New England School of Homeopathy

Evidenced-based Research in Classical Homeopathy

The New England School of Homeopathy is dedicated to investigating objective trial data and promoting reliable testing and research that focuses on Classical Homeopathy. To facilitate the scientific exploration of classical homeopathy, to answer the question in a scientific manner of whether classical homeopathy is an effective treatment modality, it is necessary to develop evidenced-based research standards in classical homeopathy. There are several enormous and ongoing misconceptions of what classical homeopathy is or is not, leading to errors in study design. As a result, studies designed to evaluate classical homeopathy erroneously include those that are deeply flawed, leading to meta-analyses that have very little to do with classical homeopathy. Conceptually, this project is designed to assist scientists to explore classical homeopathy only, with the following criteria:

Classical homeopathy trial design acknowledges the fundamental primacy of the concept of similimum, where subjects are enrolled based upon a symptom complex found in provings and clinical experience.

The first nine specific steps operationalizing this project include:

  1. Collect and segregate all published trials which fit the above concept of similimum.
  2. Describing the methodologies used in collected trials:
    1. Was the trial blinded or not?
    2. Was there a placebo arm or not?
    3. Head to head. Was the trial a head to head trial with conventional medical interventions?
    4. Was the trial well controlled?
    5. Instruments of measure. Did the trial methodology incorporate accepted instruments of measure used at the time of the trial?
  3. Once collected, create and publish a list of all published trials fitting the above criteria.
  4. For new trials, develop a clinical trial design variable checklist.
  5. For new trials, assist in high quality clinical trial design to fulfill the abovementioned standards. The main research goal is to reproduce the standardized elements of conventional drug trials that are applicable to homeopathic studies of similar focus, and to innovate and update trial design that is outdated, inappropriate or reflects a lack of understanding of the tenets of classical homeopathy.
  6. Expand the clinical trial list developed in steps 1-3, above.
  7. Conduct meta-analyses incorporating data from this trial list.
  8. Publish meta-analyses results of this data.
  9. Create approval process of new trials, mentioned in steps 4,5, and 7.

We know we are achieving our very specific goal if we have a complete list of past studies of classical homeopathy and are able to assist in designing acceptable, reproducible trials that allow researchers to assess classical homeopathy efficacy and effectiveness.