The INH and its views on homeopathy

Homeopathy is an unscientific belief system. The success of homeopathy is based on the psychological effects of the treatment setting. Hahnemann understood his method as being based on pharmacology and postulated that it works according to the principles of "like cures like" and "the higher diluted, the more effective".

As a pharmaceutical method, homeopathy has failed. The totality of the evidence does not show that highly diluted homeopathic remedies have effects that differ from those of placebo.

The situation in Germany

The German homeopathy lobby is extremely strong. It is legal to sell homeopathic remedies without evidence of efficacy. The homeopathy lobby has worked for decades trying to make homeopathy appear as rational and scientific. The goal is to anchor the method as firmly as possible in the public health system. (Read more in English here)

"The Freiburg Declaration"

The "Freiburg Declaration" is a statement about homeopathy by the "Information Network Homeopathy (INH)" which was founded in 2016. Its members refuse to accept that consumers are continuously being misled about homeopathy. In Germany, about 80 % of all consumers have heard about homeopathy, but only 17% know what it really is and on what principles it is based. This means that, with the blessing of the legislature, many consumers purchase homeopathic remedies on false premisses. Therefore, the members of the Information Network Homeopathy have two objectives: education of the public and disclosure of bogus claims by homeopaths and their supporters. (Read more about the Freiburg Declaration in English here)

A leading homeopathy lobbyist recently proclaimed that she "knew" homeopathy to be efficacious and able to "heal" even serious diseases such as diabetes and cancer. But she was not able to produce an iota of proof for her ascertions.

"Who heals is right"?

This often-voiced argument suggests that individual experience is more important than scientific evidence. This ignores the fact that clinical improvements can be due to a range of factors unrelated to the treatment per se and confuses correlation with causality. To prove causation, we need rigorous clinical trials which eclude the influence of bias and confounding. Ethical principles demand that patients are treated with the best treatments currently available, and that public funds are not wasted on ineffective remedies. The Information Network Homeopathy feels bound by these principles.

 

For further information (in German) see also here: online encyclopedia.

 

 

 

Picture: private (Shows the members of the firts meeting of the Information Network Homeopathy in Freiburg in January 2016)

 

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