Homeopathy no more effective than placebos, a study by the National Health and Medical Research Council finds
NHMRC releases statement and advice on homeopathy Date: 11 March 2015
What is homeopathy?
Based on the theory of treating 'like with like', and is supposed to work by giving you very small amounts of substances that in larger doses would cause the very symptoms you want cured.
Taking small doses of these substances – which are derived from plants, animals or minerals – will strengthen the body's own ability to heal and increase its resistance to illness or infection.
Substances contained in homeopathic products are so small they are usually undetectable, but it is argued they still have a biological effect.
Homeopathy is used to treat a wide variety of complaints – coughs, colds, depression, headaches, asthma, arthritis – most common day-to-day ailments.