturally, raises a question mark about the credibility of the review process, doubts a cancer researcher named Michelangelo Coedenonsi at the University of Padova in Italy.
Another researcher Enrico Bucci who analyzed the research paper, says, if the paper is real, it has immense importance. But it might be false, so to check the authenticity of the report is vital as a proof of the acceptability of homeopathy depends on it. He also adds that it is really unfortunate that a leading journal like ‘Scientific Reports’ does not scrutinize such a crucial report that is claiming that homeopathy works. This type of negligence is not expected in the journal. They should be more serious before publishing any paper.
On behalf of Scientific Reports, it is told that they are aware of the criticisms coming from different fields. They are looking into it closely, and also if required, they will correct or retract the report.
The Healing Response Of The Study
The principle of homeopathy is to treat a symptom with a substance that causes similar symptoms. These substances are diluted heavily in water or alcohol such that often, a few molecules of that substance are there in the medicine. The practitioners also believe that the memory of water is also responsible for the treatment. But science does not support any of these principles.
Mr. Patil and also his colleagues explain that the diluted extract of a plant, namely Atlantic Poison Oak (scientific name Toxicodendron Pubescens) have a similar influence in pain relief and also inflammation as the prescription drug gabapentin. Their experiment with both this composition works identically on the animals. And the homeopath practitioners throughout the world appreciate this research, as expected.