On Thursday 25 October 2016, Hevert-Arzneimittel hosted the theme day basic research in homeopathy at the company’s headquarters in Nussbaum, Germany. Dr. Stephan Baumgartner, private lecturer at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Dr. Tim Jäger from the University of Bern, and Sandra Würtenberger, member of the research team and employee of Hevert-Arzneimittel, presented an overview over 20 years of basic research, current studies and future trends.
Homeopathy always triggers strong feelings. The mechanism of potentization and the law of similars are often scrutinized. The procedure for potentization, for example, has been regulated by law for years but from the scientific point of view the ratio used for this procedure needs yet to be legally determined. The objective of the joint research projects is the establishment of a working group for basic research on the topic of homeopathic potentization. Basic research in homeopathy examines whether homeopathic preparations show specific effects that cannot be explained by a placebo effect.
„There are several high-quality studies but also a large number of open and uncleared issues”, Baumgartner explained to the guests from associations and manufacturers, and the interested natural practitioners. „This is what makes this research area so interesting for us.” The researchers presented an overview over 20 years of homeopathy research as well as current work on a review of physical tests of homeopathic potencies and studies on homeopathic preparations using damaged duckweed. “20 years in an area like this with a rudimentary research infrastructure are not much. Results need time”, said Baumgartner who is one of the most important homeopathic researchers in Germany.
Evidence on a cellular level, duckweed experiments, specific biological effects based on the frog-metamorphosis model, biocrystallization or NMR relaxation measurements, empiric evidence for specific effects of homeopathically potentized preparations - all this information exists. “What is missing is a theory explaining the effect. This is what further research has to focus on.”
“We think that in the next few years it must be the task of homeopathy research to make existing proof of efficacy explicable by using appropriate theories. Unfortunately, the public funds are missing for the support of research in this area which is why the progress is slower than in other research areas”, explains Mathias Hevert, Managing Director of Hevert-Arzneimittel. “As a pharmaceutical manufacturer we are firmly rooted in homeopathy. Therefore creating a scientific basis for this therapy approach naturally matters to us”, adds Co-Managing Director Marcus Hevert. As a family business in close touch with nature, Hevert-Arzneimittel has been actively committed to naturopathy and homeopathy for decades. The theme day is another important step for the company’s initiatives in the area of basic research in homeopathy.
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